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FIRST ROUND PASTORAL VISITATION AFTER THE 7TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

To Live and Follow | Letter of the Franciscan Ministers General

1Inauguration Ceremony of the Academic year 2022-23 : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
Education is the Mother of Leadership says Wendell Willkie.
The Inauguration of the Re-opening of the academic year 2022-23 was held on 16th May 2022 at 10.30am. Fr. Thomas Parish Priest St. Clare’s church Pothnal was the chief guest of the day. Headmaster Fr. Dominic Sunil Lobo, Fr. Sunil Cornelio, Sr. Sarita Dsouza, Sir Yunus, student representatives Spandana and Dev Bishwas were present on the Dais. The welcome address was given by the headmaster Fr. Dominic. Thereafter it was continued by invoking God’s blessings through a prayer service which was led by the students of class 10th. Thereafter followed by lamp lighting ceremony the chief guest, teachers and student representatives lighted the lamp and inaugurated the academic year 2022-23. The teaching and non-teaching staff were given floral welcome by Fr. Thomas and Fr. Sunil. The chief guest and Fr. Sunil shared their thoughts and wished good luck for the school. This first ever event of the academic year 2022-23 took a wind up while the Headmaster acknowledged the gathering with his thoughts and ideas.

1THE FINAL JOURNEY OF BR CRISPIN LOBO, OFM CAP
The funeral mass of Br Crispin Lobo OFM Cap was held on 13th May, 3 p.m. at St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano friary chapel, presided over by Bishop Emeritus Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangaluru diocese 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, Fr Gerald Lobo, Guardian of Monte Mariano Friary and many other priests, religious men and women and laity. The Bishop in his introduction said, “Brother Crispin was a kind and humble person. He was helpful to all, living the true spirit of St Francis of Assisi”. Fr Joel preached a heart touching homily. He said, "Brother Crispin was a simple brother, lived his life for Christ. The death of the person is a day not just to weep, to pray and to honour but also a day to thank, to confess and to have a clear picture of death.” Fr Gerald Lobo, the Superior of Monte Mariano Friary, in his eulogy beautifully narrated the life of Br Crispin. He described Br Crispin was a man of patience. He loved everyone equally, always ready to help out anyone. Even in his ill health and suffering, he never blamed God or anyone rather endured patiently. He also thanked everyone for helping out Br Crispin during his suffering, specially the friars of Farangipet and the Novices who always loved and cared for him.

Sad Demise
We are extremely saddened to inform you that our Br. Crispin Lobo, OFM, Cap., aged 80 years, passed away today (11/05/2022) around 4:00 pm in Father Muller's Hospital, Mangalore. The funeral will be conducted at 03:00 pm on Friday 13/05/2022 at St Fidelis Friary, Farangipet, Mangalore, Karnataka. May God welcome him into His eternal abode and grant consolation to the bereaved family members and to all the friars of the Province. May God grant him eternal bliss.

1Vimukti vocational Training Centers: Vimukti Pothnal
“Do not give fish but teach them to catch fish” is the motto behind Vimukti vocational training Centers. In this regard, we stand with the real needy youths to make them earn and support their families now or later. One such kind of opening is our tailoring projects and these tailoring centers give training to downtrodden students, the ones under the line of poverty in tailoring training at economical cost. Thus, Vimukti organised tailoring, cutting and dress making course nearly 25 students are getting trained and benefiting from this program.

1Perpetual Profession of 8 Capuchin Brothers @ St Anthony’s Church, Gangondanahalli, Bangalore
On 2nd May 2022 at St. Anthony’s Church, Gangondanahalli, the newly re-elected Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, Rev. Fr John Alwyn Dias presided over the Eucharistic celebration during which eight capuchin brothers of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka made their Perpetual Profession. Rev. Fr John Alwyn Dias received their vows. The Holy Eucharist was concelebrated by the re-elected Vicar Provincial, Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, the Councillors: Fr Denis Veigas and Fr Vijay Kumar, Parish Priest, Fr William Prabhu, Fr Salvadore Fernandes, Rector of Darshan Institute of Theology, Bangalore and many of the Capuchin Friars and other Priests. The Solemn Profession was witnessed by the parents, family members of the brothers who professed and number of parishioners of Gangondanahalli and other faithful. The ceremony was organized by the Community of Prem Nivas especially by Fr William Prabhu, the Parish Priest and Fr Dancy Martis and Fr Richard Kadiwal. The Solemn Rite of Profession was compared by Fr Naveen D’Souza. The felicitation program was animated by Br Anthony Raj (Jnr).

1Door to Door Dr. Ambedkar Abhiyana: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized Door to Door Abhiyana on the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar’s 131st birth anniversary on 23rd April 2022. This abhiyana was being undertaken for reaching out to children, youths, women and men, in spreading awareness on Dr. Ambedkar and his prominent role in building up the nation as a great architect of the Indian Constitution. On this occasion Fr. Sathish Fernandes vimukti director said, "An economist and advocate of human rights and women empowerment, Dr Ambedkar is considered as a leading nation builder of our country. He contributed in promoting harmony and tried to eradicate the evils of the caste system. A true believer in the rule of law, Dr Ambedkar constantly worked for the rights of poor and backward classes. We should take inspiration from the life of this great son of India. A true homage to Dr. Ambedkar would be to develop our country on the principles of ‘Social and Economic Justice’ and ‘Equality of Status and opportunity’". On this occasion well- known speaker were called and input sessions were organized to motivate people to imbibe his spirit in safeguarding once own rights in building up the nation.

1IX Ordinary Provincial Chapter-2022: Day Six
On the Sixth Day 30th April 2022 at 6.00 the capitulars gathered in the chapel for the Morning Prayer and the Holy Eucharist. Br Isaac Baptist Rodrigues, the Delegate from Infant Jesus Delegation, Nagaland and Manipur presided over the Holy Eucharist. Br Stany Roshan D’Souza, the Delegate from Christ the King Delegation, Mizoram, Tripura & Barak valley Region and Br. Arun Philomenaraj the Delegate from St. Pio Delegation Sri Lanka, concelebrated the Eucharist. After the Eucharist group photo session was held Immediately after the photo session the Chapter President Br. John Baptist Palliparambil, newly elected Provincial Minister Br. John Alwyn Dias, Vicar Provincial Br. Paul Melwyn D’Souza and all the elected councilors participated in Blessing of the Foundation Stone, for the New St Antony’s School in the premises of Shanthi Sadhana FISI. At 9:30 the Capitulars gathered in the Chapter hall. Br Maxim D’Silva the First Chapter Secretary invited Br. Denis Veigas to moderate the session. After the Roll Call by Br. Elvin Lopes the Second Chapter Secretary, the Moderator gave a short introduction on the resolutions of the IX Provincial Chapter, April 2022 of the Holy Trinity Province Karnataka. The first Chapter Secretary was asked to read out the resolutions one by one for the discussion. Having thanked Br. Denis Veigas, at 11:15 a.m Br Maxim D’Silva the First Chapter Secretary invited Br. Edwin Colaco to moderate the further session.

1IX Ordinary Provincial Chapter-2022: Day Five
On the Fifth Day 29th April 2022 at 6.00 am all the capitulars gathered in the chapel for the Morning Prayer and the Holy Eucharist. Br. Maxim Valerian D’Souza, Custos from Custody of Japan presided over the Holy Eucharist. Br Denis Oscar Ogwal from the Custody of Charles Lwanga and Br. Charles J.R. Furtado, concelebrated the Eucharist. Having done with the roll call of the day, the First Chapter Secretary Br. Maxim D’Silva thanked the Moderator Br. Denis Veigas for moderating yesterday’s session. Having thanked he invited Br. Joseph Dolphy Pais to moderate the session. Br Dolphy Pais moderated the session touching upon these following points: 1. Life of Prayer 2. Life in Fraternity 3. Life of Vows: Obedience, Chastity, Poverty and 4. Vocation Promotion. In the Afternoon session the First Secretary Br Maxim D’Silva thanked the Moderator Br. Dolphy Pais for moderating morning session and he invited Br Rocky D’Cunha to moderate the session in the afternoon. Having continued with the agenda capitulars gave their opinions concerning the Initial Formation, 5. Apostolic Charism 6. Grace of working 7. Economy 8. Administration. The session was concluded at 4:30 p.m.

