Bengaluru, India. As Part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Claretian presence in India, on 18 to 22 November 2019, a renewal programme for Claretian priests between 10 to 15 years was held at Claret Nivas Carmelaram. A total of 48 priests from the five Major Organisms of India participated in the refresher encounter. Fr. George Mattathil, Prefect of Formation of Bangalore Province, and Fr. Jacob Arakkal, its Provincial Superior, accompanied them.
The program, aimed at bringing together the members who have completed 10 to 15 years of their priesthood, included various sessions of input and sharing. Fr. Jacob Parapally, MSFS, inspired them through his thought-provoking seminar on Living a Meaningful Life as Consecrated Priests. Fr. Joy Puthusery, ISCH, refreshed them on the topic Psychosexual Maturity as we grow in Priesthood and Consecrated Life. Fr. Rohan Dominic, CMF, updated them on our missionary involvement through SOMI-JPIC.
Members had enough time to share their personal missionary experience, group discussions, visit to some of the Claretian Communities in Bengaluru, fraternal experience with the Novices and lite moments among themselves.
This fraternal coming together, helped the members in personal renewal and missionary encouragement during this Golden Jubilee year.