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Capuchin Provincialate
Dr. Rajkumar Road, P.B.No.1060, Rajajinagar, Bangalore-560 010
Karnataka, India.




St. Padre Pio

St. Clare of Assisi

Tau Cross

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  H i g h l i g h t s  

Letter of Br. Mauro Jöhri, General Minister

1Vimukti appeals the district government to make Government schools in manvi Taluka attractive, relevant as well as child friendly:
Vimukti after revising the situation of government schools in the project area brought out various prevailing issues and collected them in a booklet form. This report highlights the real situation of AWCs and educational institutions in Manvi taluka in general. Schools are supposed to be the temple of learning, but the average primary educational institutions and AWCs in the taluka are likely dingy, dilapidated, with no access to electricity, toilets, lack of basic infra-structures, leaking roofs, without play grounds, broken furniture, late arrival and handing over of school books, absence of computer labs, shortage of teachers, etc., are major problems which are blocking and reducing the standard of child education at large. Childhood is the initial stage of growth in one’s life. In this regard Preschools play vital role in the early childhood development. There are 486 anganwadi centres in our Manvi Taluk. But the fact is that, these centres do not cater to the total development of preschool child development.
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(Baptismal Name: Aloysius Leo)
BORN: 08/11/1939
VESTED: 30/04/1960
DEATH: 24/05/2017

Funeral Details:
The mortal remains of Fr. Joel Pinto will be brought to St. Anne's Friary, Jail Road Mangalore and will be kept in the friary chapel from 1.00p.m to 2.15 p.m on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet, at 3.30 p.m.

Contact Numbers: 0824 2496733/ +91 9482446419

Provincial Chapter of the New York – New England Province of Saint Mary
The Twenty-Second Ordinary Chapter of the New York – New England Province of Saint Mary was held on May 14th to19th, 2017 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, Connecticut. With the total number of 104 friars being present for the chapter with guest and observers was an enriching moment for the friars to relive their fraternal life. The central theme of the provincial Chapter was “encountering our future through fraternity & leadership, mission & ministry, and finances” was well animated by Fr. Vincent Fortunato Capuchin, with a team of experts, animating and deliberating the process. Fr Francis Gasparik the out-going Provincial Minister of St Marys Province, in his address appreciated and thanked the hard work of the brothers of Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, India. Fr. Clever D’Souza presented the report on custody of Japan. Fr. Dolphy Pais, Provincia Minister of Holy Trinity Province presented an excellent report on the various activities in the province especially our mission geared towards the social action. He appreciated the generosity of The Province of St. Mary, New York and remembered Rev. Fr. Michael Banks for giving us the opportunity to work in collaboration with St Mary’s Province of New York. The Chapter concluded with the election, Eucharist and the Agape. The new provincial team with Michael Greco and the Councillors are enthused to serve the order.
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Career Guidance conducted for catholic youth of St. Clare of Assisi parish Pothnal:
One day Career Guidance Programme was conducted for the catholic youth of St. Clare Parish, Pothnal, on 22nd of April 2017. Meetings of all the youths of the parish who are studying outside the parish were called to this programme. The main aim of this meeting is to give systematic guidance to the students since many would be puzzled as to what to do next after completing plus two Degree or P.G. etc. The meeting was animated by Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director, Pothnal. He said that today we can expect only10% opportunities in the Government sector, while 90% of it is in the private sector. Those who study the arts stream should not feel that they are less privileged because opportunities for the Arts students are endless. Some of the options suggested by him are teaching, law, small business/industry, social work, mass communication, Fashion designing, interior designing....
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Save Farmer Families : I am Tayamma from Jeenoor camp & my Husband Committed Suicide : Vimukti Pothnal
I am Tayamma from Jeenoor village, Manvi Taluka Raichur District. Two years back, I lost my husband. He was a farmer. We used to grow cottan. Everything was going well. He was a wonderful husband and a very loving father. We had four kids, lakshmani, Praksh, Rudhramani and Verupaksha. We were happy in our small world. We were not rich, but whatever we earned was enough to keep all of us content and happy. Then one year the merciless drought hit our village. We had enough to sustain that year. But then this became a routine for the next two years too. The 1.5 acres land that we had hardly gave us a two quintal of Cotton. This was not enough to even pay for the investments. My husband decided to work as a laborer in other’s farms in order to get at least two meals everyday for the family. I joined him too!
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St. Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri secures 90% PU Results
With passion and determination St. Anthony’s PU College bags 13 Distinctions, 49 First Class, 28 Second Class and 4 Third Class. Three Students got 100/100 in Computer Science and two students 100/100 in Business Studies. The Management, Principal, Staff and Students congratulate all the outgoing PU Students!