1IX Ordinary Provincial Chapter-2022: Day Four
On the Fourth Day, 28th April 2022, at 6.00 am all the capitulars gathered in the chapel for the Morning Prayer and the Holy Eucharist. Br John Baluku, Custos of the Custody of St Charles Lwanga presided over the Holy Eucharist. Br. Lorenzo Motti, Provincial Minister of the Province of Emilia Romagna, and Br. Patrick Crasta, concelebrated the Eucharist. At 9.00 a.m capitulars gathered together for the continuation of the sessions in the Chapter hall. Br Maxim D’Silva, first Chapter Secretary welcomed the moderator, Br. Rocky D’Cunna, Chapter President Br. John Baptist Palliparambil and the re-elected Provincial Minister Br. John Alwyn Dias. Br Elvin Lopes, second Chapter Secretary took the roll call, after which Br. Rocky D’Cunna, the moderator welcomed Br. John Baluk. Many Capitulars encouraged and appreciated the presentation of the Custody Report along with Chapter President Br. John Baptist Palliparambil. Br. John Baptist Palliparambil requested the Provincial Minister to give a helping hand to the custody by sending the friars for the mission.Br. Rocky D’Cunha, invited Br. Isaac Baptist Rodrigues, the Delegate from Infant Jesus Delegation, Nagaland and Manipur. Br. Isaac Baptist Rodrigues presented the Delegation report well and was appreciated by all the capitulars for the strenuous missionary work and for their recent plans of venturing into new places.

IX Ordinary Provincial Chapter-2022: Day Three

1On the third day, 27th at 6.15 a.m all the capitulars gathered in the chapel for the Holy hour conducted by the Liturgy Committee. Br. Patrick Crasta read the Gospel passage and gave a meaningful reflection by calling us to move on with the Spirit of truth. At 8:30 a.m all the capitulars gathered in the Chapter hall for the Election of the New Provincial Minister. The Chapter President as per the norm, made a prayer before the Election. The Second Chapter Secretary having done the roll call, the First Chapter Secretary briefed the Capitulars about the Election procedures, after which both the Chapter Secretaries and the scrutineers. made a vow of secrecy before counting the ballots. The Election of the Provincial Minister for Holy Trinity Province Karnataka took place at 10:30 a.m. Accordingly it was announced, Br. John Alwyn Dias was re-elected as the Provincial Minister of the Holy Trinity Province Karnataka. Br. John Alwyn Dias willingly accepted the office and requested the support from the brothers of the Province. Soon after the Election of the Provincial Minister, the Chapter President moved with the election the Councillors. Accordingly Br. Paul Melwyn D’Souza was elected as the first councillor, Br, Robin Victor D’Souza as the second councillor, Br. Denis Veigas as the third councillor and Br. Vijay Kumar as the fourth councillor. All the four councillors willingly accepted this responsibility and work for the betterment of the Province. Among them Br. Paul Melwyn D’Souza was re-elected as Provincial Vicar of the Holy Trinity Province Karnataka.

1IX Ordinary Provincial Chapter-2022: Day Two
On the second day 26th April 2022 at 6.00 a.m the capitulars gathered in the chapel for the Morning Prayer followed by the Holy Eucharist which was presided over by Br John Baptist Palliparambil, the General Councilor and concelebrated by Br. Preetham Mendonca and Br. Edwin Colaco. Br. John Baptist Palliparambil gave an inspiring homily during the Holy Eucharist and gave us a call to be like the early Christians who lived in unity with one heart and mind. At 9.00 a.m all the capitulars gathered in the Chapter hall for day’s sessions. The First Chapter secretary began the session with the Hymn to the Holy Spirit and the Chapter Prayer. Thereafter the Chapter President, Br. John Baptist Palliparambil, the General Councilor, and Br Rocky D’Cunha the moderator of the session were invited to the dais. Br. Elvin Lopes the second Chapter Secretary took the roll call. Br. Rocky D’Cunha, the moderator of the session, invited Br. John Alwyn Dias, the incumbent Provincial Minister, who presented the triennial report.

1IX Ordinary Provincial Chapter-2022: Day One
On 25th April 25, 2022, Monday at 3.00 pm all the Capitulars gathered at the Façade of Shanthi Sadhana Bengaluru. The newly compiled hymn book “Sing with Nature” was released by Br. John Baptist Palliparambil, the General Councilor, Br. Lorenzo Motti, Provincial Minister of the Emilia Romagna Province, Br. John Alwyn Dias Provincial Minister of the Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, Br. Paul Melwyn D’Souza the Vicar Provincial and Br. Salvadore Fernandes. Thereby the all the capitulars joined for the procession with lighted Pascal candle lead by Br. John Baptist Palliparambil, the General Councilor towards the chapel of Shanthi Sadhana. The liturgy committee conducted the prayer service that lead all the brothers to invoke the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the Lord’s presence for the celebration of the Ninth Provincial Chapter.All the capitulars gathered at the Chapter hall immediately after the prayer service for the inaugural talk. The Speaker Rev. Fr. Joe Mannath, SDB was introduced and honored by the Provincial Minister Br. John Alwyn Dias and Rev. Fr. Joe Mannath, gave the inaugural talk on ‘leadership quality of superiors’ and on ‘what the chapters can do, and cannot do’.

1Divine Mercy feast celebration at Divine Mercy retreat centre, Bejai, Mangaluru
Divine Mercy feast was celebrated at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Bejai, Mangaluru on 24th April 2022 at 10.30 am. Fr Richard Coelho, Director of Fr Mullers Hospital presided over the Holy Eucharist. Earlier at 9.30 am, Fr Richard Quadras, animator of the retreat centre conducted Holy adoration. Eucharistic Procession was organized around St Anne’s Friary. Newly renovated St Anthony shrine was blessed during the procession. During the mass, Fr Richard Coelho preached about the origin of Divine Mercy Sunday & abundant Mercy of God quoting several scripture passages. The Capuchins namely, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza Superior of St Anne’s Friary, Fr Richard Quadras, Animator of Divine Mercy Centre Bejai, Fr Prem Dsouza, Fr Lancy Rebello, Fr Fedrick Rodrigues, Fr Rupert Barboza, Fr Francis Fernandes & Fr Prakash Colaco graced this occasion by their gracious presence. 

1Free health check-up and medical outreach camp organized on Dr. B.R Ambedkar Jayanthi, more than 55 people benefited from this camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti pothnal celebrated the 131st birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti on 14th Thursday, April 2022 at Mudamaguddi Village, Manvi taluka, Raichur Dist. On this occasion, a free health check-up camp was organised, in which more than 55 people took part and benefited from this health camp. Addressing the gathering Mrs. Jecintha said the health issues in our rural areas as one of the biggest problems, where poor women and children are deprived of the basic health facilities in the villages. Timely health check-ups, taking care of the once health, keeping clean environment, drinking pure water and eating nutritious food will help us to become healthy persons.

1It’s never too late to have a happy childhood: Vimukti Pothnal
In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child. Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. It is well said “don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be HAPPY. So, when they grow up, they will know the values of things, not the price”.

1MAGNIFICAT - MORYAL SANZ AT DON BOSCO HALL, MAGALORE
By Fr Stephen Dsouza
St Anne’s Friary Capuchin Friars presented ‘Magnificat’ - Moryal Sanz ‘An evening of Marian Songs’, on 3rd April 2022, at Don Bosco Hall. The programe began at 5.45 pm with the arrival of Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore Diocese. Rupal D’Souza anchored the event. Fr John Fernandes welcomed the dignitaries namely Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha, Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza the planner of the event, Fr Prem vicar of St Anne’s Friary, Fr Chetan PRO of Udupi Diocese, Fr Rupert Barboza, the religious men and women and the laity. Fr Chetan speaking of the event “Magnificat” explained the role of Mother Mary in the salvation history. He said, “Mary was standing beneath the cross. She was a courageous woman and not a sorrowful mother or a woman who cried on the way of the cross. She stood under the cross when all others had deserted Jesus. She accompanied Jesus in his suffering.”

1UKG CONVOCATION DAY HELD AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL, PERAMPALLI
On Friday 01st April 2022 the Convocation Ceremony of the Kindergarten Section of Trinity Central School, Perampalli was held with much fanfare at the school Trinitorium. Dressed in a grand hues of an eclectic blue with the golden sunshine elevating their glow, the young minds of UKG walked proudly to their seats of honour to the musical intonation of the drum. Led by Leslia Soares, the graduating class were accompanied by Chief Guest Fr. Johnson Sequeira, Principal of St. Mary’s English Medium School Udupi, Principal Fr. Anil D’Costa, Primary Section In-Charge Fr Lenson Lobo, Academic Co-ordinator Magdalena Lewis and Renita Monteiro, Pre-Primary Section Head.

