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Preparation for Perpetual Profession Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky There were 15 participants; 4 from St Thomas, 4 from Bangalore, and 7 from Chennai for the preparatory course in view of Perpetual profession conducted from 8-24 May, 2013 at Claretian Seminary, Bangalore.   Fr. Bhyju A., cmf from Chennai guided the session on affective maturity from 9-10. The session on Evangelical counsels were led by Fr. John Thadathil, cmf from St Thomas province from 11-12. Fr. James Kannanthanam, cmf (Bangalore) animated the session on community life from 13-14. The classes on claretian charism by Fr. Xavier Pereira, cmf (Bangalore) and living the word of God by Fr. Martin Mankunnath, cmf (Bangalore) followed until 18 May. On 19 May, the group visited first the pilgrim centre at Nagamangalam near Hosur and then proceeded to Thiruvannamalai and later to the nearby Arulambody parish, where they participated in the ordination of A. Rayappan cmf, a past student of Claretian Seminary. Fr. Scotus Fernandez SJ from Mount St. Joseph directed the retreat. It was a new experience for all the participants to take part in an Ignatian retreat. A brief evaluation of the whole programme of the course took place at the end.
World's Catholic population steady Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky World's Catholic population steady; up in Africa and Asia, down in Europe and Americas The world’s Catholic population rose by 1.5% in 2011—the last year for which accurate figures are available—according to the Vatican’s latest statistics. On May 13, Pope Francis received the first official copies of the 2013 Annuario Pontificio, the annual Vatican directory, along with the statistical yearbook, the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae. The statistics show the world’s Catholic population rising from 1,196 million in 2010 to 1,214 million in 2011. The Catholic proportion of the world’s overall population remained steady at 17.5%. The Catholic population grew fastest in Africa, which saw a 2.3% increase in the number of baptized Catholics. In Europe and the Americas (which are treated as a single continent in Vatican compilations), the Catholic population grew at only 0.3%, matching the slow rate of overall population growth. By 2011, the Americas accounted for 48.8% of the world’s Catholic population, followed by Europe with 23.5%, Africa with 16%, Asia with 10.9% and Oceania with 0.8%. The number of Catholic priests in the world continued to grow slowly, sustaining a trend that began in 2000. At the end of 2011 there were 413,418 priests in the world, up slightly from the 412,236 figure in 2010. The number of priests in Africa and Asia soared—by 39% and 32%, respectively—while in the Americas the figure remained steady, and Europe saw a drop of more than 9%. The number of seminarians preparing for priestly ministry grew by a healthy 7.5% rate, again with large increases in Africa and Asia masking declines in Europe and the Americas. The number of women religious declined sharply, however, from 782,000 to 713,000. The figures showed growth in Africa (28%) and Asia (18%), overshadowed by steep losses in the Americas (-17%) and Europe (-22%). The number of male religious climbed slightly, showing the same geographical pattern. There was a sharp increase in the number of permanent deacons worldwide: from 29,000 to 41,000. In this case the growth came in North America and Europe, which account for more than 97% of the world’s permanent deacons.
From Sallent..... Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky Greetings to you all from HEART OF MARY SCHOOL OF FORMATORS. We are fine and doing well by the grace of God. Last weeks were really a time to cherish our Claretian Heritage. It was a time dedicated to study the socio-political history of Spain and the vocational background of St. Claret. We could visit Sallent - the Bethlehem of Claretian Heritage. It was an enriching experience. We could touch and feel the spirit of Fr. Claret. We departed for Sallent via Fussimanya - the Marian Power House of Claret. We climbed the hill towards the Church by reciting the Rosary which recalled our memories of young Claret and his visit to this Marian abode with his elder sister Rose. We were also fortunate enough to celebrate the Holy Eucharist together with Fr. Antony Costa, cmf, the Parish Priest of Sallent. The calmness and spiritual atmosphere of this place is commendable. Back to Sallent, the participants visited the Museum where some of the belongings of St Claret were preserved and also conducted a Meditation at his birth place. After this important exercise we proceeded to Manresa, where Fr. Claret made the Spiritual Exercise of St Ignatius. Wishing you once again the blessings of St. Claret and hoping to update you later Yours in Heart of Mary, George Nelliany cmf Jijo Machukuzhiyil cmf.
Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of Fr. George Thelliankal, cmf Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky It was a day of great joy and celebration for the GKCC as our beloved parish priest Rev. Fr. George Thelliankal was celebrated the silver jubilee of his priestly ministry on Sunday April 28. The celebration began with the arrival of His Grace Most. Rev. Philip Tartaglia, Arch bishop of Glasgow. Fr. George celebrated his jubilee with a Solemn Eucharistic celebration. In honouring Fr. George Thelliankal, our archbishop celebrated Holy Mass for the people and all were taken up by the words given by our archbishop. And during the Eucharistic banquet as Fr. George thanked God for his protection and vocation to the church. After the Eucharist the silver jubilarian Fr. George, His Most Rev. Grace Philip Tartaglia, Very. Rev. Fr. John Lyon and all well-wishers were led through a procession as catechism children of GKCC expressed their wishes with showers of flowers. Soon after the procession reached in the parish hall there was cutting of the cake by the silver jubilarian Fr. George. Thereafter a cultural program was held in honor of Fr. George's jubilee celebration. Fr. John Lyon welcomed all on this occasion. Mot Re. Philip Tartaglia awarded the community present to Fr. George. During his speech he mentioned about Fr. George's simplicity and dedication. The program was followed by songs, dances and skits by children and youth. Fr. George Thelliankal was born on 20th may 1959 at Thodupuzha in Thelliankal family, Kothamangalam diocese. His parents are Chacko and Mary. Fr. George is the eldest in his family. After his graduation in 1976, he joined the Claretians at Claret Bhavan, Minor Seminary, Kuravilangad. On 30th April 1988 he ordained as a priest in his home parish. Since then he worked very hard in various positions like parish priest, administrator of different houses, missionary in the Northeast India, estate manager, school manager and Provincial administrator of the province of St Thomas. Meantime he did masters degree in social work [MSW] and was teaching sociology for degree students. He was appointed as the new priest of GKCC in August 2012 and since then he is in charge of our community. GKCC thanks for everybody in this special occasion and wishing to Fr. George every success in his future life. Biju Joseph
Vocation camps 2013 Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky To facilitate the vocation to our congregation we conducted a camp at Claret Bhavan, Kuravilangad, minor seminary from 24 - 27 March, 2013. Fr John Thadathil, Prefect of Formation and  Rector of Claret Bhavan inaugurated the camp. It was attended by 38 young boys studying in Class X. Rev. Fr Thomas Vattukulam, Provincial Superior, Fr. Abraham Pothiyittel, Fr Abraham Cheradiyil, Fr. Manoj Vadakkedath, Fr Binoy Chunayammackal, together with the Formation team of Claret Bhavan gave input sessions on various topics like St. Claret and Claretians, Vocation, Priestly life, Values, Personality development, Media and its influence, Leadership, etc. We also conducted a Jeevitha Dharsana Camp from 08 - 11 April 2013 for high school students to nurture in them a desire to work for the Kingdom of God and to make known the Presence of the Claretian Missionaries. Fr. John Thadathil gave the presidential address and Fr. Joseph Madhavath inaugurated the camp. Sessions were conducted on different topics like Claret and Claretian Presence in the world, vision in life, values leadership, media, etc. Action songs, group games and other entertaining programs gave colour to the events. 90 students participated in the camp.
HAPPY EASTER Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky We are passing through the season of Lent. Lent is considered to be “a time lent to us by God to repent.” It is a time to remind ourselves that “the moment is here for us to stop sleeping and wake up… The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light.” (Rom 13.11-12) It is a time to identify ourselves with Jesus in his desert experience of fasting and prayer in preparation for his public ministry. This identification helps us to be authentic ministers of the Word. It helps us to celebrate meaningfully the paschal mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord. Our following and imitation of Christ should embrace every aspect of the mystery of Christ. Among the various dimensions of this mystery, the paschal mystery has the pivotal role. The apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata emphasizes the paschal dimension of consecrated life: “Consecrated persons discover that the more they stand at the foot of the Cross of Christ, the more immediately and profoundly they experience the truth of God who is love.” (Vita Consecrata, 24) This season is a privileged moment of conversion and growing in union with Christ, which should be a life-long process. The fundamental goal of our formation is “growth in union and conformity with Christ according to the Claretian charism.” (Claretian Directory, 156). We often speak of Claretian formation as life-long. “Ongoing formation has no closing date. In order to be suitable ministers of the Word we need to be in a permanent or ongoing process of formation.” (General Plan of Formation, 460). We are familiar with the expression, ‘evangelization of the evangelizer’. We may perhaps ask ourselves the question that St. Paul once asked: “You teach others- why don’t you teach yourself?” (Rom 2.21) The fundamental challenge of the evangelizer is be authentically evangelized, to be the living Gospel. St. Paul reminds us, “Everyone, no matter how firmly he thinks he is standing, must be careful he does not fall.” (1 Cor 10.12) He used to take extraordinary care to remain always a faithful apostle in word and deed. “I discipline my body and bring it under control, to avoid any risk that, having acted as herald to others I myself may be disqualified.” (1 Cor 9.27) Celebrating the paschal mysteries in the Year of Faith is an invitation to deepen our faith and commitment to the Lord who has chosen us to be messengers of the good news of the victory of Jesus over sin and death. It invites us to be tireless evangelizers, urged by the love of Christ (2 Cor 5.14), in the style of St. Anthony Mary Claret, who desired mightily and strove by all means possible to set everyone on fire with God’s love. The last message of Pope Benedict XVI through Twitter was: “Put Christ at the centre of your life.” The first message of Pope Francis seems to be expressed eloquently in the very name that he has chosen. It seems to be a challenging invitation to the consecrated persons to be radical disciples of the One who emptied himself and became poor, chaste and obedient unto death in fulfilling the salvific plan of God that we may have life in all its fullness. (John 10.10) We wish all our readers the peace and joy of the Risen Lord! Fr. John Thadathil, cmf
FROM VATICAN…….. Hacked By Spoucky
Hacked By Spoucky Dear Claretians in the Heart of Mary,  greetings from Rome. We are on the itinerary to attend in the formators course called “HEART OF MARY SCHOOL FOR FORMATORS” conducted in Vic-Barbastro-Madrid. The first phase of the encounter began in Rome with the touching experience of the Holy Week celebrations. We were fortunate enough to have the audience with new and energetic His Holiness Pope Francis.We also concelebrated with the Holy Father in the Chrism Mass together with more than two thousand priests. We had the Good Friday celebrations at the Coliseum and the Easter Vigil Service in Santa Maria Basilica. We also visited so many places of religious importance such as Major Basilicas, Marian shrines, Assisi and Catacomb of Pricilla. The visit to the places where the Martyrs spilt their blood evoked in us the need for dedication and renewed commitment. With lot of love and prayers, Fr.JijoMachukuziyil, cmf and Fr.George Nelliyaniyil, cmf
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