I undertook the canonical visitation of confreres doing their pastoral ministry / studying in Europe from 27th of June to 31st of July, 2019. It was the first visit. The purpose of the visit was two-fold. One is to meet the confreres individually and in common. The second is the animation regarding the Call of the General Chapter, 2019, especially regarding forming physical communities in GAH.
Apart from visiting GAH, I also visited Sicily in Italy, where three of our confreres are doing their pastoral ministry. I also visited Generalate houses in Rome, Annecy community in France and Fribourg community in Switzerland. I also visited two parishes in Plymouth diocese in England, where two of our confreres are doing their pastoral ministry. I had the joy of meeting our Assistant General Rev.Fr.Yves Carron in Fribourg.
The canonical visitation consisted of visiting the parishes, where our confreres are serving, personal meetings with each confrere, meeting the diocesan officials and common meetings of the confreres. I met 5 dioceses officials – Eisenstadt, Regensburg, Fulda, Munster and Passau. Apart from the diocesan officials, I could also meet two Bishops of Eisenstadt and Fulda. I also had the occasion to meet the Bishop of Plymouth in England. All the bishops and the diocesan officials have great appreciation for our MSFS confreres serving in their dioceses. That apart, the parish priests, with whom our confreres are working, are also appreciative of our confreres. The parishioners also shared a lot of good things about our confreres.
The visit was very enriching, as I had personal experience of their life and ministry in Europe. It was arranged well. All of them took a lot of effort to make my visit fruitful. I am very greatful to all of them. I thank Assistant General Rev.Fr.Yves Carron for the inspiring meeting we had. I thank Fr.Amalraj, the Delegation Superior, who made all the arrangements and the schedule during my visitation. I also thank Rev.Fr.Augustine Mangatt, Rev.Fr.Jose Cheriantharayil, Rev.Fr.Kurian Poochavalel, Rev.Fr.Samuel and other confreres of Generalate houses in Rome, Annecy community, and Fribourg community for their warm love, welcome and accommodation.