A Grand Reception for the Master in India

From the 10th to the 30th October, 2013
Fr Bruno Cadore in India

The Province of India had been waiting for the visitation of the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadore. We were happy to have him and two members of the Curia with him (frs Vincent Lu Ha, Socius for Asia-Pacific and Gabriel Samba, Socius for Africa) for about three weeks. 

India is a vast country and it is time consuming for anyone to reach the different parts of India, where the Dominican presence exist. Hence certain communities like Bettiah (Bihar), Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Igatpuri (Maharashtra), Thane (Mumbai) and Poyil (Kerala) were visited only by the Socii of the Master, fr. Vincent and fr. Gabriel.

Master General and His Socii arrived in Delhi, the capital of India.  In Delhi we have a community with a vibrant Parish apostolate.

The Master then proceeded to Nagpur in Maharashtra, where we have three communities:

1. St. Dominic Ashram: This is the community with the formation house and a parish mission.  This is where the students who are engaged in their theological formation live. The Master had the privilege of meeting with the brothers to know their vision, expectations and challenges as Indian Dominicans.  He also had the chance to interact with a group of Dominican laity.

2. St Albert’s Community:  Here the brethren are engaged in St. Charles Seminary, one of the main apostolates of the Province, where there are about three hundred young seminarians from different Dioceses and from different religious congregations who are doing their Philosophical and Theological studies.  The Master expressed his appreciation and concern for this important ministry to the Church in India at a special meeting with the Staff of the Seminary

After this fruitful visitation in Nagpur, the Master flew to Goa, where we have two formation communities.

St. Dominic’s Moira: This is the Novitiate community currently with seven novices and four friars who are engaged in formation, and different pastoral apostolates.

Mariashram, Polali: This is the Postulancy. We have three batches of candidates spread in three years of initial formation. The community also takes care of St. Dominic’s School, imparting education to the children around.

The Master and his Socii arrived at our Provincial House, in Bengaluru on the 30th of October. After meeting with our Provincial, fr John Kusumalayam, and the community members in Delhi, fr Bruno left for Sarihajan (Assam) our pioneering mission community in the North-East region of India, where the Master had the opportunity to experience the missionary zeal of our brethren with their tribal parish folks. The warm welcome by the parishioners given in their own cultural way gave the Master an experience of tribal life.

3. St. Martin’s Community: This small community takes care of the Yuva Jyothi Project of the Province, where the children picked up from the streets and railway platforms, find a home for themselves and work towards building up a better future.  Over 500 children have accessed the Yuva Jyothi since we began this ministry in 2003. 

St. Thomas, Orlim, Goa. Here the community is engaged in the philosophical formation of our students.

St Dominic, Ashoknagar, where we have friars who are engaged in the Parish apostolate and formation of the professed students who are engaged in their graduation studies. The parishioners and the community celebrated the visitation of our Master with pomp and pageantry. The Master addressed the gathering of the Dominican Family consisting of three congregations of Dominican sisters and the Laity.

The visitation of the Province came to a close with a meeting with the Provincial Council. That same evening, the Dominican Family in Bengaluru gathered at the convent of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in Indiranagar, and had a small reception for the Master and his team. And the team left for Bengaluru airport, at around midnight on the 30th of October.

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(13 November 2013)