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Visit of Provincial Fr. Dolphy Pais to friars in Foggia, Italy
Fr. Dolphy Pais, the Minister Provincial of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, conducted the visitation of the Indian friars who are rendering their pastoral service in the St. Pio Capuchin Province of Foggia. He met Fr. Jossy Fernandes at San Giovanni Rotondo friary, where Fr. Jossy works in the Office for the English speaking pilgrims, coming to the Shrine. Fr. Dolphy paid a quick visit to the Capuchin Friary of Larino, where Fr. Charles Furtado and Fr. Jossy had rendered their service for some time. Then the Provincial came to the Friary of Sant Elia, where Fr. Denis Prakash Lobo is serving as the Vicar of the community and is assisting at the Parish which is attached to our Friary. The next day, Fr. J. B. Sequeira went to Sant Elia and brought Fr. Dolphy and Fr. Denis Lobo to Venafro by car. At Venafro Friary Fr. J. B. Sequeira is the Vicar and is assisting at the Shrine.
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Minister Provincial Fr. Dolphy Pais at the Chapter of Foggia, Italy
The Foggia Capuchin Province of St. Pio celebrated its 128th Provincial Chapter from 1st to 5th of May. Fr. Dolphy Joseph Pais, the Minister Provincial of Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka participated in the same as a Guest and as an observer. Frs. J. B. Sequeira and Denis Prakash Lobo took part in this Chapter as Capitulars. During this Elective Chapter Fr. Maurizio Placentino was elected as the new Minister Provincial of Foggia. Fr. Dolphy Pais, in his discourse, expressed his satisfaction and joy over the three and half years of mutual personal collaboration between the two provinces. He thanked the Major Superiors and the friars of the Foggia Province for accommodating the Indian friars with such cordial and fraternal attitude. Fr. Dolphy also presented, through a power point, a short documentary on the missionary extension undertaken by the Karnataka province.
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Br Victor Crasta new assistant director of Sandesha Foundation
Mangaluru: The Chairman of Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education Rev. Henry D’Souza has appointed Br. Victor Crasta OFM Cap as its Assistant Director. He was welcomed by the Bishop on May 6 at a function held at Sandesha. Sandesha gets new Assistant Director-1Br. Victor Crasta hails from Lorretto, Bantwal. He has done Diploma in Western Music from Trinity college of Music, London and has taught western music at the Capuchin Seminary, Bangalore. He has also served as the Principal at St Antony’s School at Gangondanahalli, Bangalore, Infant Jesus School, Chikkamagalore and Anugraha School, Bidar. He was honoured by Higher Education Minister Basavaraja Rayareddi for his excellence in the field of Education. Director of Sandesha Fr Victor Vijay Lobo introduced Br. Victor. Roy Castelino, Sandesha Trustee and Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Superior of St Ann’s Friary, Bejai were present.
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Fr Vitus Prabudas Pinto, Capuchin friar of Karnataka Holy Trinity Province who passed away on April 30, was laid to rest at St Fidelis Friary cemetery, Farangipate here on Tuesday, 2 May amid a large number of mourners including friends, family, and well-wishers. Bishop Aloysius Paul Dsouza presided over the Eucharistic celebration along with good many diocesan and religious priests. In his Introduction, he remembered the good old school days he had spent with Fr Vitus at Agrar, Bantwal. He recalled the beautiful religious life lived by Fr Vitus and invited the faithful to pray for his departed soul. Fr Joachim preached a poetic homily and reminded us the richness of the spring of eternal life that we would receive after we leave this mortal earth. Fr Rupert Barboza delivered a well prepared Obituary and made known to the faithful the great achievements of Fr Vitus during the earthly journey. Fr Melwyn, the guardian of St Anne’s Friary thanked all those who came to the aide during the last days of Fr Vitus. Between 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm, the mortal remains were kept for public viewing at St Anne’s Friary where hundreds of people paid their last respects. A holy mass was celebrated at 1.30pm for those people who couldn’t go to the burial ceremony at Farangipate.
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Sponsor’s children summer camp : Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti charitable trust® with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons France had organized sponsor’s children summer camp at Pothnal from April 18th to 28th 2017. 35 sponsored children actively participated in this camp. The first phase of the camp saw fun-filled and educative moments with Spoken English and Computer lessons along with other motivational sessions for the children. Caring staff prepare campers to face life’s challenges with a positive outlook. Over a week at camp, kids develop new skills and a strengthened sense of citizenship and self-esteem. Children return home with incredible memories, proud achievements, and new friendships. Camp provided a safe, fun and active environment in which children can develop new skills, gave chance to explore their unique talents and interests, self esteem and friendships.
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Divine Mercy Feast at Mangalore
The feast of Divine Mercy was celebrated on 23rd April at 10.30am at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, St Anne’s Friary near Jail Road, Mangalore. For the last 6 days, novenas were held on different themes on Sacraments as the preparation for this feast. The feast was celebrated in the Divine Mercy Retreat Hall with the presence of around 2500 faithful including the priests and nuns. Prior to the Eucharistic celebration, adoration was conducted lead by Fr Derick. The Eucharist was celebrated presided over by Rev Fr Walter D’mello, the Judicial Vicar of Mangalore Diocese. He preached a fitting homily and called upon the faithful to be the mirrors of mercy after the example of Jesus Christ. Mr. Joel Pereira led the choir and helped the faithful to pray better. After the Eucharist sumptuous dinner was served to all the faithful. Fr Paul Melwyn, the Superior of St Ann's Friary thanked one and all.
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Videos of Novena and Divine Mercy Feast at Mangalore
Novena - Day 1
Novena - Day 2
Novena - Day 3
Novena - Day 4
Novena - Day 5
Novena - Day 6
Adoration On Feast Day
Divine Mercy Feast Eucharist Celebration