1Vimukti Pothnal Celebrated Ugadi -festival with migrant families:
Vimukti Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Ugadi festival special and reached out to the migrated families at pothnal on 2rd of April 2022, Saturday. Ugadi festival makes us to join with our brethren in doing a little something extra for someone. It is joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with less privileged families and children. Ugadi is celebrated as a festival of prosperity. Along with the onset of the year, it signifies the vibrancy of nature and the springs. It is also a day of prayer, as Hindu brethren pray for success in the new year. All the Vimukti staff, participated in the Ugadi celebrations. All in all, the Ugadi celebrations at vimukti along with migrant families set the tone for the coming New Year, a year that promises to be full of smiling faces, unity and self-reliance. On this occasion children had sumptuous meal and health checkup program was organized. Nearly 65 stakeholders participated in the program.

1Role of Vimukti Children’s Club in safeguarding of children from School dropout and fun-based educational outreach: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI children Club is a local forum of the village children, where they come together to learn, share and plan their schooling or skills. Every child in the areas is invited to come along and take part in educational and recreational activities that are completely free. They are supervised by the volunteer leader who has been trained by VIMUKTI. The children clubs bolster the young children and encourage their development all with the goal of improving their well-being. in all Vimukti targeted village child clubs are formed depending on the number of children. The clubs are conducted once in a week or as per the decisions of the children. The children are given various trainings and motivational sessions about their rights, life, health and education. The children may go to different schools but in the clubs, they come together and share their experience. They develop their personality, gain leadership skills and improve decision making skills. Through a combination of games, songs, theatre workshops and reading traditional tales, the children have great time whilst learning and applying lessons that are useful in daily life, gradually growing in their roles as future citizens. 572 children are benefiting from these clubs.

1Formation of Adolescent Girls Clubs: Vimukti Pothnal
Adolescence is a crucial phase in the life of woman. This stage is intermediary between childhood and womanhood and it is the most eventful phase for mental, emotional and psychological well-being. The life-cycle approach for holistic child development remains unaddressed if adolescent girls are excluded from the developmental programmes aimed at human resource development. Keeping these thoughts in mind Vimukti Pothnal has formed adolescent girls’ clubs in various targeted Schools of Manvi taluka and their main objective is to educate and guide the adolescent girls to understand and accept their physical maturity and emotional changes they undergo. They also need to take good care of themselves during this period avoiding all kinds of fear and superstitious beliefs, prevalent in the villages. They must know their rights to save themselves from child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, school dropout, etc. Nearly 650 girls, who profited from the programme expressed that they were ignorant about these things and were happy to be the members of this Adolescent girls’ clubs.

1Birth Day celebration of Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Pothnal:
A day to be remembered, a day to be shared, a day to be celebrated and moreover a day to be lived at every moment was enhanced, strengthened and nourished on 25th of March, 2022. Vimukti 28 staff came together celebrated the gift of life of Fr. Sathish Fernandes the Director; and thanked God for the gift life during the Eucharistic celebration being the main celebrant. Fr. Dominic Lobo the guardian preached an inspiring homily and the various works done by Fr. Sathish Fernandes for the people for the orphan, semi orphan poor children in the boarding and asked all present to pray for him. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life which is a free gift of God. With these sentiments VCT staffs raise their hearts in gratitude for the selfless service rendered by the Director by organizing short program and wished all the best for this future ministry.

1TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL - ALUMNI MEET (RECONNECT ’22)
The 2nd Alumni meet of Trinity Central School was held on Tuesday, 22nd March 2022 at the school. Trinitorium at 2.30 p.m. Invoking the presence of the Almighty, the programme commenced with the melody of ‘As a deer pangs for water’ led by the teachers. The customary lighting of the lamp is a beautiful custom that lives by the old adage ‘Light dispels darkness’. The premises of the school trinitorium was further brightened as the map was lit by Principal Rev, Fr. Anil D’Costa along with Primary Section In-charge Rev.Fr Lenson Lobo, Academic Coordinator Ms Magdalena Lewis, High School Coordinator Ms Jayanthi, Academic Coordinator Ms Poornima along with alumna Ms Chythra. Ms Sunitha, Animator of the Alumni Association welcomed the gathering.

128th Convocation: Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI
28th Convocation Ceremony of Franciscan Spirituality was held at Shanthi Sadhana, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India on the 19th of March 2022. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais welcomed the gathering. The ceremony began at 10.30 Am, Rev. R. Dr. John Alwyn Dias ofm. Cap. Provincial Minister, Holy Trinity Province-Karnataka, was the President of the ceremony and Rev. Sr. Mary Leena CSSA was the Chief Guest with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with other fathers and sisters from neighboring convents were present. The ceremony began with a prayer dance followed by the Academic Report by the Director. The President delivered the Convocation Address and awarded the Diplomas for 20 Sisters and
three more sisters too received the honors. Sr. Maria Rebello FMM read out the honor and felicitation to the President and Chief guests. And Fr. Robin Minin Lopez raised vote of thanks and Sr. Lincy FSPM compered the program.

1Valedictory Day 2022 : St. Francis of Assisi School, Chikodi
Valedictory Day 2022, on the occasion of farewell to the X std students, was celebrated on Saturday, 12th March, 2022 at 5:30 pm. Venue: St. Francis of Assisi School Grounds, Chikodi, Chief Guest: Fr Pradeep Kumar T. Msfs., President: Fr Vijay Kumar Ofm. Cap. Teachers Remy Rodrigues, Rosie Lobo and Jeevan Fernandes along with the Staff Mala Murale and Meenakshi Mane were honored for their dedicated service to the school and the children for 10 and more years. Academic Excellence Awards, in memory of Late. Dr. Sheikh were given to the students of 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 Batches

 

1Farewell - Grade 10 students  : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’. On the morning of Friday, 11th March 2022 the hearts of the Grade 10 students were overwhelmed with bittersweet emotions as they entered into the portals of the institution for one last hurrah. Led by the formidable voices of Swasthik and Ruthwika of Grade 9, the students of Grade 10 were welcomed with pomp and music. The programme commenced with the invocation of the hymn ‘Oh Gracious Lord’ by the school choir. The august gathering was welcomed by Jnanesh. Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’costa, Vice-Principal Fr. Ravi Serrao, Primary School In-charge Fr. Lenson Lobo, along with Academic co-ordinator Ms Magdaliena Lewis, Ms Jayanthi , teachers and students of Grade 5-8 were in attendance. Students of the graduating batch - Ms Aslyn, Ms Shristi, Master Harsha, Ms Rania, Ms Prerna shared their experiences of being a Trinitarian. Echoing similar sentiments, they expressed how grateful and proud they feel, as Trinitarians.

1International Women’s Day- “the Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow-2022” Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Celebrated the International Women’s Day on the 13 March 2022. The International Women’s Day, 2022 highlighted the Motto: “the Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Rev. Fr. Satish Fernandes the Director of the Vimukti gave a key address saying that ‘women live amidst the four walls called a house and a family. In this 21st century, today women need to grow socially, literally, and politically to make known the capacity of her to the inside and outside world. For a better tomorrow one has to work today in instilling the seeds of the equality of gender’. The administrator, Mrs. Chandrakala of Shri Krishan Devaraya Education Trust, advised the women saying equality should begin firstly in our own homes by eliminating the inequality of the gender to build a better society.

1SCHOOL PARLIAMENT SESSION  : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
On 2nd March, the students of Grade 5 - 10 gathered at the Trinitorium to be witness to the School Parliament in live session. Speaker Ms Rania and Assistant Speaker Master Braden commenced the session. The Opposition led by Master Harsha brought across the board the various issues for the Ruling Party to answer. Speaker also conveyed her stance and opinions, and also assured that the issues will be adhered to. The audience was also given a chance to convey their grievieances and suggestions. Convenor Ms Archana shared her opinion and also offered valuable suggestions on how the issues raised by the students, would be looked into and resolved.

