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For the first time, an online portal has been designed in a social media platform for Mass offering request by Christian faithful who used to request Masses in our friaries and churches in person. Hence ‘Online Mass Offerings Request’ is made available to all and could be accessed easily by clicking on the link and filling up the necessary details. We will offer Masses for your specific intentions and pray for you. Kindly share it with others too to avail this spiritual benefit. It is a creative, collective and communicative pastoral venture of the Capuchin Friars from Karnataka Province.

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1Vestition @ St Pio Delegation, Sri Lanka
St. Pio Delegation, Sri Lanka of the Holy Trinity Capuchin Province, Karnataka began the Novitiate on 13/06/2021 with the ceremony of Vestition of Six Brothers from Pakistan in the presence of Br Arun Kumar Philomenraj, Provincial Delegate. As we congratulate them, we pray for the fruitful holy year of Novitiate.

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Extending our hands to the poor and needy during Covid-19
During this period of struggle, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® team extended our concern and solidarity for the poor and the neediest around us. This was a moment of witnessing the real Franciscan spirit.

Care in the time of Second wave of Covid-19 Pandemic: Vimukti pothnal
“We Rise by lifting others……”
Due to Covid-19, many poor people lost their job, no work and they were badly need of help. Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal from 1st to 6th of May 2021visited the Remote villages of Manvi taluka Raichur District, to the vulnerable ones and the most disadvantaged families like physically challenged, the destitute, widows and migrates. We could distribute more than 188 food kits to the poorest families in the locality, as the third phase of Corona-relief, each kits costs around Rs.1000. Vimukti staff visited to their area, gave motivational session, and distributed food provisions, gave awareness on preventive measures and cautioning the parents, villagers against taking children out in crowded places, festivals, marriages and other celebrations, to avoid third wave of pandemic, which is very serious issue and perilous.

Extending our hands to the migrate families: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes the initiative to help the migrate families who are stranded on the roads, due to lockdown and curfew. They are settled in isolated area where no one visits. Due to Second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, they lost their economic survival. Vimukti staff visited to their area, gave motivational session, and distributed food provisions, petit cash, mask and sanitizers and gave awareness on preventive measures.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal distributes 300 food kits, Masks, sanitizers to the underprivileged poor families to fight against COVID-19:
Lockdown, either partially or fully has become an unavoidable drastic step to contain the surge of cases and deaths due to coronavirus. The poor are affected more adversely than the rich and upper middle class, both by the virus itself and the lockdown and curfews, and its impact has significantly worsened the life of many poor, small and marginal farmers especially the migrant families, single headed women, unskilled workers, HIV/ AIDS, disabled, orphan semi orphan families etc. Amid this challenging situation, VIMUKTI along with its generous donor partners distributed dry ration kits (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 etc), mask, sanitizers, and medicines for the deserving most vulnerable 300 households in its operational areas. The kit contains dry ration and other essentials items for the month. With deepest gratitude we would like to thank you all the generous donors for your timely support and love towards poor and needy. In order to maintain proper distancing among the beneficiaries, circles were drawn on the ground at a distance of 1 meter and the beneficiaries were made to sanitize their hands before receiving the kits. Masks were distributed freely to the beneficiaries along with the hygiene package. Precaution is taken while distributing the dry ration kits.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal launches awareness drive in Manvi Taluka on COVID-19
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal has been giving mass awareness on the crucial aspects of the COVID-19 menace as the country records coronavirus cases and deaths. Coronavirus are a large family of Viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, like affect the respiratory system or kidneys. Across several states, the numbers have been significantly increasing with each passing day. Vimukti has been empowering the citizens with the right information and to take necessary precautions as per the advisories given by the state, Karnataka; Therefore, Vimukti is spreading the massage of “stay home save your family, aviod public transport, keep safe distance, hand wash more frequently, avoid gathering & crowds, avoid touching face, etc, people should take precautions and Vaccination. Vimukti has been making this public mass awareness more informative and educative to the children as well as for the public.

Resource Person: Prof Ronald Pinto : Date: Monday, 19 April 2021

‘If there is a will, there is a way’. This proverb is as old as Galileo, for its importance lies in those words. Much importance is given for the Board exams, whether 10th or 12th for it sets the recourse to a student’s future. However, one question that forever prevails, which too, is, as old as Galileo is - what next after 10th /12th ? Music soothes when tension bangs. Bringing the students at ease with an interestingly, foot-tapping song, renowned Career Counsellor, Prof. Ronald Pinto, brought in the livery and students’ mind at ease, as he commenced his session with the Grade 10 students. The session began with Prof. Pinto explaining to the students the difference between a job and a career. In a job, all that you work for is to fill your daily bread basket, i.e., its only your wages or salary that gets credited to your account. However, when you think of career - it is not just a job, but when you work with enthusiasm and follow your passion, there is a sense of fulfilment. This feeling of job satisfaction is what defines a person’s career.

Training on empowering and Protecting Adolescent Girls in Manvi taluka: Vimukti pothnal
Adolescents in villages being a neglected lot with regard to human growth and development, an awareness programmes were conducted so as to make them know the adverse effects of early marriage and improper knowledge of physical and sexual development. Topics like physical and psychological changes during puberty, maintaining physical and mental hygiene during adolescent stage, having the right sex education etc. were dealt with. 320 students gained knowledge on various issues.

