In Bengali, the word 'Arunoday' means sunrise. Arunoday, dedicated to the Rising Sun, Jesus, is the pre-novitiate of the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus. The house is situated at Malancha, on Taki Road, near Barasat, about 30 kms from Kolkata.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The next day we visited the Science City. Though the day was very hot we enjoyed learning through games.
The three day retreat began on 14th evening at Dhyan Ashram. It was directed by Fr Cyriac. On 18th morning the pre-novices returned to Arunoday.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008
Pre-novice John Paul, in his introduction to the Eucharist, outlined the various ways through which Sch Roshan gave an example of Jesuit excellence. Later, speaking at the cultural programme, Fr Carvalho was all praise for Roshan’s qualities as a good organiser. Fr Sajeev spoke about Roshan’s interest in various fields and his commitment to ‘magis’. Pre-novice Varun Reddy was almost in tears as he recounted how Roshan reached out to all to help and to console.
In his turn, Sch Roshan explained how life in Arunoday was formative for himself. He said the value that he tried to live out here was generosity. He was equally appreciative of the chances he got to interact with the formees and the formators of the area.
Our new regent, Sch Narendra Singh, just back from his Philosophy studies at Pune JDV, fills the gap of Roshan. He was warmly welcomed yesterday. We wish him all the best and God’s blessings on this new venture.
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The island is very beautiful with mangroves and water bodies all around. We had a good walk around with Fr Carvalho watching his steps while he negotiated narrow bamboo bridges. After a good lunch sitting on the river side, the pre-novices started their most loved activity, a game of cricket. But soon the ball was gone through the shrubs into the rising waters.
Returning was equally enjoyable. The boat ride was really superb. Picnic over, today the pre-novices begin a three day programme on Affective Maturity along with the Postulants of FMA and RNDM.
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
Picnic it was indeed. And we used all sorts of transport possible: Cycle vans, bus, boat and train. And the last bit was the pilgrimage part: walking from Bandel station to the shrine. MSMI sisters offered us a place to freshen up. Then a Mass at the balcony chapel. Lunch at Babas. A boat trip to the ancient mosque nearby. And it was time to return.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Fr Joseph guided the group through talks peppered with hymns and bhajans. A sumptuous lunch was served, prepared by Sch Roshan and the pre-novices (since our cook also was attending the recollection). In the afternoon there was a reconciliation service which was followed by the Eucharist. The recollection was concluded with tea at 4.00 P.M.
Mr Genebas Kujur, gardener of Arunoday, expressed thanks to Fr Joseph and Arunoday community for organising the recollection. Joy was written on the faces of all them. It was a great day. Let us hope that this initiative goes a long way.
Nearly 180 formees with their formators gathered with great enthusiasm at Auxilium Convent, Barasat on February 2, 2008, for the first ever such gathering in 24 Parganas (North) deanery. The programme began at 9 o’clock with registration and the welcome tea. Fr Sajeev welcomed and invited all for a meaningful participation in the day’s proceedings. Sr Veronica, BS, and Sch Roshan, SJ, conducted a few creative games to mix up the formees coming from 12 different formation houses of Barasat and Barrackpore.
The theme of the day was “Pauline Mission”. Sr Roma Kujur, novice of Sisters of Charity, introduced the speaker of the day, Fr Andre Bruylants, SJ. He then presented before us the Missionary Zeal of St Paul and its relevance in our religious formation. Based on his reflection, the formees were given some points for their reflective sharing in small mixed groups. In the mean time the formators held a short meeting to discuss some future plans connected to the formation of both the formees and the formators.
The Mass of Religious Consecration began with a candle light procession singing ‘Deep Se Deep Jalao’. During the Eucharist, Fr Andre continued to inspire and challenge the young hearts by his thought provoking words. He said, ‘The candle burning in each one’s hand remarks the presence of missionary zeal among you young people. And let not the passion for missionary life die, but try to keep up your motivation.’ Sr Ruth Yanthan, novice of Sisters of Providence, thanked Fr Andre for sparing his valuable time for tender buds.
Lunch! Sr Treesa, FMA, and her team had put their whole heart and soul together to prepare a sumptuous lunch for all. All ate and satisfied, and at the end there was hardly anything left. Varun, a Jesuit Pre-Novice, said, ‘Lunch was the best part of the day. I enjoyed the delicious meal as well as the company of the formees of different religious congregations.’
The afternoon cultural programme was based on Pauline Spirituality. All the houses presented their programmes in such creative ways that it was highly appreciated by one and all. Br Elias Kisku of the Minor Seminary MCed the whole programme effectively.
The sharing of Fr Hermil, the Rector of the Minor Seminary, about his unique love for Pauline Spirituality also inspired the young hearts. At the end, Sr Prisca Kerketta, novice of Daughters of the Cross, proposed a vote of thanks especially to Auxilium Convent Family for providing us their place and infrastructure. Fr Sajeev thanked all for responding to this gathering positively.Kudos to Fr Devraj, the programme coordinator, Sr Mini, FMA, the event manager and to all the formators for organizing such a wonderful gathering.
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