1VISIT OF CBE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY FR. ROBIN D’SOUZA : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
On February 22nd 2022, students of Grade 1-10 gathered at the school Trinitorium to extend a gracious welcome to the Rev. Fr. Robin D’souza - Executive Secretary of the Capuchin Education Board. After the morning prayer, Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’costa welcomed Fr. Robin with the customary shawl. Fr. Robin, in his message to the students conveyed that discipline is a bridge between goal and accomplishment. Only when we are disciplined, our goals are clear and we will accomplish our tasks and win the day. He said that it is important to nurture ourselves in all aspects and by this we, as Trinitarians become shining examples for society to emulate. Fr. Robin said that he was extremely pleased to be in the midst of the Trinity family that has so beautifully carved a respectable niche for itself in society.

1Praying for Peace and Justice in Ukraine: Vimukti Pothnal
“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make Peace” James 3:18
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Clara Vihar community came together and expressed the solidarity with the Ukraine torn away by the war, devastated by destruction of their houses and no food to eat, and in a special way those Innocent people and soldiers who have lost their loved ones. And urged all the people of good will to join us in prayer for peace for all the people of Ukraine.

1Vimukti children parliament members organised Swacch Abhiyan Campaign- “Keep School premises Clean” Vimukti Pothnal
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, we all know. We also know that a journey of thousand miles starts with a single step. Keeping this thought in mind the Vimukti children-parliament team with the collaboration of school children conducted cleanliness campaign to maintain the school environment clean, neat and tidy. The objective of this campaign was to make the children realize that action speaks louder than words and it is good to act rather than merely complain. Accordingly, the campaign was well planned and executed with the co-operation and support of the school children. Through the campaign this awareness was created in nearly 170 children.

1Upholding the Nonviolence: Saying No to War! Vimukti Pothnal
The Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Capuchins in Karnataka stood in support and expressed the solidarity with the Ukraine torn away by the war, devastated by destruction of their houses and no food to eat, and in a special way those Innocent people and soldiers who have lost their loved ones. The commission and its members spent little time in silence and prayer. During the meeting the commission decided to appeal all the capuchin fraternities in Karnataka to join hands in support of them in prayer to touch the hearts and to inspire the minds of the leaders of Russia and Ukraine and its Government to come forward to say No to war, and Yes for Peace and Justice.

1Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women and Children 817 Stakeholders benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal organized mass awareness programs every month respectively. Lack of awareness on human trafficking is the biggest barrier to prevent human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisted of individuals under 18 years of age who is recruited, transported transferred, harboured or received for the purposes of exploitation,). Kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VIMUKTI has been creating mass awareness in the schools, AWCs, public places, and in the residential area, so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 817 school children and families have benefited from this program.

1Vimukti organized Free health check-up and free medicine distribution camps- 235 families benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable trust® Pothnal visited 16 surrounding villages of Manvi taluka and organized free health check-up and free medicine distribution camps. Vimukti team found that there are areas where diseases are there but because of poor background, people and children are not able to take proper treatment and medicines at the proper time. By identifying these stakeholders Heath check-up and free medicine camps were organised and approximately 210- 250 BPL and APL families and referred them to various hospitals; medicines were freely supplied and children’s height and weight were recorded to be kept in individual children’s file. Children were examined for iron deficit, de-worming optical problem, skin problem, HB low, ENT and dental problems etc. there is lot of positive impacts from the stakeholders who benefited from these camps.

Tailoring Skills and livelihood support to women: Vimukti Pothnal
Since 2013 Vimukti Charitable trust® is providing skill development trainings for the deprived adolescents & women. Many of economically deprived women & girls have been started their micro enterprise in stitching the different type of blouses, zari work on sarees, school children uniforms stitching. With this they are earning 4500 Rupees per month as supplementary revenue for their family. After this initiative many changes occurred in the families of poor women and sending the children to good schools for excellent education. With this income parents are able to educational material & school tuition fee to their children in time. We have been providing 6 months skills training in fashion designing courses for the women belongs to economically backward sections through teaching classes, providing raw material like threads, needles, clothes, scissors.

Extracurricular activities at Sneha Jyothi Boarding Pothnal:
Vimukti organization is taking care of the Sneha Jyothi boarding. Here, the children from 1stStd to 10th STD, study in 3 different schools. Their presence in our campus brings joy and liveliness. They are spiritually and academically brought up in the boarding. In our experience, extracurricular activities play a pivotal role by channelizing energy of children positively. Activities like singing, dance, Music, & sports help children with their artistic expressions. The children were found to be more energetic, cheerful, focused and disciplined.

Community Day Celebration at FISI
On 25th February 2022, 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 6.00 a.m. with a meaningful birthday cum community day prayer service for the occasion conducted by the Sisters followed by the Eucharistic Celebration which 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 Birthda
y Baby to mark this special occasion and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez and Fr. William Prabhu Provincial Councilor appreciated the services of Director to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI and to the Province at large.

Reaching out to the 5,000 less privileged families with respect by contributing the unused usable items: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal has been working for the welfare of the society since for the past 12 years. We are working with socially and economically poor and marginalized children, youth, unorganized working-class men and women, daily labourers and persons with disabilities like HIV/AIDS and recently along with the victims of Covid-19. We also provide entrepreneurial life skills for the school dropouts, small and marginalized farmers and the unemployed irrespective of castes and creed. The concept of this program is to give an underprivileged person a pair of clothes that are as good as dressing him with self-respect. With this objective we distribute usable garments /decent unused clothes to the poorest of the poor children, men and women of all ages.

The Lok Munch leaders and Janavedike members submitted the memorandum to Basavanagowda Turvihala, MLA in demanding the basic facilities in their village. Vimukti Pothnal
In collaboration with the Vimukti Charitable Trust®, the Lok Munch and Jana-vedike leaders from Sunkunooru village, 1st ward, Manvi Taluka, Raichur demanded Basvanagowda Turvihala, MLA in submitting the memorandum regarding the basic facilities like water, street lights, drainage facilities, etc. The entire village is surrounded by stagnated water makes their life most difficult to live in. Most of the time children are prone to various sicknesses like malaria, diarrhea, dengue, and chicken gunya, vomiting, skin diseases, etc. Moreover, the village is the potential ground for the breeding of the mosquitos where even the animals also find difficult to cope with this situation. So, to say along with the people they too are badly affected with the adverse situation.

A Memorandum was submitted by Child Rights Club to the Grama Panchayath PDO to provide immediate basic necessities to the school premises. Vimukti Pothnal
The Child Rights Club President and its members of Primary Higher School, Markamdinni met together in discussing the needed basic necessities and facilities in the school on February 16, 2022. All the members of the club came together in discussing the issues that were affecting the education due to the lack of facilities provided in the school. The Markamdinni school caters more than 200 children (includes1-7th std). The saddest reality of this school is being deprived of toilets, pure drinking water facilities, the dilapidated midday meal kitchen, scarcity of water to clean even their plates and hands forced them to carry their plates unwashed to home places the entire environment of the school into disgracefulness. This disgusting situation made them to voice out to the concerned department officer through the memorandum.

Free medical health check-up and free medicine distribution camps in every month more than 250 to 300 patients benefit from these camps: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti organization organized a free Medical Health Check-up and free medicine distribution camps at Pothnal. The objective of the camps was to provide information regarding diet, exercise and weight control. The subjects diagnosed with hypertension or blood pressure and diabetes or both were given free medicines and also treated for the cough, headache, diarrhea, and vomiting. They too were advised for the follow-up with their local doctors, or Public Health Centers or with one of our VIMUKTI-affiliated doctors. Follow-up has been done for those subjects who have been diagnosed with hypertension/blood pressure and diabetes or both on a regular basis by our trained Staff Nurse for compliance with their medications. Their blood pressure and blood sugar are monitored on the daily basis or once in a 15 days/month. Around 250 to 300 patients benefited from the16 villages of our working area.

Vimukti free tuition Centers in the villages: Vimukti Pothnal
“Education has to produce the perfect man, sound in character, active in mind and strong in body” says Plato. We know that education plays a very crucial role in one's life regardless of age, caste, class, creed, gender, religion, region and so on. Education is inseparable and has become a part of the necessary requirements of life like food, shelter and clothing. The aim of free tuition is to provide supplementary education to children in our villages and to bring them up to an academic level where they can compete with children from developed urban when they reach 8th standard (at the age of 13). The leap from village schools to secondary schools in urban often results in truancy (drop-out) and depression. Since our village children, being financially challenged they cannot afford tuition, hence the quality education still remains elusive, irrespective of their geographical proximity to it.

Children's rights clubs: Vimukti Pothnal
These clubs are envisaged to give a better understanding of their rights and duties. Children are encouraged to share their autonomous ideas on their rights and discussion them in their groups. In addition, the clubs serve as a platform to bring out and develop their talents such as writing poetry, writing articles, storytelling, singing, acting, painting etc. Vimukti has become a strong force to help children develop in their talents. Almost 1400 children form these groups and benefit from the same.

