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30th October 2020


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VOL.: LVIII JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020
NO.: 01


St. Padre Pio


St. Clare of Assisi


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FIRST ROUND PASTORAL VISITATION AFTER THE 7TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

Letter of Br. Mauro Jöhri, General Minister


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1Funeral Ceremony of Fr V J Menezes, OFM Cap
The funeral mass of Fr Valerian Justin Menezes (VJ Menezes) was held at St Fidelis Friary- MonteMariano Church, presided over by Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore along with Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Karnataka Capuchins, Fr Melwyn Dsouza, the Guardian of St Anne’s Friary Mangalore and many priests, religious brothers and sisters and laity here on 22nd November 2020 at 4.00 PM. Fr Jason Pais preached a lovely poetic homily wherein he said, Fr VJ truly had an experience of the love of God and he was always enthusiastic to share that experience with the people of God. Fr VJ’s homilies, retreats, compositions and other literary works always reflected the abundance of spiritual wealth he owned. Today Fr VJ is enjoying the wonderful eternal rewards that Christ the King had promised him, he said.


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1Covid-19 Medical Camp @ Darshan College
“Health is wealth as we all know; Hygiene is the way to make it grow. Actions are little in to and fro, but we have to go with the flow”. Health is given the highest importance in the life of a human person. Each individual makes every effort to maintain ones health. As notified by the State Government and Bangalore University regarding opening of the Degree Colleges from 17th November onwards, Darshan College in collaboration with BBMP organized a Covid-19 Medical Camp for the Degree students on 13th November, Friday. Our College had a huge response as 190 students along with the Management, Faculty and Domestic staff got tested. The Medical team carried out this Covid-19 RT-PCR Test free of charge. In a couple of days, all experienced a sigh of relief as all were tested negative. To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Children’s Day celebration at Vimukti Pothnal:
Children’s Day is celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister. The occasion is celebrated on 14th November every year with great splendor and grandeur. Children’s Day a day celebrated to remember how special, unique and precious each and every child is. On this day let’s together celebrate by enlightening poor children’s life. This day lays a great importance on the children and therefore we can make this day great by making others happy.

Training to village leaders on Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Amendment to APMC Act 2020: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training program on Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Amendment to APMC Act 2020 held at Vimukti premises. The meeting began at 10. 30 am. The Centre has been issuing various new policies and one among them was the correction in the land reform bill. The new policy was explained in detail. The corrections made in the policy, the problems that could be faced due to this policy by the poor farmers, the speediness of the Govt. without proper guidance to the people were discussed in detail. This new amendment APMC bill would definitely favor the rich the business class people. They can buy the agricultural land for their use.

Training program on cleanliness and hygiene to leaders and Community Members:
Vimukti organized training program on cleanliness and hygiene to LM leaders, and community members at Vimukti premises. Capacity Builder Mr. Charlie addressing the gathering said that Corona has spread around the world and presently people are living in fear. There is a need of build immunity system in each one’s body. Cleanliness also needed to fight strongly against the spread of disease. One should wash his/her hands frequently with sop for 20 seconds. One should avoid touching the mouth eyes nose without washing the hands. This is a right time for everyone to get into the system of cleanliness and remain hygienic. The Lok Manch leaders have a greater role in spreading the awareness on cleanliness and hygiene in the village’s allotted to them.  The pregnant women must also consume nutritious food which is also clean and hygienic. The fruits which they consume must be washed thoroughly. Everyone must make a habit of drinking warm water. Prevention is better than cure. Proper drainage system must be made around the houses. Whenever we go out we must wear masks and keep physical distance when we are in the public. Parents must take good care of their children especially in the aspect of cleanliness. For about 55 Lok Manch leaders took part in this training enriching program.

FMM Juniors Day
As the Catholic Church Celebrates the memory of Blessed Maria Assunta Pallota, on the 07th of November, Sisters belong to the congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Consecrate this day specifically for the Junior Sisters and to pray for them. And on this auspicious day Franciscan institute of Spirituality in India-FISI this year has three Junior Sisters belong to the congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) in the persons of Sr. Jeba, Sr. Jenifer and Sr. Stephy and celebrated the Juniors day in the institute. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez. Sr. Jenifer gave t
he fitting introduction reminding about the life of Blessed Maria Assunta. After the Eucharist the sisters wished the festive greetings with a wishing song at the Dining Hall.

Founders Day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG)
Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI celebrated the founders day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG) on the 03rd of November 2020. The founder of Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Rev. Fr. Michael Ansaldo started an orphanage in Shepherd Street on 1775 and dedicated it to the protection of St. Aloysious Gonzaga. They dressed themselves in white sarees as the mark of their dedication to this special type of service. By their dedicated service many were joined with them and slowly they grew up as pious association and continued their ministry. There was a solemn Mass presi
ded over by Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with Other fathers, the choir and the liturty was conducted by FSAG sisters and others sisters sang the wishing song in the dining hall. We wish Happy Founders Day to FSAG sisters.

