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
A day long workshop for the tailoring studenta was held at Christ Niwas, Nesargi on 25th October 2019. The main agenda of this workshop was to appreciate and motivate the students and also spread awareness about their future.
Fr. Tom Chenakala along with his team managed the workshop. To boost the confidence of the students, activity like singing and public speaking was held. A talk was given which addressed the problems in marriage.
In the end, the students were given scissors as a sign of appreciation and encouragement.
Schedule for the Novena ans Feast of St. Francis Xavier 2019, held at Old Goa.
The first year Jesuit novices of the Western Zone are beginning their month long retreat from the 1st November. You are requested to pray for them.
St. Britto's organized an overnight vocation camp th th on 24 and 25 Oct. In spite of the bad weather due to the cyclone, yet 30 students from Stds VII to X attended the camp: The students were from the following schools, St. Britto, Spring Valley School, Porvorim and Holy Cross, Bastora. The camp was organized by Nigel, Denzil and Jonathan under the guidance of our headmaster, Cedric. The vocation camp was a mixture of serious sessions, games and group activities.
a seminar consisting of group games, discussion and team work was held on 5thOctober 2019 for the teachers of our school. Rev. Fr. Cecil Fernandes SJ was the resource person. A seminar on ‘Effective Learning & Teaching for Teachers’ was organized for our teachers on 17th October 2019. Retired teacher Dr. Suresh Kulkarni and a close associate of Dr. R. Bendre of Dharwad was the resource person
It is a day of immense joy and thanksgiving, as Deacon Malcolm Barreto S.J. and Deacon Shawn D’Souza S.J. are called from the community by God, and are chosen to be ordained priests on 19 October 2019 at Basilica of Bom Jezu, Old Goa. As members of the Society of Jesus, they are called to serve as ministers of the Church and in the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, “to be placed with Jesus under the banner of the Cross”.
Fr. Thomas Stephens arguably the first British Jesuit to arrive India was born in England in 1549. Historically, this was a period of intense religious persecution in England. Persecuted for his Catholic faith, he left England for Rome where he was admitted into the Society of Jesus, popularly known as the Jesuits. Burning with an ardent desire for the Eastern Missions, he was destined to the Missions of Salcete, Goa where he spent 40 years in the service of his adopted country that he loved unto death
The Xavier Centre for Historical Research (XCHR), at Porvorim, was once again abuzz with organizational activities as young minds descended on its campus for the 9th annual Goa History Quiz. The prelims of the 2019 competition saw an overwhelming participation of 336 students from 65 schools in Goa to put on display their sharp memories and vast knowledge of Goa.
In the finals, Bhoomi Gaonkar, Dia Ann Saji and Anavee Palyekar from St Mary’s High School, Mapusa bagged the first place followed by Heramb Tople, Ved Rankale and Sushubh Pereira from G. S. Amonkar High School from Mapusa who finished second. Vaishnavi Dhume, Smital Gaonkar and Om Bandekar from St John of the Cross High School, Sanquelim secured the third place. The Goa History Quiz final was a closely contested one with just 15 points separating the top 5 sides.
With the ever growing need for electricity a big challenge to our times, Two of our Jesuit schools in Goa have taken the Go green initiative a step further quite literally: towards the skies! They are now the first in the state to be fully powered by solar energy with the installation and commissioning of the 15kw plant at Loyola High School, Margao and the 20kw plant at St. Britto High school, Mapusa. Besides this the Jesuit Residence at St. Britto’s is also powered by a 10kw power plant. Thus, generating about 35kw/hr of electricity in the Britto’s premises.
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.
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