SSPX News Archive
India

2006

chilren dressed up as saintschilren dressed up as saints

The children of Veritas Academy dressed up for All Saints' Day.


Here is our humble Catholic School.
Against all odds and all laws and all "customs", we are slowly trying to form integrally Catholic children.
Of the 28 children, 20 are from the orphanage.
Please pray for us! Thank you for your support.

In Maria,
Fr Summers

Indian Tragedy

SOUTHERN SENTINEL


Regnavit a ligno Deus
HOLY CROSS SEMINARY
FATHERS OF THE SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X

J.M.J.
May 22, 2006

Holy Saturday

Dear friends and benefactors of Holy Cross Seminary,

The past few weeks have been a busy time for the Seminary’s maintenance and construction crews, with up to eight men working here at one time. After a delay, the radiators and copper piping have been installed to conduct heat to the classrooms. A breezeway has been constructed joining up the St. Joseph House to the classroom wing, and a bungalow at the back of a workshop has been remodeled as a self-contained apartment for one of our workers. The work on the remodeling of the teachers’ cottage continues.


SACRISTY FURNISHINGS

However, the great find of this Paschaltide was the purchase of three four metre long vestment chests and two very large (2 m. high) hanging closets, as well as a complete new set of pews for the nave of the chapel, four new long tables for the refectory, and a large number of beds, mattresses, desks, chairs and bookshelves. They were acquired just after Easter from a former seminary in Sydney that is about to be demolished, and brought down by Brother Joseph in three completely full truckloads.

We are grateful for the volunteer workers, whose help enabled all these items to be installed immediately. Two of the very large vestment cabinets were installed in the vesting sacristy and one in the storage sacristy, with one hanging closet in each sacristy. We were desperately in need of the storage space, which space is essential to maintaining the cleanliness and good condition of the vestments that enhance the beauty of the liturgical ceremonies. However, these unexpected (but so providential) expenses, combined with all the other maintenance projects and the purchase of a 30 year old but very functional tractor, have left the Seminary very short of funds at the present time. We are indebted to our small number of regular benefactors but remind our friends that the small tuition payment that we request (that many of our seminarians cannot pay), barely covers food and incidentals, and does not suffice to cover the running expenses of the Seminary.


DEPARTURES

I had not mentioned in this newsletter the departure of three of our four Indian seminarians at the end of last school year, just three weeks after having sacrilegiously renewed their engagements in the Society of Saint Pius X for one year, and just a few days after having received Minor Orders under false pretenses. I call it sacrilegious, since they admitted afterwards having secretly planned for many months to rejoin their Novus Ordo diocese, that is they planned all along to break their promises solemnly made before the Blessed Sacrament and in the presence of the whole community, and they falsely requested in writing the reception of Minor Orders as a step towards the priesthood in the Society of Saint Pius X with which they had evidently no intention of continuing. It is difficult to understand the deviousness underlying this secrecy, since they would have been most welcome to leave at any time. One cannot help but think that this was to keep both options open, in case they were not received back by the diocese of Bombay, as they were.

The reason that I bring it up now is not just that their departure was a sword of betrayal rending the heart of our little community, united in mutual confidence and trust, but because it has now become a public issue, and so much so that it has even been praised by none other than Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos himself, President of the Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission, and supposed intermediary for the Society of Saint Pius X with Pope Benedict XVI.

How, you might think, could a Cardinal of the Church praise such deviousness? Could they have become a pawn in the politics of the modernists? This is what Cardinal Castrillon had to say in a letter to Cardinal Ivan Dias, Archbishop of Bombay, dated February 24, 2006:

“I wish to acknowledge with gratitude your kind letter to me of 5 February, 2006 regarding the return to your flock of three seminarians who had left your Archdiocesan Major Seminary in 2002 to enter to the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X in Goulburn, Australia. I am particularly appreciative of the memoranda by these seminarians which you have enclosed and I rejoice with you that they have responded to the grace to return to the fullness of the Catholic faith and life in India. I am very pleased to know that they have found in Your Eminence a paternal  welcome back to the bosom of the Catholic Church and I pray that their experience will make them value even more the importance of being in full communion with the Successor of Peter. The testimony of these seminarians gives reason for great concern about the separatist mentality which surrounded them in the seminary in Goulburn and which they finally had the grace to reject. I sincerely hope that it will be possible to save their vocations…”

The accusations made by the Cardinal are the gravest possible. He who last September publicly stated that the Society “did not formally constitute a schism” and on November 13 last “they are inside the Church….because communion exists”, apparently in an effort to appeal to traditional Catholics, is now accusing us of nothing less than schism in order to appeal to modernist Catholics.