Case Study:Looking for the better opportunities.....
I am Mahadevamma hailing from Neermanvi, Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. We are all together 6 siblings to our parents. My parents did not educate me. So I could not read or write. From the beginning I had a desire to learn. But I did not get the opportunity for the learning. From last year onwards school had a facility of computer training. So I joined for the computer class. I learnt the basic of word combination thus was able to learn faster. I was very happy to handle the computer for the first time in my life. For three months I attended the computer training without fail. I learnt word combination, numbers, and computer basics which was useful for my daily living. I was not able to use mobile phone earlier or to dial numbers but now I am able to use the smart phone. I am so excited to learn more and more; but only looking for the better opportunities. I have great desire to achieve many goals in my life. I am very grateful to Vimukti Trust for giving me the golden opportunity to learn computer.

Free food kit distributed around 122 families by Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal:
On 28th October 2020 Food kit distribution was held by Vimukti at its premises. Due to Pandemic many have lost their jobs and are bound to stay at the villages. There are no daily earnings to support the families; everyone facing hardships and struggles to survive in this situation. It has been hard for many to go to distant places for work, to maintain physical distance, to use mask and sanitizers. Health is wealth is the present day situation. To build immunity is a need of the time. There are so many who are facing terrible times and the poor are suffering the worst. Vimukti Charitable Trust® (VCT) Pothnal, past many months have gone out of their way to reach to the people in fulfilling their needs. VCT Pothnal, under the able-leadership of its Director Dr. Sathish Fernandes left no stone unturned in fanning out to the villages through its services and reached out to the poor and the needy and identified the poorest families, HIV/AIDS, orphan, Semi orphan, Devadasi, widow’s, disabled and the aged people and on 24th Oct 2020 they distributed around 32 food kits and on 28th Oct 2020 they distributed 90 Food kits to the needy ones.

Post-Novitiate Brothers Mission Exposure Programme at Vimukti Pothnal:
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Post Novitiate brothers were privileged to be a part of the Vimukti Pothnal from September to October 2020. Belonging to a congregation which inherits its spirit from St. Francis of Assisi, it was a rejuvenating experience for us to walk into the life of the people and experience their very state of life. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap. When we look into the past few days, we had a gradual and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Gangavati, we could witness with our own eyes the functioning of Child Resource Centers (CRC’s) and Youth Resource Centers (YRC’s), run by Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) in collaboration with Child Fund India (CFI). We could also visit the families of different students sponsored by CFI and realized the consolation and support that it was providing to the society. In our stay in villages, we mingled with the life style of the people.


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Vimukti Distributed food kits to Sponsored children families:
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa.
Emerged COVID19 causing the human disturbances in terms of living, movement and foods have occurred. Lot of changes has brought into the lives, systems have been dysfunctional and situations have been paralyzed. This Pandemic has brought about drastic changes in the social and economic conditions of the people especially migrant workers, daily wage earners, unorganized sector workers, landless labourers and other vulnerable and marginalized communities. Loss of livelihood, reduced employment opportunities, possible low wages with longer hours of work are some of the problems that people will be facing in the post lockdown scenario. It has brought about systemic changes to the socio-economic structure in an unprecedented way and it is essential to study them in order to devise strategies to tackle them.

Vimukti Charitable Trust at Pothnal: Meritorious Service 2010 - 2020
From 2010 onwards, it is Fr. Sathish Fernandes who took reigns of Vimukti at Pothnal and extended its patronage to the taluka, district, and State level by recognizing the needs of the people and the demand of service from Vimukti. In recognition of his work, he has received some honorary titles and become the member of Child Welfare Committee of the District of Raichur. Briefly, the significant achievements of Vimukti from the year 2010 until 2020 have been the following:
Analyzing the cause for the lack of education in the rural areas, Vimukti made provision for many a programme to protect the rights of children, increase their learning opportunities through supplementary training, establish children’s Rights Club and to focus on such problems as infrastructure, environmental concerns, health awareness, child labour, child marriage, livelihood etc. thought of developing social leadership through children's parliament.

Training on Child Rights to Club Members: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized three levels of training for the members of Child Rights Clubs from in 16 villages of our working area. Vimukti staff briefed about Vimukti and its activities, and CHILDLINE 1098. Children gained knowledge about UNCRC, Child, Child Rights, Child related laws and Children in difficult situations. Children were motivated to call 1098, Child helpline number during difficult situations. Children expressed that these trainings helped them become better individuals and empower them to fight for their rights. Children also expressed that they have been identifying child laborers selling balloons, pens, etc. at some important signals and junctions in Manvi and in Sindhnoor talukas. Three hundred and eighty-one boys and one hundred and thirty three girls attended the trainings. Respective school HMs and teachers were present during the trainings.