Legal awareness on women rights:Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® organized training on Women and legal rights and celebrated International Women’s Day at VCT center Pothnal on 14th of March, 2021. Mrs. Jacintha Vimukti staff in her key note address said there are several laws in India that give women the authority to fight against abuse, discrimination, violence, harassment, indignities, etc. Being aware of them is the first step towards fighting against any injustice. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director said, international Women’s Day is an occasion to recall the struggles of women around the world to gain equality and rights. In order to live with dignity certain basic rights and freedoms are necessary, which all Human beings are entitled to these basic rights are called Human Rights.

The Secular Franciscan Order of Our Lady of Good Health, Shirva celebrated the golden jubilee of their establishment on Sunday, 18th April 2021. Rev Fr John Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of HTP Karnataka celebrated the solemn Thanksgiving Mass and Fr John Fernandes, OFS Provincial Spiritual Assistant gave the homily. Fr Prakash Lobo, Capuchin and Fr Rohan Dias, the Asst PP concelebrated. After the Mass, the invited guests and members of the Secular Franciscan Order gathered in the mini hall for the felicitation function. The guests were welcomed through the dance. In memory of the golden jubilee the guests on the dais poured water to a plant. The President of Shirva OFS welcomed the members. The secretary presented a short report. The guest of honour Rev Fr Denis D'Sa, the Parish Priest and Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial in their speeches congratulated OFS Shirva fraternity and asked them to look back, evaluate the present and go ahead to the future with hope. They called the members to spread the spirit of St Francis of Assisi and get more members to the Order.

Savithribai Pule’s Birthday Celebration @ Darshan College
Knowledge is like a fire. Which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself. January 3 marks the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule. She was known for her contribution in the field of women’s education and pioneering the women’s rights movement in India way before it became the norm. 15 Government School kids from in and around the neighborhood of Aurad (B) Village, Kalaburgi, Karnataka were encouraged to pursue education in spite of all odds. The details about the Important contributions made by Savithri Bai Phule for the upliftment of Women’s Education were briefed to them. Later, distribution of Books from Darshan College to the students was organized. A pledge to be educated and also to motivate others to be literates and end the misery of the oppressed and forsaken was taken during the event.

Sports activities to the youth: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust organized sports competition to the unorganized youth of Pothnal in its premises. Fr Sathish Fernandes the Director addressing the sports event said that sports help the young to cope up with the daily stress and keep them mentally as well as physically fit. So, there is a need of sports and entertainment for everyone for better growth. Everyone is busy in the world doing so many things but often fail to have real time for such things in life. Volleyball and cricket, other lacky games were conducted on this occasion. Along with these games other spot games were also conducted like those having highest visiting cards, having highest keys, girls having longest hair and so on. All the youth participated enthusiastically in all the games. At the end of the day prize distribution ceremony was conducted and those who won in the various games were given prizes by the brothers of the resident. For about 145 youth participated and benefited from this program.

Inauguration and Blessing of Kripa Kiran, New Capuchin Friary and Counselling Centre at Nitte - Karkala, Udupi
A New Capuchin Friary and Counselling Centre was inaugurated at Nitte Karkala, on April 16, 2021 at 10.30am. Fr John Alwyn Dias the Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, Rev Fr Dolphy Pais former Provincial Minister, along with councillors inaugurated the Friary by cutting the ribbon. Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese blessed the new Capuchin Friary and the Centre. A solemn Holy Eucharist was presided by the Bishop, concelebrated by many Capuchin Friars, diocesan clergy, religious and lay people. Fr Chetan Lobo, PRO of Udupi Diocese, preached a homily. During the Eucharist, Bishop blessed the new chapel, sprinkling holy water and incensing the holy Cross, the Altar and the Tabernacle. The melodious choir was sung by novices of Farangipet lead by Fr Joel Lopes.

Training on Income generating activities in three units: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, organized training on income generating to all the poor women of the project area. Mrs. Jacinta the vimukti staff briefed on the importance of self-help group and functioning and the aim of it. With their small savings, the women are meeting their daily requirements, or meeting expenses related to illness, marriages, or financing their small ventures. twenty-five SHGs each have been organized into Clusters (total number of clusters is 25) and all the 10 clusters. For earning an income of their own, SHGs have been imparted training in garland making milk product and goat farming. A few SHGs have started their business, which has been linked up with the local market. Apart from this, the groups have also been imparted training in child rights, women rights, rights and duties of panchayats, welfare schemes of the government, etc. There were about 22-unit representatives present for the day’s seminar program. Mrs. Ishamma, Mrs. Mariamma were also present for the seminar. Mr. Arogyappa anchored the entire program. Poor Women were motivated to do self-employment to become financially stable and to fulfill the need of their family members as well as to provide better education to their children. Nearly 196 women benefited from this program.

