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FIRST ROUND PASTORAL VISITATION AFTER THE 7TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

To Live and Follow | Letter of the Franciscan Ministers General

1Vimukti 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.

1Work 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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1Memorandum 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.

1National 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.

1CSSA 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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On 8 December 2008 the General Definitory by its Decree Prot. No. 00999/98 constituted and declared established the Most Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. By the same Decree the General Definitory appointed Br. Vincent Gabriel Furtado as the new Provincial Minister, Br. John Baptist Sequeira as the first Definitor and Provincial Vicar, Br. Patrick Crasta, Edwin Colaco and Rudolf D'Souza as the 2, 3, and 4 Definitors respectively.

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Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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

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Minister General

Fr. Roberto Genuin
Minister Provincial

Fr. John Alwyn Dias
Provincial Council

Fr. Paul Melwyn D'Souza
Vicar Provincial

Fr. Peter Cyrian D'Souza
2nd Councilor

Fr. Robin Victor D'Souza
3rd Councilor

Fr. William Prabhu 4th Councilor




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