FULLNESS OF CATHOLIC FAITH AND LIFE

What is the “fullness of the Catholic Faith and life” that is supposedly lacking in this Seminary. What could it be if not the intense spiritual, disciplined life of a Seminary whose rule was praised by Rome (February 18, 1971), or perhaps the daily and even twice daily attendance at the Mass of all time, or perhaps the thrice-daily common prayer of the Divine Office, or perhaps the strict common life, the Gregorian Chant and solemn ceremonies, the constantly ongoing series of Benedictions, Processions, Ways of the Cross, Rosaries and devotions that punctuate Seminary life? What could it be if not the study of the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, so often commanded by the Church (e.g. Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XII) and yet of which these young Indian seminarians in 5 – 8 years each of Seminary life before coming to Holy Cross had learnt nothing?

Or could this “fullness of the Catholic Faith and life” possibly be the following description of the Bombay Novus Ordo Seminary made by one of three after leaving in 2002… and to which he has now returned:

“The theology in the Bombay Seminary is far from being the supernatural science as has been well defined by the Angelic Doctor. It is completely naturalised and horizontalized, to began and end in ‘this-worldly’ experience of ‘this-life’ (with eternal life forgotten, if not erased). And therefore the modernists talk of ‘doing theology’ and as a natural consequence of such a ‘doing’, seminarians are sent to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to get ‘in touch with reality’, to mingle with those non-Catholic atheistic, sometimes perverse social workers who themselves have loose morals and broken, disintegrated family life. The seminarians are then fed with the Marxist agenda of ‘classless society’ with rebellion against legislative authority in the Church as well as in the State, sowing in them the seeds of the ‘revolution’ against God’s natural order. Peace and serenity of recollected religious life is now replaced with agitation and dissipation of mundane concerns of the world in the disguise of striving for social justice and ecumenism, supposedly to create ‘communal harmony’ – another proof of the depravity of the modernist mind. I shall provide a few samples of modernists academics that demonstrate clearly the complete loss of faith and movement towards the Great Apostasy…” (Mr. D’Souza).

Or could it be, to quote another of the three, describing the “moderator groups” that exist in the Bombay seminary:

“Each week the mass was said by the priest in his room. As a priest of inculturation, he said it by squatting on the floor. A lot of novelties were introduced at this mass, which included substituting the prayers from the missal by spontaneous prayers, a group sharing on a topic after the gospel, passing of the paten and the chalice for the receiving of communion under both species individually by each member and a replacement of the proper mass vestments by a shawl.” (Mr. Rodrigues)
Make your choice. There seems to be no doubt as to where the “fullness of Catholic Faith and life” lies, and yet Holy Cross Seminary is condemned out of hand, precisely for living up to its mission as received from the Church. Cardinal Castrillon’s letter further accuses Holy Cross Seminary of not being in “the bosom of the Catholic Church”, of not “being in full communion with the Successor of Peter”, on account of its “separatist mentality”. These false accusations derive from the statements of these seminarians of a “practical sedevacantism” and of a “critical reaction towards the Papacy”. The further accusation of a “separatist mentality” stems from the Rector’s decision not to allow the Seminary to public participate in a Eucharistic adoration in a local Novus Ordo church.


SEPARATIST MENTALITY?

Yet these seminarians all know full well that there is no practical sedevacantism here, and that Pope Benedict XVI is prayed for publicly and by name at every Mass, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Rogation days and whenever the liturgy calls for it. They also know very well that the Society lays no claim to ordinary jurisdiction, which can only come from the Sovereign Pontiff, who has by divine institution the fullness of the power of government over the universal Church. Accusations of not being in full communion are consequently based in part on the imaginary “excommunication” of Archbishop Lefebvre and in part on our 35 year old refusal to accept the modernist spirit of the post-conciliar Popes.