Flower Decoration and Vegetable Carving @ Darshan College, Kengeri, Bangalore
Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the World. Flowers have the greatest talent in converting an ordinary place into a magical palace. Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. Vegetables and fruits are not only meant for just maintaining well balanced diet but also to exhibit God’s providential creation. Hence the Darshanites participated creatively by giving shape, shade, shadow, figure and contours to the flowers, fruits and vegetables. The competitors were ably judged by the honorable jury Rev. Sr. Bindu, Superior of Holy Family Convent & Asst. Headmistress of Jnana Bodhini High School, and Prof. Chaya Devi N, Department of Kannada, Adarsha Evening College.
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Seminar on “Leadership & personality Development” -Vimukti Center, Pothnal
Vimukti charitable trust’s main thrust is to build up a new generation with spiritual, moral and leadership qualities. Through a well thought out meticulously planned modules and practical activities based on life experience for two days training enable the youths to mould their young minds imbibed with values of life and lasting vision for self and nation building. Seminar was organized on 23rd and 24th of March 2017. A leader is someone who engages in the activity of facilitation and helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives; in doing so, the leader remains "neutral" meaning he/she does not take a particular position. If you want to be a good leader then you have to develop the qualities of Faithfulness, Acceptance, Communicator, Inspirer, Listener, Imitator, Teacher, Adviser, Technician, Observer and Reader said Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Director, Vimukti in his keynote address.
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Visit of the Mission Secretary to North East India
Fr. Charles Furtado, the mission secretary, visited the north east mission of the Province from 15.03.2017 to 08.04.2017. He began his visit with Christ the King Delegation of Mizoram-Tripura-Silchar, and proceeded to Infant Jesus Delegation of Nagaland-Manipur. He also took seminars for all the friars of these two Delegations on Child Sexual Abuse and Abuse of the Vulnerable Adults, and preached a retreat to the sisters. Impressed by the mission work of the friars from the province in the north east states of India, he thanks them for their kind Franciscan hospitality, and appreciates their generous service to the missions of the province with sacrifices.
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Product Launch Initiative @ Darshan College, Kengeri, Bangalore
“A Secret of getting ahead is getting started. Opportunities don’t happen. You create the opportunities.” To start with the Darshanites with their creative and innovative minds launched “start-up” initiatives. These “product launch initiatives” were designed to achieve the specific purpose of creating awareness and publicity for a particular product/brand. The future entrepreneurs of Darshan College got into the job seriously so that they get practical exercise and experience of the competitive and commercial world. One was better than the other; the best bagged all the glory of the show. The event was graced and judged by Prof. Ranganath Swamy from Adarsh College, Chamarajpet and Prof Reema L. Veigas former Faculty of St. Anthony PU College.
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The Easter Vigil at Saccidananda
The Easter Vigil was celebrated at Saccidananda. The Vigil Mass was offered by Rev. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, Fr. Deepak Fernandes and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza. The celebrant in his homily said, “The Resurrection of Christ is a pledge of our own resurrection. It is the foundation upon which our faith rests. It is the guarantee of our own resurrection and God's assurance that our sins are forgiven and that we are called to eternal life. So this is a joyful day, a day of great hope”. Good number of faithful participated in the Easter Vigil. A Very Good number of faithful participated in Easter Vigil Mass to share the Love and Peace of Resurrected Christ.
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Good Friday service at Saccidananda
Good Friday service was conducted at Saccidananda to commemorate Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death. The service was officiated by Fr. Deepak Fernandes, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza too joined the service. The celebrant in his homily said, “On Calvary, Jesus Preached his message more by action than by words. Just before he was stripped of his last earthly possession his clothes. He died as he had been born owing nothing in this earth. He went to face his father as every one of us will face that same Father – God, naked, bereft of all earthly possessions. He demonstrated to all who could see and understand that living well does not depend on what a person has but on what he or she is”. Large number of faithful participated in way of the Cross followed by Good Friday ceremony.
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Maundy Thursday - Saccidananda
