Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VIMALAGIRI Ashram and Retreat centre, Gritty

The capuchin friars came here in 1998 and began preaching to the local church. The friars were effective in their preaching the word of God. Br. Armandus, a holy man who with the team of friars began to move around and soon the place began to be frequented by people from near and far. He was a holy and spiritual man. he was instrumental in pushing forward the charismatic movement in this part of the state. He is now resting in peace but people flock to his tomb and considered by the people as a saint. the good work of the friars has been carried out by a team of good preachers. Pavanatma is blessed with young fiery preachers. 
 The friars conduct every week a residential retreat and for which about 100 people come. during the vacations the number goes beyond two hundred people. This week there are 276 people from all over India. The friars preach with the collaboration of lay people too. It is well organized centre and many who come here spread the good word around. The retreat starts on Monday and finishes on Thursday afternoon.....it is a wonderful ministry. Not just preaching but the friars do the counseling as well as hearing the confessions...
 This is the friary where four friars reside....they are busy the whole day...it is good to see the young friars so committed to the preaching of word of God and reaching out to the troubled people....
 Friar Armandus who is buried here attracts a lot of people.....he was a simple and God fearing man....he just spent his life in preaching and hearing confessions....we pray that the friars who have began the cause of his sainthood....may speed up fast...

 Friars Josep, Joseph Bosco, Guardian Jose, JIJI and Biju...all of them are preachers.....



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