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On 31 May, 2019, in the community of Guwahati, four Novices of the Society of St Paul, India - Chakkananickal Thomas, Kunkal Albert, Paga Nikhil Christu Raj, Tete Atish – professed their firm will to follow Christ the Master more closely for the rest of their lives. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr Varghese Gnalian, Provincial Superior. Fr Varghese challenged the newly professed to be relevant to the time and place they would be called to live their commitment to follow Christ, their Master.

Present on the occasion was also Fr Aneesh Peediyekal, Director of formation, members of the community, members from the community of Jorhat, Members of the Pauline Family, and Priests, Religious and well-wishers.

During the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration, Fr Varghese Gnalian, Provicial Superior, presided over the ceremony of entrance of six Aspirants – Islary Nerswn, Kerketta Anup, Kerketta Suresh, Kollappallil Stephen, Kujur Kuldeep and Vengathadathil Aneesh - to the year of Postulancy, and two Postulants – Joms Sajan Kizhakel and Kanikathottam Mobin Jose – to the canonical year of Novitiate. The Provincial explained the candidates regarding what is expected of them during the year of Postulancy and Novitiate respectively. He emphasized that they need to be always be attuned to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, especially during these years of spiritual growth and discernment of their vocation.

During the ceremony, Fr Varghese marked their entrance to the year of Postulancy and Novitiate, by presenting a copy of the Holy Bible each. He then entrusted the Postulants to the care of Fr K.V. Sebastian, Master of Postulants and the Novices to the care of Fr Saji Antony, Novice Master.

ST PAULS STUDIO, Bangalore, a state-of-the-art studio was inaugurated and blessed on 6 May 2019 in the presence of management, students, and faculty of ST PAULS COLLEGE and ST PAULS INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION EDUCATION. The inaugural ceremony was graced by the presence of Rev Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial Superior; Rev Fr Sebastian Ampattukuzhiyil, the Chairman; Rev Fr Dr M. J. Thomas, the Director and Administrator, Rev Fr Dr Plavendran, the Principal and other fathers, brothers, sisters and friends. The ceremony began by invoking the blessings of the Almighty. 

In his address to the gathering, Rev Fr Varghese Gnalian shed light on the critical and pathetic juncture the Indian journalism is in today’s context and reiterated the importance of trained journalists who will do their job without fear or favour. He affirmed that ST PAULS is committed to provide world-class facilities in enhancing the skills of every aspiring media personnel. Fr Thomas in his address thanked the Provincial Team, the community, staff, technicians and others who helped in making this studio a reality.

The inaugural event concluded with the distribution of sweets to celebrate this joyous occasion and with a resolve to reach greater heights and provide world-class facilities to strengthen SPC and SPICE as the global leaders in the field of media education.

ST PAULS College and St Pauls Institute of Communication Education (SPICE), Bengaluru, celebrated their First Graduation and College Day on Saturday, 18th May 2019, at St Pauls campus. The celebrations started with an academic procession which was led by the dignitaries, namely, Professor Venkatesh Babu, Principal of Swami Vivekananda College, Fr. Prithvi Raj Philip, Former Director of SPICE, Fr Sebastian A, its Chairman, Fr. Thomas M J, its Director and Fr. Dr Plavendran, the Principal, with the graduating students following.

After the customary invocation song and lighting of the lamp, the Principal welcomed all the dignitaries, the invitees, the parents, the faculty and the graduates. Prof. Venkatesh Babu, the Chief Guest, expressed his joy and happiness at being present on this occasion and congratulated the graduating students and the achievers, and wished them good luck. The parents on their part expressed their gratitude to the faculty and the management for moulding their wards as professionals in the Institution.

A total of 13 students became the first ever batch to formally graduate from ST PAULS COLLEGE and SPICE. Mr Jenin and Mr Cyril spoke on behalf of ST PAULS COLLEGE and SPICE respectively. Fr Prithvi Raj shared his experiences at the initial stages and the challenges faced by the new college. Ms Laya Johnson and Mr Prathish D’souza together thanked the management, the staff and the students for their wholehearted support to make the event so special. Fr Thomas M J thanked everyone who supported and contributed to the growth of the college and those who organized the event so meticulously.

All the graduating students and the achievers were given mementos as a token of appreciation which was followed by variety cultural programmes. It was a fun-filled and memorable evening, which will be remembered and cherished forever.

With hearts full of joy and gratitude, the Pauline Family in India together with Devamatha Forane Church, Paisakary, witnessed the heart-lifting Priestly Ordination ceremony and First Holy Mass of Deacon Praveen Jose Chirathara SSP, on Thursday, 25 April 2019. The Ordination Rite began at 9.00 am presided over by Rt Rev Dr Joseph Pamplany, the Auxiliary Bishop of Tellicherry, who was assisted by Fr Varghese Gnalian SSP, the Provincial Superior, and Fr Johnson Vattakunnel SSP. In his homily, the Bishop explicated the relevance, role and challenges of priesthood in today’s world. He also acknowledged the apostolic contribution of the Paulines to the Indian Church and invited Fr Praveen to become a fervent missionary after the example of St Paul. 

The newly ordained priest celebrated his First Holy Mass immediately after the Rite of Ordination. Besides his parents and siblings (younger sister and brother), Fr Praveen was joined by over 25 concelebrating priests and a large number of religious and faithful. A short facilitation programme was held soon after the Mass in which Fr Gnalian, congratulated Fr Praveen in the name of India-Nigeria-Great Britain-Ireland Province and thanked his parents for giving their son to the Society of St Paul. There were also a few representatives from the parish who paid fitting tributes to the newly ordained. Fr Praveen expressed his sentiments of gratitude to all. It was followed by fellowship meal for all who were present on the occasion. 

Congratulation dear Fr Praveen! We wish and pray that he continues to be a true Pauline committed to spread the Gospel of Christ through the means of social communications.

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