Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Touching the Lives of the poor people

The Salesians are very active in Hosapete ...doing a lot of work for the children and people in general....they have a school....two boardings for the girls and boys.....they have carpentary providing work possibilities to the poor people around.....they have tailoring section where poor girls learn then go out to be independent....the young ones who are tailors by profession work in the centre run by the salesians.....they prepare shirts and pants which are sold to wholesalers ...good opportunity for the poor ones...



 A painting by a local man....



Another Oil painting by the artist

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Retreat for Fatima Sisters End........


 Everyday after supper we prayed Rosary in the compound and the litany was prayed in front of the Grotto of our Lady of Fatima....the sisters pray every day retreat in common....
 I took the opportunity to speak every day during the retreat about the various apparitions and their significance ....
 There were two talks a day, a sermon and during the adoration...a homily based on the theme of the day.....Prophectic call to be lived today...
 The sisters sing melodies hymns...in all the languages......
 My Hindi and Marathi Bhanjans.....I sang them with full gusto and enthusiasm as I used to do when in the formation and later as a young priest.....I still young....not yet old....
 Listening carefully to prepare themselves to celebrate their congregation feast on 13th October....
 Vote of thanks and appreciation.....

 There were 24 sisters from south province of Fatima sisters....
 Young and old.....with their experiences made the days of retreat very rich....
 No mobiles and absolute silence made the days of retreat fruitful and peace was seen on their face...we can manage without mobiles.....if we want to.....they proved it.....no calls made and received...all off....

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Retreat with Nature........Hosapet......

Hosapet is a surrounded by small and big hills and now that it rains everyday all the hill are decked with lovely greenery ......
 The Canal filled with water from the Dam...goes to the neighboring states......all along the canal you see green trees and vegetation
 The area is fast developing .......
 The sisters....go around in silence in meditating and reflecting on the in put sessions....

 I went for a stroll this evening and enjoyed the nature and its beauty....


 Praying the Rosary in the compound after the dinner.....a different experience.....



Friday, October 4, 2019

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi celebrated in the Vatican Garden

At 12 this morning in the Vatican garden in the presence of the Holy Father the feast of st. Francis was celebrated. The Holy Father planted a small plant or tree in honor of st. Francis...also to consecrate the synod of Amazone.....
Many Capuchin friars and other Franciscan family friars were present for this prayer service....

Fr. Luis Eduardo ex -provincial of Colombia.....

Another Retreat for Sisters of Fatima Congregation in Bellary, Karnataka

Two days of animation for the Adoration sisters and celebrated the Feast of our Father Francis, this evening I moved to a close by Community of the sisters of Fatima. It is their annual retreat and there are 25 sisters come as far as Bangalore and Belgaum....
 The sisters are mostly working in school and social centers....

 This convent has two schools....
 Bellary is the place where they were founded....by Blessed Kroot......
 The sisters have about four convents in the diocese of Bellary....
 We began the retreat with the Holy Eucharist
 Preached about st. Francis and how he could guide and animate us during the retreat....

 Close by the convent there is a dam called TB Dam....
 This year they have received good rains so we can see all greenery
 There are 1500 students studying here....they used to have more but due to lack of work opportunities many families are migrating to bigger towns and cities in Karnataka
 The Bust of Bl. Kroot
 The grotto of Our Lady of Fatima...
 The gardens are decked with small but beautiful flowers