Ordination of seven Capuchin deacons and a deacon of Bareilly Diocese at St Anne’s Friary Bejai, Mangaluru
Mangaluru, April 15, 2021: Bishop of Mangalore diocese, Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha ordained seven deacons of capuchin order and a deacon of Bareilly diocese to the priesthood at Divine Mercy retreat centre, St Anne’s Friary, Bejai Mangaluru on Thursday at 10.30 am. More than 100 clergymen, a large number of people, religious nuns, well-wishers and benefactors gathered for the solemn celebration. The solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Bishop most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha. Concelebrated by Fr Alwyn Dias Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza vicar provincial, Fr Robin Dsouza and Fr Peter Cyprian Dsouza Provincial Councillors, Fr Sunil Crasta Rector of Minor Seminary Bareilly Diocese, a large number of Capuchin Priests and diocesan and religious priests. The melodious choir was sung by novices and parishioners of Uliya, lead by Fr Joel Lopez. Fr Ravi Rajesh was the MC for the liturgy.

Mercy Kit Distributed to 200 poor families at St. Clare of Assisi Church Pothnal:
“Great Satisfaction comes from sharing with others”
Vimukti Charitable Trust® in collaboration with Divine Mercy Retreat Centre of St. Anne's Friary under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Paul Melwyn guardian launched 'Mercy Walk', 'Karuneya Nadige', 'Kakultichim Pavlam.’ To make it concrete, the guardian introduced to people the concept of 'Mercy Kit', preparing a kit which contains essential groceries worth Rs 1,000-It was distributed to the 200 very poor families at St. Clare of Assisi Church Pothnal. We the St. Clare of Assisi Parish people are very grateful to all the Divine Mercy core committee, OFS Members and members of St. Padre Pio group and Vimukti Charitable Trust group Israel for your timely and generous support and help towards these poor families. May God bless your generosity in hundredfold, families gathered to express their deep gratitude to you and your families.

Blood donation camp organized by Vimukti Pothnal:
“Your blood donation can give a precious smile to someone’s face.” To realize the need of the hour and serve the purpose of the people is the greatest wonder and the achievement of human being. As the age old saying goes ‘Health is wealth’. The Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) had been catering to the manifold plans, undertaking projects for the welfare and the upliftment of the people in this region. ‘Health’ has been the core issue, and the focus to attend to this issue is the prime need during COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Vimukti Pothnal organized Blood Donation camp in Collaboration with Taluka Health department, family welfare society and RIIMS Blood Bank unit Riachur on 4th April 2021 at Vimukti premises Pothnal. Dr. Rajendra explained the benefits of the blood donation. Every healthy person can donate blood once in a six month. It increases immune system of the body. It can keep one away from cancer and other deadly diseases. Blood pressure and cholesterol can be maintained due to this practice. Taluka health department administrator addressing the gathering requested everyone to eradicate the virus spread by mutual cooperation and service. Blood donation can save the COVID-19 patients.

The Divine Mercy feast was celebrated at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Bejai, Mangaluru on 11th April 2021 at 10.30 am. Bishop Emeritus Most Rev Aloysius Paul Dsouza Diocese of Mangalore, was the principal celebrant of the day. Earlier at 9.30 am Fr Richard Quadras animator of the retreat centre conducted Holy hour (Adoration), praying for all the sick and suffering. During the Eucharistic celebration Bishop Aloysius preached a beautiful homily on Mercy of God. He said “God’s mercy is explained in three parables of New testament. The parable of Prodigal son, Lost sheep and the lost coin. God’s Mercy abundantly flows to us, through His only son Jesus Christ who died on the Cross, for the sake of humanity.” The Capuchins namely, Fr Richard Quadras, Animator of Divine Mercy Centre Bejai, Fr Chetan Lobo, PRO of Udupi Diocese, Fr Peter Cyprian the Provincial Counsellor, Fr Jeevan Dmello the Novice Master, Fr Denis Veigas, Fr Prakash Lobo, Fr Roshan Herald Dsouza, Fr Lancy Rebello, Fr Prem Dsouza, Fr Prakash Colaco, Fr Stephen Dsouza, Fr Bertrand and Fr Fredrick Rodrigues graced this occasion by their gracious presence.

Beti Utsav @ Darshan College
A Girl Child is a pride and future of the nation. Empowering your girl child means empowering your future. We are human beings, brought into this beautiful planet by a woman. The struggle of a girl child begins even before the day she is born. She is ‘lucky’ if she is allowed to be born. Even after birth, the girl child faces discrimination and oppression. With a view to create awareness about the scenario with all the young minds, Beti Utsav was celebrated on 25th of January 2021. The Resource Person Dr. Usha Mohan, Motivational Speaker and chief counselor, Senior Traffic Warden, Zonal in-charge, Upparpet Limits focused on these vital aspects: Trafficking, Sexual Abuse, Female Foeticide, Women Safety, Menstrual Cycle and Hygiene. Give the girls wings to fly and not the pain to cry and die.