Padre Pio Novena , day- 8
Theme: Padre Pio and Prayer
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Sandeep Dsouza Capuchin



Hand hygiene is important: Vimukti Pothnal
One cannot ignore the fact that hand washing is the simplest, most affordable and effective way of keeping the virus away. The theme of Global Hand washing Day 2020 is 'Hand Hygiene for all'. The theme is primarily to urge people across society to achieve universal hand hygiene. Keeping this objective, Vimukti organized Global Hand washing day on 15th of October, 2020 in four villages of our working area. The current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role hand hygiene plays in disease transmission. It reminds us of the importance of the simple yet most effective intervention to stop the spread of any disease- hand washing with soap- and the need to take immediate action on hand hygiene across all public and private settings to respond and control the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through this awareness program Vimukti urges to all the children and village communities, a global culture of hand hygiene must be fostered and made the mainstay in public health interventions beyond the pandemic. Nearly one hundred and seven children and village community stakeholders, benefited from this mass awareness program.

Padre Pio Novena , day- 7
Theme: Padre Pio and Eucharist
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Maxim Dsouza Capuchin




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Vimukti Free Health Camps: Vimukti Pothnal
The Free Health Camps are organised in the rural areas where people are neither able to afford medical treatment nor having any basic knowledge regarding health and hygiene. So, through these programs people are given various tips on health issues. Besides these, basic health problems and sicknesses are diagnosed provided with free medicines. The program is conducted in its targeted area with the help of staff nurse. In fact, these programs have been great benefits to many such peoples every year who could not reach to the nearest local hospitals in the Manvi taluka has borne a lot in order to help the needy beneficiaries in conducting such activities. In many places Mother and Childcare, Pre Natal and Post Natal Care, TB, AIDS/HIV awareness program are conducted every year. The awareness program organised with such issues like Child labour, Child marriage, trafficking, family issues, teen age such different issues were discussed and 198 stakeholders benefited from this camps.

Padre Pio Novena , day- 6
Theme: Padre Pio and Mother Mary
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Stevan Cutinha
Assistant Parish Priest- Madantyar



Padre Pio Novena , day- 5
Theme: Padre Pio and Sacrament of Confession
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Vincent, Parish Priest- Kulur



Padre Pio Novena , day- 4
Theme: Padre Pio and Stigmata (Suffering)
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr. Fredrick Braggs.



Training on Arogya Raksha Samithis to the Community leaders:
Vimukti organized the training on Arogya Raksha Samithis to the community leaders in our targeted villages of our working area. Mr. Charile, the Capacity builders and Mrs. Jecintha Campaign facilitator were the resource persons for this training. The main focus of the training was to insist on the need of establishing Arogya Raksha samithis at the Primary Health Centers. There are various responsibilities regarding this. The members who can also be the part of this committee were discussed at length. The various responsibilities of the committee: The various health rights of the people are to be displayed at the primary health centers. Annual health map has to be prepared. The cleanliness inside as well the surroundings of the health centers to be taken care. Health centers have to be protected well with proper construction of wall and fencing. Every month cataract check-up should be done at the centers. For this the trained doctors need to be invited from the nearby private or the Government health clinics. The money allotted to the centers must be utilized with the proper guidance and governance. Every fourth Saturday’s of the month meeting should be held at the health centers.

Padre pio Novena, Day 3
Theme: Padre pio and his concern for sick
Main celebrant Rev. Fr. Andrew D'Souza, Bajal...
Padre Pio shrine, Jail road. Bejai



Nine days novena begins in preparation for the Annual Feast of Padre Pio Shrine, Bejai, Mangalore.
In view of the Annual Feast of Padre Pio, the nine days novena devotion was inaugurated with the Flag - hoisting ceremony on 9th October 2020 at 5.30pm at the Padre Pio Shrine, St Anne's Friary - Bejai, Mangalore. Fr Royson Fernandes, the editor of Uzwad magazine of Udupi Diocese conducted the inaugural ceremony and our corporator Mr Lancylot hoisted the Padre Pio flag. On this blessed occasion the new Konkani book on the life of St Padre Pio that was translated and written by Fr Roshan Menezes Capuchin, the Episcopal Vicar for the religious in Udupi Diocese was released by the Daijiworld media head Mr Walter Nandalike. Mr Lancylot and Mr Walter conveyed their good wishes for the success of this blessed and holy event. The inaugural Eucharistic celebration on the theme ‘Padre Pio and the Holy Catholic Church’ was presided over by Fr Royson and concelebrated by Frs Roshan, Lancy and John. The grand annual feast of Padre Pio will be celebrated on 18th October 2020 at 5.30. The Capuchin Friars of St Anne's Friary invite you for the same. There will live telecast of the every evening Novena devotion and Eucharistic celebration on the Divine Word TV and CapuchinsMangalore YouTube channel.

Farewell Programme @ Darshan College
Every beginning has an end and every end is a new beginning. A year starts, a year ends; only to give birth to another. The Faculty along with a few Degree students organized a befitting Farewell programme to the Final Year Students. It was not a day to bid farewell but to cherish all the beautiful memories shared together in this abode of knowledge. Some of the final year students shared a part of their wonderful reminiscence from among the vast substantial experience in the campus and thanked the Faculty members for grooming them to face the challenges of life. There was thrill and joyous outburst as the medals were presented to the winners of various events held in the Academic year 2019-2020. Both the Director and the Principal appreciated the Students and at the same time expressed a few heart-touching motivational sparks for their future betterment. The final year students adorned with traditional attire added flavour to the celebration. The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and good-bye for the last.

Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi : October 04
The solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi our Father and Founder was celebrated in a meaningful way. The solemn Eucharist was officiated by Br. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, who gave a momentous message, breaking the word of God to the faithful who participated and witnessed the celebration in small number. He too made mention of the new Encyclical of Pope Francis, “Fratelli Tutti” “All Brothers” an address of St. Francis from the sixth admonition of St. Francis “The Imitation of the Lord” . The central line focused on translating our faith into concrete action to rebuild human fraternity and restore care for creation with creative fidelity. After the Holy Eucharist the faithful shared festal greetings with each other.
Wishing you all Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI FEAST-SHANTHI SADHANA - FISI
Many Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. The community of Shanthi Sadhana- Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI, celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder and Patron. The Eucharistic celebration began with a short procession carrying the a lighted candles portraying the virtues of Humility, Love, Peace and Hope. The theme of the celebration of Voyage with the Lord to become the face and voice of St. Francis of Assisi. The beacutiful artistic decoration was prepared by the Sisters who are doing their studies to obtain Diploma in Franciscan Spirituality at the institute. As a preparation for the feast there was nine days Novena prepared and animated by the Sisters. The melodious choir was led by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza celebrated the Eucharist with Fr. Joseph Dolpy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazereth as the concelebrant. The Sisters prepared the introduction, offertory prayers and the beautiful decoration. To mark the celebration there was grand sumptuous agape at lunch and throwball match in the afternoon and dance and skits at night recreation. The Director thanked wholeheart
edly the cooperation the hard efforts of all the Sisters and Fathers especially sisters who are doing their Diploma in Franciscan Spirituality for their generosity and disposition to make this feast a grand celebration.

Celebration of Transitus – Shanthi Sadhan - FISI
The Transitus of St. Francis is a celebration of the passage of the saint from his earthly life to the glory of heaven. Traditionally celebrated by Franciscans all over the world on Oct. 3, Transitus is a Latin word which means “passage” or “crossing over.” In all of the accounts written about the death of St. Francis, it is always remarked that he crossed from earthly life to eternal life with the Lord, filled with joy and having written his Canticle of Creation. In celebrating the Transitus, we are reminded that death is a part of life, that the final journey of our earthly existence is nothing to be feared, but to be celebrated and embraced. For it is only through death that we come to the full joy of the Lord. Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI, celebrated the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi with the enactment. The sisters put up a excellent devotional performance of Transitus. The celebration began at 6.30 pm at the reception of FISI and moved towards the main Chapel and ended at the Cave with the
candle light procession honouring St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais preached a fitting homily to become the voice and face of Jesus in the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi.

Vimukti Village leaders demanded DC, CEO, DHO, THO, and Lok Sabha members to prevent the material and infant deaths in Raichur District:
On 24th of September 2020 a report in the form of Memorandum was submitted to DC, CEO, DHO, THO and Lok Sabha members. The report was the outcome of the Survey on maternal and infant deaths in Raichur District. Maternal and Child Health Campaign, Manvi is formed under the leadership of people and People’ collectives in Raichur district. In the back drop of COVID 19 outbreak, the MCH campaign monitored different National and State Health programs for mother and child and also did the audit of maternal and infant deaths that the Campaign came across during the COVID outbreak and listed the problems faced by mother and children. Maternal and child health issues identified by the Campaign and so far six maternal deaths identified in the 5 PHCs.

Free health camp and Medicine distributed to the poor: Vimukti Pothnal
Health camp was organized for the pregnant women,children, and eldersin nine villages of Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. TB&BP check-up, weight check -up and other tests were conducted. Medicines were distributed according to their needs. Protein powders, Zoncovitysers also were given to many women. Aldigestic, Paracetamol, Syrup, B complex drugs were given to treat the common symptoms of fever, body pain, cold etc. Information on various facilities of health departments for the women was given. These types of camps are conducted regularly in the villages thus they can benefit from them. Around 225 women, children and elders participated in this health camp and benefited.

Foundation Da-Bon Secours-FISI
Franciscan Sisters of Bon Secours Congregation celebrated their foundation day on the 17th of September 2020 at FISI. REV. FR. JULIAN CHARLES LEHODEY MEP selected few dedicated girls from the orphanages and formed the first group of Aspirants. After 3 years of training they were to be accepted as sisters of the order and adopted the Franciscan rules and wore black Saree. The investiture of the first Postulants took place on 17th September 1858. In the year 1861, 7 sisters took their final vows as religious. On this day as a tradition among Bon Secours Congregation Sr. Bella, Sr. Me
tilda, Sr. Clementia, Sr. Dennis, Sr. Lincy and Sr. Julie renewal their vows during the Holy Eucharist in the morning and in the dining hall they were felicitated.

Feast of Nativity-fisi
On the 08th of September 2020, feast of Nativity is celebrated at FISI. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza animated the Novena Prayers an
d Fr. Maxim Nazareth was the main celebrant for the mass.