The Maundy Thursday celebrated at Saccidananda, Capuchin Provincialate at Rajajinagar - Bangalore. The Holy Eucharistic Mass was presided over by Fr. Robin Victor D’souza along with Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais & Fr. Deepak Fernandes. The celebrant in his homily said, quoting the words of Pope John Paul II. “Before this extraordinary reality we find ourselves amazed and overwhelmed, so deep is the humility by which God “stoops” in order to unite himself with man! If we feel moved before the Christmas crib, when we contemplate the Incarnation of the Word, what must we feel before the altar where, by the poor hands of the priest, Christ makes his Sacrifice present in time? We can only fall to our knees and silently adore this supreme mystery of faith”. The Celebrant representing Jesus washed the feet of twelve faithful as an act an ultimate act of love and service.
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Thanksgiving : Trinity Central School
The ambience of Trinity Central School breathed a ‘fresh air of gratitude’ on the last day of academic year that is on March 31st, 2017. For all the efforts of teachers, students, non-teaching staff, janitors, drivers and conductors, the Principal expressed the words of gratitude and wished for the same success in the upcoming years. The championship trophy was also presented to ‘Robert Frost’ as the ‘House wise Winners’ for the academic year 2016-17. Apart from this one of the coordinators of lower section Mrs. Lavina Arouza who was a supporting pillar of the School was felicitated for her good work in the school as she was leaving the school for better prospectus.
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The blessing and laying of the Foundation Stone for the Friary and the De-Addiction Centre at Yesu Nilaya Palya took place on the 07th of April 2017. Rt. Rev. Dr. Anthony Swamy, Bishop of Chikmagaluru Diocese, blessed and laid the foundation stone along with Rev. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province-Karnataka, Fr. Alwyn Dias, Vicar Provincial and other Capuchin Priests and Diocesan Priests. After the blessing of the foundation stone, there was A short felicitation program to thank the Donors of the Land Mr. Sigmund Sequiera and family, Rev. Dr. Anthony Swamy-Bishop of Chikmagalur Diocese also the Architect Mr. Praveen & Manjari Saldanha, Contractor Mr. Kumar. The program was compered by Rev. Fr. Sunil Ulahanan, guardian of Yesu Nilaya-Palya. A tasty meal was organized for all those who witnessed the event.
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Free medical check-up camp : Vimukti Pothnal
Health the greatest treasure
Vimukti Charitable trust®, Pothnal in support with Ensemble Agissons France, organized free medical check-up camp for the beneficiaries residing around the project surrounding villages of Pothnal. The health camp conducted provided primary and referral health care services to the patients, wherein 3 cases of viral fever, 7 high blood sugar, and 3 women blood pressure were referred to the government hospital Pothnal. All the types of primary and comprehensive services had been provided to the clients. Mrs. Annamma PHC consultant and Mrs. Lalitha Vimukti Staff Nurse advised them various medicines and consultations during the camp and also interacted with the beneficiaries.
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Campaign against early child marriage : Vimukti Pothnal
“Child Marriage is a practice that robs millions of girls of their childhood, their rights and their dignity.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Under the initiative of Vimukti wing and with the active support of Ensemble Agissons, campaign against an early marriage was organized with the collaboration of various Govt. Schools in the project area in order to sensitize & mobilize the masses to stop and eradicate child marriage by raising awareness of the girl’s right in the community. The campaign was organized with the main objective of bringing about changes in the pattern of thinking in minds of the people towards the evil effects of child marriage and raising awareness of the girl’s right in the community and also by focusing on improving the access to quality education for girls, and also educating the wider community about the social factors that enable forced marriage to continue.
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Debate Competition @ Darshan College, Kengeri, Bangalore
“It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute or who scores most in controversy but he who has shown the better temper.” – Samuel Butler
To bring about the best temper as they argue, dispute and discuss their point of view on the current and actual topics Darshan College organised Debate Competition. The finalists, 12 teams disputed and discussed “for and against” for the following topics: Social Networking and it’s impact on Society, Cell phones as Educational Tools, Demonetization it’s impact and results in eradication of black money. The event was graced by the presence of Mr. Mithun M Y, Manager @ Ernst & Young, Ms. Mahalakshmi, Manager @ Mantri Developers and Mr. Mohan.
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Juzu sangi 24 voram - 24Hours adoration at St Ann's Friary