The Formation Conference of Holy Trinity Province – 6 to 8 April 2021
The Formation Conference of the triennium 2019 – 2022 took place from April 6th to 8th 2021 at Shanti Sadhana, FISI, Bengaluru. It began with the prayer and inaugural session that included lighting of the lamp by Dr. Pushparajan, resource person for the Formation Conference, Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister and all the Councillors. Dr. Pushparajan, thereafter addressed the Formation Conference attendees on the topic “Laity’s expectations of Priestly Formation”. He touched upon the various challenges the laity are facing in the present life situations and their expectations from the religious and clergy. How equipped the clergy are in all spheres of life, may it be spiritually, academically, morally, psychologically and socially. After the input session, the reports with the current challenges of each formative stage were presented which was moderated by assigned friars.

Marathon – a Run for Unity @ Darshan College
When you run the marathon you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time – Heile Gebrselassie. The pride in finishing a Marathon is much greater than all the pain endured during the marathon. Department of Physical Education Darshan College organized a 5 Km Marathon – a Run for Unity. More than 200 participants took part in the event. Faculty, Students and even volunteers from the general public enthusiastically participated and reached the finish line with fulfillment. If you want to run, run a mile; if you want to experience a different life run a Marathon. Finishing a Marathon is a state of mind that says anything is possible.

Inauguration of Divine mercy Novena at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Capuchins, Bejai Mangaluru
The Divine Mercy novena was inaugurated at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Bejai, Mangaluru on 5th April 2021 at 5.30 pm. Fr Prakash Colaco, Asst editor of Sevak lead the flag hoisting ceremony. Fr Andrew Leo Dsouza, the Parish Priest of St Lawrence Church, Bondel hoisted the flag of Divine Mercy at the St Anne’s Friary Chapel premise. Every year Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday. So till Easter Sunday three days of Novena was conducted virtually through the Capuchins Mangalore YouTube Channel. Fr Andrew Leo Dsouza, the chief celebrant of 4th day Novena and Mass, preached a heart touching Homily on forgiveness. Fr Richard Quadras, Animator of Divine Mercy Centre Bejai, Fr Roshn Herald Dsouza, Fr Lancy, Fr John Fernandes and Fr Fredrick Rodrigues graced this occasion by their gracious presence. On this occasion Konkani Prayer cards of grace before meal an grace after meal written by Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza were inaugurated. These Prayer Cards will be available at St Ann’s Frairy Parlour as well as Divine Mercy Retreat Centre Bejai.

The Holy Triduum consists of important event that commemorates and celebrates the Last Supper, Crucifixion and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. These days were meaningfully celebrated in Saccidananda and witnessed a good number of active celebration and participation of faithful. The friars took turns to organize the liturgy of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. It was headed by Fr Edwin Colaco, Fr Maxim D’Silva, Fr Vijesh Menezes and Fr Elvin Lopes respectively. The faithful who joined these days of services and celebration expressed their gratitude for the meaningful, reflective and meticulously prepared animation. God bless all those who helped to organize it well
Wishing you all compliments of the season. Happy Easter!
May Risen Jesus bless us all

Golden Birthday of Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister
The Golden Birthday of Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Capuchin Province Karnataka was celebrated on the day of Palm Sunday, 28th March 2021. It was celebrated with a meaningful celebration of Holy Eucharist officiated by Provincial Minister along with friars of the Provincialate-Community. Fr John Alwyn Dias preached a meaningful homily and spoke about the significance of the Palm Sunday. After the Mass the extended family of Saccidananda (the faithful) felicitated and shared the Birthday wishes. Due to Covid 19 situation a simple celebration was observed. In the evening the friars of the Bangalore communities gathered for an evening prayer to thank the Lord and seek His blessings on Fr John Alwyn Dias. After the Prayer service a short wishing programme was held and simple meal was served. It was a day filled with joy and mirth.

27th Convocation: Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI
27th Convocation Ceremony of Franciscan Spirituality was held at Shanthi Sadhana, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India on the 26th of March 2021. Sr. Stephy Jane welcomed the gathering. The ceremony began at 10.30 Am, Dr. Cynthia Menezes Prabhu, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Management – Bangalore University was the Chief Guest along with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with other fathers and sisters were present. The ceremony began with a prayer dance followed by the Academic Report by the Director. The chief delivered the Convocation Address
and awarded the Diplomas for 16 Sisters. Sr. Maria Brusy read out the honor and felicitation to the Chief guest and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez raised vote of thanks. Sr. Vidya and Sr. Clementia compered the program

Community Picnic : FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, organized one day picnic for the community on the 24th of March 2021. The picnic was organized to Mysore, thus the community members began the journey to Mysore, on the way we went to Srirangapatna to see the tomb of Tippu Sultan followed by St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mysore Palace, Zoo, etc.. After spending whole day with fun and relaxation, we reached back at 8.30 p.m.

