Pre-Novitiate Directors’ and Vocation Promoters’ Meet at FRH, Mangalore 2019
South Asian Pre-Novitiate directors and Vocation Promoters’ meet was held on 23–26 November at Fatima Retreat House, Mangalore. 38 Jesuits including Fr Irudaya Raj, ADF participated in this meet, the theme of which was “Vocation, Formation and Lay collaboration”. Fr Vijay Prabhu inaugurated the meet. In his keynote address, he spoke on the History of Karnataka Province.
On 24th there was a panel discussion on the main theme. Four notable speakers, Fr Jerome D’Souza SJ, Sr Shalet BS (Novice Mistress of Bethany), Ms. Shwetha Rasquinha, HOD of MSW, St Aloysius College and Mr. Vincent from Bangalore spoke on the topic. The St Aloysius College community welcomed all the participants to Mangalore by hosting a sumptuous dinner on the first day. On the following day the Vocation Promoters shared their strategies and some new methods they employ for vocation promotion. In the afternoon the group visited Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikernakatte, followed by a visit to AIMIT, ABH and Someshwar beach. Asha Kiran community was gracious to host the dinner on the second day. On 26th November Fr Provincial addressed the participants. There was also a sharing of the Pre-Novitiate directors. The last session on various concerns and issues was moderated by Fr Irudaya Raj, the ADF. The meet ended with a grand dinner hosted by the Fatima Retreat House community.