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Annual Retreat 2019 - Province of Bangalore


GO INTO THE DEEP - (Bangalore, India). The Annual Retreat for the Province of Bangalore (first among the two for this year) took place at MAITREYA, a centre for Eco-Spirituality which is run by the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Kottayam, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore. The 39 Retreatants belonging to different communities from all over India had a wonderful time of being closer to God from 7th to 12th July.

The Retreat was preached by Rev. Fr. K. M. Joseph (a Jesuit from Jamshedpur Province). In his talks he reflected with us the aspects of our life as followers of Jesus the Redeemer in detail which were of great help for us to live our life as true missionaries according to the way and spirit of St. Alphonsus. In every aspect, the participation of the Confreres was something great and admirable, which in fact helped us to grow in closeness to God as a community of Redemptorists and made the Retreat a grand success. Overall the Retreat helped us to go into the depths of innermost beings as per the theme - 'Go into the Deep'.




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Inauguration of the Pastoral Year at Mt. St. Alphonsus Bangalore


(Bangalore, India) The 3rd June 2019 marked the Inauguration of the Pastoral Year (Transition to Ministry) for the Province of Bangalore and the V. Province of Majella. This important stage of formation for 10 months is a well-planned course to enable the young Redemptorist Missionary Priests to make the transition to Ministry.

The Pastoral Year was inaugurated with mass presided over by Fr. Joseph Ivel Mendanha, C.Ss.R. (V. Provincial of Majella). Fr. Edward Raju, C.Ss.R. (Provincial of Bangalore) was present and addressed the group.

There are 6 Redemptorist Newly Ordained Priests (3 from Bangalore: Deepak, Ananthraj, and Thambi; 3 from Majella: Noel, Juvance and Agnelo). The Pastoral year is led by Fr Xavier Sanjivi, C.Ss.R. of the Bangalore Province assisted by Fr Juventius Andrade, C.Ss.R. and team.

Fr. Ivel preached on the importance of shedding the Priestly glamour which distracts from ministry and being closer to people especially the abandoned who are wounded and for him we proclaim the Gospel. He urged the young missionaries to follow St. Paul in being persuasive in proclaiming the Gospel and take heart from Jesus who is our comfort in troubled times.

Fr. Edward reminded the group that the General Chapter has called us all to avoid clericalism and embrace our Redemptorist calling as Religious and so we shun the clerical attitude by serving always rather than being served. He called on the young Redemptorist missionaries to grab every opportunity given to be proficient in different types of ministry esp. Migrant Ministry for Majella and Ministry to Families in Distress for Bangalore so that the wounded would profit from our apostolic labours.

The Pastoral Year will begin at Mt. St. Alphonsus in Bangalore for the first couple of months and then move to St. Gerard’s in Bangalore. The Young missionaries will be trained in Homiletics, Parish Mission preaching, Retreat preaching, Parish ministry, Youth Ministry, Financial and administrative skills, Migrant Ministry with immersion experience and other forms of missionary activity.

The Pastoral Year will end with Easter 2020 in a formal commissioning ceremony.

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Priestly Ordination of Fr. Deepak Bage belonging to the Province of Bangalore


The ordination of Deepak Bage, CSsR., took place on 27th April 2019 in Salangabahal Parish, Rourkela diocese, Odisha. Indeed, it was one of the historical moments for Fr. Deepak Bage for his life journey towards religious life. There were more than 5000 faithful along with about 40 religious sisters, 50 priests (10 Redemptorists) and brothers and seminarians, gathered to witness this great and memorable event of the priestly ordination of Deepak Bage CSsR and Suresh Tete OCD in Salangabahal Parish, Rourkela Diocese of Orissa, India.

The parishioners welcomed His grace Most Rev. Bishop Kishor Kumar Kujur DD from the parish gate to the residence with their traditional tribal dance at 7 am. Around 300 women and girls danced the entrance hymn. The choir comprised of more than 40 youth, boys and girls sang all the hymns with their melodious voices. During this occasion Fr. Edward Joseph CSsR (provincial superior of Bangalore province) and Fr. Xavier Jayraj OCD (Regional vicar of West Bengal – Northeast mission of south Kerala province) were present.