Get ready to fight Corona Virus : ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL, Chikodi
Students of IX and X std were administered vaccination in the school. Two of the medical staff from the Chikodi Government Hospital registered students details and administered Covid-19 vaccine. Students were allowed a brief period under observation before they were permitted to go to their homes for rest.

Priestly Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, OFM Cap : St Anne’s Friary Bejai, Mangaluru, By Fr Stephen Dsouza Capuchin
The Priestly Silver Jubilee of Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza OFM Cap, Vice Provincial of Holy Trinity Capuchin Province Karnataka, Episcopal Vicar of Mangalore Diocese & Superior of St Anne’s Capuchin Friary Bejai was celebrated with a solemn thanksgiving Holy Eucharist at St Anne’s Friary Bejai on Wednesday, 26th January, 2022. Most Rev Dr Ignatius D’Souza, the Bishop of Bareilly, the brother of Fr Paul Melwyn, Fr George D’Souza OFM Cap, companion & the Jubilarian, Rev Fr J B Saldanha, Parish Priest of Bejai, Rev Fr J B Crasta, Rev Fr Vincent Monteiro, Dean of Episcopal deanery, Rev Fr Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Provincial Councillor and more than 70 priests, religious women and nearly 300 people joined Fr Paul Melwyn in thanking the Lord for the numerous blessings received during the last 25 years of his priesthood. Rev. Fr John Fernandes, preached a befitting homily emphasizing on gift of priesthood. He said, a priest is a mediator between God and His people. He quoted St Francis of Assisi who once said, in case I meet a priest and an angel together, I would bow before the priest than the angel because the priest holds the Body of Christ in his precious hands during the Eucharist. A priest is chosen from the people. Priestly life isn’t that easy because a priest too is a human who faces problems, difficulties of everyday life. It is our duty to pray for the priests.

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
As the cold breeze wafted across a sky dressed in the warmth of yellow, and sequinned in white, mellifluous patriotic voices filled the air. Today, we celebrate our 73rd Republic Day - a day embedded in the lives of every Indian citizen reminding them of the responsibility towards their nation, and to live in secular and democratic equality, solidarity, justice and liberty. As the clock struck 0900 hours, teachers led by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa gathered at the school grounds to pay their patriotic obeisance, in commemoration of this wonderful day. Fr. Anil D’Costa hoisted the flag. With hands raised in salutations, rich tributes were paid with the rendition of the National Anthem and ‘Vijay Vishwa Tirangaa Pyaara’.
Wishing everyone a Happy 73rd Republic Day !


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Let us march forward to awaken the humanity to restore the worth of human dignity: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® requesting to help a disabled parent’s family from sindanuru, Raichur District with four kids who are in a dire need of the financial support both for the daily sustenance and to have a decent house to live in. Their disability has deprived them to have hardly one meal for the day. Will you be a help to this needy family? You may not have plenty but give from your little available resources. Even the one or two rupees that you contribute to this family is worth. Therefore march forward to awaken the humanity to restore the worth of human dignity. Inspire others by sharing it. Contact: 9448335778. May God Bless you all!
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SCSP, TSP and vocational skill training: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized SCSP/TSP and Vocational skill training in 15 villages of our project area. Government has various schemes and programs under its 33 departments for the development of people belonging to scheduled castes and tribes. Out of these departments, the schemes and programs that are provided under the agricultural department, animal husbandry, forest department and transport and educational department were described in detail by the resource person. The women were encouraged to build a life based on vocational life skills and make use of the different means of assistance provided by the departments of the government. 135 women from various villages were the beneficiaries of this trainings.

Empowering women through vocational training: Vimukti Pothnal
Women have always been marginalized and relegated to the status of subjugated class in our society. Especially in rural areas, women have not actively participated in their emancipation due to their lack of economic independence and illiteracy. Women should be organized and strengthened at the grass root level to end their subordination. Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal is making an attempt in that direction to make rural women self-sufficient through sewing training centers. The main aim of this program is to enhance the quality of life of women through increased knowledge and skills. VIMUKTI also realized that merely imparting literacy would not be sufficient.

Distribution of Nutritious Health Product (food) for the Malnutrition Children: Vimukti Pothnal
When expecting mothers and young children get the nutrition they need, it sets off a ripple effect of health and well-being that impacts entire communities, helping create a more equitable world. The vimukti organization pothnal trying its best to creates an important platform to fight against malnutrition the aim is to ‘Nutrition Promotes opportunity for all’. By improving access to vital nutrition, everyone gets an equal chance to grow, thrive, and prosper. As a result, together with our stakeholders we focus on reaching the unreached communities around us.

Pongal Celebration At Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
Pongal is a harvest festival. In Tamil Nadu, the word Pongal means "overflowing" which signifies abundance and prosperity. This Pongal celebration was celebrated at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI on the 17th of January 2022. We began the celebration at 7.a.m. with a grand Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, and concelebrated by Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez and Fr. Maxim Nazreth. Beautiful introduction and symbolic offertory prepared
by the Sisters. Shanthi Sadhana - FISI had festive look with the colorful rangoli at the entrance. The entire community of FISI joined in preparing pongal and other traditional dishes and we shared the sweet pongal and sugar canes.

Sports Day Organized for the unorganised Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, organised Sports Day for the 20 pockets unorganised Youth at Vimukti Premises. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director, inaugurated the programme. The Youths were divided as two teams. They participated in a variety of individual and team sports events like, ball and spoon, musical chair, etc. It was a fun-filled day with Youths jumping, shouting, encouraging and supporting their team members. The winners were announced and prizes were distributed. Mr. Jaysheel, Coordinator Vimukti, and Mr. Charlie Udbal, Mr. Arogyappa, Mis. Mamamtha Mrs. Shilpa were present for the event. Hundred one Youth from 20 pockets participated in the event. Mr. Arogyappa youth coordinator welcomed the gathering and proposed the vote of thanks.

Personality Development Training for the Staff: Vimukti pothnal
Personality development training for the staff was organized at vimukti Centre. Around 25 vimukti staff participated in the training programme. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Facilitated the training programme. The objective of the training programme was to bring about personality development with regard to the different behavioral dimensions that have far reaching significance in the direction of organizational effectiveness.

HEALTH FOR ALL: Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal
It is an important aspect of human development. It includes in a wider holistic sense, all aspects of human needs such as physical, mental, spiritual, social and intrapersonal relationships. Keeping in mind these objectives, the VCT Health for all project, cater to the well-being of the human persons and are proud to say that they have stepped up the stairs but still long way to go. It serves the socially and economically poor and marginalised people irrespective of their caste, class and creed. Among them, we specifically target the most vulnerable like children, pregnant women, neonatal and postnatal mothers, HIV/AIDS patients, daily-labourers, persons with severe disabilities and the aged, who cannot visit a clinic/hospital to receive medical care, either because they are too poor to afford hospital costs or because they belong to certain backward classes. Our intent, therefore, is to take medical facilities to their doorsteps. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has only rendered the situation much worse. VCT health program caters many people around have seen and experienced a ray of hope in their lives after regaining their health.

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Inauguration of Tailoring and training Center at Vimukti Centre Pothnal:
A tailoring unit, which aims to provide livelihood opportunities for Bhuvaneshwari SHG women who have suffered economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was inaugurated in Vimukti center premises at Pothnal. The unit will be run by SHG women from Pothnal. Vimukti organization facilitated the setting up of the unit with five tailoring machines. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director, said the pandemic had left many poor women from underprivileged families in deep financial crisis. “With the help of Ensemble Agissons sponsors, the Vimukti supplied essential commodities to those who reached out to us during the lockdown. But it was felt that they needed a regular source of income. So, the unit was started”, he said. Initially seven women are employed five as tailors and two others for other work- at the unit. The objective of the Vimukti organization is women must turn their steps towards the self-employment to help themselves and their families to make financially stable. This Center first of all provides the training program to make them expertise in stitching the new clothes with different designs, to prepare the bags and paper covers. It also will train them to stitch or alter the old clothes.