Yes, we are obliged to have a critical reaction towards such Popes, and to separate ourselves from those of their guidelines that undermine and destroy the “fullness of Catholic Faith and life”, such as the post-conciliar liturgy and ecumenism. Yes, we are bound to separate ourselves from the Novus Ordo Missae, which is insulting to God Our Lord and undermines the Faith. Yes, we owe it to God to be logical with ourselves, and we must refuse the fruits of this Mass – namely Holy Communion from hosts consecrated at such Masses and public participation in the adoration of these hosts. Indeed, if we were to do these things, we would thereby participate in a protestantizing, modernist worship and show our approval of it. If this is what is meant by having a “separatist spirit”, then we make no apologies for it. We want to be separate from the Novus Ordo and to have no part in it. It is the whole reason for our combat. However, this does not in the least mean that we deny the validity of such Masses, or that we judge the intentions of those who perform or participate in such ceremonies, or that we fall into a critical bitterness. Having understood by a special grace of God what is required to maintain and live the Faith, we have the obligation to state so, loud and clear, without ambiguity of any kind. This precludes even a distant participation in the New Mass.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos has clearly not understood the principles, and is fact committed to undermining them. Hence his blistering attack on the Seminary. It is difficult to understand how he can be an effective intermediary with the Pope, given that he believes that all these compromises are necessary “to save their vocations”, whereas in fact these principles are the guarantee of perseverance in our holy vocation as Catholic priests.


INDOCTRINATION?

Allow me to quote also from the public statement of Cardinal Ivan Dias, Archbishop of Bombay, dated March 25, 2006. He has this to say of the three seminarians:

“They were sent to a seminary in Goulburn (Australia), where they were systematically indoctrinated against the Second Vatican Council, the ‘modernist’ Popes John XXIII and his successors, including Pope Benedict XVI (Pope John Paul II being accused of ‘silent apostasy’), the New Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI, the Divine Mercy devotion, the Catholic Church’s ecumenical and interreligious dialogue etc...They were further told that the Holy See is vacant…”

The most preposterous aspect of this mixture of truth and falsehood was the use of the emotive term “systematically indoctrinated”. These young men would not have been accepted in the Seminary if they had not already shared our convictions, as they most assuredly did, and as the following passages demonstrate amply. One of the three wrote this in his Seminary application:

“To my sadness, I found, once again by God’s grace that the mission of the Novus Ordo Church was for the glory of ‘man’. Divine Providence, once again through our Blessed Mother, led me to the Sacred Tradition of the True Priesthood”. (Mr. D’Souza)

The same seminarian had this to say, describing his meeting with Cardinal Dias on December 7, 2001, and is included in his testimony of why he had turned to Tradition and left the post-conciliar Seminary:

“His Eminence, the Cardinal, welcomed me warmly and then disclosed to me his plan. He intended to give me a Jesuit priest as a counselor to clash down all my funny ideas (of faith) and during this period of one or two years, I would have to work and ‘rub shoulders with Hindus, Moslems, and all types of people of various religions and then realize that they too possess the truth’. In this way I would be purified of all old and outdated ideas of faith, and accept Vatican II with all its ecumenical orientations. He demanded complete obedience to his authority. He himself would then come to my parish and lay his hands on me and so that ‘I would climb up the ladder’.- This phrase demonstrates the Masonic technique of luring souls to the vanity of this world. Here is was as though I came face to face with the devil who was saying to me “I will give you all this, if you bow down and worship me.” I went back home with a heavy heart, only trusting in God’s providence….The next day…a friend…introduced me to the Society of St. Pius X. Thanks be to God, for at last after a long journey through heresy and so many traps of the devil, He led me to the Truth.” (underlining & bold in original text).


EXPLANATION

It seems to me that any objective person can see that these are not men who have been indoctrinated or forced in any way to adopt traditional positions. The very fact that they chose to abandon Holy Cross Seminary is proof enough of this. It is not the Society of Saint Pius X that has changed - but these three seminarians – and I fear greatly lest they discover that Cardinal Dias has not changed either. This leaves the curious question of how three young men, who were fully aware of the evil and destruction being wrought in the post-conciliar church, and who had the advantage of nearly four years formation in a traditional pre-Seminary and Seminary, four years daily attendance at the true Mass, four years intense prayer life, including a 30 day Ignatian retreat, four years study of traditional spirituality and philosophy, would return to the humanist, indifferentist, inculturationist confusion of the post-conciliar church.