Adoration, Retreat talk and Eucharistic celebration by Fr. Roshan Rosario at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre Mangalore

Anugraha School: Thanksgiving Day
On 25th of March Anugraha School celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. Remembering all the blessings that were received from God Almighty in the year 2016-17 the school gathered all staff and student community to thank God today. Among the students two of them and among teaching staff Ms. Geetha and Mr. Mahan spoke about the enormous change that has taken place in line with discipline, academic performance, co curricular activities etc. All appreciated the Principal Fr. Richard Kadiwal OFM Cap for well-organizing the entire year though there were many hurdles at the initial stages. The principal spoke and thanked all the staff and students for their tireless efforts to make Anugraha head high. All the teachers were appreciated considering their unique talents and contribution for the growth of Anugraha.
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Training to community and pocket leaders on SCSP/TSP/WASH:
On 19th to 20th and 23rd to 24th of March 2017, Vimukti organized training on SCSP/TSP/WASH (planning, allocation, utilization of financial resources) act 2013. Vimukti pocket leaders and community monitoring leaders were the participants for these trainings. Mr. Ravidra Janekal and Mr. Lawrence, ARD Raichur were the resource person who have highlighted the SCSP/TSP/WASH act as a whole and its background to dispel lot of political, legal and other misconceptions surrounding it. Though lots of funds are allocated for this welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes each year by the state and central government, in actual practice there is no compulsion to spend the amount as allocated and always the funds were diverted to other purposes or shown as unspent.
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“Leadership & Followership” CEB-Seminar @ Christ University, Bangalore.
Christ University Bangalore accorded hospitality and fraternal welcome to the Capuchin Education Board Members with the motto “Excellence and Service”. The Vice-Chancellor Rev. Dr. Fr. Thomas C Mathew called upon the capuchins towards a revolution: from “Good to Great”, from “charismatic person to charismatic organization.” He insisted that we should be the leaders not just like gardeners or agriculturists but like the foresters who look beyond for long-lasting and far-reaching results. Prof. Rev. Fr. Thomas T V while addressing on “Learning organization” he said: be professional, have personal mastery, build-up shared vision & team work, follow a system and have strategies to be relevant.
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On 8 December 2008 the General Definitory by its Decree Prot. No. 00999/98 constituted and declared established the Most Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. By the same Decree the General Definitory appointed Br. Vincent Gabriel Furtado as the new Provincial Minister, Br. John Baptist Sequeira as the first Definitor and Provincial Vicar, Br. Patrick Crasta, Edwin Colaco and Rudolf D'Souza as the 2, 3, and 4 Definitors respectively.



Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


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Minister General

Fr. Mauro Jöhri
Minister Provincial

Joseph Dolphy Pais
Provincial Council

Fr. Alwyn Dias
Vicar Provincial

Fr. Peter Cyprian D'souza
2nd Councilor

Fr. Paul Melwyn D'souza
3rd Councilor

Fr. Salvadore Fernandes
4th Councilor


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