in      
Reserved Area
BIS National News (327)

International (158 Items)

BIS Regional News

Bangalore (585 items)
Chennai (945 items)
Dimapur (429 items)
Guwahati (661 items)
Hyderabad (628 items)
Kolkata (563 items)
Mumbai (778 items)
New Delhi (395 items)
Tiruchy (443 items)
Colombo (38 items)
Konkan (275 items)
International (158 items)
Silchar (83 items)

BIS Archives

2014 News
2013 News
2012 News
2011 News
2010 News
2009 News
2008 News
2007 News
2006 News
2005 News
2004 News
2003 News
2002 News
2001 News
1900 News




RMG – GC27: A Look at History
14/4/2014 14:45:3


Vatican - Message of the Holy Father Pope Francis on dialogue in Venezuela
14/4/2014 14:58:54


Vatican – Message of the Holy Father Pope Francis on dialogue in Venezuela
14/4/2014 14:59:5


RMG – GC27: New General Council already at Work
14/4/2014 15:5:23


Chile – Situation of the Salesians in Valparaíso after the fire
14/4/2014 15:34:15


Italy – 2000 children for "DL Day" in the Province of Lombardy- Emilia
15/4/2014 14:36:19


Italy – Logo for Exposition of the Shroud designed by young people
15/4/2014 14:44:59


RMG – GC27: "See For Yourself”- looking back at the Chapter
15/4/2014 14:49:42


Spain – World Day against Child Slavery
15/4/2014 14:52:37


Solomon Island – Australian Senator Brett Mason visits disaster victims
15/4/2014 14:56:43


Italy – 2000 children for "DL Day" in the Province of Lombardy-Emilia
15/4/2014 15:11:3


Italy – National Skills Competition
16/4/2014 13:16:4


Myanmar – Archbishop Charles Maung Bo speaks out against the proposed laws on the protection of race and religion
16/4/2014 13:18:57


Spain – Young People Celebrate Holy Week in Salesian Centres
16/4/2014 15:13:21


Spain – Interview with Isabel Artime, the mother of the Rector Major
17/4/2014 16:25:12


Spain – Interview with Isabel Artime, the mother of the Rector Major
17/4/2014 16:37:25


Italy – Making heard the voice of needy youth
17/4/2014 17:40:21


Italy – Making heard the voice of needy youth
18/4/2014 9:8:17


Spain – New opportunities for young people not living in a family
18/4/2014 10:53:29


Spain – Interview with Isabel Artime, the mother of the Rector Major
18/4/2014 11:51:6


Australia – OzBosco 2014: Choose Love & Serve God
18/4/2014 14:36:53


Italy – The Way of the Cross for those who suffer under the Mafia
18/4/2014 14:39:57


Democratic Republic of Congo – Bible Days VI
18/4/2014 14:50:54


India – Don Bosco schools bring smiles to rural children
18/4/2014 14:52:30


Join 360° view forum
Join 360° view forum
 
Printable View Print News   Mail to Friend Mail to Friend  Comment on News Mail to Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM
First Indian Salesian Missionary Marks 45 years in Overseas Mission
By C.M. Paul
Abroad, Jul. 25. KOLKATA - The Central American country of Guatemala is drawing much interest in Kolkata province as another young priest is set to leave for the same destination to which the first Indian Salesian missionary set off 45 years ago.
Fr George Puthenpura born in Kerala made his first profession at Sunnyside Shillong in 1960, a year after Guwahati province was bifurcated from Kolkata province in 1959. After his philosophy studies at Salesian College Sonada (Darjeeling) and practical training in India, Fr Puthenpura did theological studies in Barcelona, Spain. He was ordained priest in March 1970, and became the first missionary ``ad gentes`` from India to Guatemala.
Seven years after his arrival in Guatemala, in 1977, he founded the ``Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection,`` which in 2004 became the 22nd group of the Salesian Family. Today the Congregation he founded has more than 50 professed sisters and some 30 novices, in 10 communities and 3 dioceses, and working in over 400 villages.

The characteristic of this Congregation is the missionary spirit, and the fact that all the Sisters are indigenous. The language of the congregation is Quekchi, a dialect of Mayan origin, the most widely spoken language in the Region of the Alta Verapaz, where his mission San Pedro Carch� is to be found.

