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ST. GABRIEL’S NOVITIATE, SITAGARH FIRST PROFESSION, 2018

The Novices of St. Gabriel’s Novitiate, Sitagarha, had the long awaited day of their First Profession on 8thMay 2018. Exactly, three months prior to this event, we had the most spectacular and memorable Golden Jubilee Celebration. The Golden Jubilee Celebration will surely be a memorable one to all those who witnessed it, especially the Novices of this batch. It’s my joy to write a few lines about the First Profession of the Golden Jubilee batch of Novices. God had been gracious to this house and to the Congregation of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel down the years. This year ...

32nd GENERAL CHAPTER: (APRIL 8 TO 28, 2018) CLOSING MESSAGE: 28.04.2018

Introduction As we come to the end of the 3 weeks we have lived together as brothers and as delegates of our entities making this historical event of the 32ndGeneral Chapter a celebration, as envisaged by the Code of Canon Law (CC 631), I feel confident to call this Chapter an “unqualified” success for more reasons than one. As I reminded you all in the Inaugural Message, quoting from our Constitutions, “The General Chapter is a sign of UNITY and CHARITY (C 157). As we look back at the days we have lived together in the Chapter, it is quite ...

ADDRESS TO THE HOLY FATHER, POPE FRANCIS: 27.04.2018

Most Holy Father, It is my joy to greet your Holiness, in the name of the whole Montfortian Family in general, and in the name of all the delegates of the 32ndGeneral Chapter of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, in particular. Present among us today are the Montfort Missionaries and the Daughters of Wisdom, of our Montfortian Family, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Kottayam, who have been our collaborators in mission for the past 35 years. By a happy coincidence, the Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate also the 90thanniversary of their Foundation, this year. Therefore, we are ...

Congratulations to Rev. Bro. John Kallarackal, re-elected for a second mandate (2018 – 2024) as Superior General of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel.

Congratulations to Rev. Bro. John Kallarackal, re-elected for a second mandate (2018 – 2024) as Superior General of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel.

32nd GENERAL CHAPTER – INAUGURAL MESSAGE BY THE SUPERIOR GENERAL

32nd GENERAL CHAPTER: APRIL 8-28, 2018 INAUGURAL MESSAGE BY THE SUPERIOR GENERAL 9th April, 2018 Words of Welcome: Good morning to you all. It’s certainly a joy for me to welcome all the delegates of the 32nd General Chapter, on behalf of the members of the Central Administration, and all the Brothers, Sisters, Priests and lay Collaborators of the Casa Generalizia. I wish to say a special word of welcome to our Facilitator, Bro. Jean-Claude Lavigne OP, our Interpreters, Sr. Lise Le Riche of the Daughters of Wisdom, and Bro. Rémy Ndong, from the Province of Senegal, and our Secretaries, ...

Goodbye – Au Revoir – Arrivederci Maddalena & Sr Vincy

Mrs Maddalena Del Grosso, Bro. Pietro Del Grosso’s niece, started her work at the Generalate in 2000, when the doorkeeper in charge claimed his right to go in pension. The transition of power to a layperson was made without hassles but not, maybe, without pain. Everyone still remembers the famous speech of the last doorkeeper Brother who declared that he was happy to pass over the torch to a “smart doorkeeper”. The smart doorkeeper’s name was Maddalena. As a stay-at-home mother, her horizon was limited to the walls of her house. She quickly adapted to her new position. Her perspectives ...

First profession in Tanzania

On the 9th Dec. 2017, was a memorable day for the East African Mission as 11 Novices made their first commitments in a colorful and very meaningful ceremony held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church- Kibiko, Ngong, Nairobi, Kenya. His Lordship, Rt. Rev. John Oballa, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ngong along with Fr. John Ndiseya, the Vicar General, were in main celebrants in the company of numerous Priests from near and far. The  Provincial Superiors of the Provinces of Hyderabad, Trichy and Yercaud and the Sector Superior of Kigali received the vows of their respective Novices. They are ...

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Vocations

Dear Brothers and Sisters. Next October, the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet to discuss the theme of young people and in particular the relationship between young people, faith and vocation.  There we will have a chance to consider more deeply how, at the centre of our life, is the call to joy that God addresses to us and how this is “God’s plan for men and women in every age” (SYNOD OF BISHOPS, XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment, Introduction). The Fifty-fifth World Day of Prayer for Vocations once ...

Encounter with the Pope Francis, on 6 October 2017

This is a somewhat exceptional event to be able to participate in the mass of the Pope the morning at 7: 00 in the Church of Santa Marta near the place where he resides. I am pleased to share with you this encounter. The last year, Brother K.M. Joseph, Assistant General, and I celebrated 50 years of our first vows in the Congregation of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, and we wrote a letter of request to participate in a morning Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. We received an initial negative response. We made another one... and here Wednesday ...

Montfortian Spirituality Retreats

Singapore: Montfort Centre organized recently two modules of Montfortian Spirituality Retreats, Love of the Eternal Wisdom and Christian Discipleship. The retreat for the Love of Eternal Wisdom was conducted from 14th to 16th July. This was a popular retreat and we had a full house attendance. The Christian Discipleship, which was based on the Prayer for Missionaries, was held from 17th to 19th July. This fell during the weekdays and attendance was rather low. The retreats were organized as part of the effort to share and to spread the Montfortian Spirituality to the larger community. Some of the participants had ...