Fit India Run @ Darshan College
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in. Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body but also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. In order to motivate the individuals regarding cultivating the habit of physical fitness, the Department of Physical Education of Darshan College organized Fit India Campaign in collaboration with IQAC, NCC, NSS and Red Cross units. Fit India Run helps us to boost our fitness and remain free from all physical and mental restraints. The College students of different units along with the Degree Faculty went jogging within the campus and around the vicinity for about 3 kilometres to create awareness among the people regarding physical fitness. We need to consider using physical activity and exercise as a strategy to maintain health during this stressful period. Fit is not a destination; it is a way of life.

Free bags and books distribution to the needy children: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Trust Pothnal organized a program of free distribution of bags and books in the Bagalada village. The Director addressing the gathering said that the present Pandemic situation has largely affected the poor marginalized people. People have lost jobs and in a desperate situation. The Government has initiated teaching methods for the children at the village set up level. When it was enquired it was found that 6th to 10th school children do not study or go to school due to the poverty and could not afford to have school bags and books. Vimukti after learning the situation provided bags and books for the 30 needy children. The school in charge highly appreciated the initiative taken by the trust and asked people to see that no child should be deprived of education since education also is the fundamental right of children. The village dignitaries namely Dalit leader Gangadar, Mounesha Kori, Nagraj, Jagdish, Arogyappa, Mahesh Child Help line Raichur and children’s parents were present at the program.

INTRA-MURAL SEMINAR ON “KENOTIC VISION OF AUTHORITY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH” AT DARSHAN THEOLOGATE TO MARK THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF REV. FR. DR. MALCOLM SEQUEIRA [PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY]
Intra-Mural Seminar for the academic year 2020-2021 was held on 29th August 2020 in the conference hall. The theme of the seminar was - "Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church". The resource person for this seminar was Rev Fr Dr Baptist Rodrigues. This year's seminar was very special because it was organised IN THE HONOUR OF 80TH BIRTHDAY OF REV FR DR MALCOLM SEQUEIRA, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Due to pandemic situation this year's seminar was not open for public. However, the colour and taste of the seminar was just like that of a public seminar. Everything was well arranged and organised by the event manager Rev Fr Albert Lewis with utmost precision.

Free Medical Treatment camps Along with Free Medicine Distribution: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Free Medical Treatment camps along with Free Medicine distribution camps in sixteen villages of our working area. We have been distributing free medicines that are dire need of medicines and health checkup is done periodically. Twelve of the women were barren since 5 to 10 years. They were given counseling and health check up was done. For about 123 people had a briefing on the deadly disease of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Sugar, BP, COVID-19 etc were given, free check up and medicines were distributed. Many women and children benefited from these camps.



Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Pothnal distributed 1500 free face Shields to all the Front Line Warriors in Manvi Taluka:
“Only life lived for others is worth living” Says Albert Einstein. As coronavirus threat spreads across the globe, Vimukti organization is actively spreading awareness about the illness among the underprivileged classes; taking essential steps towards preventing the spread of coronavirus in Manvi Taluka Raichur Dist. Recently Vimukti distributed 1,500 face Shields to all the Front line Warriors in the Manvi Taluka. A face shield offers the first line of defense, protecting them to some extent from a direct infection. If everyone wears a face shields, the spread of this infection could be arrested. By distributing face shields for free of cost, the Vimukti is doing a significant job, says, Mrs. Chandra Shaker THO, Manvi. Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Ferandes acknowledge the pivotal role played by the frontline heroes in protecting our society, further motivated the frontline heroes (doctors, Police personnel, Gram Panchyath members, PDO, ASHAs, workers, AWC teachers etc) to continue with this extraordinary Godly cause of saving humanity from the Corona Virus Scourge. Vimukti has been giving door to door awareness through distributing handbills, how to protect oneself from spreading Covid-19.

INAUGURATION OF THE HORTICULTURE APPRENTICESHIP COURSE BY DATI
Dayalbagh Agricultural Training Institute (DATI) inaugurated the Horticulture Apprenticeship course for year 2020-22(two years Programme). Fr. Fredrick Braggs the Director of DATI presided over the inauguration ceremony. Fr. Peter Cyprian D’souza, The Provincial councilor and Fr. Dolphy Serrao, Superior of Athma Jyothi Ashram were the guests of honour who addressed the gathering as resource persons. Mr. John Crasta, the tutor of DATI, gave the key note address. Fr. Manohar D’souza, the director of the student brothers welcomed the gatherings and Sr. Lydwin D’souza, one of the students thanked all. Fr. Edwin Rakesh compered the programme. This year DATI has students out of which two are religious nuns. A student opted for yearly course. As a part of the inauguration “Laudato sii” Nursery has been inaugurated symbolically by planting few saplings.

LECTIO BREVIS 2020-21 : Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
Shanthi Sadhana-Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI-Bangalore organized the Lectio Brevis 2020-21 on the 17th of August 2020. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, the spiritual director of FISI in the welcome address said the importance of Franciscan Studies in the world of today. It was well appreciated by the participants. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, the Program coordinator briefed the Academic programs to the new Students. Fr. Robin Victor D’Souza, Director of the Institute gave the apt message to the occasion and stressed the need to pray for the greater interest in the Major Superiors to send more students to FISI, Fr. Maxim Nazareth, proposed the vote of thanks and. The function was brought to an end singing the hymn to Mother Mary. The students presented the prayer song, welcome song and compered the program. The Director also thanked all t
he Major Superiors for sending the sisters even in times of uncertainties and putting their faith on Shanthi Sadhana-Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI-Bangalore.

