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FIRST ROUND PASTORAL VISITATION AFTER THE 7TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

To Live and Follow | Letter of the Franciscan Ministers General

1Distribution of Educational Kit for the Deserving Poor Children: Vimukti Pothnal
On 27th October 2021, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal launched the Magu-Nagu Program to cater to the economically backward children. During the program the Trust distributed the free Educational Kit consisted of the school bag and books for the selected children. Many students in our service area are dropping out of school before graduation, since their parents cannot to afford to provide uniform, text books, school bag and such other items. Their parents are mostly day laborers, migrates who have travelled other cities in search of work living their siblings in their realities, or work as auto drivers, rickshaw pullers, vegetable vendors, or domestic help etc. We motivate their parents through counseling sessions to send their children to school. Vimukti has been providing educational material to these poor children who attend Government Schools. We provide educational material consisting of text books, notebooks, geometry box, pencils, pens, and school uniforms, clothes, shoes, school bag, lunch box. We select the candidates by personal visits to their homes to assess the family background. We also take inputs from the school head masters to select the students who are doing well in studies.

118 _ 24 TH October 2021– Annual Retreat
The annual retreat was held at DSA from 18th to 24th October 2021. Fr. Bonaventure Rodrigues, the Spiritual director of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary was the retreat preacher. The general theme of the retreat was ‘Inward Journey to become an authentic disciple of Christ in the foot prints of St. Francis of Assisi’. Each day we reflected on the various aspects of authentic discipleship, its various demands, challenges and struggles through the lens of Jesus, Scripture, St. Francis of Assisi and other saints. Every day in the morning and in the evening we participated in the meaningful meditations guided by the preacher. We approached the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday and a session and meditation on inner healing on Friday. We were also joined by some of the friars from our province, namely from St. Annes, St. Fidelis Friary, Farangipet, Chaplains from St. Ignatius Hospital, Honavar and from Fr. Mullers Hospital, Mangalore. Over all it was a well organized retreat with sufficient time for reflection. On the concluding day Fr. Salvador Fernandes, the Rector, offered the Holy Mass and also thanked the preacher Fr. Bonaventure Rodrigues for preaching a meaningful retreat, with special appreciation for his availability and good will towards our province.

1Death of parents due to Covid-19 deprived 65 children in Raichur District not only of their presence but also leave them dependent on their relatives, Vimukti supported by distributing food, education and hygienic kits:
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal has soothed the humanity by reaching out to the 65 children, who had lost their Parents due to the CORONA VIRUS. When the entire world was threatened by the COVID-19, nations were left in dilemma to face this fearful pandemic with its fast spread all over the countries just to close themselves in. While humans were frightened to come near the infected, even they could not touch them- just a chaos to save oneself. The desperation was such that all the migrated wage workers returned home either by a vehicle or walked hundreds of miles together just to reach home; while the poorest of the poor were dying without treatment just because they could not afford one. If some of the parents have lost their children; others have lost their parents bringing them the traumatic experiences of the greater loss to go nowhere.

1Birthday of Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais
On 15th October 2021, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, 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 guided ably by Fr Robin Minin Lopez. Later in the afternoon the community of Shanthi Sadhana wished Fr. Dophy Pais 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. Joseph Dolphy Pais to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
and to the Province at large. All the Sisters and Brothers gathered wished the birthday baby many happy returns of the day. A sumptuous spread added a generous taste to the celebration.

1Vimukti Sponsorship Programme aims at shaping a positive future for children from the marginalized Community: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Sponsorship programme aims at shaping a positive future for children from the marginalised community who cannot afford the basic necessities of life. While VIMUKTI reaches out to many children within the community; we have identified a particularly vulnerable group: those children who have lost one or both parents. Although many orphaned children are taken in by extended families, the extra burden on family resources means that they are often required to work, cutting short their childhood. The Vimukti sponsorship programme provides their children with the best possible start to their life. In an increasingly globalised world, quality education has become vital for children to be able to progress and which would ensure an opportunity to at least one child at a better life.

1Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal mark the blessing of Vehicles on ‘Ayudha Pooja’ day:
“All-powerful God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, in the rich depths of your wisdom, you have empowered us to produce great and beautiful works. Grant, we pray, that those who use this vehicle may travel safely, with care for the safety of others. Whether they travel for business or pleasure, let them always find Christ to be the companion of the journey, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”
Vimukti Pothnal celebrated Ayudha Pooja day at vimukti premises on 14th of October 2021. All the staff were present and Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director vimukti offered prayers by sprinkling the holy water with the words, “May these cars/bikes be blessed in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit”. And also, he prayed to the Guardian angles may guide and the drivers and protect them from all harm and all who travel by these vehicles may arrive safely at their destination through the intercession of our lady of Guidance. Speaking on this occasion, Fr. Sathish Fernandes said that for the last many years we have been blessing the vehicles on this Ayduha Pooja day, to respect the tradition of the local Hindu community and also part of Indian culture. It’s a nice devotional practice and an expression of faith.

1Feast of St Francis of Assisi: Secular Franciscan Oder - Bajpe Region
The Secular Franciscans of Bajpe region (comprising of 13 Parish fraternities) celebrated the feast of St Francis of Assisi at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Kinnigoli on 6th October 2021. Rev. Fr. John Fernandes the Spiritual Assistant of the region was the chief celebrant. Rev Fr William D'Souza, the Asst Parish Priest concelebrated. In his homily Fr John spoke of the humanness of St Francis and called upon the Secular Franciscans to practice this virtue. Rev Fr William, on behalf of the Parish Priest Rev Fr Matthew Vas and the parish community wished the gathering a happy feast of St Francis of Assisi. During the celebration 7 members made their profession and 5 were vested. After the Holy Mass all gathered in the parish hall. Brother Rocky Lobo, the president of Bajpe region welcomed, the Secretary br William presented the annual report, br Alwyn Monteiro the president of OFS Mangalore region greeted the assembly and fr John Fernandes wished all a very happy feast of St Francis. Around 180 members were present. All shared the festive meal and returned back to their respective place with joy and peace.

1Prevention and protection of youths, children and women from human trafficking 1257 profited from these programs: Vimukti Pothnal
After drugs and arms, human trafficking is the third largest profitable industry in the world, and young girls from the district of Raichur happen to be the worst victims. Human trafficking, particularly that of underage adolescent girls shipped out work as domestic helps is big cities has been decades-old phenomenon that has not been addressed adequately. But recent reports indicate that a second, more heinous level of exploitation is being perpetuated. Many of the trafficked girls, according to reports, are impregnated and made to bear children so that babies/children could be sold off. Lack of basic education, traditional beliefs/practices and the girls having no say in the matter because their socio- cultural up bring contribute to this state of affairs. The project focuses on prevention and protection of children from exploitation providing holistic education and raising community awareness. This project has addressed the root causes of poverty leading to trafficking and abuse of these hapless children youth and Women. The project seeks to ensure “education” from a holistic perspective to bring 1257 vulnerable adolescents out of this complicated web of poverty and misery to transform their lives with hope for a decent and dignified future.

