Negombo, Sri Lanka. The inauguration Mass and ceremony for the newly erected St. Joseph Vaz Independent Delegation took place on October 24, 2019, Solemnity of St. Anthony Mary Claret, at the St. Claret Seminary, Kattuwa, Negombo. General Consultor, Fr. Henry Omonisaye, CMF, presided the Mass during which he read out the Decree of the Canonical Erection. Then, the members of the new Delegation Government were officially presented to the body. All the members of the newly constituted Organism raised from their seats and gave a round of applause as a gesture of acceptance and assurance of their cooperation.
The presence of Fr. Callistus Joseph, CMF, the Provincial Superior of the Province of Germany, Fr. Soosaimanikkam, CMF, Vicar and Prefect of Apostolate of the Province of Chennai, Fr. Cyriac Njayarkulam,CMF, a great missionary who served in Sri Lanka for 23 long years mostly in animation role, Fr. Joy Mariaratnam, CMF, the first Delegate Superior of the Dependent Delegation (2012), Fr. Rohan Dominic, CMF, a former Delegate Superior, and the Claretian Sisters (both RMI and MC) graced the occasion.
After the Mass, there was a felicitation ceremony during which the outgoing Council members (Frs. Rex Constantine, Royestan Jerajh, and S. Nirmalan, CMFF) received the appreciation and gratefulness of the Delegation members and others present. The new Council received the wishes and prayers of the same.
In the afternoon, a Mini-Assembly of the new Major Organism took place. During this moment, the new Major Superior presented some indications on the vision of his Council for the new Organism. He also announced the names of the Prefects and other individuals who were called to render services to the Delegation Council.
Major Superior, Prefect of Formation – Fr. Joseph Jeyaseelan, CMF
Vicar, Consultor, Prefect of Apostolate – Fr. Milfer Vaz, CMF
Consultor, Prefect of Economy – Fr. Satheesh Saverimuthu, CMF
Prefect of Spirituality – Fr. Maria Arul, CMF
Secretary – Fr. Royestan Jerajh, CMF