VACCINATION DRIVE HELD AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
In keeping with the directives issued by the government, a vaccination drive was held in the school premises on Tuesday January 4th 2022. A collective of 105 students from Grades 9 and 10 were inoculated with the first dose of Covaxin. Dr. Charmaine (District Health Officer) and her team of medicos from Government Hospital, Ajjarkad, Udupi administered the vaccine to the students. With able support and co-operation from the parents and students, the vaccination drive was a success.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL (SENIOR SECTION)
‘It’s a time of joy, a time of peace, and a time when hearts are set free.’ It is the joyous moment when, we await the coming of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Yes, the season of cheer and joy is here - Christmas. With excitement in their hearts, enthusiastic students of Grades 5-10 made their way in the portals of the school Trinitorium eagerly awaiting to experience the joy of Christmas. The Christmas festivities commenced with the hymn ‘Lord, I lift your name on high’. With Jesus’ birth, a new light shone across the world. This glorious light was illuminated in all its brightness as our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, Pre-Primary In charge Fr. Lenson Lobo and Academic Co-ordinator Ms Magdalena Lewis, along with the teachers lit candles at the crib, thus ushering the augur of the Christmas celebrations. Students of Grade 5 danced to the merry foot-tapping tunes of ‘’, a Telugu Christmas song. Blending old Christmas traditions with modern Christmas jingles, the students of Grades 9 and 10, conveyed to the gathering the true significance of the Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL (KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SECTION)
‘It’s a time of joy, a time of peace, and a time when hearts are set free.’ It is the joyous moment when, we await the coming of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ.’  Yes, the season of cheer and joy is here - Christmas. With excitement in their hearts, our tiny tots of the kindergarten and students of the Primary Section made their way in the portals of the school Trinitorium eagerly awaiting to experience the joy of Christmas. The Christmas festivities commenced with a beautiful prayer song, led by the lovely children of UKG. Ms Seana of Grade 4 welcomed the gathering. The placing of the Babe Jesus in the Christmas star by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, Pre-Primary In charge Fr. Lenson Lobo and Academic Co-ordinator Ms Magdalena Lewis, heralded the commencement of the Christmas celebrations. After the cordial welcome rendered by Ms Seana, the portals of the school campus were filled with the mellifluous voices of the students of Grades 3 and 4, as they sung a medley of Christmas carols.

NEW YEAR-2022- 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 2021. It was a meaningful adoration conducted by the sisters. Later at 7.30 PM we had
Eucharistic celebration with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza as the main celebrant along with Fr. Maxim Nazareth as the concelebrant. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir with the melodious voices of the sisters.

It’s a Christmas- a spirit of sharing and caring-Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal
The joy of Christmas was at its zenith when all the Sponsored children’s families from the 16 remote villages gathered at the Vimukti premises on 23rd December 2021 for the Christmas program. Quoting Saint Mother Teresa’s words of wisdom, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― and for that matter following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal, did the right thing of “Giving and Sharing” during the Christmas Season by distributing Christmas Gifts to all the sponsored children.

Sports and Games for the Unorganized youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Participation in sports and games keeps every human person fit and healthy. Promotion of game spirit is more essential than win or lose. Everyone cannot win the game. One has to win and the other has to lose. Taking win or lose in an equal manner and playing in good spirit will help us to stand united in all situations and work as one team. In order to promote such sports spirit among the youth of unorganized sector, Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Sprots and games in its premises on 11th of December 2021. Altogether 140 youth participated in these sports and games out of them 65 were men and 75 were women. Men and women were divided into separate groups. Filling the water in the bottles, blowing the balloons and placing the Bindhi on the forehead were the games for the women and for men, tug of war, musical chair and blasting the balloons with the leg. The winners were awarded with prizes.


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Christmas tree Program at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI)
On the 27th of December at Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI, celebrated the Christmas Tree program along with the sharing of gifts to Christmas Friend. Whole community gathered in the conference hall to celebrate together as one community. Prior to the celebration FISI organized two days sports days for the sisters and fathers, various indoor and outdoor games were organized and prizes
were distributed for the winners of the various events. During the program Director delivered a Christmas message to the gathering. Short cultural program was organized by the sisters to mark the Christmas Tree program.

Christmas Celebration at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI)
On the 24th of December at 11.30.pm Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India had Christmas Vigil Mass with Carol Singing. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, was the main celebrant along with Fr. 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. 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 Sisters Symbolically representing “Jesus the Heart of Renewed Green World”. After which all gathered in the dining hall to wish each other Merry Christmas .

TRINITY TRIUMPHS AT NATAL SOBANN CHRISTMAS COMPETITION :  : Trinity Central School
Christmas is a season of joy. And joy came in abundance on 19th December, when our school won the 1st prize in the Natal Soban Christmas competition conducted under the aegis of Daijiworld Udupi, held at St. Mary’s School, Kannarpady Udupi. The Trinity team performed a song, tableau and dance for the competition. On behalf of all Trinitarians, we congratulate the Trinity team for their astounding success; and we thank Daijiworld Udupi for giving us this wonderful opportunity.

INVESTITURE CEREMONY :  : Trinity Central School
On 17th December, the Investiture Ceremony was held in the school premises. The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp. Fr. Norbert was the guest of honour. Joining him on the dais was our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’costa, Administrator Fr. Ravi Serrao, Pre-primary Section In-charge Fr. Lenson Lobo and Academic Co-ordinator Ms Magadelina Lewis. The newly elected leaders were rendered the oath of office by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’costa. Badges were also pinned.

FAREWELL TO OUR CORRESPONDENT FR. CLAUD MASCARENHAS :  : Trinity Central School
Said Shakespeare ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow, but good byes are not forever’
On December 13th 2021, the Trinity family bid adieu to the school’s stalwart, mentor and inspirational motivator Rev. Fr. Claud Mascarenhas , our beloved Correspondent, who moved seven seas across to the American island of Guam. Fr. Claud Mascarenhas started his tryst with Trinity Central School, almost 8 years ago and he has been a visionary guide and mentor in bringing the school to the threshold of success that it is proud of today. Fr. Claud always had a smile on his face, and though a man of few words he was always there whenever one needed him. Fr. Claud was honoured with the customary shawl, flowers and fruits and a memento was also presented, along with a card that carried the wishes and sentiments of all the staff. Academic Co-ordinator Ms Magdalena Lewis expressed her emotions on behalf of all the staff, and students Ms Ashlyn and Ms Adya, too shared their experiences. In his swansong, Fr Claud conveyed that in order to succeed one must have a dream, and be confident. Confidence is the key to success, and we must be faithful in our hard work and perseverance in all that we do. The short programme concluded with the staff and students extending their wishes to Fr. Claud. The programme was compered by Ms Shifa. Special Lunch was served to all.


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Birthday of Fr. Robin Minin Lopez
17th December 2021, 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 treasurer 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.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
“To deny people their human rights are to challenge their very humanity itself”- Nelson Mandela
Vimukti charitable Trust®, Pothnal celebrated international Human Rights Day on 11-12-2021 in its premises. Mr. Charlie in his preliminary speech said that attainment of human rights is our very birth right. Every human being needs human rights to live in equality. Therefore, our constitution has given prominent place for the human rights. Fr. Satish Fernandez, the director who was the chief guest of the program highlighted that every person has his own needs and desires. In the present scenario issues regarding caste system, food system, equality etc., are discussed everywhere which is very sad in itself. He emphasized that the foundation of our life is laid on the human rights that is provided in the constitution of our country. Fr. Edwin Dsouza, Treasurer, Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra®, Ujire in his presidential address commented that we are leading a lifestyle wherein we have forgotten our basic human rights. Human rights provide us freedom, equality, self-esteem, progress etc., we need to understand this and live by it. Living a life of self-respect without violating the rights of others and without being violated of rights by others are the very right of us all. Vimukti staff Mr. Jayasheel, Mrs. Jecintha, Mrs. Shilpa, Ms. Sunanda and Ms. Mamatha were present during the program. Mr. Arogyappa anchored the entire program. Nearly 102 attended and benefited from this program.

Distribution of play materials to AWC centres- nearly 500 children in Manvi Taluka benefiting: Vimukti pothnal
“Play gives children a chance to practise what they’re learning.” Pursuing the importance of games for children’s life Vimukti charitable trust in association with Antyodaya Centre, Mudhola Taluka, Bagalakote District Distributed play materials to various AWCs on 9th December 2021. Addressing the animators meeting Rev.Fr. Satish Fernandes, the director of Vimukti opined that attractive environment in the AWCs is very essential in order to make the children come to AWCs every day. Play materials attract the children to come without missing and spend allotted time joyfully in the centres. As per the decision in the meeting the play materials were divided equally, packed as appropriate play material bags and distributed in AWCs at Potnal, Jinnur, Jinnurcamp, Tadakal, Udbal, Badlapura, Malkapura, Iralagaddi and Karabhdinni. The play material bags consisted of cloth toys, plastic vehicles, plastic balls, cloth balls, rings, playing kitchen sets, wooden toys, alphabets, learning toys etc., Receiving these materials the children and the staff of AWCs expressed their joy and happiness. Vimukti staff Mr. Jayasheel, Mr. Charli, Mr. Arogyappa, Mrs. Jecintha, Mrs. Shilpa and Ms. Mamatha were present during the distribution of play materials and 500 AWC children are benefiting from this program.