1Free Health checkup camps for the Women and children: Vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI, Pothnal organized free health check-up camps in 14 surrounding villages of Pothnal. After the brief survey at the village level, undernourished lactating mothers’, women and children were made aware of the various benefits available at the health centers. The need of special care at the pregnancy period, the food intake, the precautions to be taken at the delivery time, etc., were explained. Free health checkup was done along with the distribution of nutritious calcium tablets and syrups etc. For about 135 pregnant and lactating mothers, and children participated in the camps and benefited from these camps.

1Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - 4th October 2021
The Solemnity of our founder and patron St. Francis of Assisi was celebrated at Darshan Institute of Theology on 4th of October 2021. We were joined by our own Capuchin friars from various communities, Franciscan and the other neighbouring religious communities, benefactors and some of our parishioners. The festal Mass was officiated by Fr. Richard Britto, the Rector of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary who also preached a thoughtful homily admitting the virtues of St. Francis, especially that of his relationship and closeness to God as Father and the entire universe as brothers and sisters. The melodious Choir by the brothers ably guided by the Rector, Fr. Salvador Fernandes, enhanced the joy of the Eucharistic celebration. The Rector welcomed and thanked the all the guests gathered. Thereafter we gathered in the refectory to share the joy of festal celebration by wishing each other followed by the fraternal meal.

1Transitus - 3rd October 2021
The ceremony of Transitus was celebrated at Darshan Institute of Theology on the evening of 3drd of October 2020. With a prayerful ambience we paid homage to our seraphic father St. Francis of Assisi recollecting his last moments on earth. The enactment of Transitus was done in a Pandemic Scenario as a tribute to the millions of people who lost their lives due to the Pandemic, especially the Friars of our own Franciscan Family. The enactment of Transitus was directed by Br. Melroy D’Silva and the brothers under the guidance of the Rector, Fr. Salvador Fernandes, acted out prayerfully. Dn. Hubert preached a meaningful homily on this occasion and blessed the bread. We were joined by our own friars from various communities, the neighbouring religious communities and some of our parishioners. At the end with lighted candles we venerated the relic of St. Francis.

1Pastoral Visitation – Trinity Vihar/School, Perampally, Udupi
The pastoral visitation of the fraternity – Trinity Vihar/School, Perampally, Udupi was held on 03rd – 04th of October 2021. The Guardian, Br Claud Mascarenhas, Br Anil D’Costa, Br Cyril Roshan Menezes, Br Ravi Rajesh, Br Lenson. The friars of the community organized Transitus the commemoration of the passing away of St. Francis of Assisi. The following day on 04th of October he celebrated the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the catholic children gathered for the solemn Holy Eucharist. He prayed for all the children, school management, teachers and the friars of the community. A beautiful program was organized by the children on the occasion of the feast of the Patron, St. Francis of Assisi. It was well appreciated by Provincial and he encouraged the student to dream and achieve the best in their life. The visitation was concluded with benediction and sharing the festal wishes.

1Second free Vaccination drive & Health check up camp at St Anne’s Friary, Bejai Mangalore
Second free Vaccination camp and health checkup for diabetes, haemoglobin and BP was organized on Wednesday O6 October 2021 at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Jail Road Bejai, Mangalore. Event was held with the collaboration of Mediquest Health care Kankanady, Mangalore City Corporation health Centre, Lions Club Bejai and Capuchins Fathers of St Anne’s Friary. The camp began at 10 am in the morning with ceremony of lighting of the light. Preeti Maria Dsouza, member of Lions club Bejai was the MC for the event. The guests present on the Diaz were Sri Vedavyas Kamath Honourable MLA, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza Capuchin, Superior of St Anne’s Friary Mangalore, Sri Sudhir Shetty Kannur Corporator MCC, Mr Richard Dsouza President of Lions Club Bejai, Mr Thomas Dsouza Secretary, Mr Oswald Furtado Treasurer, other members of Lions Club and members of Mediquest health care.

1ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI FEAST-SHANTHI SADHANA - FISI
Many Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. The community of Shanthi Sadhana- Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI, celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder and Patron. The Eucharistic celebration began with a entrance dance by the Sisters. The theme of the celebration is all embracing love with the Lord to become the face and voice of St. Francis of Assisi. The beautiful 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. The Director thanked wholeheartedly 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.

1Donors day and Feast of St Francis of Assisi at St Anne’s Friary, Bejai – Mangalore
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7) with grateful hearts the Capuchin friars of the Karnataka Province remembered all the donors, sponsors, benefactors, well-wishers and friends and prayed for them. All the benefactors and donors were invited for a thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration which was held at St Anne’s Friary, Mangalore, on Sunday 3rd October 2021. Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister presided over the celebration and Fr. Richard Quadras broke the Word of God. In his homily he said, as St Francis of Assisi gave everything to the poor and served Christ so you also generously help us. The sacrifice that you make by contributing your support helps the formation of the Capuchin seminarians and they are able to proclaim Christ to the world near and far. Fr Elvin Lopes, the Provincial Secretary and the Capuchin fathers of St Anne’s fraternity joined the celebration.

1Celebration 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 celebr
ation began at 6.30 pm main Chapel and ended at the La Verna 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.

1Pastoral Visitation – Holy Family Friary/Church, Brahmavar, Udupi
The pastoral visitation of the fraternity - Holy Family Friary/Church, Brahmavar, Udupi was held on 02nd – 03rd of October, 2021. The Guardian, Br Victor Fernandes, Br Dominic Savio, Br Arthur, Br Joslie and Br Prakash welcomed Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial followed by personal meetings of the friars. He visited Karunalaya Ashram, Home for the aged and the Convent of the Sisters of Charity. He also joined the parish community for the evening Rosary. Thereafter he joined the Parish Council meeting wherein he encouraged the Council to work to foster the faith in the families, work for unity and involve themselves wholeheartedly in all the activities of the Church. He then had a community dialogue after the evening supper. He celebrated the Sunday Holy Eucharist on 03rd October 2021 the feast of St Francis of Assisi was observed. He prayed for all the parishioners, the Parish Priest, the friars of the community, all the religious who render services in the parish and for all the parishioners. The visitation was concluded with benediction and sharing the festal wishes.

