We the jesuits of the Goa Province,
in fidelity to our vocation as servants of Christ's mission are sent to build human communities imbued with the values of Justice, Peace and Love. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam! All for the Greater Glory of God
All those who encountered Fr. Alban D’Souza would know him as a kind and loving priest. He enjoyed the company of people and spread laughter and cheer everywhere. His ready wit and the ease with which he mingled with everyone, made the young and the old feel at home with him. Although big in stature, he was gentle in his ways.
Fr. Alban was born on 6th February 1952 in Nairobi (Kenya), to Austin and Antonette D’Souza. The family returned to their roots in Tivim, Goa, and Alban was sent to study at St. Paul’s School, Belgaum. He did well, usually standing within the top ten in his class. Alban enjoyed his school years. From a school lad, Alban made a transition by entering the Jesuit Novitiate, at Xavier Training College, Desur, in 1969. The lures of the world were attractive, yet Alban decided to answer the call to live a life of service as a priest. This first stage of Jesuit priestly formation is the novitiate and after two years, he took his First Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in 1971. From there he went to study the humanities, art, and culture for a year at Vinayalaya, Mumbai. He studied philosophy and theology at De Nobili College in Pune. In between, he worked as a school teacher and a hostel prefect at St. Britto School, Mapusa, and later at Loyola High School, Margao.
The village of Tivim in Goa welcomed Alban back to his hometown where he was ordained a priest on 8 May 1982. His first assignment was to St. Xavier’s, Kolhapur, where he served as an acting parish priest in the Church, teacher in the school, and minister of the Jesuit house. In 1983, he worked for a year as a teacher at Loyola, Margao, and as the Principal of the Night School. Noticing his abilities in education, his superiors sent him to the Nirmala Institute of Education in Altinho, Goa, to complete his degree in education. With the B.ed degree firmly under his belt, he continued teaching at Loyola, Margao, and later at St. Paul’s, Belgaum. Simultaneously, he worked with the youth in the evenings and on weekends.
From 1992, Alban made a change from school education to the training of youth. As the Director of the Lights of the World Movement, he travelled from North to South Goa conducting development programmes for young people in higher secondary schools and in colleges. His sessions were interactive and lively. He realized that he had the gift of training others and so he went to Loyola University, Maryland, where he worked hard for a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counselling.
Qualified as a Counsellor, Alban began training programmes for lay counsellors. While working with students and youth groups and organizations, he compiled a book titled, “A Facilitator’s Handbook”. This book could be easily adapted by facilitators and resource persons working with youth.
Over the past year Alban had been battling illness with grace, acceptance, and peace. Treatment, diagnoses, operations, and more treatment had taken a toll on his health. Through all this, Alban had not lost that twinkle in his eye. He knew there were many good souls praying for his recovery. Recently he published yet another book titled, “The Beginner’s Handbook for Resource Persons and Trainers”.
Alban has done well in educating young people, administering in schools, preaching in churches, helping people to develop themselves, and training others to become lay counselors/trainers. After a period of prolonged illness, Fr. Alban breathed his last on 15th March, 2019 in Belgaum. May the Almighty grant him eternal rest!
- Fr. Roland Coelho sj
Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa S.J. Superior General of the Society of Jesus was welcomed and greeted by the provincial of the Goa Province, Rev. Fr. Roland Coelho S.J. on his arrival in Goa. He has been accompanied by Fr. Pierre Belanger. Fr. General then proceeded to Pedro Arrupe Institute, Raia for a welcome programme by the community members and the participants of the JCSA (Jesuit Conference of South Asia).
National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) is a poverty alleviation project implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. This scheme is focused on promoting self-employment and organization of the poor in rural areas. The basic idea behind this programme is to organize the poor into SHG (Self Help Groups) groups and make them capable for self-employment. This scheme was launched in 2011 with a budget of $5.1 billion and is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. This is one of the world's largest initiatives to improve the livelihood of the poor.
In Baihongal Taluka of Belgaum District, NRLM was launched in the Village Gram Panchayats of Hanabarahatti, Belavadi, Nesargi, Bailwad, Mekkalamaradi ,Vannure, Chivattugundi and Anigol. Jana Jagaran (JJ) collaborated with the NRLM Team to spread mass awareness on NRLM.
Fifty MBA students (20 girls and 30 boys) from St. Alosyious College Mangaluru came on 18th Jan. 2019 to Christ Niwas Nesargi for a rural social exposure programme. Mr. Justin, a full time staff member from the institute accompanied them. They spent five days from 18th to 22nd January with the rural families in the villages. We arranged for 25 families from eight villages for their rural placement. On 18th they were given an orientation by Fr. Tom Chenakala S.J (Superior of Christ Niwas). They were introduced to the works of Jana Jagaran (JJ), its dynamics and impact on the people. They were given a contextual analysis of the situation and were challenged to explore more during their stay. There was anxiety and fear written on their faces but at the same time they were ready for the challenge. On 18th , in the afternoon they were taken to the villages and families. The families welcomed them warmly. During their stay, the students participated in the life of the rural families, visited the village institutions and found out their strengths and weaknesses. On 22nd we picked them up from the villages/ families. We could see tears rolling from the eyes as they departed from each the villages and families. They were touched by the experience. On 22nd we had an evaluation of the program and sharing of their experiences. Their sharing was deep and touching. By being with these simple villagers they learnt the value of being – hospitable, simple, generous, honest, frugal, content, and finding peace and happiness with what one has. They found large hearts in the poor people and experienced their love and affection. All of them were very happy with the exposure program and expressed their gratitude to JJ and the team. Frs. Joe, Santosh, Tom and Mr. Justin enriched them with their words of wisdom and wished them the best for their future career and life.
