Sunday, June 4, 2017

VIII Ordinary Provincial Chapter of St. Fidelis Lucknow

It is very hot and you can imagine what is the temperature around here...it is 46 degree celsius....you just can not bear it.....I arrived yesterday at Lucknow airport and coming out i was greeting with the unbearable heat.....i was immediately taken to a AC car by the provincial....for a moment i felt giddy....but thank God we have invented air conditioned cars......but driving through the city of Lucknow one can notice that people walk or drive with headgears on.....to prevent themselves from the sun stroke.....but i also saw some unfortunate poor people who live by the road without any shelter....bearing all the heat....for them summer or winter doesn't make any difference......what matters is the bread which they look for at the end of the day....But the heat is terrible......this part of North India experiences extreme climate.....one can be frozen in winter and one can be fried in summer....but life goes on.....the city moves ahead.....the city is inhabited by millions of people who migrate from all parts of the state of UP......the state has a new government with new policies and administration...hope everything will be in favour of the less fortunate ones....


The Chapter of st. Fidelis is the last one in CCMSI....in fact 8th one in a row.....a lot of work ......But i enjoyed all of them...very cool and calm....well prepared and organized....elections went on well....i felt that maturity is seeping in slowly but strongly among the young jurisdictions.....after have celebrated 7 chapters i feel confident to animate and preside over this chapter which begins tomorrow morning....The bishop of Lucknow is officiating the inaugural Mass and at 9am we officially open the chapter......I have just finished the pastoral visitation of the province and so my guts keep telling me that everything gonna be alright.....that is the spirit....today the Pentecost infuses that courage and strength....I am pretty sure that the friars are really going to participate with a spirit of building the province and looking ahead to the future with hope.....

This is VIII chapter and the theme is wonderful "Intensification of the our Fraternal life in Community" what a strong desire on the part of the province,,,,,,i am sure the spirit and grace of St. Francis going to assist and accompany them during these days of chapter....Let us storm heavens for the friars.....there are 65 delegates for the chapter....wow big number....
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