1Pastoral Visitation – Asha Kirana, Sruvit, Deaddiction Centre, Heroor, Udupi
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Asha Kirana, Sruvit, Deaddiction Centre, Heroor, Udupi on 01st of October, 2021. The Guardian, Br Charles Saldanaha, Br Chetan Lobo and Br Joachim D’Souza warmly welcomed Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Provincial Minister in the morning. Thereafter Provincial animated introductory talk to the friars followed by their personal meetings. He prayed with the friars in the evening praying for all the benefactors, donors and for the friars of the community and thanked them for carrying out various ministries in the Diocese of Udupi. After a common dialogue, evening prayer and fraternal sharing the Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Pastoral Visitation – Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle, Udupi
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle, Udupi 29th and 30th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Charles Furtado, Br Valerian D’Silva, Anston Fernandes, and student of Postulancy extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk in St Padre Pio Chapel by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of the students and the friars. The novena to St Francis of Assisi in preparation for the Feast of St Francis was animated by the students in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 30th September 2021. He broke the Word of God and gave an inspiring message. He also reminded the great contribution of St Jerome, the historian and Doctor of the Church. He prayed the benefactors, donors and for the friars of the community for animating the formation of the Postulants. After a common dialogue with the friars Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Pastoral Visitation – Kripa Kiran Friary & Center for Counselling, Nitte, Karkala, Udupi
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Kripa Kiran Friary & Center for Counselling, Nitte, 28th and 29th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Maxim Pinto, Br Victor Crasta, Br Manoj, and Br Sunil extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 29th September 2021. He gave a fitting homily and inspired friars to imbibe the virtues and mission of the Archangels whose feast was celebrated this day, prayed for all the benefactors, donors and for the brothers of the community. He encouraged all to reach out people in need and foster the growth of the Center. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Entrepreneurship development assistance training Program for the Women: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with UNDP and Women Community Cadres (Unnati Sakhis) organized enterprise training and Business Development Assistance with Mentorship program at vimukti premises from 20th to 25th September, 2021. Nearly forty selected and interested women were identified from the project area for these five days of intensive training program and it was given by the Mr. Krishna Sharma from Hyderabad. The main objective of this training was to create a job opportunity for all and to reduce unemployment by encouraging the creation of small businesses that will provide a living for successful entrepreneurs.

1Blood Donation Camp @ Darshan College
You don’t have to be a doctor to save lives, just donate blood. One of the acts of charity that everyone can perform is donation of blood. A small amount of blood can save at least 3 lives. With this noble thought Darshan College, in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society organized a blood donation camp. This gave an opportunity to many students, parents and faculty as well, to participate and be the part of saving lives. The blood you donate gives someone another chance at chance. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one or even you.

1Warm welcome to St Padre Pio Delegation, Sri Lanka
Br. Anand Santmajor and Br. Lancy Fernandes who had travelled from India, having followed the COVID 19 protocols reached Padre Pio Nivasa, St Padre Pio Delegation House on 24th September 2021 at 1 pm. They were warmly welcomed by Br. Arun Kumar Philomenraj, the Provincial Delegate and the Delegation Fraternity with Friars and Brothers. May their arrival to the mission strengthen and support the Delegation to realize all the plans and purposes of the Province and the Order. We wish them all the best.

1Pastoral Visitation – Athma Jyothi Ashram, Kadri Mangalore
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of Athma Jyothi Ashram, Kadri Mangalore , Mangalore on 22nd September 2021. The Guardian, Br Dolphy Devdass Serrao along with Br Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Councillor and Br George D’Souza, Chaplain at Father Mullers Hospital, Mangalore extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of all the friars of the community. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist. He appreciated the good work done by Br Dolphy Devdass Serrao and Br Peter Cyprian D’Souza at the Athma Jyothi Ashram and Fr George D’Souza, the Chaplain at the Fr Muller Hospital during the Pandemic. He appreciated their availability for spiritual needs and Counselling. The provincial also interacted with the devotees, and also joined in the birthday celebration of one of the devotees. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Feast of St Padre Pio at St Anne’s friary, Bejai Mangalore
The Capuchin Friars of St Anne’s Fraternity, Mangalore, celebrated the feast of St Padre Pio on 23rd September 2021 at Portiuncula Chapel, Bejai. Rev Fr Alban D’Souza, the Rector of St Lawrence Minor Basilica, Attur, was the chief celebrant of the day. The festal mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Superior of St Anne’s Friary, Fr Chetan Lobo PRO of Udupi Diocese, Fr Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Provincial Councilor, Fr J B Saldanha, Parish Priest of St Francis Xavier Church, Bejai, Fr Benjamin Parish Priest of Urwa, Fr Andrew Parish Priest of Bondel and the Capuchins Friars from different communities. In Preparation to the feast we had nine days Novena and Mass in honour of St Pio from 14th to 22nd September. The novena was inaugurated with the flag hoisting ceremony by Mr Naveen Dsouza, Corporator of Bendur. During the days of novena, the following priests assisted in conducting Adoration and celebrating the Holy Mass, namely; Rev Fr Daniel Veigas OP Parish Priest Ashoknagar, Rev Fr Avil Pradeep SJ, Rev Fr Rupesh Tauro Asst Parish Priest Bondel, Rev Fr Andrew D’Souza, Parish Priest Bajal, Rev Fr Clany D’Souza, Rector Kripa Sadan, Bajpe, Capuchin Priests Fr Manoj Dsouza, Nitte, Fr Anston Fernandes, Moodubelle, Fr Ivan Pinto, Farangipet, and Fr Lenson Lobo, Permapally.

1Pastoral Visitation – St Anne’s Friary, Mangalore 19-21 September 2021
Provincial Minister undertook the pastoral visitation of St Anne’s Friary, Mangalore on 19th to 21th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Paul Melwyn D’Souza along with the community members extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister and to Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of all the friars of the community. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 20th September 2021. While commemorating the great sacrifices of Sts Andrew Kim, Paul Chung and Companions, the Korean Martyrs, Provincial gave a befitting homily and fostered the spirit of the brothers. In a common dialogue, he appreciated the brothers for shouldering their responsibilities and mission with dedication and kind cooperation. He too gave valuable suggestions and guidance to move forward with greater zeal to meet out the pastoral needs of the people. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Clara Vihar Post Novitiate Brothers Social Action Exposure Programme: Vimukti Pothnal
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Clara Vihar Post Novitiate brothers, were privileged to be a part of social action week at Vimukti Pothnal from 13th to 19th of September 2021. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Vimukti Director Fr. Satish Fernandes. When we look into the past five 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 Raichur, we could closely work with the Child Line Programme coupled with some practical experiences in the field. We were also blessed with the opportunity to visit District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and had a talk with National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Director, Manjunath Reddy MSW. In short, our mission exposure programme opened our eyes towards the various social issues such as child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, Devadasi system, illiteracy, poverty, migration and so on. We were also introduced to a number of schemes offered by the government for the upliftment of the children, women and the poor.