The only answer is a spiritual one. The devil attacks the priest and the priest-to-be on every side, fully aware that if he can destroy any one of us, he can cause many hundreds and thousands of souls to be lost. In the midst of the abundance of spiritual treasures of a traditional Seminary, it is very easy to start taking graces for granted. Presumption sets in, then the critical spirit, then a naturalistic attitude, and finally the vanity of this world, the devil saying: “I will give you all this, if you bow down and worship me”. Such departures are, alas, not uncommon in the Society. 

You cannot begin to understand how entirely dependent we are on your prayers and sacrifices. The Seminary is not just a training ground; it is a spiritual battlefield, and every soul must be fought for and won. Nor is this battle a one time event, but rather a constantly recurring struggle. The fight is against indifference, lukewarmness, intellectual pride, self-centeredness, abandonment of the spirit of mortification. God has sent us some very good and extraordinary men, but we need to always be on the lookout, for the devil, like a lion seeking whom he may devour, is already to catch us out on a curved ball. In our inadequacy, we commend ourselves to your prayers, and beg that you would think of offering up at least a decade of the Rosary every day for the perseverance of priests and seminarians, and for vocations, as well as reciting these prayers requested by our Superior General: O Lord, grant us priests; O Lord, grant us holy priests; O Lord grant us many holy priests; O Lord grant us many holy religious vocations; St. Pius X, pray for us.

Yours faithfully in the Immaculate Heart of our Heavenly Queen,   

Father Peter R. Scott

 

April 16, 2006

Four girls and four boys at the orphanage receive the sacrament of Baptism.


the orphan children wait outside the church for their baptism

The orphan children wait outside the church for their baptism
on Easter Sunday.


Entering the church with Fr. Couture


The girls with lit candles


The children with their godparents and Fr. Couture

The children with their godparents and Fr. Couture


four boys

new children of God!


April 11, 2006

Dear Friends in Christ,

Wish you all a holy and blessed Easter. We all at the orphanage are doing fine. This Easter eight of our children will be receiving Baptism and two first Communion. It is going to be a wonderful Easter for us all. Please remember all these children in your prayers.

Dominic Savio

From this time I will try to write a little bit about each child who is with us. About how they came to us and when, about their previous families etc.. I will start with Dominic Savio who may be around 11 years old. His previous name was Mohan. He came to us along with his brother Gopi in Dec 2002. Their dad died when they were very young and then their mom became very sick and they came to the Government Hospital in my home town Tirupati. After a few days in the hospital she died and they were left orphans. They had some relatives in their town which is around 200 kms from Tirupati. They went to them but they did not want them, so they went back to the hospital in Tirupati because the nurses in the hospital were sympathetic to them and were taking good care of them. They admitted the little one (Mohan) in the hospital so that he will get some free food and the nurses gave them some used clothes. They were in the hospital for nearly 4 months. The pediatrician in the hospital was my brothers' class mate, so when my brother came home for holidays he went to visit his friend and came to know about these boys and sent them to me in Kadapa. Since the older boy, Gopi, was in his early teens and didn't know how to read or write I sent him to the Salesians (Don Bosco fathers) in Hyderabad and since then he was with them learning tailoring and basic reading and writing skills. He visits his brother once in a year. His brother Mohan who was baptized as Dominic Savio in November is with us. He is fun loving, intelligent and has very good memory power. He started learning Tamil two months back and he is already studying the 3rd grade Tamil text. Here are some of his photos.

with his brother


singing


serving Mass


cleaning


Because of the vast empty land around us, we have lot of visitors. Every morning from 4Am we can hear the birds singing and are some times visited by our friends of the air Eagles, Cranes, King fishers etc., My immediate neighbors are squirrels who live on the roof of our dining room and try to push all their garbage in to our room! And of course I should not forget the slimy creepy snakes which live along with us on our land! So far we have killed 7, most of them are baby ones though. Two days back we saw the mommy or is it the daddy? ( I am just curious, does both male and female exist in the snakes or just one sex?) Our snake killing expert Swarupa was not at home then, so the lucky one got away.

