Fr. Lucas Regini Jude Avalin OMI was ordained on the 28th of May 2015 as the 91st priest for the Province of Jaffna. He was ordained by Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam, at St.Mary’s Cathedral, with six other priests for the Diocese of Jaffna. Fr. Avalin’s companions Fr. Manuelpillai Patrick Prashanth omi and Fr. Seemanpillai Alstan Roche omi were already ordained on April 8, 2015 at St. Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar, by Bishop Rayappu joseph. Since Fr. Avlin has lost his mother, his eldest sister assumed the role of mother and presented her “son” to the Oblate community.
From the 18th to the 23rd of May 2015 the Province of Jaffna was blessed with the visit of Mr. Cor Schouten and Ms. Sieni who are the Directors of HAVONOS (Hart Voor Noo[r]d Oost Sri Lanka). As the name suggests it is an NGO that is custom designed to rehabilitate victims of war in North-East of Sri Lanka. Their main target was to visit the three projects they are generously financing: OBTEC at Kilinochchi, Amala Arivi at Mullikulam (Thachana Madhu) and the newly constructed Community Centre at Kokilai. They also encountered the administration of Jaffna Province to ascertain accountability and transparency. They were very considerate and wished good-bye with a sense of prospective cooperation.
Deacons Seemanpillai Alstan Roche OMI & Manuelpillai Patrick Prashanth OMI were ordained on the 8th of April 2015 for the Province of Jaffna. They were ordained together with eight other priests by Bishop Rayappu Joseph atSebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar. Thus the Diocese of Mannar is blessed with six diocesan priests, and the religious orders blessed with two Oblates and two Claretians. While looking at the parents and relatives in the photos, one cannot miss the fact that the parents are enthusiastic in promoting vocations to consecrated life. Truly they foster first-formation and ongoing-formation of their sons and daughters. Sri Lankan is blessed with a monastic culture where vocations to consecrated life thrive; both Buddhism and Hinduism, the majority religions in Sri Lanka, understand and value the role of consecrated life in society.
On December 08, 2014 Oblates andlaity participated in the Inauguration Liturgy of the second lap of Triennium Animation. Braving the inclement weather, they gathered at De Mazenod Chapel, Columbuthurai, Jaffna. The theme of the Liturgy was introduced through symbols: plants and flowers symbolized regenerationthrough the Spirit – who operates imperceptively. Fr. Soosai Damien OMI, who presided at the Eucharist, situated the liturgy in the perspective of Fr. General’s letter written specially for this occasion: that in the contemporary context, while the Oblates face extinction, stagnation or regeneration, our evident option would be regeneration. Fr. Santhiapillai Sebastian OMI who preached the homily, dwelt on the charism of our Founder. He showed that regenerationis not individualistic but communal; is both vertical and horizontal. Our renewal is connected both to Jesus, Our Blessed Mother and St. Eugene who inspire us, and at the same time it is reciprocally connected to the poor to whom we are sent. He thanked the people who had arrived from distant parishes with unmistakable zeal and devotion.
Scholastic Brothers Lucas Regini Jude Avalin OMI; Manuelpillai Patrick Prasanth OMI and Seemanpillai Alstan Roche OMI made their Final Profession, on the 12th of November 2014, in the presence of Fr. Edwin S. Vasantharajah OMI, Provincial of Jaffna. The event took place during the Eucharistic Celebration at St. Eugene De Mazenod Chapel, Columbuthurai, Jaffna.
On the following day they were ordained Deacons by Rt. Rev. Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam. They were ordained at St. Francis Xavier’s Seminary, Jaffna, together with six other Deacons belonging to the Diocese of Jaffna.