1Pastoral Visitation – St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet, Mangalore
Provincial Minister had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet, on 17th and 18th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Gerald Lobo, Br Jeevan D’Mello, Vicar and Novice Master, Br Crispin, Br Cornelius, Br Aloysius, Br Dilraj, Br Joel Lopez, Assist. Novice Master & Treasurer, Br Ivan Pinto, Asst. Provincial Vocation Promoter and all the novices extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation commenced with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of all the novices followed by the friars. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening of 17th September 2021. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 18th September 2021. He gave a befitting homily and remembered the day’s Saint Joseph of Cupertino. In the Common meeting Provincial thanked all the friars for carrying out various responsibilities and other pastoral ministry in and around the Diocese. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1FREE VACCINATION CAMP AT ST ANNE’S FRIARY, BEJAI MANGALORE
A free vaccination camp was organized, on Wednesday, 15 September, 2021 at Divine mercy retreat centre, Jail road Bejai, Mangalore, with the collaboration of Mangalore City Corporation health centre, Lions Club Bejai and St Anne’s Capuchin fathers. The camp began at 9 am with the prayer session during which Mr Sylvian Dsilva, Lions club member sang a hymn, thereafter the dignitaries lighted the lamp. Prithi Maria Dsouza, member of Lions club Bejai was the MC for the event. The guests present on the dias were Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza, Superior of St Anne’s Capuchin Friary Mangalore, Mr Sudhir Shetty Kannur, Corporator MCC, Mr Vijay Shetty, Lions Club Zone Chairperson, Mr Oswald Furtado, Mr Richard Dsouza President of Lions Club Bejai and Lions Club Bejai Treasurer. Mr Sudhir Shetty, Cooperator of MCC said, Covid -19 has troubled our daily life. vaccination is the only way to get away from corona. He appreciated the Capuchin fathers for their initiative of helping the people to get vaccinated. He also thanked Sri Vedavyas Kamath, Honourable MLA and MCC for providing vaccination.

1A house that restored the human Dignity- Vimukti Pothnal
Mr. Joseph (Yamanappa) 45 years old hails from Jeenor camp, Manvi Taluka, Raichur. Being a tractor driver, he earned his living and lived happily with his wife and three kids. One day a severe accident caused him to lose the ability to walk forever. In spite borrowing in lakhs and spending on his treatment Joseph remained paralyzed for life. Learning the above situation, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® visited the family of Joseph immediately. Adding to their present misery, the education of their children, the Vimukti also witnessed the worst family’s living conditions in a dilapidated shed for past six years. When this news was shared with the few generous donors it became a reality. Today, through these inspired donors the Vimukti is able to provide a little decent house to live on. Applauses to all the generous souls for becoming “Joseph” to the family.

1Unorganized Youth Formation and Training: Vimukti Pothnal
It is well said, Youth are not useless but they are used less. They are the future leaders of our nation. They can be easily spoiled and brain washed for the evil purposes endangering their future life, talents and skills for the selfish interests of few. Therefore, education and training are the powerful weapons of youth empowerment: to fight and voice against poverty, hunger, and the clouds of evils of this world. Keeping these views Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with 16 pockets youths in our working area, formed 256 members in our youth clubs and all the youths’ clubs consists of 10 to 16 members. The youths’ clubs are motivated to take responsibilities of monitoring the activities of the villages. They had a series of leadership building sessions to develop the capacities in understanding their roles and responsibilities.

1Vimukti Childline Advisory Board (CAB) meeting Raichuru:
Childline Advisory Board meetings was held on 23rd August 2021at DC office Raichuru. Superintendent of Police, CEO, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, District Collector, District Magistrate, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Divisional Officer, Women and Child Development Officer, District Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Officer, Block Education Officer, District Education Officer, District Social Welfare Officer, child development programing officers, Child welfare officer from SJPO, Reginal transport officer, district minority officer, BSNL officers, District health officer, Juvenile Justice Board, district legal serve authority members were present in the meeting.

1Celebration of Nativity of Blessed Virgin of Mary at FISI
We celebrated the nativity of our blessed mother. As a preparation for the feast we had nine days of Novena. On the day of feast morning we had Eucharistic celebration at 7 a.m. Rev fr Robin D'Souza the director celebrated the Mass and the enlightened us on Mary as the bridge between old testament and new testament. He invited everyone of us to emulate the quality of humility in our day to day life. After the mass n
ew corn was blessed. As a mark of reverence flowers were offered to Mother Mary. Melodious choir was put up by Rev Fr Robin Lopez and vernacular hymns were sung and which added beauty to the celebration.

1Teacher’s day Celebration at FISI
Teacher’s day is a special occasion for everyone. We the students of DFS celebrated Teachers Day on 5th of September. The celebration began with a meaningful prayer service. Eucharist celebration was officiated by Rev. Fr Robin V. D'Souza the director along with Fr. Robin Lopez, Fr. Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim and apt message was preached. After the mass we wished and thanked them with a wishing song and shared our joy by cutting the delicious cake. In the evening cultural programme was put up including song, dances, comedy skit etc. Games were conducted and prizes were distributed to all the
teachers. At the end of the programme Fr.Robin the director addressed with a short massage and appreciated the efforts taken in organizing the event. All were so glad and it will always remain a beautiful memory in the hearts of one and all.

1Festal Celebration of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary @ Saccidananda, Provincialate
The feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary at Saccidananda, Capuchin Provincialate was celebrated in great grandeur. Before the festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Saccidananda extended family gathered before the Grotto of Mother Mary for the veneration of Monthi Saibeen. It was followed by the solemn Eucharist celebrated by Fr Maxim D’Silva, who preached a meaningful homily centering on the greatest contribution of Mother Mary to the Salvation of us all. He prayed for all the Girl-children and for the new fruits of human labour, the new corn. The corn that was blessed was distributed after the Mass. In the eve, a family meal was organized voluntarily offering special veggies-items from families who gathered to share the joy of the Monthi-fest in a traditional manner. It was a great event of joy, sharing and gathering after a lapse of time.
May our Mother Mary send down the blessings on each one of us!

1Pastoral Visitation – Asha Kiran, Bhadravati, Shimoga
Provincial Minister conducted the pastoral visitation of the fraternity/center, Asha Kiran integrated Rehabilitation Center for Addicts, Bhadravati, Shimoga on 05th and 06th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Prakash Pinto, Br Jeevan Walter D’Souza and regent Br Ross Pinto extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Vijesh, Provincial Treasurer and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation contained the personal meetings with the brothers, the talk - community dialogue. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 06th September 2021. The brothers were appreciated for their committed services in serving the inmates of the Center wholeheartedly. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Pastoral Visitation – Infant Jesus Nivas, Kadri Midri, Chikmagaluru
Provincial Minister steered the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Infant Jesus Nivas, Kadri Midri on 04th and 05th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Anthony Vaz, Br Andrew Jayraj, Br Amar Lobo, and Br John Baptist Gonsalves extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Vijesh, Provincial Treasurer and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 05th September 2021. He remembered St Thesresa of Kolkata, prayed for all teachers and the brothers of the community for carrying out the school and other pastoral ministry in and around the Diocese of Chikmagalur. The provincial visited the school. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Sponsors Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Sponsor day program and farewell program to outgoing Sponsored Children was organized at Vimukti premises as on 25th of August. Sponsorship is program to help the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children regardless of their caste, race, creed and gender. They are provided with health, education and livelihood program. Jayasheela explained the service which have given by the Project to sponsored children. Till the age of 18 years Vimukti has taken care of Sponsored children by providing many facilities. As they are going out from sponsorship program it is their responsibility to utilize the knowledge they achieved and to lead a better life and help the needy. Sponsored children Anjali Thadkal, Arpitha Thadkal and Pavithra Udbala thanked enthusiastically to ensemble agissons president and all the members for their timely support, guidance, encouragement and helping them to reach this stage.