Vimukti Club children took out HIV/AIDS awareness rally: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children parliament and club children pothnal organised awareness rally at Malkapur Village, on the occasion of World AIDS day to make public aware of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, human trafficking, child abuse, malnutrition, to stop open defecation etc. the rally started around 10.30 a.m. from Government primary school and children and staff used plcards, posters, slogans and flex to make the public aware. Mr. Ravi raj sagar Malkapura school teacher said in his speech HIV caused AIDS and interfered with the body’s ability to fight infection. If detected early, a regular consultation and proper treatment will help in fighting infection and allows a patient to live longer. The awareness rally helps the people to know about the disease, its symptoms and prevention methods. The children gathered for the rally took pledge to fight against the dreaded disease. The parliament and club children, school teachers and vimukti staff nearly 110 stakeholders participated in the awareness rally.

Work hard to succeed in life: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized training program to our club children in the villages of our working area. While interacting with the children staff advised and encouraged the children to be confident to learn good things from others, and should cultivate the reading habit to improve our personality. Courage is a basic for everything to achievement. One should have self-dignity and self- respect and should love one’s profession. We can create our own destiny by molding our personality. We should face challenges without fear and should convert them as stepping stone for success. Tireless and honest efforts always pay fruitful results. During the interaction, the students posed several questions to staff and got clarified. Nearly 450 children attended this training and got benefited.


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Memorandum submitted to Utakanoor Grama Panchayath President in demanding to conduct Children Grama Sabha without delay: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children parliament members along with club children from Pothnal area submitted the memorandum, demanding concerned panchayath president to conduct Children Grama Sabha without delay. After the several reminders to the concerned authority, have not given attention to the burning issues, as a result Children’s parliament members identified the major issues, discussed it in their meeting and took it to the Vimukti staff. Surprised by the initiatives of the children Vimukti staff supported and engaged this matter to the concerned authority. Children approached the Panchayath president and pressed up on him to take earliest action and solve the problems specially, clean drinking water, toilet, playground, play materials, and compound wall should be provided in the school premises. The school headmaster, teachers, SDMC members, VCT staff applauded and encouraged children in this great venture.

National Constitution Day Celebration: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized National Constitution Day Celebration at Vimukti Premises on 26th November 2021. On this occasion, as an important part of the celebration was, all the gathered students took the pledge of the Preamble. The speaker of the day emphasized the importance of Constitution Day, the significance of its celebration and commemorated the people who contributed to the development of Indian constitution. He highlighted the basic differences of Indian constitution than that of other countries with examples indicating the prerequisites of the constitution such as societal, familial and individual needs. The preamble of Indian Constitution i.e India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic which is aiming to secure justice, liberty, equality to all citizens and promote fraternity to maintain unity and integrity of the nation were stressed in his speech as these rights are necessity and are not a privilege. The session ended with an interactive session which lasted for almost half an hour, where the audience shared and cleared their doubts with the chief guest. The session was attended by 89 students.

CSSA Sisters Golden Jubilee Celebration At FISI
At the end of 15 days of renewal program, the golden jubilee celebration of 15 Sisters of St. Anne, Phirangipuram was flagged off on the 27th of November 2021 at Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI – Shanthi Sadhana - Bangalore with a Eucharistic Celebration at 7. A.M. To the entrance hymn, the Jubilarians marched to the altar of God with a lighted Candles symbolizing their life spent in the service of God and humanity. In the homily, Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the Institute, centered his thoughts on thankfulness, joy, and God’s call. It was a fitting moment to acknowledge in the name of the Congregation, their generous contribution, selfless sacrifices, inspiring life, and profound faith which made them instruments of God’s unconditional mercy and love to thousands. A delightful felicitation program followed the sumptuous breakfast. The Diploma Sisters who were extra generous in animating the liturgy with beautiful Alter d
ecorations, choir and wishing songs. The Sisters will be celebrating their golden jubilee celebration on the 15th of January 2022 at 9.30 A.M. at St. Ann’s Degree & PG College for women, Gorantla, Guntur.

Congregation day of the Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (FSPM) at FISI
On the 21st of November 2021 as the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of Christ the King and on this auspicious day, the Sisters of Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (FSPM) who are doing their Franciscan Spirituality Course at FISI celebrated their 168th year of the foundation day of their congregation. Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary was planted in the year of 1853, 21st November in the soil of Karumathampathy, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu by Rev. Fr. Joseph Louis Ravel, M.E.P. Just twenty days after his ordination arrived from France to India to serve with the missionary zeal. His arrival was traumatized to witness the level of religious intolerance and bigotry he found among the people. He realized that the need of the hour was an organization that would
create awareness, and thereby help them to live in love, peace and harmony. Thus with three young girls and a widow he started the congregation. At present their Congregation had wide spread in five countries, nine states in India and 40 dioceses.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women and Children1,256 stakeholders benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in four villages of sindhanoor taluka, Raichur District, Karnataka from 2nd to 9th November 2021. Lack of awareness on human trafficking is the biggest barrier to prevent human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisted of individuals under 18 years of age who is recruited, transported transferred, harboured or received for the purposes of exploitation,). kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VIMUKTI has been creating mass awareness in the schools, AWCs, public places, and in the residential area, so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 1,256 school children and families have benefited from this program.

Five lacs worth Various Sports materials distributed to the Orphan, Semi Orphan, disabled, AWC & School children, unorganized Youths and Women, in 20 villages of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with India-win Sports Private Limited Mumbai under the leadership of Mrs. Jennifer Pereria the generous Benefactor, Mumbai organized programs from 1st of October to 7th of November 2021, in 20 villages of Manvi taluka. the various sports materials, like T-shirts – 1500; Caps – 150; Cushions – 300; Notebook – 400; Paper bag – 1025; Led glass – 375; Malinga wig – 130; Whistle – 500; Led hat – 180; Wrist band – 500; Led; horns – 225; Buggles – 120; Mini horns – 150; Handkerchief – 150; Umbrella small – 24; Goal net – 2; Line machine with stand – 2; Poncho blue – 65; Poncho black – 65; Photograph bibs – 25; Referee jersey – 6; Football – 20; Stocking – 40; Jio wonderland t-shirt – 133; and the Immunity booster – 100 etc., these various sports materials were distributed to the orphan, Semi-orphan, disabled, School children, AWC centers, Government and Private Schools, unorganized youths, Women in the targeted villages. Nearly 2890 stakeholders got benefited from the program.

Self Employment Training Program for the Rural Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized self-employment training program to the rural youths on 5th of November 2021 at Vimukti premises. The Vimukti centre is helping unemployed rural youth to generate self-employment through short term training intervention. The primary objective of the program is to impart quality training programme in skill development to the rural youth at free of cost. our mission is to make easy for the Entrepreneurs to start their own business. We have helped start and operate 20 entrepreneurs to businesses by offering a range of business services. Our aim is to help the entrepreneur on the legal and regulatory requirements, and be a partner throughout the business lifecycle, offering support at every stage to ensure the business remains compliant and continually growing. Nearly 95 rural youths attended the training benefited from this program.

The blessing and laying of the foundation stone of St Francis of Assisi School, Barkhedi Kurdh
The blessing and laying of the foundation stone of St Francis of Assisi School, Barkhedi Kurdh, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh was done by the Provincial Minister Br John Alwyn Dias and Br Maxim D'Silva the Provincial Administrator, along with priests, religious and well wishers. Br Wilson, the guardian of the Friary welcomed the guests. The Provincial Minister blessed and laid the foundation stone, he also thanked all the friars, benefactors and people for their support and contributions. A fraternal Agape was served to the guests. As we express our gratitude to all the brothers who contributed generously for the start of this project, we count on your continued support and collective efforts. May God bless the good work and bring it to its completion.