During the homily, Bishop explained the role and duties of priests in the present scenario. The atmosphere was very prayerful and joyful. The ordination ceremony was over by 10.30 am. The breakfast was provided during a short break. And then with the traditional tribal dance along with Bishop, newly ordained priests were welcomed to the stage for felicitation program for one and half an hour. Bishop thanked all the parishioners and all those who were responsible for the arrangements of the program. On behalf of representatives of the newly ordained priests Fr. Edward thanked God for choosing these men for his missionary work, he thanked Bishop, family members, Parish Priest, and all the parishioners for the memorable event. At the end Fr. Deepak Bage, also on behalf of both the newly ordained priests, thanked everyone for making the day of their ordination a memorable one with their participation in all the activities. Soon after the program, the people were provided for lunch from 12.30 pm. In the evening Fr. Deepak Bage was solemnly welcomed to his home residence at Dulhapur village at 5 pm.


Thanksgiving Mass of Fr. Deepak Bage at Dulhapur Village

Fr. Deepak Bage celebrated his first Thanksgiving mass on 28th April 2019 morning. Surely it will always be a memorable day for the family of Fr. Deepak Bage CSsR and the villagers, who had been preparing for this great occasion for a long time. the Holy Eucharistic Celebration began with the entrance dance where around 50 women and school girls welcomed the newly ordained priest along with 15 priests to the altar at 7.30 am. There were more than 25 youth who led the choir. There were about 1500 faithful along with 12 sisters were present for the Thanksgiving Mass. During the homily Fr. Biraj (cousin of Fr. Deepak Bage) Explained about the call and the journey to the religious life of Fr. Deepak Bage. He also shared about the challenges of priestly life. At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration Fr. Deepak Bage thanked everyone and his parents felicitated all the priests and religious. The Eucharistic Celebration was over by 9.30 am. Soon after that, all were served breakfast. The village choir and dancers welcome Fr. Deepak Bage for the Felicitation Program at 10.30 am and continued till 12.30 PM. There were many cultural programs presented by the villagers and relatives of Fr. Deepak. The felicitation program ended with the fellowship meal for all. The celebration continued with singing and dancing till evening.

We thank God for calling Fr. Deepak Bage, CSsR., to work in his vineyard and wish him all God’s blessings for his ministry as an ordained priest.

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Ordination to the Presbyterate of Rev. Fr. Periyanayagam Anantharaj, C.Ss.R. Province of Bangalore


Rev. Fr. Periyanayagam Anantharaj, C.Ss.R. was ordained a Redemptorist Priest by Most Rev. Dr. Antony Anandarayar, Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Pondicherry on 2nd May 2019.

Rev. Fr. Edward Joseph, C.Ss.R. (Provincial Superior of the Province of Bangalore), and the Redemptorist Confreres were present for this joyous occasion.

Fr. Anantharaj was ordained a priest with 3 other Deacons belonging to Pondicherry Archdiocese. The Cathedral was flocked with more than 100 priests, religious and faithful to witness this ordination ceremony. During the Homily, Fr. Louis (Episcopal Vicar for Religious of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry) reflected as to how a priest should be close to the poor and the abandoned by being simple and prayerful. The atmosphere was prayerful and joyful.

We thank the Almighty God for Fr. Anantharaj, C.Ss.R. and pray that our Redeemer may help him to be faithful to what he has received and be close to the wounded.

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CCC Training Program at Holy Redeemer Parish


A year ago, the parish clergy, Rev. Fr. Louis Christopher C.Ss.R, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Peter. B C.Ss.R, the then Co-pastor, Fr. Sandeep Menezes C.ss.R  and a small core team of the Holy Redeemer Parish envisioned a year-long program on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Many signed up and the program started off after Easter 2018.  Sessions were organized twice a month, after the morning mass for an hour, along with refreshments. Throughout the journey, the sessions were well planned and organized with knowledgeable speakers from all over the country. The speakers gave the participants great insights into the 24 topics that incorporated the program design.

The sessions were enhanced with supplemental activities and videos that helped the participants delve into their learning in a deeper way. Attendance at these sessions was almost always high and the course ended on March 31st, 2019 on a high note with 50 participants graduating. The ceremony included participation in the Eucharist and participants sharing their personal transformation experience. They took a pledge to continue to deepen their knowledge of the Catechism and apply the teachings in their lives as well as make use of opportunities for catechesis and evangelization in their surroundings.