Well, all of us at Nav Jeevan wish you all a blessed and holy Easter. We remember you all in our prayers every day. Please keep praying for us also.

In Christ,
Swarna

February 26, 2006

Dear Friends in Christ,

Hope you are doing fine in this New Year. We are all doing fine by the grace of God. It is one month since our move to Tirunelvelli. It is so peaceful and quiet here and so it is giving us more time to meditate on the things of God, and with the Spiritual conferences once every week and regular sacraments we are all striving to raise our hearts to God and to do His will.


We left Kadapa on the 18th morning in January on our 20 hour ride to this new place with 8 elderly and 20 children. Fr.Couture also accompanied us. We had mass just before we left Kadapa and the children started the rosary as soon as they got into the train. So our trip started well and we had no problems on our journey. Fr.Couture even took catechism class for the children on the train! We did have some fun moments with the old ladies who were traveling for the first time in a train and that too for 20 hours!

We reached Tirunelveli at 4AM on the 19th January. That evening we had the blessing of our house and the first mass in our chapel and then consecration of all of us to Mother Mary. That night we had big fireworks celebration. That night we had a good sleep as we all were dead tired.

The children are learning Tamil now. I don't know when I will start learning Tamil formally. Now I am going around for shopping and other things and managing by using little Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English all mixed up! Only three of our children are joined in a regular school outside as they were studying in English medium school in Kadapa. The other children are being tutored at home. We are teaching them Tamil and English and hope to join them in a regular school next academic year (June).

Two days back we took our children on a picnic to Tuticorin. It is a town around 60kms from Tirunelveli. The children had nice time playing at the beach. They also had a chance to see the port and had a tour of the inside of a Ship which was loading up and getting ready to go to Singapore. We also went to Our Lady of Snows Church and the Cathedral. For the first time the children were able to see big Churches with high steeples. They were really happy to see such beautiful big Churches.

We are very happy at our new place with all the sacraments available to us. The children also have improved a lot with regular confession and daily Communion. I hope and pray that we may get many vocations from these kids.

Our New address is:
Swarna Vongala
Nav Jeevan
No.10 Bungalow
High Grounds
Tirunelveli, T.N. ý 627 011
India.

In Christ,
Swarna

Orphanage comes to Tradition!

A young Indian lady (with 2 Master's degrees in computer engeneering) left her good job in the USA to return to her Indian State of Andhra Pradesh (in the center in India) to start an orphanage and old people's home, back in 2001. After 4 years she had 51 orphans and 30 old people. Then, in 2004, she discovered Tradition, while, at the same time, aspiring to the religious life. Waiting for the signs of Providence to decide on some serious matters for her future and the future of her work, she obtained them last July and thus, decided to move near our priory in order to continue the work, get nearer to the sacraments and have the minimum requirements for some Traditional Sisters to come and spend 1-2 months with them in the near future. The move took place last Jan. 18-19 with 20 of the children and 11 of the old people.

Swarna Vongala and assistants

The two ladies running the Orphanage assisted by a French lady


She wrote a letter to her (mainly American) benefactors, explaining this decision to move, which actually took place after having bought a piece of land in her area and just before she began the construction of a new orphanage. Result: the parish in Iowa which was supporting her for the last 4 years with their $1000 monthly decided to stop all support.

Dec. 8, 2005

Dear Swarna,

(...)

We will be informing our congregation that because of the change in direction of your ministry, our parish will not be able to continue our support of your ministry. The reissued check from July is in the mail and our November check will be in the mail tomorrow. We will need your new address as we would like to share that with the congregation in case some parishioners would like to include you in their charity on their own. Our final check will be in early January as we finalize our December budget.

The pastor,
Fr. M.S.

Now she is completely in the hands of the priests, friends and benefactors of the SSPX. She is now renting this new building, while looking for a property she could eventually purchase -- if possible at walking distance from our priory -- and then she will build according to her needs.

Any one wishing to help this new orphanage can send donations to SSPX ASIA

God bless.

