Antony Xavier Amalraj, omi, who completed his initial formation at the International Roman Scholasticate (IRS) while learning his theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome was ordained a priest on April 21, 2016, by Msgr. Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, the Apostolic Administrator of Diocese of Mannar, Sri Lanka. The priestly ordination ceremony took place at St. Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar.
The newly ordained priest celebrated his first Mass at his own parish, viz., St. Antony’s Church, Muthaliyarkulam, Vavuniya on April 24, 2016.
We wish that God may shower his choicest blessings on Fr. Amalraj.
The Roots of God’s Mercy
In this Year of Mercy a new book viz. IRAKATHIN VERGAL (the roots of God’s mercy), is written in Tamil language by Rev. Dr. Stany Antony, O.M.I.
The first part reflects over the present challenges of the kingdom values in today’s context. It challenges the existing Christian living where the Church has to become more cultic rather than “Church on the street” as Pope Francis wants it to be.
The second part explains the roots of mercy in the light of biblical, theological and pragmatic perspectives.
This book is very much received by the readers as it is relevant to this current Year of Mercy. It contains 100 pages and 1000 copies are in circulation.
Underlining the 3rd year of Oblate Triennium: Mission, Vow of Obedience and Evangelii Gaudium the Preaching Band Community at Amaithy Aham, Vavuniya has organized mission preaching. There were two mission preaching during lent at two parishes, viz. Komarasangkulam – Calvary, St. Joseph’s Parish, Thalvupadu in the diocese of Mannar. And there will be another mission preaching at Allaipiddy parish, in the diocese of Jaffna during the month of May.
The theme of the mission preaching at St. Joseph’s Thalvupadu parish was “Be merciful as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). There were lots of cooperation from the parish priest, parish council, parish community, the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Menzingen at Thalvupadu and the Oblates, working in the diocese of Mannar.
The mission programmes were:
Eucharistic Rally; KadalPozhivugal (preaching and blessing the sea shore)
Seminars for Parents
Seminars for Youth and Children
Preaching the Word of God and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The mission preaching came to its completion on the 19th of March, the Feast of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Parish Community. The provincial superior, presided over the festive mass.
Thanks AmathiAham Community
On the 17th of March 2016 the Provincial Superior of Jaffna laid the foundation stone for Youth Empowerment Centre. Since the project-land at Arialai was bought by late Fr. Patrick Gananapragasam OMI, it was deemed fit to lay the foundation on the day of his paternal feast, viz. feast of St. Patrick. This project is co-financed by HAVONOS and WILDE GANZEN from Holland. The aim of this project is to impart “purpose” in the life of today’s youth who need formation and animation.