Friday, April 26, 2013

St. Joseph Province, Kottayam

On 25th Morning, i attended the concluding session of 15th ICRF Annual Symposium on "ST. FRANCIS AND GANDHI: CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANITY. A COMPARATIVE STUDY" from 22-25th April 2013, at St. Joseph's Capuchin Provincialate, Kottaym. There were 25 friars who attended this symposium with papers presented by the friars. They also elected their new team of Animation, Br. David Francis is elected as the President. The feedback was very positive and they have made an appeal to all the qualified friars to attend this meeting held every year. In my short message of encouragement i called upon the scholars to undertake research which will enhance human lives and make them more comfortable in spiritual arena. The research and study should be contextualized so that  Human life may become more easier to content to another human being and the nature. Our capuchin research should be unique and of high quality in order to produce knowledge which touch all the spheres of human existence. The goal should be to contribute important and significant knowledge for the growth of the community. 

After the session we all visited the shrine of St. Alphonso and also two friaries of the Province of St. Joseph.
I met the provincial definitory this morning and animated them for one hour with questions and clarifications.

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