1Pastoral Visitation – Yesu Nilaya, Palya, Hassan
Provincial Minister undertook the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Yesu Nilaya, Palya, Hassan on 03rd and 04th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Arun Lobo, Br Cyril Anand, Br Baptist Braggs, Br Silvano and Br Prasanna extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Vijesh, Provincial Treasurer and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 04th September 2021. He appreciated the friars for their ministry and their services. He encouraged the brothers to initiate collaboratively to dive into the services to humanity through the newly inaugurated Asha Kiran, Deaddiction Center. The provincial visited the center. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Capuchin Education Board Meeting - 29 August 2021
The long awaited offline meeting of the Capuchin Education Board was held on Sunday, 29 August 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. All the Headmasters/Principals, Treasurers of the School, Guardians and Board members were present for the meeting held at Shanthi Sadhana – FISI, Bangalore. After welcoming and presenting the minutes, Fr. Rohan D’Almeida SJ, Principal of St Joseph’s School CBSE, Bangalore, gave a input session on the Challenges of NEP-2021 and its implementations. Thereafter the members had a good deliberation and brain-storming session followed by the presentation of reports concerning the strength, results and challenges from each institution. The members also witnessed the gesture of contribution from each institution to the Society and other school concerns were discussed. With and address from Provincial Minister, Fr John Alwyn Dias and the vote of thanks from the Secretary of CEB, Fr Robin Victor D’Souza the meeting was concluded.

One day training on various Government Schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal also conducted the informative training program for the youths to know and to utilize the available Government Schemes on 26 August, 2021 at Vimukti Campus. The VCT had invited the resource person Mr. Mahalingappa, gave the detailed useful information on government’s 33 departments like SCSP/TSP under scheme on: youths self-employment, land rights, Ganga Kalyana Scheme, Individual Irrigation, Borewell Scheme, how to avail a relief to the scheduled caste victims of atrocities scheme, and various scholarship for the children and lot more information on how to tap the various financial benefits and schemes from the 33 government departments come under the talukas. 70 unorganized youth were able to profit for their life and to help others in return.

Guardians’’ Annual Retreat - Day 6
T
he Sixth day of the Guardians’ annual retreat was the last day of the retreat. The day began with Morning Prayer. Preacher, Fr Bobby, during his talk, spoke about effects of Abba experience, blessings, being grateful and personal integrity. The Eucharist of thanksgiving was celebrated by Fr Bobby Jose, and gave a meaningful homily. After the mass, the preacher was felicitated for animating the retreat for all the Guardians. Guardians after the lunch at 3:00 pm joined for meeting and a gave hearing to the presentation of financial status of the Province made by Fr Vijesh, the Provincial Treasurer and to the presentation of administration made by Fr Maxim, Provincial Administrator. Provincial, then, brought few concerns and deliberated. The friars actively participated in the meeting. With a hymn to mother Mary the meeting was concluded.

Leadership Training Program for the Unorganized Youths: Vimukti pothnal
On 18 August, 2021 the Vimukti Charitable Trust Organized a special program on “Leadership training” for the unorganized Youths at Vimukti campus. The resource person of this program was Mr. Lawrence, Jawalgera detailed the importance of leadership and its qualities. He explained saying, the leaders are those who have the qualities of knowing the importance of leading someone or something with a clear goal while strives after achieving it through others, is called as leadership. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to achieve the set pre-planned goals with the spirit of enthusiasm as one team or as an organization. Leadership is a process of social mastery, greatly influences and impacts other’s behavior and conviction maximizing the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a common goal. 80 youths benefited from this leadership training program.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 5
The Fifth day of the Guardians’ annual retreat was day of Recollection. Preacher, Fr Bobby prepared the Guardians to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. His two talks were centered on Gratitude, Generosity and Poverty. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Isaac Baptist D’Souza, the delegate of the Infant Jesus Delegation, Nagaland-Manipur. He prayed for the Northeast Delgation. Fr Bobby Jose, preached inspiring homily and also helped the Guardians to prepare well for the Sacrament of Confession. In the evening Holy Hour was conducted.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 4
The Fourth day of the Guardians’ annual retreat commenced with the Morning Prayer. Thereafter the two talks were animated by Fr Bobby Jose, the preacher. He shared the guidelines to Gospel living and about the Cross, sign of grace and forgiveness. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Councillor, who prayed for all the missions of the Province. The Preacher, Fr Bobby Jose, preached inspiring homily. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and it was animated by the preacher along with few friars.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 3
The third day of the Guardians’ annual retreat began with the Morning Prayer. Thereafter the two talks were meaningfully animated by Fr Bobby Jose, the preacher, with his inspiring points for reflection. He touched upon the points concerning Christ as Consciousness and Christ as way of living. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Vicar Provincial. The Feast of St Louis, Patron of SFO was observed. The Preacher, Fr Bobby Jose, preached inspiring homily. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and it was animated by the preacher along with few friars.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 2
It was the second of the Guardians’ annual retreat. It began with the Morning Prayer. The two talks: one in the morning and another in the afternoon was meaningfully animated by Fr Bobby Jose, the preacher, with his inspiring points for reflection. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. The Feast of St Bartholomew was observed. The Preacher, Fr Bobby Jose, gave a fitting homily and helped the friars to spend the day meditating and journey with the Lord. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and it was animated by the preacher along with few friars. The day was spent meaningfully and meditatively.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 1
The Guardians’ annual retreat commenced with welcoming note by Br Maxim D’Silva, the Provincial Administrator, who warmly welcomed all the Guardians, and especially the Preacher, Rev Fr Bobby Jose Kattikad, a friar from St Francis of Assisi Capuchin Province, Kerala. Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikad is popularly known for his preaching and especially evangelization through television, radio and other media. He founded Theo Publications in 2002, which publishes many books related to spirituality. Fr. Bobby has authored many books which gained popularity around spirituality of malayalam speaking world, thus he was introduced by the Provincial Minister. On the same occasion the book, Manna - Prayers before and after meals, was released by Fr Bobby Jose and Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Maxim D’Silva. All those who worked in bringing out the book were remembered and were thanked. Thereafter the preacher led the introductory Session, at 12:00 noon celebrated the Eucharist and preached a fitting homily and animated the second talk in the afternoon. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and renewed themselves spiritually. While giving sufficient time for personal prayer and interiorization the day was spent with the Lord.

75th Independence Day Celebration @ St. Anthony’s Institutions
At the Stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and Freedom – Jawaharlal Nehru. It’s been 75 years of Independence, 75 years of progress and growth, 75 years of glorious Freedom. Today India stands tall in all the fields, making its presence felt to the world around. St. Anthony’s Institutions commemorated this day by hoisting the tri-color flag, honoring the National Leaders and remembering their sacrifice. The NCC Cadets organized the event and displayed to their zeal and patriotic spirit. True Independence and Freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.

