IND – District Chapter in Mysore

India Chapter group
On October 13, 2014, the Indian District gathered in Probodhane, Mysore, for what was already their third Chapter. There were 30 participants – 26 priests and 4 deacons. Fr. Tom Cassidy of the U.S.A. Province served as the moderator, but also as a coordinator in helping the young district in the organization of a chapter. Fr. Paulus Sugino, the General Councilor responsible for the Asian entities, was present as well.

Logo 2The Chapter started with
 a day of recollection presented by Fr. Paul, a Pallotine father. Afterwards, Fr. Thomas Vinod Chittilapilly, the District Superior, gave his words of welcome and a statement of the State of the District. It gave the District an opportunity to have a look at where it has come from, its present situation regarding the different houses and works, but especially on the route which the District hopes to take. A discussion ensued.

The State of the District was followed by a presentation and discussion on five areas: formation, finances, spirituality, pastoral ministry, and Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. The areas were presented by the presidents of the five committees. Each presentation was followed by discussions. The process allowed for the formulation of proposals and decisions regarding future activities of the District.   

image002On the last day of the Chapter Fr. Jesús Manuel Baena Valbuena presented the latest version of the District Directory.  It was a well-prepared document and the consensus was that it would be a very good guide for the future development of the District.

Also on the last day, Fr.
 Sugino, the general councillor for the District, gave some insights on the theme of the next General Chapter, “Merciful, in Community with the Poor.” His presentation was well received since it gave some real insights into the religious values and commitments underlying the theme. The District Chapter came to an end with the Eucharist celebration presided by Fr. Sugino. 

Liturgy was followed by a community outing in which everyone could celebrate the “Sint Unum”