Fr D Couture

The new Nav Jeevan Orphanage

The new Nav Jeevan Orphanage near the SSPX Priory


Fr. Summers and hostel boys

The St Pius X Hostel Boys, with Fr. Summers,
preparing the building for the orphanage and old people


Swarna teaches catechism to boys on the train

Catechism during the train journey


Fr. Summers, Swarna and orphan

The Prior, Fr. Summers, with one of the orphans
and the lady in charge, Swarna Vongala


Fr. Couture says mass for  the orphans and elderly

After the Blessing, the first Mass by the District Superior,
which will be folowed by the consecration of the institution to the BVM


orphans and elderly on orphanage steps

20 orphans and 11 old people in their new home
after a 20 hour train ride to move nearer the sacraments

2005

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Group picture of the clergy in the mission of the Society of St. Pius X in Palayamkottai, India.
On the right, the three priests resident in India: Fathers Summers, Chazal and Jackson.
On the left, seminarian Joseph Steinmetz and visiting District bursar, Father Joseph Lester
(with black sash, coming from Singapore...)
September 29th:

2003

The Feast day of St. Thomas The Apostle was a day of special celebration in India. After years of labor, we have finally been able to dedicate our new priory and Hostel in Palayamkottai. The Providential designs of God sent His Excellency Tissier de Mallerais to India to preach the annual retreat to the priests, and without any human intention, the dedication date fell on the feast day of our patron Apostle. The building itself is magnificent: four Ionic columns enclose a noble front porch; the interior of the building is much like a cloister, with a garden open to the sky. The resemblance to the House on Pennsylvania Ave. is wholly intentional. There is ample room for priests, brothers, and familiares, as well as space for office work, publications, and receiving visitors. It is set on an open ground of 2 acres, near the center of Palayamkottai, adjacent to Senthil Nagar, the foremost Catholic colony in the town. The extra land will provide room for future growth, which immediately includes a church and enlarged Boys Hostel.

For the days celebrations, a huge thatched basilica was raised, and the interior decorated lavishly. The ceiling was covered with sequined drapes, and at the end there was erected a large stage and altar. The Hostel boys worked late into the night preparing everything, and rehearsing their rubrics. The crowds began arriving by bus, foot, and van at 9 AM, and by ten o'clkock the grownd was teeming with about 400 people, among them being confirmands, in their white dress. Faithful followers of Tradition came from distant cities: Madras, Trichy, Bombay, Bangalore…and most of our parishioners from South India made sure to come. Six Indian priests, who are now come to Tradition, also looked on: Fr. Matthias, Fr. Sebastian, Fr. Pancras, Fr. Xavier Ignatius, Fr. Albuquerque, and Fr. Sequeira. It was a grand and joyfull reunion of friends and family, for we Catholics do, indeed, form one family. The unity of hearts could be seen in the friendly atmosphere Fr. Blute had to play traffic cop to keep the confirmands in line, as they registered and received their cards. Indians don't like lines--they all want to cut in front.

The Bishop arrived, straight from the priests retreat, and was thronged with people. When all was ready, the Bishop, Fr. Blute, and Fr. Pancras vested and processed into the basilica. The Veni Creator was intoned, and His Excellency addressed the crowd. Originally, the number of confirmands was estimated at about twenty…but what to our astonished eyes not twenty, but sixty young men and girls, to become soldiers of Christ. Such a consoling sight!! Truly, God has brought forth these fruits, without us even knowing it! After the Confirmation ceremony was over, we had the great blessing of celebrating a Solemn High Mass. The people were much moved by the stately ceremonies, especially by the excellent performance of the Hostel boys, whose gravity and solemnity provided a stark contrast to the hoopla of the Novus Ordo.

After Mass, the altar was screened off, and we invited several prominent Catholics to speak for the occasion. The Bishop spoke of how important it is to protect the young from corrupting influences, and he commended the work of our Boys Hostel. Fr. Blute expressed his great joy and satisfaction at seeing the army of soldiers of Christ, like the dry bones of Jeremias, to spring from the ground, fully armed. Also addressing the crowd were Benny Joseph, head of the Dept. of Economics at Christ College, and a long-time supporter of the Latin Mass, and Mr. G. Selvaraj, a local school Correspondent and an active collaborator in our work. Then, the new building was blessed by the Bishop, and the Managing Trustee Mr. Innocent Regis cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new priory and Hostel.