Pastoral Visitation – Chistalaya, Chikodi, Belgaum
Provincial Minister steered the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Christalaya, Chikodi, Belgaum on 19th and 20th August 2021. The Guardian, Br Vijay Kumar, Br Paul DSouza, Br Veerus Concessao and Br Jason Fernandes extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 20th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services in their respective responsibilities, viz. Christalaya Community, Christ the King Parish, St. Francis of Assisi School and Vimukti Maitri Cooperative Society and other related ministries. The provincial visited the Social Unit and the school. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Celebrating for selecting as best top 10 Rural Digital Entrepreneurs from Bridge-IT flagship CSR program: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal is extremely happy to share- three of our Rural Digital entrepreneurs (Huseni, Hanumantha and Erama from the Bridge-IT flagship CSR program selected & awarded from TATA Consultancy Services as best top 10 entrepreneurs. They are very grateful to TCS for selecting, encouraging and supporting to climb this ladder of success.

Stone by stone – step by step: News from Dayalbagh Ashram
The inauguration of the Orientation Programme took place on 18th August in Dayalbagh Ashram. The inaugural Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Vicar Provincial. We are blessed with 11 new candidates and they were officially welcomed with flowers by the Aspirants, with TAU by the Guardian, and with welcoming words by Fr. Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Vicar Provincial. We thank all the Vocation Promoters for their hard work in finding few young candidates for our order. As we congratulate the Staff and the students both of Orientation and Aspirancy, let us all pray for perseverance in the call from God they have received and heeded thus may they love and live in the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi.

INAUGURATION OF ASHA KIRAN DEADDICTION CENTER – PALYA, HASSAN
Asha Kiran meaning ‘Ray of Hope’, is the third Deaddiction Center of the Franciscan Capuchins of Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. On 11 August 2021 Rev Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, inaugurated Asha Kiran Deaddiction and Counselling Center at Palya, Alur Taluk of Hassan District, and dedicated it to the service of humanity. He then explained the purpose and motive behind the center that it was the desire of many to convert this donated land and utilise it for a social cause for the betterment of society. Deaddiction is a universal issue affecting mostly the poor in rural areas while counselling is need of the hour. Hence Asha Kiran will serve its purpose not just in this region but also far and wide. The Blessing of the center was done by Most Rev. Dr Anthony Swamy Bishop of Chikkamagalur, and in his speech he appreciated the friars for choosing this ministry that promotes and continues with the healing ministry of Christ. He wished the center to be healing source to the persons with addiction. The chief guests Rev. Fr. John Paul, Parish Priest of Matasagara Church, Mr. K.S. Manjegowda, political leader, Mr. S.N. Prakash, Gram Panchayat President, applauded the work begun and assured their continued support for the institution.

Pastoral Visitation – Assisi Vihar, Shirwad, Karwar
Provincial Minister had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity Assisi Vihar, Shirwar, Karwar on 17th and 18th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Salvador Rujar Fernandes and Fr Sunil Ullahanan extended a warm welcome to Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 18th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services and all spiritual ministries in and around the Diocese. The provincial visited the neighbor parish. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation – St. Joseph’s Friary and Church, Lower Kasarkod, Honnavar
Provincial Minister had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity at St. Joseph’s Friary and Church, Lower Kasarkod, Honnavar on 15th and 16th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Sudeep Santhan Gonsalves, Fr Anil Sunil D’Souza, co-pastor and Fr Edwin Monis, the chaplain at St. Ignatius Hospital, Honnavar, extended a warm welcome to Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members on the occasion of Pastoral Visitation. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 16th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services and meeting the spiritual needs of the parishioners. He thanked them for for all their services and ministry. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

A Light to the Blind Family: Vimukti Trust, Pothnal
Sureshappa being other-abled man and Basamma is blind for 11 years hails from Hediginala, Sindanoor Taluka, Raichur. They are gifted with three children and were living in a dilapidated house. The entire family is in one way or the other is affected: where the eldest daughter Jyothi (19) is totally blind for 5 years, Naveen has lost almost 90% of his eyesight and the youngest son Petra too may lose his eyesight at any stage of his life. They have become the victims of Palikhonia disease, caused by heredity- only on time treatment can save their eye sight. Adding to their misery this family was surviving only with monthly pension just little to live on. When several attempts made to the government officials failed its purpose it was then the Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal, stood in support of them. Since then 2019 till this day through the various donors it gave the dignity of life, where Jyothi and Naveen were taken to the Shankar Eye Hospital, Bangalore for diagnosis.

Independence Day Celebration at FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, celebrated the 75th Independence Day of our Country on the 15th of August 2021. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez presided over the Eurhcaristic celebration with a fitting homily on Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. After the Eucharistic celebration all gathered at the façade of FISI to hoist the flag. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais was called upon to hoist the flag, after hoisting the flag he addressed the gathereing remembering and reminding our duty to the nature and to humanity. Sr. Princy delivered a thought provoking speech bringing back the memories of freedom fighters and our role and response towards humanity in taking the country towards the development. Two patriotic songs were sung wi
th Sr. Alka and Sr. Linet leading the Hindi and English songs. Sr. Rosalia lead the group with the march past orders and Sr. Jothi compered the program. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza thanked all the fathers and sisters for the generous contributions towards the program.

Pastoral Visitation – St. Anthony Friary & Parish, Hosanagar
Provincial Minister undertook pastoral visitation of the fraternity at St. Anthony’s Friary and Church, Hosanagar on 13th and 14th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Simon Horta and Fr Johnson extended a warm welcome to Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The community animated Holy Hour in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 14th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services and meeting the spiritual needs of the people. He thanked them for undertaking all the developmental works that has brought new facelift to the friary as well as to the Church. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation – Anugraha, Halbarga, Bidar
Provincial Minister carried out pastoral visitation of the fraternity at Anugraha, Halbarga, Bidar on 8th and 9th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Prashanth Kumar, Fr Vincent Balraj, Fr Karunesh and Fr Wilfred welcomed Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister wholeheartedly along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial to all the friars of the community followed by the personal meetings. After which he visited Anugraha School and the neighbouring community of sisters who render service to the Parish and in the School. Holy hour was conducted in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated Holy Eucharist and prayed for all the services and mission carried out by friars, sisters and all the staff. He appreciated all the friars for their dedicated services and meeting the spiritual needs of the people. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Congregation Day of Franciscan Sisters of our lady of bon secour (FBS)
Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI, celebrated the Congregation Feast Day of Franciscan Sisters of our Lady of Bon Secour (FBS) on the 13th of August 2021. There was a solemn Mass presided over by Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the institute along with Other fathers, the choir and the liturgy was conducted by Bon Secour Sisters with the help of other sisters. Everybody joined together in wishing Bon Secour Sisters happy feast in the dining hall. The Bon Secours congregation has a fascinating prehistory that starts 126 years before it official foundation in 1732. Father Gaston Laurence Coeurdon, French Jesuit missionary was caught in storm on his sail to India. He Vowed to start a Carmelite convent and a refuge home if he reached safely. Father Coeurdon’s, touched the shore in Pondicherry safe and he was happy that it was God given time to exercise his missionary Zeal and fulfill his vow.