The program was planned by the Redemptorist fathers during the year of faith formation for youth and Laity in the Archdiocese of Bengaluru. The participants who have completed this course will now be actively involved in the faith formation programs for the children, animating the parish youth, animating the liturgy in the parish and conducting the similar programs on request basis in the other parishes of the Archdiocese. We congratulate the parish clergy and parishioners of the Holy Redeemer church, Bengaluru on this meaningful initiative in our Archdiocese.

Fr. Peter Balaswamy, CSsR.

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Book Release Titled - "Combining Moral Truth with Pastoral Compassion"


On the occasion of the parochial feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at Holy Ghost Church, Bangalore, during the solemn feast mass at 9.30 AM on 27th January, 2019, the Provincial of the Province of Bangalore Rev. Fr. Edward J. Raju, C.Ss.R released the much awaited book of our revered Moral Theologian of India, Late Rev. Dr. Clement Campos, C.Ss.R., titled “Combining Moral Truth with Pastoral Compassion”- edited by Rev. Dr. Assisi Saldanha, C.Ss.R.  The copies of the book were received by Ms. Bernadette Campos, sister of Fr. Clement Campos and by the Provincial Fr. Edward J. Raju.

About the book

Combining Moral Truths with Pastoral Compassion” is a compilation of pastoral reflections and articles of Rev. Dr. Clement Campos, C.Ss.R., published in leading theological journals of Moral Theology.  The book reflects contemporary trends in Catholic Moral Theology and is the fruit of deep and profound faith in Christ the Redeemer, his years of teaching in different theological institutions in India and abroad and most importantly reflections born from his pastoral care to the most abandoned and poor in India.  The contents herein indicate only a glimmer of his rich comprehensive knowledge of scripture and Moral theology, contextualized and integrated in his years of pastoral care helping many to make choices based on moral truths.  Being faithful to the Church’s moral wisdom the book offers the Church’s position on the many moral issues concerning our daily life in the light of the pastoral compassion emphasised by our founder St. Alphonsus Liguori (patron of Catholic Moralists).  Written in clear, accessible and lay-friendly language, I highly recommend this book to all those seeking Moral truth with pastoral compassion. 

Fr. Joseph Royan, C.Ss.R., S.T.L

(Director & Editor - Redemptorist Publications India)


The Copies are available at:

Redemptorist Publications India,

St. Thomas Town P. O.,

P. B No. 8421,

Bangalore – 560084

Email: rpibangalore@rediffmail.com

Phone: +91 80 41540774

Ms. Cecilia: +919980023868

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Congratulations to the new Provincial Team of Bangalore


We Congratulate our new Provincial Team :-

Fr. Edward Joseph Raju - Provincial Superior

Fr. Siluvai Muthu - Vice Provincial Superior

Fr. Juventius Andrade - 2nd Consultor

Fr. Ignace Dung Dung - 1st EPC Member

Fr. Louis Christopher -  2nd EPC Member

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XVII Provincial Chapter


The XVII Provincial Chapter was declared open by the Outgoing Provincial Superior, Fr. Arulanandam at Nava Spoorthi Kendra, Bangalore.

47 Capitulars will participate in the Chapter from 9th January to 14th January 2019. We pray that this Provincial Chapter be a time of Renewal and Reflection for the Province of Bangalore.

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Educational Tour of RC Middle High School, Kemtatoli


Once a year the teachers and students of RC Middle High School, Kemtatoli (run by the Redemptorists) are taken for an Educational Tour to affordable places with the intention of showing them job opportunities in near by places.

Through this, they not only get to see the place and opportunities but they also get to mingle, enjoy and relax after their busy school schedules.

They also learn to exhibit their leadership qualities by undertaking different responsibilities in this school tour.


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Blessing of Nithya Sahaya Matha Church, Pedamanpuram


Nithya Sahaya Matha Church (which means 'Mother of Perpetual Help'), Pedamanpuram belongs to Vishakapatanam Archdiocese.

It was Blessed on 10th December 2018 by Arch Bishop - Fr. M. Prakash and Inaugurated  by the Provincial Superior - Fr. Arulanandam.
The celebrations started with a procession at 10.30 a.m. followed by Mass.
Around 50 priests con-celebrated along with the Arch Bishop and the Provincial Superior and Provincial Elect - Fr. Edward.
Around 50 sisters and 3000 faithful participated in the celebration. 
We also had felicitation for all the guests after the Mass.

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Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy


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