Yesterday Br. Arockiam provincial minister came to Trichy to take me to his province. After some rest in the afternoon we left for Dindigul by road. It took us some 3 hours. On the way we met the newly appointed Archbishop of Madurai who is a friend of the capuchins, he was the bishop of Dindigul and will be installed as the archbishop of Madurai on 24th of August.
From there Br. Arockiam took me to his relatives for dinner. Then to a village for the midnight Mass in honor of st. ignatius.....I have seen and witnessed many village feasts but nothing like the one i attended yesterday. We were taken in procession with band at 10pm with garlands around our neck. The bands were playing religious music. The Mass began sharp 12pm and ended around 2pm....great experience.
Before this village provincial drove me to another village to witness the festal celebration....i am impressed with the faith of the people.
This morning we visited one priest who runs an home for the aged and then came to Coimbotur to begin the visitation. I spoke the friars after the dinner and tomorrow onwards i will begin meeting individual friars.