NOVATO FIESTA @ Darshan College
‘There is a miracle in every new beginning’- Hermann Hesse. With realistic dreams for the future, filled with the spirit to realize them, the Freshers began this academic year. The Freshers’ Day celebration was held at our institution on 9th March 2021, with extravaganza to make the Freshers feel at home. It was an explosion of talent, showcasing the performances by the senior and super senior students. Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D Souza, Executive Secretary, Capuchin Executive Board, was the Chief Guest for the Occasion. He appreciated the efforts of the management and the faculty in building this Institution into a vibrant and lively one by providing a platform for numerous activities and urged the students to make full use of them. He also advised the students to be focused, hard-working and have perseverance. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

“Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others; Not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.” In order to shine in this competitive era, only the classroom education cannot contribute to the success of the students, but various certification courses and seminars are much needed for the overall development of the students. In this regard, IQAC and Placement Cell of Darshan College had organized a seminar on value added courses on 18/01/2021 presided by Mr. Anil Kumar, HR Expert. Technology and transformation plays a vital role in today’s current scenario. In order to imbibe technology within us, the first step is awareness and the second step is acceptance. In this regard, an opportunity was given to Darshanites to be aware of the situation of employability in them pertaining to Banking, Advanced Excel, Digital Marketing, Coding, Python, etc.

Seminar on Tips for Attending Interview @ Darshan College
“The goal of education is understanding and the goal of training is performance.” Every single job is a challenge. We are walking into a new set, a new character, creating a World and trying to get comfortable to do our best work. With a view to provide key aspects to attend interviews, IQAC and Placement cell of Darshan College had organized a seminar on Tips for attending interview on 18/01/2021. Aspects such as Dressing Etiquette, Body Language, Way of Answering, Self Introduction, Resume Preparation and other related mannerisms were trained to the students in the seminar. In-charge Professor Mr. Mohammed Tazeer laid down the tips and tricks for the students to face their first interview.

Dr. Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernanades OFM. Cap Received State award- makkala Kalyana Raja Prashati -2020-2021 Vimukti Pothnal
Dr. Fr. Sathish Fernandes OFM Cap was honored with “Makkal Kalyana Raja Prashati” state award for his dedicated and valuable service towards the welfare of children at the International Women’s Day Programme held on 10th March 2021 at Princess Golf, Gate No.9, Palace Ground, Bangaluru. The award was given in recognition of the undeterred and relentless work towards children and youth at risk. Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri B.S. Yediyurappa Karnataka inaugurated the function and exhibition stalls. Mrs. Shashikala Annasaheb Jolle, Hon'ble Minister for Department of Women and Child Department Karnataka honored the state award- makkala Kalyana Raja Prashati- 2020-2021 along with certificate. The dignitaries and organizers from the state applauded the efforts and services of VIMUKTI on the occasion.

The OFS of Shirva Region met together on 26th February 2021 at Our Lady of Good Health Parish, Shirva for a day of prayer and penance. 110 members were present. The day began with Rosary, praying of the Office, talk, Way of the Cross and Holy Mass. Br John Fernandes, OFS Provincial Spiritual Assistant gave the talk on the theme: Fratelli tutti. All were served with simple vegetarian meal.

The OFS Udupi Fraternity celebrated 80th year of their existence. On this occasion a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Udupi. Most Rev. Dr. Jerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi officiated the Eucharist. Fr. Maxim Pinto and Fr John Fernandes concelebrated. In his homily Fr Maxim said that St Francis of Assisi became the salt of the earth and light of the world during his time. Today we need to continue the live the same message of the gospel. In his message the Bishop spoke of three points from the life of St Francis. 1. St Francis loved the poor. 2. He loved the nature. 3. He lived the Gospel. He congratulated the OFS members of Udupi Fraternity and thanked them for their good work. The parish priest Rev. Fr Valerian welcomed the celebrant's and the congregation. He expressed a word of gratitude for the silent presence and active role of OFS in the parish. A packed lunch was served to the members present for the celebration

Having been nestled in the cosiness of their homes for nearly ten months, the wide smiles and cheerful whispers said it all. Bidding goodbye to online classes, the students of Grade 6-8 released colourful balloons into the air, as they kick started their journey back to school. As the curtains were drawn by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, along with our Vice Principal Rev. Fr. Ravi Serrao, Academic Co-ordinators and teachers; students walked into the school portals under a continuous shower of aromatic petals. Students were also gifted stationary reminding them that, from today, it’s a new dawn towards a fruitful future. Beautiful diyas were also lit dispelling the darkness that had loomed all these months. Prayer is not only our physical sustenance but also our spiritual guide. The chimes of voices resonated with the prayer song ‘As the deer pants for water’. Ms Jayanthi, Assistant Academic Co-ordinator welcomed the students on behalf of all present.

Community Day Celebration at FISI
On 25th February 2020, Fr. Robin Victor D’souza-Director of Franciscan Spirituality in India -FISI, celebrated his birthday at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI. As it is the tradition the birthday of Director is celebrated as the community day. Grand celebration began at 6.30 a.m. with a meaningful birthday cum community day prayer service for the occasion conducted by the Sisters. The Eucharistic Celebration at 12.p.m was further embellished by the meaningful homily by Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais and soulful choir by the Sisters guided ably by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez. Later in the afternoon all gathered in the dining hall to wish each other community day and thank Fr. Robin Victor D’souza for his service to the province and to FISI, followed by a beautiful Cake was cut by Birthday Baby to mark this special occasion and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez appreciated the services of Director to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI and to the Province at large.

