Bangalore, India. This year, Pentecost Sunday, which coincides with the usual Professions and Renewal of Vows for Claretians in India, became an extraordinary event for the Claretians in India due to the COVID-19 lockdown. COVID-19 has kept almost all the world confined to some specific physical spaces. However, the spirit moves without boundaries and limitations.
Despite the uncertainties due to the travel restrictions in place for almost three months, their Students, held up at different locations, prepared well for their renewals and professions. And on May 31, 2020, Bangalore Province still celebrated their Profession and Renewal of vows in the different areas they were locked down. The usual coming together of students from different Organisms did not materialize this year. The retreats and renewal programs took place in various locations. Some had it even individually under the guidance of the available formator.
The suffering and pain of the millions of people due to the Coronavirus and the sacrifices and hard work of thousands of medical workers gave a new meaning to the Vows we pronounce. Sure the solemnity of Pentecost added more grace to the whole event. Held at different centers, Bangalore Province had four postulants entering the Novitiate; four Novices making their First Profession; nine Students renewing their Vows and two students making their Perpetual commitment.