This year, four Indian provinces are sending seven missionaries to overseas missions in the upcoming 142nd Missionary commissioning from Valdocco, 25 September 2011.

It will have 30 Salesians and five Caritas Sisters of Jesus from Korea, Japan and Brazil. Of this there are five Salesian missionaries of the earlier groups who have not attended the missionary course. They are 27 year old scholastic Simon Nongrum of Guwahati now working in Belgium North and 25 year old scholastic Suresh Ekka of Guwahati now working in Bulgaria, and 39 year old Fr. Jacinto Dias of Panjim province working in South Africa Province since 2007.

Leading among the Indian provinces in this year`s missionary course is Tiruchy province with four confreres (Arockiam Thomas John - 30 year old scholastic for Middle East, Raj Arockiam Mariasusai - 43 year old priest for Netherlands (Belgium North Province), Rajan Pushparaj - 43 year old priest for Austria and John Paul Swamy (Swaminathan) - 24 year old scholastic assigned to France. Remaining three confreres are one each from Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata provinces.

Chennai province Fr Alphonse Arulnadam - 41 year old priest is assigned to Ireland while Bangalore province Mathew Valiyakattel (Nice) - 24 year old scholastic is assigned to the Middle East, and 33-year old Fr Shiju James Thottupurathu from Kolkata is assigned to Guatemala.

The Indian contribution to this year`s international missionary group is just seven confreres from four (out of 10) provinces.

That is a far cry from the challenge Rector Major put forward to Indian provinces during the centenary celebrations of the arrival of Salesians in India. In 2006, the Rector Major put a challenge to the ten Indian provinces saying, ``I need three confreres from each province every year for mission ad gentes``- ie., 30 missionaries!

Kolkata province Mission delegate Fr Sebastian Thekkel has a scathing take on that. He says, ``there is a general decline in our missionary spirit and enthusiasm...  I find that there are not enough priests who want to be `ministers of word and sacraments`. Faith in the sacraments and its value in the Salesian Educational System are decaying because some do not use it or some do not want to hear about it. Some of us have `left our homes and fishing nets` to search for a `better catch.` [Often] not as `fishers of people.```

General Councilor for Missions Fr Vaclav Klement is of the opinion that, the second Consulta` of the Salesian Missions (2010, Sept) with additional in puts from General Councilor for Formation Fr Cereda, the first draft of the ``Missionary Formation of the SDB`` will help set in motion a new missionary wave in the congregation.

Meanwhile, Guwahati Province, has scheduled the official opening of Sirajuli Missionary aspirantate, on 22 November, 2011. It is the ``IVREA - Istituto Cardinal Cagliero`` missionary aspirantate of India.

Fr Vaclav says complimenting the timely effort, ``thanks for the passionate contribution to start a new missionary formation tradition in India, the most dynamic region of the Congregation at present time.``

The ``Assam Missions`` marks 90 years in 2012.

Comments





Post a Comment

More News in MISSIONS »

GC 27: Ringside Views & News - 19: BREGOLIN HAILS THE MIRACLE OF DON BOSCO`S PRESENCE IN SOUTH ASIA
GC-27: Ringside Views and News - 18: PASCUAL CHAVEZ CHALLENGES SOUTH ASIAN SALESIANS TO DREAM BIG
Tiwa-English Dictionary - Salesian Linguist`s Monumental Work Released
The New Regional Councillor for Africa-Madagascar is Fr Américo Raúl Chaquisse
Fr. GUILLERMO BASAÑES elected as Councillor for the Missions
Rate this
Current Rating
3.0
Contact via Email
 
Write Your email text message below.
Your email id:
Subject: Comments on 'First Indian Salesian Missionary Marks 45 years in Overseas Mission' - Source: BIS South Asia
Comments:
Security Code:
Enter Security Code:  



BIS is the information service of the Salesians of Don Bosco in South Asia.
The information available on the site is posted by the online registered Salesians in the South Asia Region and are approved by their respective Province BIS Coordinators.


This site is best viewed with Mozilla Firefox and/or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 + at a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768


NEWS SEARCH
Search
Province
Classification


News Subscription
  
 
RSS Feeds RSS Feeds