Training on Carrier Guidance to Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized training on carrier guidance to youths of the project area, on 15th February 2021, at Vimukti premises. The base line of the workshop was to help prospective generation to understand their hidden talent in an advanced way. Youths are not useless but they are used less. They are the future leaders and rulers of our nation. There are many ways to spoil their skills and talents in this world. Media plays vital role in the part of exploiting youth of today. We have the responsibility to channelize them with proper way. The resource person Mr. Saver KDDC Karwar motivated the youth to achieve their goals by facing the challenges bravely. Along with that the practical tips and examples were given to the youths about entrepreneurship, appearing for the competitive exams, lucrative courses, and the skills for facing the interviews. Nearly 101 youths attended and benefitted from this training.
Core Objective:
To Empower 300 youths of vulnerable families to have an income source for basic needs of life by imparting vocational training skills.

Campaign on Mother/ child Protection and Nutrition: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Campaign on Mother and child protection. Mrs. Jecenitha and Mr. Charlie was the resource person, who also briefed on how to continue this campaign in near future. Campaign Meetings are held in various villages of our working area. The target groups are pregnant women and children of six months to the age of three years were enquired whether they get the nutritious food at the Anganvadi centres. It was brought to the notice at the meeting that the food allotted to the pregnant and the children were not up to the mark though they are given every month. The quality and the quantity always have been manipulated by the centres. Survey was done at the 14 villages of the number of pregnant women and the children below the age of 6 years. In 31 Anganvadi centres the list of food allotted by the government to the pregnant women and the children were displayed on the charts. It was insisted that this practice of displaying must be compulsory. From time to time the people must be made aware of the benefits by the centres.

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Awareness campaign to combat human trafficking: Vimukti Pothnal
On 18th, 21st and 30th January, 2021 an awareness programs were organized on combat human trafficking, as well violence against women and children. We are appalled to read in the media, almost every other day, the horrific incidents that take place against women and children in various parts of our country. Violence against women goes largely unpunished. This is shown by the reports published and research conducted by the united nations, international human rights agencies and the global women’s and feminist movements which have been denouncing this situation for decades. It takes many forms, from domestic abuse to rape, sexual abuse and harmful cultural practices ranging from genital mutilation and honor crimes to premature marriage. Keeping all this problems VCT has been giving awareness programs in the schools, women, men and youth in the villages of Manvi taluka. 150 children, youth women and men benefited from this program.

Makkal Grama Sabha: “EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO BE HEARD”….Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal, organized Special Children’s Grama Sabha at Utakanoor Grama Panchayat, on 29th of January 2021. “Every Grama Panchayat should become increasingly child-friendly by identifying and redressing the issues faced by children”, said Charlie Gram panchyath member, Utakanoor, in his inaugural address. Arogyappa Vimukti youth coordinator, Manvi said that everyone should join hands to ensure the protection and promotion of child rights and the safety of children by accessing appropriate authorities and existing safety mechanisms. Manthesh Secretary, Malesh water man, Adhya teacher utaknoor primary school and Vimukti staff, spoke on the occasion. ICDS staff, district health officers, project staff, school teachers and over hundred and fifty children participated in the programme.

“Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles”. On 18th January 2021, the wait was finally over for the Grade 9 students of our school. Along with our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, Vice Principal Fr. Ravi Serrao, Co-ordinators and teachers, miniature corona viruses were nipped at the bud as the ceremonial ribbon was cut, and a shower of fragrant petals filled the air. Each student was presented with a packet of vegetable seeds, reminding them that they are the ambassadors of the future generations to come. God’s blessings were invoked as all prayerfully sang ‘Bind us together’ . Ms Magdaliena Lewis, Academic Co-ordinator welcomed the students after which our Vice-Principal Rev. Fr. Ravi Rajesh Serrao addressed the students. The students also had a counselling session with Ms Veronica, the school counsellor. Fun and engaging games were conducted to assist the students holistically rejuvenate themselves. After a short break, regular classes resumed for the students, with all Covid-19 guidelines and regulations in place.

Grace of Priestly Ordination – Br Vika Dominic Chishi
It was a day filled with immense joy to the capuchin friars of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, to the Infant Jesus Delegation – Nagaland and to Br Vika Dominic Chishi who ascended the Altar of God. Br Vika Dominic Chishi was ordained by Most Rev. Dr James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima on Thursday, 21st January 2021 in Holy Cross Church Dimapur, Nagaland. It was animated in a traditional way under the guidance of the Parish Priest and all the faithful of the Parish. The youth volunteers geared up the holy event with enthusiasm, the choir sang with angelic voices, altar servers assisted wholeheartedly. We are indebted to all the friars involved in making it a successful event. We thank greatly the benefactors of Br Vika Dominic Chishi who supported the priestly formation of Br. Dominic. As we congratulate our friar and new Priest Vika Dominic Chishi, we wish him all the best in his priestly life and mission.

