Wednesday, September 28, 2011

An Orphan's Childhood

Sorrow burried deep in the heart
which can be seen clearly through the eyes.
Body designed with bruises on its every part
falling every moment they try to rise.

They stare at people with a glance of hope
but get pity or warnings, not compassion in return.
The good tidings of happy childhood they wanna gallop,
instead they achieve spits and scolds and shuns.

Seeing children going to school and study
they are filled with inferiority and self-pity.
Dreaming of being rich and famous in future
they spend their present in marshes muddy.

At the age of being fed
they go in search of food themselves.
By this unbearable hunger and temptations they are misled
into crimes like robbing, cheating and spoiling themselves.

Rejected by the womb which gave birth to them,
deserted by the hand which had to take care of them.
They open their eyes to the morn of this world
from a bin or a garbage or in a river being hurled.

Voices filled with pain and suffering
blamed and tortured by their surrounding.
Dressed with dirt and painted with fear
seems like everyone is their foe and they've no one dear.

cleansing their wounds with a solution of tears
finding not even a soul to console their fears.
If such a childhood to these orphans is given
how then can we expect them to become respectful citizen.

Just food or money or small favour done
nothing of this sort can soothe their pain.
A loving heart and a caring soul of one
if they gain it, the whole world they gain.
Br Jerome Emmanuel (Archdiocese of Hyderabad)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Parents' Day 2011

On September 2, 2011 the parents of the third year students along with a few of their relatives arrived at St John's Regional Seminary, Kondadaba for the Annual Parents' Day celebrations. This was the fourth year since its beginning in 2007. Nearly 87 parents and relatives were present for the next two days with the community. Planned and organised by the Second course Brothers with generous and active support from the first years, the event was truly a family moment. The animating presence of Bp Paul Maipan (of Khammam) too added grace to the occasion.

The celebrations commenced with a charismatic adoration service followed by a very informal and homely get together in the lawn. Using some innovative games and introductions, the second years helped the parents introduce their sons and their dreams to the community. The following day, there was a conference by the Bishop for the Brothers as well as their parents. He stressed the need to recognise the importance of the family support even though their sons are no longer in the families. It was followed by the Holy Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Bishop himself. "Children merely follow the footprints of the parents; so mind where and how you tread," were the challenging words of the Bishop to the parents. A colourful cultural programme followed; with a befitting meal thereafter.

The parents were delighted to see their wards active and involved in the various events of the seminary and were truly taken up by the hospitality and care the community extended to them. The finale was the Sunday morning Mass presided over by Fr Rector during which he symbolically asked the Parents to bring forward their sons to the altar during the offertory. Fr Wilson in his homily stressed the binding force of Christian love in our faith and vocation. (to view the photos of the day, click here)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Parents' Day 2011

Here are the photos of the Parents' Day celebrations at St John's Kondadaba of this academic year.  In all there were 90 parents and relatives of the third year students participating in this unique feature of this Seminary.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Episcopal Visit

On September 1, 2011 the Seminary was blessed by the gracious presence of Bp Gallela Prasad, the Bishop of Kadapa, for the Episcopal visitation of the Seminary. He was delegated for this official visit by Bp M.D. Prakasam, the Episcopal delegate of the APBC for major seminaries. Bp Prasad arrived in the morning and soon met the staff of the Seminary. He appreciated the delicate task being rendered by the Salesians of Don Bosco, of the Province of Hyderabad in their animating role and an efficacious presence in formation of the clergy of the dioceses of Andhra Pradesh. He also assured the community of representing the needs and concerns of the Seminary at the APBC meeting.

He then presided over the Eucharistic celebration and during his homily stressed the need to model one's life according to that of Jesus Christ the Chief Shepherd. Immediately thereafter there was a short felicitation programme followed by lunch in his honour. He then addressed the students for a while in the hall. He also made time to wish the domestic staff and the Brothers from Kadapa and Kurnool. He was accompanied on his trip to the Seminary by his good friend, Fr Christopher from the diocese of Srikakulam.

It would be good to note here that Bp Prasad was the confessor and Spiritual Director of this seminary for four years, and it was from here that he was appointed Bishop of Kadapa.