(Goa, India) The Annual Gathering of all the Formees of the V. Province of Majella took place at the St. Gerard Majella Study House at Varca in Goa from the 28th to the 30th May 2019. The Gathering brings together all the students at different levels of Formation including the newly ordained priests who are in their Pastoral Year.
There were a total of 23 participants (4 young Redemptorist Priests newly ordained), 5 students in Theology and 3 returning from Regency/Immersion Year, 2 students in Philosophy and 9 students in College from the Juvenate. The meeting was planned and carried out by the RYVM Commission of the V. Province led by Frs. Velson, Melroy, Prem, Derreck and Ivan. The meeting was a time for sharing, bonding and inculcating a strong community spirit among the formatees at the different levels of formation, valuable inputs on Growth and commitment as Redemptorist Missionaries, information of the situation in the Congregation and the Conference with regard to Restructuring and Apostolic Priorities, and a time of prayer and mutual support.
The Formation House at Varca hosted this Meeting under the guidance of Fr. Eugene the Rector and Fr. Ritesh the Administrator. Fr. Ivel Mendanha the V. Provincial was present on all days to meet each group in formation as a group and each of the professed members personally. The Meeting also felicitated the newly ordained who shared from their years of formation what they carry now into active ministry.
Ivel Mendanha, C.Ss.R.