Republic Day Celebration at FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of our Country on the 26th of January 2021. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez
hoisted the flag, Sr. Savariammal FIHM gave the speech and Sr. Maria Brusy FIHM compered the program. The program ended by singing the national anthem.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable willing spirit”. Education in 2020 nose-dived to an uncertain oblivion as the world was clouded by a silent virus, that no one saw coming. Despite these adversities, education took the virtual route to ensure that the students are kept abreast of their studies. Re-opening of schools was a continuous dilemma, ever since the doors opened after the lockdown.Ten months later, with joyous hearts, Trinity Central school opened their portals to the Grade 10 students. After a long hiatus, our students were back, ecstatic and rejuvenated. After the preliminary temperature check and sanitization, students along with our Principal Rev.Fr.Anil D’Costa, Vice Principal Fr. Ravi Serrao, Administrators tore open the Corona monster marched forward to renewed beginnings, welcomed by a cloudburst of fragrant petals by the teachers.

A library to cultivate a love for books: “to provide alternative to smart phones and gadgets and develop a reading habit”…Vimukti Pothnal
Books soothe us, help us get through a rough patch and open our eyes to better understand the world. Therefore, it is essential to surround children with books to ensure that they become educated and not just literate. It was these thoughts that motivated Fr. Sathish Fernandes to set up a library in the Vimukti center Pothnal. During the covid- induced lockdown, when many public libraries suffered setbacks and even closures, Vimukti saw it as an opportunity to encourage children to develop a reading habit. Vimukti centre has set up modest library with chairs and tables ensured that all the safety measures were in place at the library. The library currently has books on science, general knowledge, child rights, as well as story book for children. There are biographies and books on great Indian leaders like Ambedkar, Abdul kalam, M.Gandihji, savitribai Phule, Bhagat singh and others inspiring children are placed.

A cherished Dream comes true for Hampamma!: Vimukti Pothnal
Hampamma,is from Malkapura village in Raichur district. She completed her Pre-University course and got married when she was 19 years old to her beau in the village. Both she and her husband moved to Bangalore in search of employment. She found a job in a garment factory where she was paid Rs.7, 000 per month and her husband started working as a car driver. She became pregnant and when she could no longer bear the strain of commuting and working in a factory, she quit her job and returned to her village and soon delivered a healthy baby girl. Three months after her baby, Deepika was born, her husband cut-off all contacts with her and has never visited their baby or even called her over the phone. She has been staying with her mother-in-law who is 55 years old and works seasonally as a coolie. With no steady income and her husband having deserted her, she was upset and discouraged not knowing what her future will be.

Action speaks louder than words: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® group along with the members organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas season and reach out to the 32 economically underprivileged families on 5th of January 2021, Tuesday. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, and brightly decorated packages. Vimukti charitable trust group members has unanimously decided to comfort the neighbourhood poor needy 32 families in this time of pandemic crisis by sharing food items 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, etc. It’s good to the members joyfully sacrificing their share with the poor. The money saved is offered to families in need. With deepest gratitude we would like to thank you all the generous donors for your timely support and love towards poor and needy. Wish you all Happy New year-2021 that will spread TRUTH, LOVE AND JUSTICE.

Timely intervention of Mrs. Ishamma Vimukti leader… my burden was lightened
I am Mrs Basamma wife of Mr Timmappa residing in Sunkanur of Manvi Taluka. We belong to lower caste society and our financial condition is worst to think of. We have three sons and they have gone to Bangalore for daily wage earning. Here I live with my husband. From the past ten years we used to get Rs 1000 per month under a special Govt scheme. We used to manage with that money for our daily sustenance. But since last eight months due to Corona pandemic the pension which I used to get was withheld by the Govt. We had hard times to manage during the pandemic. Even our sons could not help us in our needs. I shared my difficulties with Mrs. Ishamma Vimukti leader who is also living in our village and with her own expenses took me to the different offices to claim my pension. We went to the bank, post office, revenue department but in spite of meeting the members in the office they didn’t respond positively for our need. It was painful to see the reactions of the officers. We wanted to know who is mishandling the amount that was due to me. In the process of finding out the person it was the post man who was deliberately denied that the money hasn’t come and has used the money for him since past five months.

“Helping hands always better than praying lips:” Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® A Capuchin Social Intervention through the generous support of Vimukti Charitable Trust group, and Mr. Ashok Steven Lobo organized the program on Distribution of worship articles to St. Clare of Assisi Parish church and to the 14 substations on 20th December 2020 at Vimukti premises. The above mentioned donors generously came forward voluntarily to support and realize this project. The council members of all fourteen substations of the Parish were present for the program. Rev. Fr Sathish Fernandes addressing the gathering said that when the need of things for praise and worship was addressed to the donors, they immediately came forward with large heartedness and assured to support in whatever way they could. A word of praise and appreciation was added by the Vimukti Director for their kind gesture.

NEW YEAR-2021- Celebration at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI)
On the 31st of December at 6.30 PM, Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India had one hour of Thanks giving adoration for all the blessings God has showered on the institute and the inmates throughout the year 2020. It was a meaningful adoration conducted by the sisters. Later at 7.30 PM we had Eucharistic celebration with Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais as the main celebrant along with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza and Fr. Maxim Nazareth as the concelebrant. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir
with the melodious voices of the sisters. The Sisters gave a meaning introduction before the Eucharistic celebration with Kuba Arathi, lighting of the lamp and offering of symbolic gifts to welcome the New Year 2021.

