Saturday, April 28, 2012

50 years in the Society of Jesus in Gujarat

Those who celebrated at Rosary Vododara
 Bishop Godfrey Rozario and Provincial Jose Changa gave the mementos to each of the Golden Jubilarians at Rosary school Vadodara, Gujarat,India, on 6th April evening.
Ornellas Coutinho [ right ]

Castiella [ right]

Paul Macwan [ left]

Thannipara Thomas [ left]

Paul Valapila [ left]

Devasia Muthuplackal [ left]

Thomas Chamakala [ right]

Rappai Poothokaren [ left]

Gujarat Jesuits Sammelan [ Province days]

The meeting was in Hall of Rosary School, Vadodara.

The Gujarat Jesuit's Sammelan or Province days 2012 was at Rosary School Vadodara from 5th April evening to 7the noon. About 200 Jesuits attended the sessions which were with lively presentations of videos about the history of Gujarat Jesuits, and power point sharing of the vision of different groups [ Novitiate groups] for the coming 20 years [ Vision 20 ]

Those who have completed 50 years in the Society of Jesus were given a lively reception with songs gifts and a festive dinner at Rosary school hall on 6th evening. Bishop Godfrey Rozario of Vadodara Diocese and  Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad Diocese were present for the celebration.

The Province days ended with a thanksgiving Eucharistic service presided by the provincial, Jose Changa.

Group Photo of all those who were present on 6th morning.

Mass with the Jubilarians in Rosary cathedral

Bro Paul Macwan is being greeted at the reception.

A book " Samooh Yatra" [ journey together ] , history of each of the Jesuit houses in Gujarat was released by the Provincial Jose Changa.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A visit to to Mokhasan Village by Garriz sj

This part of the building use to be the residence of the sisters at Mokhasan near Kalol

 Diaz Garriz sj in the room which used to be the chapel.
 Diaz Garriz sj lived in a village called Mokhasan, near Kalol for some years before he shifted to Kalol a town close by.  Now there is a school, boarding for boys and girls at Kalol.. St Anne's sisters [ Pillar sisters ] run a
School both English and Gujarati medium at Kalol, India.[ the dates will be added later.]
The women who cooked and served Garriz come to greet him.

A number of people remembered his stay at the village, Mokhasan.

A close friend of Garriz from Mokhasan.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Remembering Puppetry plays at Jeevandarshan, Vadodara

Puppets were made according to the Character of a play.
Puppets created by the participants

From 1975 onwards Jeevandarshan, Vadodara, India  had puppetry workshops every year for the groups who came from villages, schools, boardings etc.
It used to be a three days workshop as part of a communication seminar of 10 working days.
Mostly social messages were chosen for village development programmes of value education sessions in the schools or boardings. A sharing with the audience focused on the message and how they can improve their life situation. [ Devasia M]
One Puppet play in progress.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bhiloda St Xavier's School

The mode of travel in that area.

Back side of St Xavier's Bhiloda

Another view of the back side of St Xavier's Bhiloda

Students go in to learn how to live in a modern world.

The come out enriched by the knowledge they received that day.

Gurjarvani Shooting trip to Bhiloda Villages

This year seems to be a year of plenty. Look at the wheat crop.

Processing the wheat already cut.

Wheat getting ready

A house in the village we visited for shoot.

Milk Cooperative at Bhiloda area: Bornala village.

Women's cooperative runs the Milk Cooperative at Bornala Village.

Income is created for the family by keeping  buffalos and selling the milk.

This is a common site at thist area.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jesuit communication guru dies

He had become critically ill and was hospitalized in Vienna ten days ago.

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By C.M. Paul
Kolkata:  Jesuit Father Jacob Srampickal, head of the department of Communication Studies and professor at Gregorian University Rome, yesterday passed away in Austria. He was 62.

He had become critically ill and was hospitalized in Vienna ten days ago while on a visit to Austria.

Fr Srampickal had headed several media organizations and taught communications in India and abroad.

In February, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India appointed the Patna Jesuit priest director of its media training institute NISCORT (national institute for social communication, research and training). He was expected to take charge in June 2012.

The Jesuit was the inspiration behind the institute and was a co-founder along with Fr. John Noronha, former director of Caritas India. He was the first dean of the institute based at Vaishali, a satellite town of Delhi in Uttar Pradesh state.

He has served on the ecumenical jury at international film festivals and has served as one of the consultants to the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications.

He was president of the Indian unit of UNDA/OCIC, the earlier version of Signis, the Church’s international association for social communication, for six years until 1998. He also headed its Asian wing for eight years starting 1993.

Fr Srampickal holds a doctorate in Development Communication from the University of Leeds, England, and four major diplomas in communications from India.

He has authored some 15 books and four more books on various themes in communications were in the press at the time of his death.

He launched several projects such as the New Delhi Video Festival for NGOs, national seminars on Church and media, online media training for poor countries from Rome, a weekly half hour radio program for migrants from Radio Vatican in Italian, an international bi-annual seminar on theology and communications from Rome.

Jacob also taught in 18 theological seminaries of India as visiting professor on the theme of “why communications for priests and the Catholic Church?”

Jacob had a stroke in September 2011 while he was in India but recovered in what he claimed was a miracle. He went back to Rome in four months.

Let us pray for Jacob sj and for NISCORT
Devasia sj

Thursday, April 12, 2012

St mary's School Vijaynagar, Sabarkantha

The shrine is seen behind the basket ball game in progress

A View from the school of the Shrine
 Gurjarvani made a trip to St Mary's School Vijaynagar 28th March 2012 for a shoot on our new HD equipment to acquire footage for two Videos under preparation: 1. North Gujarat Church
2. Alboan Film , a documentary on the development of the Educational system in Gujarat.
Students come for the assembly in the quadrangle of the school

Another view of the assembly

Girls also contribute to the music for the prayers

The beautiful art behind the altar of the shrine.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gurjarvani shooting trip to Poshina, Pipaliya Village.

A grand Mother in whose house the boarding is.

Grand Mother and grand daughters serving the small kids at the boarding
The boarding is run by Aravali Vikas trust
managed by Peter D'Souza sj from Poshina Town close by, in Gujarat, India.
This is a new experiment to have the small children educated in their own village in small boardings. Local people manage the boarding. They have given the building free, with water supply for the boarding.
Three hostels are run by Aravali Vikas trust in Poshina area. The people are called Adivasi Bhils [ Tribals ] settled at Gujarat and Rajasthan boarder, India.
The three such boardings are  in Pipaliya, Padapat, and Bedi villages.
In Bedi village  there are Garasia Tribal people where Girls are not given education and a boarding is running there now.
[Devasia m ]
Cooking in progress

Students have their lunch before going to school