On the occasion of Makar Sankranti 14-1-2019, a group of students from Madwal, north Karnataka, were taken for an excursion to Ghataprabha power house. The Assistant Executive Engineer ( AEE) explained to the students the process of how kinetic energy of water is converted into magnetic energy and how Electricity is generated and transformed to the different grids. The simple children who hardly get any opportunity to travel were all eyes and ears to the A E E. They later visited the memorial of S G Belekundri the master mind of Hidkal Dam. It was a wonderful and a unique experience for the kids and one which they will never forget for the rest of their lives.
Fr Tom Chenakala came up with the idea of reviving the old and dissolved Self Help Groups in and around the neighbourhood of Torangatti by motivating the people and empowering them to work towards change. To achieve this purpose, the Jana Jagaran team along with Fr Augustine SJ organised a Mass Awareness Programme at Sarvajagatika Virakta Math, Toranagatti on 12th January 2019. Mr. Anna Shivaji Kaganikar, the recipient of the Dr Devaraj Urs award was the Honorary Guest Speaker. The programme covered the topics on Panchayati Raj, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), NRLM (Nation Rural Livelihood Mission), Health and Sanitation and the need to form SHGs and build a strong federation within each village. There was a good response from the villagers. Villagers and SHG members of the existing and old SHGs came from Yargatti, Madalur, Badakalur, Chunchunur, Katol, Sopadla and Toranagatti to participate in the Mass Awareness Program. This Mass Awareness Program is the beginning of a fresh thrust towards Social, Political and Economic Development of these areas.
Jana Jagaran has completed 40 years – 40 years of empowering the rural masses. That calls for a celebration; that calls us to rejoice over the marvelous deeds worked by God through the humble, dedicated works of thousands of persons associated with Jana Jagaran over the years. All through these years JJ experienced warm friendship, tender care and generous support of many people. In many ways they accompanied JJ all these years and enabled it to bear abundant fruit. It has been a remarkable journey of forty years’ by any standards..
St. Paul’s P.U. College, Belagavi organized a workshop as a part of its Promotional agenda for 2019-2020, coupled with the motive of reaching out to the adolescent group especially at the time when the examination fever is in the air. The following were the topics dealt with during the workshop:
1. Time management
2. Stress management
3. Examination fear
4. Smart strategies in learning
5. Tips for mastering English Grammar
The workshop was conducted by Dr. Padmini Ravindran and Mr. Praveen Patil who are lecturers at St. Paul’s P.U. College, Belgaum. The response from the students was overwhelming as 14 schools attended the workshop. Around 2000 students benefitted from this workshop. All thanks to the Principal Rev. Fr. Pedro Rodrigues S.J who was a pillar and support, efficiently guiding this endeavour of ours to the cause of educating the adolescent children in their overall development..
Under linking people to agencies and resources, Twenty young women were trained by SWADES in the ‘Home Nursing Course’. As a part of their training they had an exposure programme and placement at the Community Health Centre at Valpoi. They also performed a street play on HIV/AIDS awareness on the streets of Valpoi which was much appreciated both by the general public and the tutors. They also had exposure trips to the old age homes.
After having completed the course they were given certificates by the Valpoi Council Chairperson at the Valpoi Municipal Council.
Fr. Anderson Fernandes was born in 1988 in Kuwait. He finished his schooling in Goa and entered the Novitiate in 2005 at Xavier Training College, Belgaum. After completing his Jesuit formation he was ordained a priest by Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa and Daman on 29th December 2018 at Holy Spirit Church, Margao.
Fr. Anderson chose the theme, "ROOTED IN CHRIST, ANOINTED TO IGNITE" for his ordination. Jesus' love for his apostles which had exalted them from the position of slaves to friends, from fishermen to apostles was to remind them of the duty to love each other. Christ's word propels us to go beyond our front doors and into the lives of others.
This year we had a meeting for all the young priests (those awaiting Tertianship and Final vows) of the Goa Province on the 8th-9th December 2019. This meeting was held at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa. We began with a short input session by Fr. Roland, our Provincial who stated that the purpose of this meeting was to be rooted in Christ and connected as companions sharing a common vision and mission. There were a couple of sessions as well on Counselling by Fr's Felix and Jude and some Pastoral inputs by Fr. Allwyn Cruz. These sessions gave us some valuable information to be effective in our ministry. A major part of our day was spent in sharing how the Lord worked in and through us during the past year. Each of us shared in depth and were enriched by one another's sharing. We also had the opportunity to celebrate mass as a group under the sacred relics of our brother, St. Francis Xavier.
This year Jana Jagaran (JJ) completed 4 decades of meaningful social action on behalf of the marginalized and under-privileged sections of society. To mark this important milestone there was a formal function at Xavier Farm, Santibastwad on 16th December, 2018. Along with this celebration, Jana Jagaran also felicitated four of their staff members who completed 25 years of dedicated service with this institution. The programme was well attended by many in sincere gratitude for the many years of selfless service by Jana Jagaran.
The geographical area of JJ’s operation is 12 districts of North Karnataka and Kolhapur District of Maharashtra. The overall objective of JJ has been to help build strong local communities that are capable of playing an active role in the planning and the implementation of programs for creating socio-economic, political and cultural conditions that enable people to have access to basic necessities of life in a clean and healthy environment
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