Kandy, Sri Lanka. On November 6, 2019, the Claretian Missionaries in Sri Lanka celebrated the 25th year anniversary of Claret Nivas, the formation community in Kandy. It began with a solemn Eucharistic celebration gracefully presided by Fr. Joseph Jeyaseelan, CMF, Major Superior of St. Joseph Vaz Independent Delegation. The theme of the whole celebration was: “Celebrating with joy and gratitude”. A good number of Claretian priests who passed through this formation house attended the celebration. Several religious priests, sisters and students of Kandy area as well as some diocesan priests including the rector of the National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka joined the celebration that culminated with a fellowship program in which everybody enjoyed the dinner and encounter.
Afterwards, the Claretian family gathered to celebrate as a local community – singing, sharing, and dancing. It was a joyful and remarkable moment for everyone to commemorate and celebrate the blessings of God showered upon Claret Nivas Community as it continuously forms students to be vibrant and well-equipped Claretian Missionaries for twenty-five years.
After initial formation, some Missionaries who passed through this house form part of the universal mission of the Congregation both in Africa and America. At present, it has members from eight countries.