After so much food for the soul and mind, you can believe, everyone was very hungry. For this purpose, a festive meal was prepared and served to all… chicken biriyani, vengayam, mango jam, and more! Everyone went home confident that the work of Tradition was soon to take off in a big way, and that God's blessing was upon us

photos


2000

August 4: Three ladies from Bombay managed to get all their papers to join us in Rome and thus to represent India. 

June 17: In the last month, we received two astonishing donations of new books: one bookstore in Texas donated 8 crates of their overstock, and another generous soul donated $1000 worth of Tan books for building up our priory library. May God bless them for all the good which will come from those books. We also received permission to build a community hall (chapel) in Christurajapuram and we are well on the way to receive Government recognition for our Primary school. With the help of Children in Need, in Essen, Germany, we were able to construct a new classroom, and staff rooms for the teachers in our school of Christurajapuram.

We also were able to buy lots of furnishings necessary for the school. Enrollment has held steady at 70. Great thanks to C.I.N.

Fr. Blute completed one year of teaching in Magdalene Matriculation. He has also signed on to teach Creative Writing in English for one more year.

May 31: In the last two months, we celebrated 3 weddings in Nagerkoil, in a place called Christu Nagar, where the sheep are left without a shepherd; In March, and May there were two conversions from Hinduism to the Catholic Faith--after sufficient instruction.

May 30: Day of recollection for the Boys of St Pius X Hostel.

May 20: After literally years of efforts, Fr Blute was finally able to procede to the inauguration of the St. Pius X Boys hostel, located at a walking distance from the Palayamkottai priory.

May 3: Fr George Maurel left India temporarily to fill in a vacant post in Sri Lanka.

April 16, Palm Sunday: Many of our faithful participated in a Palm Sunday procession of some 300 people in Tuticorin. It was followed by a very nice 6 hour recollection by Fr. Pancras Raja.

April 7: Fr. Edwin returned from a 6 week tour of Europe, during which he spread to dozens of Mass centers and thousands of Traditional Catholics the good news of our Mission in India. For the first time, an Indian priest made presentations in England, a nation to which Mother India is historically linked.

Jan-Mar: The school in Christurajapuram got a big new classroom, a staff room, and increased rations at the noon day meal. The schoolyard is now dominated by a statue of St. Pius X, thanks to a faithful of Germany. The school in Christurajapuram also received government recognition, after a year of preparation. The Society received a plot of land as a gift in the subdivision of St. Alphonsa. Fr. Blute completed one year of teaching English successfully.

The mission was pleased, thrilled, and consoled with the 1-year visit of Mr. Isaac Moats, seminarian from the SSPX seminary of Winona, USA. Mr. Moats wanted to experience one of the Society’s most difficult missions before proceeding any further.

Another visitor, Gabriel Swatzell, 20 years old from Spokane, WA, USA has arrived. He helps keep the house clean. The prior has held a monthly day of recollection every month for the priests. Outside priests are now beginning to frequent it. A grand Solemn High Mass was celebrated in Trichy for the wedding of Mary Jude and her newly baptized husband Marcel. Fr. Pancras Raja assisted as Deacon.

Fr. Edwin has been assisting at the hearing of confessions in the shrine of Kadal Matha, Our Lady of the Sea, and Our Lady of Fatima Church, Vallioor, at the request of the parish priest.

1999

December 8: Many of our priests renewed their membership, their oblation within the ranks of the Society of St. Pius X. May we all persevere unto the end…

November 25: In Bombay, while Fr. Maurel was recovering from his Indian 'welcome' (only a gentle bug…) the Redemptorist Fathers flew East to Europe and Fr Couture flew West back to base in the early hours of the day (1.30am,2.30am… )

November 23-24: While the two Redemptorists visited the shrine of St. Francis Xavier in Goa, the District Superior stayed in the South to discuss apostolic and administrative matters.

November 19: Fr. George Maurel left Singapore for Bombay and Palayamkottai to begin his new Indian apostolate.

November 15-20: Second priestly Retreat by the Redemptorist Fathers for 5 priests.

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