I am in my province since 16thof May visiting some of my friends and also few fraternities. The provincial minister and secretary are generous enough to take me around to visit the friaries outside Mumbai. On 19thMay we visited Pimpri,Pune where we have a parish with four friars serving the parishioners. This parish has grown over the years and it has been also growing in numbers and spiritual life. The province has always taken care to appoint friars who are pastorally well trained and have good experience of pastoring the people.
The next day we visited our Formation house of Theology “La Verna”. The brothers are all in vacation and the friars too were out. The Rector Brother John Garodi was at home who welcomed us. He gave us a nice dinner and of course I prepared my favorite Prawn curry. It was a good feeling to be in the house as I could not stay earlier after its completion. The brothers study in the campus of JDV run by the Jesuits…
Yesterday early morning we left Pune for Aurangabad, it is one of the fastest growing city. The Diocese is also growing under the new Bishop Ambrose Rebello. The Capuchins have two friaries in the Diocese and the Bishop has offered a new place in the City of Aurangabad. The Bishop has offered about half an acre of land to build our friary. One friar will be Principal of the school belonging to the diocese and two friars will be co-pastors in the parish but all three friars would stay in our own friary which is under construction.
Aurangabad Bishops House and the Cathedral. The diocese has 28 priests and equal number of religious priests. They have many schools and mission stations. The diocese has grown over the period of years.