9th Ordinary Chapter of St. Charles Lwanga Custody – Uganda
The Capuchin Franciscan Friars’ 9th Ordinary Chapter of St. Charles Lwanga Custody – Uganda with the theme: “Living our Brotherhood in FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY as Witnesses of the Gospel” held at St. Padre Pio Friary, Kabulamuliro, Kampala – Uganda. The Chapter has elected Br. John Fortunate Baluku, OFM.Cap as Custos, Br. Stephen Kabiito OFM.Cap as First Councilor, and Br. Leo Lobo as Second Councilor. The President of the Chapter was Br. John Alwyn Dias OFM. Cap, Provincial Minister, Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka – India. Br Vijesh Loyed Menezes, Provincial Secretary and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary were present as Observers.

Pastoral Visitation of Assisi Friary and St Theresa Parish Kakira, Jinja Uganda 24 October 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias paid a pastoral visit to the Parish Community of St Theresa and Assisi Friary, Kakira, Jinja Uganda 24 October 2021. The Guardian of the community, Br Lawrence Baluku and Br Fortunate John Baluku welcomed Provincial warmly along with the Br Godwin Ogam, Custos, Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. Provincial met the brothers of the community personally. Provincial also paid visit to St Peter’s School, Iguluibi, the Chapel and the convent of the Sisters of Joseph of Tarbes, He addressed the brothers suggested his fraternal guidance and advice. The brothers were appreciated for their committed services in services in the Friary, Church, School Health Center and Training Center. Provincial also visited St Francis Higher Secondary School, Kanyagoga and Holy Cross Sisters’ Convent. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation of St Padre Pio Friary/Curia/Shrine, Kabulamuliro, Kampala, Uganda 23 October 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias paid a pastoral visit to St Padre Pio Friary/Curia/Shrine, Kabulamuliro, Kampala, Uganda on 23 October 2021. After meeting the friars Br Francis Sseguya, Parish Priest of St Padre Pio Parish and Br Remigius Kasibante, Curate of the Parish and upon seeing the Parish construction works, Provincial met the Custos and Guardian of the community, Br Godwin Ogam, Br Denis Oscar Ogwal, House and Custody Economus, Br Mike Muhasa, Vicar and Director of St Padre Pio Shrine and OFS Spiritual Director, Br Emmanuel Odong and Br David Isingoma who warmly welcomed Provincial along with the Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. Br Vijesh celebrated the Eucharist. Community dialogue was held wherein Provincial briefed about his concerns and future plans. He appreciated the good works done by all the friars carrying out various ministries and thanked Br Godwin for animating the Custody well. Few suggestions were given for the betterment of the Custody. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation of St Lawrence of Brindisi, Novitiate House, Kanyogoga, Kampala, Uganda 22 October 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias paid a pastoral visit to St Lawrence of Brindisi, Novitiate House, Kanyogoga, Kampala, Uganda 22 October 2021. The Guardian of the community, Br Francis Ssekulima, Br Kabiito Stephen, Br Paul Ebwangat , Parish Priest of St Lawrence of Brindisi, Church, Kanyogaoga and the novices welcomed Provincial along with the Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. The novice sang an entrance song of welcome and were led to the chapel were an inaugural prayers were recited. Provincial met the friars of the community personally and students in a common gathering. He visited the poultry, piggery, garden and the surroundings. He celebrated the Eucharist for the community and gave a fitting homily. He addressed the community and encouraged and guded the brothers through his fraternal sharing. He appreciated their dedication. Parish Priest Br Paul invited to have see the Church dedicated to St Lawrence of Brindisi. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation of St Joseph’s Friary/Church, Busunju Uganda 21 October 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias paid a pastoral visit to the fraternity of St Joseph’s Parish/Friary Uganda from 21th October 2021. The Guardian of the community, Br Kiyemba Emmanuel and other brothers Br Richard Ogom, Br Simon Peter Muyunga (Theology 1st Year) and Br Ssemanda Francis (Post Novitiate) welcomed Provincial warmly along with the Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. Provincial met the brothers of the community personally. Provincial also paid visit to St Francis Senior Secondary School, constructing works of the new Church building, Padre Pio Health Center and the Nazareth Vocational Training Institute and the Holy Cross Sister’s Convent. He addressed the brothers suggested his fraternal guidance and advice. The brothers were appreciated for their committed services in services in the Friary, Church, School Health Center and Training Center. Provincial also visited St Francis Higher Secondary School, Kanyagoga and Holy Cross Sisters’ Convent. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation of Portiuncula Formation House, Mirembe, Kabbega, Kampala, Uganda 20-21 October 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias paid a pastoral visit to the Formation House, Mirembe, Kabbega, Kampala, Uganda 20-21 October 2021 along with the St Padre Pio School Busunju The Guardian of the community, Br Matia Kibika, Br Leo Lobo, Br Francis Ssunna, Br Charles Masereka and the Postulants welcomed Provincial warmly along with the Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. The brothers sang and stepped to their local traditional songs. Provincial met the friars of the community personally and students in a common gathering. He visited the farms, poultry, piggery, garden and the surroundings. He offered Eucharist and gave a fitting homily. He addressed the community encouraging and rendering his fraternal advice. The brothers were appreciated for their ministries in forming the young brothers, the students in the school and the local people through their pastoral ministry. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation of St Padre Pio Shrine and Friary, Misaali, Masaka, Uganda - 19 October 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity of St Padre Pio Shrine and Friary, Misaali, Masaka, Uganda on 19th October 2021. The Guardian of the community, Br Anthony Eyuk, Br Adolf Omitta and Br Joseph welcomed Provincial warmly along with the Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. Provincial met the brothers of the community personally. He visited the shrine and the surroundings and joined the community for common prayers. He addressed the community encouraging them and rendered his fraternal guidance and suggestions. The brothers were appreciated for their committed services for the local devotes of St Padre Pio in the shrine. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation of St Francis Theologicum, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Uganda 18-19 Oct 2021
The Provincial Minister, Br John Alwyn Dias paid a pastoral visit to the fraternity of St Francis Theologicum, Forta Portal, Mbarara, Uganda from 18 – 19th October 2021. The Guardian of the community, Br Antony Jakwonga, Br Stephen Nsamba and Br Charles Kamoga (post-novice) welcomed Provincial warmly along with the Provincial Treasurer, Br Vijesh Menezes and Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. Provincial met the brothers of the community personally. He offered the Holy Eucharist and joined them for common prayers. He addressed the community and suggested his fraternal guidance and suggestions. The brothers were appreciated for their committed services in services in the Theologicum. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Farewell Mass to Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG)
On the 02nd November 2021, Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) bid farewell to six of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG) who had come for the intensive three months course on Franciscan Spirituality. The whole community joined for the morning prayers followed by Holy Eucharist at 7.00 a.m. presided over by Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director , along with Fr. Robin Minin Lopez,Program Co coordinator, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, Spiritual Director, Fr. Maxim Nazareth and Fr. Lotus Paul. The Eucharist began with a meaningful introduction and the intercessory prayers by
sisters. After the Eucharistic celebration, 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.

Distribution of Nutritious Health Product (food) for the Malnutrition Children: Vimukti Pothnal
On 27 October 2021, the Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal organized the distribution of the Nutritious Health Kit for the selected malnutrition children. Mr. Arogyappa dumathi expressed saying, these days we are succumbing to many types of viruses and fever. Children are not able to withstand these viruses and fever. Thus, they need protein, minerals, calcium, and so on as a substitute for their health. These need to be given to the children without fail every day. Many a times we are not able to provide them through the food, but when we give the children “Kids Vitty Maxx” nutrition tablets, each day one, will increase children’s immune system and helps them to remain always healthy. Realizing the need and caring for the children’s health we are distributing the Nutritious Health Kit. Mrs. Shilpa, Vimukti staff Nurse explained the usefulness and effectiveness of consuming these tablets daily. Thereafter, as a chief Guest, the Director of the Vimukti Charitable Trust, Fr. Satish Fernandes addressed that gathering with this message: it is the prime duty of the parents and elders at home to cater the health of your children. Health is a wealth of the family.

Distribution 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.

18 _ 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.

Death 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.

Birthday 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.

Vimukti 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.

Vimukti 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.

Feast 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.

Prevention 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.

Free 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.

Feast 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.

Transitus - 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.

Pastoral 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.

Second 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.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI FEAST-SHANTHI SADHANA - FISI
Many Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. The community of Shanthi Sadhana- Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI, celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder and Patron. The Eucharistic celebration began with a 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.

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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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