St. Clare’s Feast AT FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, celebrated the St. Clare’s Feast on the 11th of August 202. Fr. Dolphy Pais was the main celebrant of the day gave a fitting homily about the life of St. Clare and how St. Clare can become a guiding light to the Franciscans. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir with the melodious singing of the Sisters.

Pastoral Visitation – Clara Vihar Pothnal, Raichur
Provincial Minister undertook pastoral visitation of the fraternity at Clara Vihar, Pothnal, Raichur on 6th and 7th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Sunil Dominic Lobo and the community members along with students of the year of Post Novitiate welcomed Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister heartily along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation included Address of Provincial to all the friars and students of the community, personal meetings with all the friars and students, visit to the Sneha Jyothi School at Jeenur Road, Vimukti Charitable Social Centre and their staff. Provincial Minister celebrated Holy Eucharist and preached fitting homily. He appreciated all the friars and brothers in involving themselves in the lives of the people through various activities and meeting the spiritual needs of the people. All the community joined for the National Prayer service and concluded the Pastoral Visitation in the eve of 7th August 2021.


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Free Health Education and Health check-up camp: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukthi Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized health check-up camp for all the Sponsored children and parents at Vimukti Premises. Mrs. Jecintha and Mrs. Shilpa, organized the health 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 were guided as to how to overcome vitamin deficiency by giving nutritious food. Parents were told to avoid giving chocolates and sweets to children. The health checkup was conducted by Dr. Rajendra, Pediatrician and Mrs. Annamma Nurse, three Anganwadi Teachers and one Helper were also present during the camp. Nearly 140 children parents underwent the health checkup and benefited from this camp.

CONGREGATION Day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels (FSMA)
Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI celebrated the Congregation Feast day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels(FSMA) on the 02nd of August 2021 on the day where the entire Franciscan Family all over the world celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Angels – Portiuncula - the small Assisi-area chapel that became the foundational home of the Franciscan family. The congregation of the Franciscans of St. Mary of the Angel was founded on 1871 by Fr. Chrysostom of the cross at Angers in France. Christ in the Eucharist is the source and centre of their contemplation and their mission throughout the world. They are adorers and missionaries. Their principal aim is adoration of the Eucharistic Christ. The congregation also dedicates itself to the service of the poor to education, to the care of the sick and the actual needs of the church and of the world. The congregation is a religious
institute of St. Francis of Assisi. There was a solemn Mass presided over by Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with other fathers, the choir and the liturgy was conducted by sisters. We wish Happy Congregation Day to FSMA sisters.

Kargil Vijay Diwas @ Darshan College
‘I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure’ – Late Captain Vikram Batra. A grateful nation pays homage to all those who served the nation during War. Our brave Soldiers ensured that India remains protected and gave a befitting answer to those who tried to vitiate the atmosphere of peace. We salute the ultimate sacrifice of the martyrs of Kargil. Darshan College NCC Unit organized a tributary event to pay homage to the great Soldiers who fought the Kargil war. Rev. Fr. Vijesh Menezes who was the Chief Guest for the event rightly said that it is not the celebration of war but the celebration of the Victory. The NCC Cadets staged a heart wrenching program reminding everyone present that love for the nation should be in action. Years might fly faster but the memories of Kargil are etched deeper in the hearts of Indian Citizens evoking and inflaming the Spirit of Patriotism.

Self-Employment Training: Vimukti Pothnal
Self-employment training program was conducted to the members of Self-Help Group at Vimukti premises as on 28th of July 2021. The main objective of conducting this program is to motivate the members to involve in self-employment for their livelihood and to improve the standard of living. Mr Jayasheela coordinator of Vimukti addressed the members as, savings money will not enough to meet the requirement of livelihood. It is necessary improve economic conditions of family by adopting income generating activities. Mris Girija Sitram suggested the members to think creatively and actively in Self-help group, share their skills so that they can collectively run income generating activities. The session also included the discussion on goals, objectives, functions and sustainability of Self-Help Group. Mrs. Jecintha, Ishamma, Renuka were participated in the program. It was emceed by Charly. Nearly SHG 58 leaders attended the training and benefited program from this program.


TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL SCORES ANOTHER CENTURY.
“Success come to those who work with earnest determination, with a steadfast will-power even in the most towering of challenges.”
In the wake of the pandemic, much has been said about the un-nerving effects that has caused ripples in the education sector, confining students to learn from a 10-inch screen; and with Board Exams cancelled students were apprehensive about their future. However, any unprecedented challenge can be conquered with a confident vision. Keeping their vision in focus, students and teachers of Grade 10 of Trinity Central School, Perampalli took the bull by the horns to become ‘matador’ . For a seventh consecutive time, the school has secured 100% results in the ICSE Board Examinations, with fantastic results. Of the 47 students that appeared for the exams, 3 students topped the charts with scores of 95% and above, 28 students scored 85% and above and 16 students securing 75% and above. Ms Krissel Monteiro took home the honours with a brilliant 96%, along with Ms Anisha D’silva and Master Astle Fernandes who scored 95.4% and 95.2% respectively. The Management, Principal and staff extends their congratulations to all the students for the excellent performance, and wish them the very best in all their future endeavours.

ONLINE CLASSES - MS TEAMS APP : Trinity Central School
A wise person once said ‘At times, life throws curve balls that you would not know which direction to look and the future looks bleak. But whatever the situation, learning must never stop.‘
An ominous curve ball Covid threw life out of gear, putting the future of children in uncertain hands. While schools still remain shut, learning never took a back-seat. Education saw a new form in virtual reality, as classes went online. Whilst in the previous academic year (2020-21), we were sending video recordings, for the current academic year we, at Trinity Central School thought that it had been far too long of being separated from our students, and so, in keeping with the times we decided to take a confident plunge into virtuality, by introducing the MS Teams App. A student friendly app, in which through live classes students and teachers can interact with each other creating a class room like atmosphere, that our students have so dearly missed. We look forward to an amazing and successful year, with the MS Teams App.

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY - VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS : Trinity Central School
“ Yoga is not a religion. It is a science of well-being and integrity in culminating together as ONE - the body, mind and soul.”
On June 21st 2021, as the world came together in the brisk hours of dawn to commemorate International Yoga Day, we too , at Trinity Central School took to the virtual world in celebrating this day. Spearheaded by Ms Sunitha, the programme commenced with an invitation to hope by dispelling of darkness, through the lighting of the lamp by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, along with Fr. Lenson Lobo and our Physical Education instructors Ms Pallavi Naik and Mr Bharath. Ms Shrilatha, through her thoughtful speech and presentation conveyed the importance and benefits of practising yoga in our daily lives. This was followed by presentation of the most important basics of Yoga - the Surya namaskar by our P.E teachers. In his closing words, our principal shared his thoughts on the need for Yoga in our lives especially in these testing waters of the pandemic situation. The virtual yoga day celebrations can be viewed through with this link: https://youtu.be/BUMq36jyaRc

Vaccination Drive @ Darshan College
Vaccines are one of the best things that ever happened in medicines. The Covid 19 Pandemic has created a new normal with social distancing, wearing masks, virtual classes etc. Yet it’s not to be considered as a victory of Corona Virus. The United fight against the deadly virus continues and grows stronger with every awareness program conducted, with every inoculation done. With this motivation, Darshan College organized 3 Vaccination drives with the help and support of Ullal Public Health Centre. The Teaching, Non-Teaching Staff, Students and a few people in the vicinity were vaccinated in the college campus. It was a small step to facilitate the global effort to destabilize the Virus: Be vaccinated, be safe.