Christmas Celebrations at Trinity Central School
‘It’s a time of joy, a time of peace, a time of giving. A time when we all come together as one’. Christmas is a celebration that is most anticipated by all irrespective of race or religion, caste or creed. At Trinity Central School, the celebrations were doubly jubilant as we received an amazing opportunity from Daijiworld TV Udupi, to present a Christmas programme – ‘Christhanjali’ on their prestigious channel. The Christmas programme, envisioned and performed by our teachers, commenced with a meaningful introductory message conveyed by our Principal, Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa. The joy of Christmas rang out loud, as a medley of Christmas carols echoed across the skies. In her Christmas message, Ms Magdalena Lewis, Academic Co-ordinator expressed that Christmas, isn’t just about the cake, crib, lights and sweets.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Celebrates Christmas under pandemic’s shadow with 72 underprivileged children:
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas Day special and reach out to the underprivileged children on 23rd of December 2020, Wednesday. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, and brightly decorated packages. It was surely a Christmas to remember at Vimukti Pothnal. The essence of Christmas came alive at Vimukti center when the poor children got together and shared the merriment. The delightful celebrations included various activities. Our poor children gelled up as they gave various performances which added up to the joy. The Vimukti center was a festive look and was beautifully decorated. The significance of this festival was told to the children. The children enjoyed to the beats of “Jingle Bells” and wished Merry Christmas to their friends and staff.

Christmas Celebration at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI)
On the 24th of December Mid night at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India had Christmas Vigil Mass. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the institute was the main celebrant along with Fr. Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazareth as the concelebrant. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir with the melodious voices of the sisters. The Sisters gave a meaning introduction before the Eucharistic celebration. The Crib, Alter Decoration and Decoration in the Dining hall and around the Campus was beautifully and meaningfully done by the Sisters. After the Eucharistic celebration Baby Jesus was brought in procession and placed in the symbolic Crib artistically created by the Sis
ters Symbolically representing Jesus as the Healer of the World during the Pandemic Covid-19. After which all gathered in the dining hall to wish each other Merry Christmas .

Extending our hands to the Sponsor families during COVID-19:
During this period of struggle, we the Vimukti organization extended our concern and solidarity for the poor and neediest around us. As we know, the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic has been variously affecting all walks of life. Thousands of people who live from hand to mouth on a daily basis have lost their means of livelihood. Through deprivation of jobs, their future dreams were shattered into pieces. When we sensed the humanitarian emergency, especially the cry of the poor people due to the unpredictable situation, through the kindly generosity of our ensemble agissons members, we straight away plunged into actions, rendering assistance to the needy.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust (r) Pothnal in collaboration with Loyal, Janodaya along with likeminded NGOs from Manvi organized International Human Rights Day, Program at Taluka panchyath premises Manvi. In the keynote address Mr, Arogyappa, Vimukti staff, described about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and said that everyone should join hands to prevent violation of human rights. Everyone should take steps to uphold and promote the rights of all human beings. Vimukti Organization Works for “Creating justice to victims of injustice, human rights, freedom, equality, fraternity, peace, harmony, ecological and climate justice, liberation from the ill effects of liberalization; building good families and human communities, preserving cultural and religious traditions.

Farewell Mass to Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG)
On the 19th December 2020, Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) bid farewell to sixteen of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG) who had come for the intensive two months course on Franciscan Spirituality. The whole community joined during the Holy Eucharist at 6.30 p.m. presided over by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, Program Co coordinator, along with Director of the Institute Fr. Robin Victor D’souza and Fr. Maxim Nazareth. The Eucharist began with a meaningful introduction and the intercessory prayers by other sisters. After the Eucharistic celebrati
on, a short facilitation program was arranged in the chapel itself and the certificates were distributed to the Sisters. The director thanked the Sisters for their presence and service to the institute.

Birthday of Fr. Robin Minin Lopez
17th December 2020, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, celebrated his birthday at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI. Grand celebration began at 6.00 a.m. with a meaningful birthday prayer service for the occasion conducted by the Sisters, followed by Eucharistic celebration. The Eucharistic Celebration was further embellished by the meaningful homily by the Birthday baby and soulful choir by the Sisters. Later in the afternoon the community of Shanthi Sadhana wished Fr. Robin Minin Lopez with a bouquet followed by a beautiful Cake was cut by Birthday Baby to mark this special occasion and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza appreciated the services of Fr. Robin Minin Lopez to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI and to the Province at large as a Program Coordinator and treasur
er of the house. All the Sisters and Brothers gathered wished the birthday baby many happy returns of the day. A sumptuous spread for all our beloved guests added a generous taste to the celebration.

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A beautiful saying goes “ With the birth of every new child, there is a hope born that God is not angry with us”. Truly, our children are our pride and honour, as in every child we see the future of a better tomorrow. November 14th, a day synonymous with the chuckles of innocent laughter and joyous mood; for, this is the day when we celebrate childhood, dedicated in honour, and on the birth anniversary of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Though COVID has played spoilsport to the celebrations which was usually held at school, we at Trinity Central School did not let the green monster, subdue the vibrancy of this day. The festivities in its virtuality (virtual-reality), commenced with a flashback of the memorable event that was held in the last academic year, i.e 14.11.2019.

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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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Covid-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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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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