Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dhyanashram, Mupliyam, Kerala


The provincial chapter of 1990 decided to start a hermitage according to the rule of St. Francis. This ashram was blessed on 23rd May, 1993. Later they added a small chapel for the sake of Catholics in the neighborhood…..The friars who wish to spend time in prayer and contemplation come here. This friary is on the bank of the river and amidst a thick forest. They have about three acres of land cultivated. Many people come for confessions and counseling. Young and old friars live together…..they are 5 friars who are also available for the local ministry of preaching and confessions.
 Friar Joshy who completed his doctorate in Psychology in Coimbatore University with good results....he is now teaching in a private college run by the diocese of Pallakaad....
 Dhayanashram(meditation house or hermitage) with a chapel....good place for inner journey and silence....you can hear the whole day birds singing and the sound of the water flowing in the river

 The garden is full of variety of trees.......well maintained by the friars with the help of a worker...

 Br. Paul who is in his early 80 is very active in the garden....he has served for three years in the general curia....now here he works in the garden...very joyful and happy....mixes up with young and old which keeps him young and smiling...

 Its time for lunch ----workers....they are part of the community.....

 coconuts and walnuts are plenty in the garden......

 An ideal place to pray is the chapel....simple and playful.....
 Br. Harshajan, who is running a college.....he is a great man with a lot of dreams and visions.....he has been a professor of psychology and many other subjects....a well known friar and figure in India and even abroad too....he is over 80 but still active and energetic....full of wisdom and knowledge ..
Friars Paul and Joby.....
Friar Dave who is a MBBS student,,,,,completed his medicines and joined the capuchins.....now he is practicing....ordianed deacon last year but has a brother in the same province who will be ordained next year so Dave is waiting for him to complete.....they are only two sons of educated parents Banker and teacher......Dave is preparing to go to Malawi mission.....he has spent already four months....in Malawi

 Friar Paul Devanda ...Guardian...another great formator and teacher....all through his life he has preached and taught homiletics.....he is newly appointed Guardian.....was suffering from eye soars....so wearing sun glasses....

 Amidst the garden....


 The entire fraternity.....one is absent....doing ministry in Gulf......Harshajan and Joshy are members of the fraternity but live in the college campus...come for all the feasts and monthly retreats and local chapters....


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