INAUGURATION OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-20 : Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
Due to COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Shanthi Sadhana-Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI-Bangalore inaugurated the Academic year for the Diploma course in Franciscan Spirituality on the on the 16th of August 2020. due to RISE IN CORONA VIRUS CASES IN INDIA and also the inter-state travel restrictions, the management has postponed into to the month of August. The inauguration of academic year 2020-21 was held in FISI on 16th August 2020. Along with the staff, new students and Director of the Institute Fr. Robin Victor D’souza con-celebrated the Eucharist and delivered a fitting homily on the importance of perseverance and imbibing spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare and becoming more human in the world. The melodious choir conducted by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez and sung by our new student’s added meaning to the celebration. The Eucharistic celebration was begun with a introduction followed by lighting of the lamp by the Dirctor Fr. Robin Victor D’souza,
Fr. Robin Minin Lopez-Program Coordinator, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais-Spiritual Director, Fr. Maxim Nazareth-Member, Sr. Mary Flora-Visiting Professor and Sr. Showrilu-Student representative.

Independence Day Celebration : Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
74th Independence Day of India was celebrated at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI by hoisting the Tri-Color flag on the 15th of August 2020. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the Institute was called upon to hoist the flag.
The Diploma students sang the patriotic songs and Sr. Jeba FMM compered the program.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL, PERAMPALLI
The historic stroke at the midnight dawn of August 15th 1947 is a moment that is etched in the heart, mind and soul of every Indian. 73 years later, the sunny and clear blue skies established new vigour and patriotism as the teachers of Trinity Central School, Perampalli gathered in the precincts of the school, to commemorate the 74th Independence Day. Rev. Fr. Claude Mascarenhas, Correspondent and Guardian of Trinity Vihar was the Chief Guest of the programme. He was joined by Rev. Fr. Anil D’costa, Principal and Fr. Ravi Rajesh Serrao, the Vice Principal, along with the teachers. The programme began with the customary hoisting of the National flag, followed by the rendition of the National Anthem and Vande Mataram. India is an amalgamation of traditions, beliefs, cultures and symbolic expressions. India’s vibrant culture was brought alive in the programme presented by the teachers. The programme commenced with an inspiring speech by Ms Sukhitha, who iterated the importance of true patriotism and our responsibilities as Indians.

Independence Day Celebration @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. With burning fire of love for the country and bubbling patriotic spirit, the Anthonian family gathered together on the 15th of August 2020 to pay honour and respect to our Nation, India. The Chief Guest Rev. Fr Robin Victor D’Souza, OFM Cap, Executive Secretary, CEB unfurled the tri-colour National flag and in his speech, quoted John F Kennedy’s historic words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for the country”. Rev. Fr Roshan Rosario, Director, St Anthony’s Institutions highlighted that freedom and responsibility are the two sides of the same coin. The Independence Day programme was well-organized by the NCC Unit of our College under the able leadership of our Physical Education Director, Mr Srinidhi Siddharth. Amidst the pandemic situation, the 74th Independence Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at St Anthony’s Institutions, Bangalore. May we always have the freedom to choose, freedom to dream and freedom to live.

Udupi: Four Capuchin deacons ordained as priests by Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo
Udupi – India August 2020 : On the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, Thursday, 06 August 2020, the Capuchin friars of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, praised God and celebrated the ordination of four priests at Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle. Four Capuchin deacons Sandeep Dsouza, Roshan Pereira, Wilfred D’Silva and Maxim D’Souza were ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese. The four newly ordained Capuchin friars hail from Hosad, Karwar; Beluvai, Mangaluru; Kable, Shimoga and Vorkady, Mangaluru respectively. The Bishop, in his homily emphasized the gift and greatness of priesthood. He invited the newly ordained to realize the greatness of their call and said that “the priestly vocation is a God’s call. A priest is chosen to become the herald of the Gospel and to minister God’s mercy, reconciliation and proclaim liberation, in the world today where everything seems to be constantly and rapidly changing.” “We are blessed with four priests this year and we rejoice with them. As Capuchins we are sent and one should be ready to go wherever he is sent. The motivating factor of our mission and service is our vow of obedience,” said Rev. Fr Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka while addressing the gathering after the ordination ceremony.

Free Medicines distribution camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, under “Health for all” project organized free Medicines distribution camp in 16 villages of Manvi Taluka. Mrs. Shilpa, staff nurse organized the checkup camp. Eye, Weight, Mouth, Ear and Physical checkup was done to all the children. Anemia, mouth cavities, vitamin deficiency, mouth ulcers and fungal infections were commonly seen among children. Children were guided to keep themselves clean and to eat fruits and vegetables. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were guided as to how to overcome vitamin deficiency by giving nutritious food. Parents were told to avoid giving chocolates and sweets to children. Seventy six families and children underwent the health checkup and got benefited.