FR CLIFFORD FERNANDES, OFM CAP LAID TO REST
The funeral mass of Fr Clifford Fernandes OFM Cap was held on 21st of July at 10 am at St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano friary chapel, presided over by Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangaluru along with Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Capuchin Province Karnataka, Fr Melwyn D'Souza, the Guardian of St Anne’s Friary Mangaluru and many priests, religious brothers and sisters and laity. Fr Alwyn Dias Provincial Minister, in his introduction said, “Death brings sadness to all, today Karnataka capuchin province is mourning because we have lost a young and energetic preacher of the Word of God.” Fr Baptist Rodrigues preached a heart touching homily. He said, "Fr Clifford was an itinerant preacher and helped many people to come closer to Christ. Truly, he had an experience of the love of God and he was always enthusiastic to share that experience with the people of God. Today Fr Clifford is enjoying the wonderful eternal rewards that Christ had promised to him."

Personality Development workshop for Sponsored Children: Vimukti Pothnal
“Activity Based training to make Children achieve their dream and aspirations”
the seeds of success are sown at the teenage. it is the age of dreams and aspirations. it is the age of the possible. it is also the age of uncertainty and doubt due to many physical and emotional changes taking place in a teenager. it is the right time to build foundation of success in a man. the balance lacks the right attitude, self-confidence and communication skills required by organizations. VIMUKTI has stepped in to fill this gap by catching them young (i.e., in their teenage). the personality development workshop for sponsored children to become super teens workshop provided by VCT, is an activity-based personality development program which lays the foundation of success for an individual. the program trains the teenagers, through the process of learning by doing, on power of positive attitude, improving self-esteem/self-confidence, setting & achieving goals, effective communication and teamwork, public speaking & personal grooming. activity based training to make our children achieve their dreams and aspirations. Nearly 130 children and parents attended and availed the benefits of the camp.

15th July 2021 – Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of Rev. Fr. Salvador Fernandes
It was indeed a joyous day for the community of DITh to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of our beloved rector, Rev. Fr. Salvador Fernandes. The Jubilation got a grace-filled start with the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by the Fr. Rector, the Jubilarian. The day also being the feast of St. Bonaventure we had a very meaningful celebration of the Holy Mass. Fr. Albert, the director of studies gave a beautiful introduction to the liturgy as well as to the celebration of the day, inviting us to thank and pray for the blessings of Fr. Salvador to our community and province at large. Fr. Anil Sequeira preached a homily with deep theological insights aptly fitting for the event. The melodious choir by the brothers, ably guided by Fr. Baptist enhanced the prayerful ambience of the celebration.

Vimukti Free Health Check-up camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized health check-up camps at 8 villages of our working area. Eye, nose, ears, throat, height, weight and general check-up were carried out to all the children, pregnant women and elders. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were informed. Mothers with children below 3 years of age were enlightened about the importance of breast feeding. Ill effects of milk substitutes and nutritional benefits of vegetables were briefed to the parents. Forty-four children and elders attended and availed the benefits of the camp.



Inauguration of the Academic Year of Post Novitiate at Pothnal, Raichur
The Post Novitiate formation course began on 30th June 2021 at Clara Vihar, Pothnal, Raichur. The day began with the recollection for the community. Rev. Fr Anil Kumar administered the sacrament of reconciliation. The inaugural Eucharistic celebration began at 10.30 am, which was officiated Fr Sunil Dominic the guardian of Clara Vihar community. The Lectio Brevis began at 11.30 am with the chief guest Fr Anil Kumar & the resident professors of Clara Vihar who chaired the ceremony. The annual report of the academic year 2020-21 was read by Director Fr Joseph Coelho. The professors namely Fr Joseph, Fr Anil, Fr Thomas & Fr Sunil introduced their subject of teaching. The input session was lectured by Prof Fr Ani Kumar who urged us to be more active and vigilant in the Formation. The brothers performed various cultural programs and geared up the celebration. The Ursuline sisters from neighbouring community were invited. The whole programme was concluded with Agape. We wish all the best to the brothers to enliven their year of Post Novitiate and experience the life of St. Francis of Assisi living amidst the people of the vicinity of Raichur.


Recreation and Relaxation: Vimukti pothnal
Believing in the words of Aristotle “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. Recreation was very much fruitful because it was the time that they built friendship with each other, they mixed, shared their happiness, jokes and funny stories. It was also a time to refresh their mind and heart. The group activities conducted during recreation also made them smart and energetic.

Survey on Antenatal and Postnatal care: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti staff along with CL leaders and Janavedike members jointly conducted the door-to-door Survey on ANC and PNC Services in the 20 pockets. The main objective is to know during this COVID Pandemic, the poor are affected more adversely, especially in our villages weather the ANC and PNC are getting the benefits from the AWCs and PHCs? weather the timely food distribution and health check-ups are taking place? and all the pregnancy delivery and post- delivery women go to the PHCs for the examines and utilize the services offered by the health department? As a result, 565 ANC and PNC women data was gathered for the further reference. The targeted pocket PNCs and ANCs were advised to wear masks, go for timely health check-ups, to receive nutrition food from the AWCs, compulsory to get admitted for the delivery in the PHCs and use in emergency 108 ambulance service for thier use in difficulties.

Public Awareness Campaign: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti childline Raichur organised awareness drive for the public in four talukas of Raichur District from 24th to 27th June 2021. Public were explained about the issues of children such as child labour, school drop-outs, begging children, child abuse, human trafficking, missing children, child marriage and run-away children etc. the ChildLine team took up the initiatives to educate the general public in streets and market places mainly on CHILDLINE (1098) services and Handbills with information and child related issues were distributed to the public. A positive response was given by the public who assured that they would call the child helpline if any children were at risk. Around 2500 people received awareness.



INAUGURATION OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-22
In spite of 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 21st of June 2021. The inauguration of academic year 2021-22 was held in FISI on 21st June 2021. 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 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 Director
Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez-Program Coordinator, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais-Spiritual Director, Fr. Maxim Nazareth-Member, Sr. Linet Danthi UFS-Student representative.

Vestition @ 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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Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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

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Minister General

Fr. Roberto Genuin
Minister Provincial

Fr. John Alwyn Dias
Provincial Council

Fr. Paul Melwyn D'Souza
Vicar Provincial

Fr. Peter Cyrian D'Souza
2nd Councilor

Fr. Robin Victor D'Souza
3rd Councilor

Fr. William Prabhu 4th Councilor




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