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
Public Interest Law course for citizens was inaugurated on February 17, 2020 at Jesuit House,Panajim. The retired Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Goa bench, Justice Ranjit Kumar Batta was the Chief guest. Sr. Adv. Carlos Ferrira delivered the first lecture on "The Constitutional Legitimacy of Existing Law". Sr. Adv. Norma Alvaris, Eminent Social Activists Claude Alvaris from Goa Foundation coordinated the proceedings.
Xavier Centre for Historical Research and Goa Heritage Action Group jointly hosted Beyond the Horizon, an exhibition of recent works by Clarice Vaz. Clarice’s works have found a special place in the hearts of the Goans over the past years in which she has exhibited. This exhibition was held at the Xavier Centre for Historical Research, Porvorim, Goa from January 23 to January 26, 2020.
In the words of Curator Lina Vincent, “In her new series of paintings, Clarice Vaz continues her investigation of life’s deepest philosophies and the mysteries of existence. Her journey as an artist has been as much connected to intuitive explorations as the mastering of skills. A painter, activist, writer and multidisciplinary practitioner, she imbues her work with a sense of innate strength and visual harmony – and an experiential silence that rises above the chaos of mundane life. She responds to the external environment she finds herself in, as well as to internal experiences, and finds different ways to translate these into visual manifestations. Her work contains layers, figuratively and conceptually, and she invites viewers to probe deeper and extract their own answers.
St. Britto High school celebrated the feast of its patron St. John de Britto, on the 4th of February. He was a Jesuit Missionary from Portugal who worked among the simple people of South India and was martyred for the Faith.
Rural Social Exposure Program for 43 MBA students from St. Aloysius'College Mangaluru held at Nesargi, Karnataka from 14 to 18 Jan. Thanks to Jana Jagaran and Fr. Thomas Chenakala SJ. As part of the program the students were also placed in rural families.
Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, alto Porvorim, had its 30th Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar Ceremony on 11 January 2020 on its lush green well decorated and illumined courtyard at 5.30 p.m. in front of a large gathering of Konknni lovers, which also included a number of previous year’s Puroskar recipients and other dignitaries. Those who had contributed towards the growth of Konknni language in Romi script during the calendar year were felicitated by the Kendr. They were given a Memento, a Citation, a shawl and certain cash amount. The 2020 Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar of the Kendr was bestowed on Mr. Michael Jude Gracias.
Jesuits and Family Get-together
Held at Khanapur for the families of the Belgaum area.
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”.
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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