Release of Jñāna Samruddhi -- Decennial Souvenir @ St Anthony’s Institutions
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. St Anthony’s Institutions (Darshan College & St Anthony’s PU College) remains ever indebted to God as it completes an illustrious decade of its academic excellence. To reminisce this glorious milestone in the mind of every person, ‘Jñāna Samruddhi’ the Decennial Souvenir has been brought out as a small token of love and gratitude to all who worked and walked through the portals of St Anthony’s Institutions, Kengeri, Bangalore. ‘Jñāna Samruddhi’ which means prosperity in knowledge nurtures, invests, cultivates and develops young minds towards academic excellence. We see a glow of approval, appreciation, approbation and admiration as we skim the pages of the Souvenir. This Decennial Souvenir was solemnly released at the hands of Rev. Fr Alwyn Dias, President, St Anthony’s Institutions along with Rev. Fr Robin D’Souza, Executive Secretary, CEB in the presence of a few Capuchin Friars. Fr Royston D’Souza, Chief Editor was heartily felicitated by the august gathering. Hail! St Anthony’s Institutions.


We are extremely saddened to inform you that our
Fr Deepak Rayappa, Capuchin belonging to Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, aged 58 passed away in the sleep last night (23/07/2020) due to massive cardiac arrest
at Kripalaya, Mysore.

The funeral will be conducted at 9:30 am tomorrow,
25th July 2020, at Kripalaya, Bogadi, Mysore.


May God welcome him into His eternal abode.
We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family of Fr Deepak and our brothers at Kripalaya and our friars.

May God grant him eternal rest.


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Historic Mile stone!!! Blessing and inauguration - “VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST(r)” Social action Centre Pothnal:
Humble beginning, steady growth, great dreams have been the life of Vimukti Pothnal. Generous and Gracious God had made our hopes and dreams come true. Renovation of VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST® Social action centre is a long awaited dream is finally becoming reality and brought great joy and gladness for the staff and Director of Vimukti Pothnal. July 20th, 2020 was indeed a historic day in the pages of Vimukti charitable institute and a day of great joy and delight to the Vimukti director and the staff, who in sublime gratitude proclaimed God’s immense greatness. Rev.Fr. Joel Jaison Lobo Guardian & Director Clara Vihar Pothnal, who proudly unveiled the plaque and proclaimed with humble gratitude to God saying ‘Lord your love is eternal; Complete the work that you have begun.... what is done in love is done well, and cuts the ribbon symbolically inaugurated the renovated Social Action Centre, Rev, Fr. Anil Parish Priest Harapura, inaugurated the auditorium and Rev. Fr. Sunil Cornelio Assistant Head Master Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya School Pothnal, inaugurated the children Park respectively. We fondly remember and grateful to Rev.Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka; who deserves very special honour for his untiring support from the very moment of the idea of bringing into the reality of this type of needed structure in Pothnal. Words would be insufficient to thank him also for his visualization, constant support, dynamic and ceaseless effort to actualize the dreams of Vimukti Social Action Centre at Pothnal.

Academic Achievement of Anthonians
Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities. St Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri, Bangalore has achieved 99% results in the II Pre-University Annual Examination conducted by the Department of PU Board of Education, Karnataka. Among those appeared, 31 have passed with Distinctions, 27 with Higher First Class, 72 with First Class and 32 with Second Class marks. Science and Arts streams have secured 100% and Commerce 99% results. Besides, Harshitha R has brought glory and fame to the Institution by securing 8th Rank in Arts in Bangalore South District. The Management, Principal and Faculties have congratulated the students for their stupendous performance and thanked the parents for their unstinted support in achieving this remarkable milestone since its inception a decade ago. St Anthony’s PU College will continue to remain as an abode of wisdom that ensures Holistic Development to the Leaders of tomorrow. Education is the key to unlock the Golden door of Freedom.

TRINITY SCORES!! SIX CENTURIES ON THE TROT!!
‘Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skilful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
Perseverance and hard work is what finally paid off, as the Grade 10 students of Trinity Central School, Perampalli succeeded in achieving a 100% result in the ICSE examinations of 2019-20. This is the 6th consecutive century achievement of the school. Despite the many adversities and challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, nothing deterred the determination of the students who made every effort to pursue their examinations. Coupled and strengthened by the teaching and support of the teachers, the school has achieved remarkable results. This year, being exceptionally special as the highest percentage of 94% aggregate was achieved. Ms Melanie Lewis is the proud achiever, who has brought this exceptional laurel to the school. Cementing their place amongst the toppers are Ms Vruddhi Kotian and Ms Sumayya, with a percentile of 93 and 92.6 respectively.
With a record-breaking 23 Distinctions and 7 First Class, the school’s repertoire to give the best in education and groom the future of tomorrow has grown leaps and bounds and surpassed several expectations. Having completed a successful decade, Trinity Central School has continuously strived to break the glass ceiling in all fields of academia, sports, holistic development and infrastructure. The increase in the overall percentage of the ICSE results has been an encouraging morale booster and motivation to excel further. Though the academic inertia lies in uncertainty due to the pandemic, it is with renewed vigour and determination, Trinity Central School moves forward to become better than the best. After all, ‘Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”.


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Vimukti team urges the concerned department to extend the work under MGNREGA Scheme:
With reverse migration, the works under MGNREGA are picking up the pace in the villages of Manvi Taluka. The people from Pothnal region had migrated to Maharashtra, Telengana, Bengaluru, Mysoru, and other places in search of jobs to eke out the living. Now they are travelling back to their native places after the lockdown was enforced to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Vimukti team, Pothnal conducted a door to door survey and motivated migrated families, daily wage workers to tap MGNREGA Scheme more effectively. As a result many migrates workers in our project area have been involved in digging recharge pits, check dams, bricks manufacturing, road constructions etc and also initiated to apply new job cards. Vimukti team also urged the concerned department to give 200 days’ work and should issue the job cards to those who don’t have the job cards. Hence, the government should extend work days under this scheme without delay.


Diaconal Ordination of 8 Capuchin friars of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka by Most Rev. Dr Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore today (03/07/2020) in Darshan Institute of Theology, Kengeri, Bangalore.



Vimukti Distributed free face masks for SSLC students:
Vimukti Pothnal organized program on free face masks for SSLC students in and around Pothnal 18 villages of our working area on 22nd of June 2020. Nearly 1,000 face masks were prepared and distributed to the SSLC Students by visiting their homes motivating them individually to ensure the safety by wearing face masks and maintain physical distancing at examination centers and help them to appear the examination with confidence; and also advised to carry their own water bottles. In Four High Schools free masks and Sanitizers were distributed as a result nearly 1000 children were benefitted from this program.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® engaged in relief work:
The images of stranded migrant laborers and low-income households in Pothnal region during the lockdown galvanize Vimukti to provide relief work. The major objective is to reach the unreached and very deserving families in the targeted villages of our working area. Distributed food kits to 100 deserving families like, HIV/AIDS, Devadasi, widow, orphan, disabled and migrants etc, the free food kits like, sugar, Tea powder, salt, Green grams, coconut oil, dall, Rava, Chilli powder, coriander powder, edible oil, turmeric powder cumin, master seed, Soaps, paste Tooth brush, face masks etc. who have affected by the lockdown. Vimukti staff moved into the remote villages and neighborhoods to create awareness about health, hygiene and protection from viral diseases. The families were very grateful to receive this timely help. We are also happy indeed to thank for the donors for their generosity. “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last for a lifetime. “ May God bless the cheerful giver”.

“Mask day” March held to encourage people to take precaution: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal 18th June 2020 participated in Mask day rally to encourage people to wear compulsory face masks and also follow the COVID-19 guidelines to check the spread of virus. The rally was flagged off from Gram Panchyath Pothnal and passed through the main thoroughfares of the town by holding placards. Gram panchyath members and Health department members appealed people on the streets to compulsorily wear face masks to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 75% spread of the epidemic can be prevented by wearing mask, washing hands for every 30 minutes and maintaining physical distancing should be the part of life. Wearing mask and maintaining physical distancing are the two major weapons to keep covid-19 far from us. Program was well planned and message was spread to many people.

Urgent task: fighting human trafficking awareness reaching every month 250-300 women and girls: Vimukti Pothnal
From 10th to 16th of June, 2020 Vimukti Pothnal organized the awareness program on human trafficking in five villages of Manvi Taluka. Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry after narcotic drugs and illegal arms supply. Generally, the organized crime of human trafficking extends beyond state and national boundaries. It is also multi-dimensional, involving elements of several crimes like kidnapping/abduction, buying and selling of humans, bonded labor and sexual exploitation. The ugliest face of human trafficking is trafficking of girls of sexual exploitation. In India, 46% of women and girls trafficked, are for commercial sexual exploitation, 27% for domestic servitude and 27% for forced labor. Keeping these thoughts in mind Vimukti Pothnal has been conducting sessions in the AWCs, public places, and in Community apart from legal remedies; prevention of human trafficking requires several types of interventions and demanding the concerned officials should focus on creation of compulsory, high-quality education, employment opportunities and income generation for marginal and vulnerable sections in the society.

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On 8 December 2008 the General Definitory by its Decree Prot. No. 00999/98 constituted and declared established the Most Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. By the same Decree the General Definitory appointed Br. Vincent Gabriel Furtado as the new Provincial Minister, Br. John Baptist Sequeira as the first Definitor and Provincial Vicar, Br. Patrick Crasta, Edwin Colaco and Rudolf D'Souza as the 2, 3, and 4 Definitors respectively.

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Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Minister General

Fr. Roberto Genuin
Minister Provincial

Fr. John Alwyn Dias
Provincial Council

Fr. Paul Melwyn D'Souza
Vicar Provincial

Fr. Peter Cyrian D'Souza
2nd Councilor

Fr. Robin Victor D'Souza
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Fr. William Prabhu 4th Councilor


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