Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Mushrooms bloom in MSJ Farm

Mount, January 2020: A new initiative in our Mount farm produced good organic mushrooms. Fr Joyson Vas, the young priest of our community led the cultivation. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Outreach program of the community

On the 17th November 2019, the senior members of the community spent a couple of hours at the Bala Yesu Bhavan - Children's home and the Lourdes Home -Senior Citizens Home located within the premises of Alverna Bhavana, Kalena Agrahara, Bangalore. The community members enacted short skits, sang songs, and made the children and senior citizens happy. For more about these two homes which do so much good to society, please log on to www.balayesubhavanorphanagebgl.org [OV]

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Novices' Patron Day

The feast of St Stanislaus Kostka, which falls on the 13th November was celebrated with much  fervour and fun.  The senior Jesuits of the MSJ community made the Novices happy with songs and skits and everyone had a hearty laugh. [OV]

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Parish Celebrates the Mission Sunday

On 20th October 2019, the parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Kalena Agrahara celebrated the Mission Sunday. The Church Campus bore a spectacular look with people and stalls. This Third Sunday of October was devoted to raise the awareness that every baptized Christian is a missionary and everyone has a share in sharing the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As part of the Mission Sunday, the parishners came together along with their parish priest Fr Arun Kumar SJ in raising money to the missions of the universal Catholic Church. A good amount of preparation was done in order to make this day as a parish day. From Catechism children to seniors in the parish took active part in day's program. Various games were played. Each ward of the parish had its own stall to raise money in a creative way. After each Sunday Mass auctioning was followed. 
A number of parishners took active part as volunteers and bringing things for auction. Mount St Joseph community too contributed from its farm home-grown chicken, ducks, bananas, nati koli eggs, etc. In order to attract children, house horse, Pulsi the labrador dog and a sheep with its little lamb took part in it. Children enjoyed either cuddling these pretty animals or by clicking photos with them. In sum, the days events and activities showed the unity of the wards in particular and as a parish in general. [OV]

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Servant of God Rajendra Swami

October being the Extraordinary Missionary Month we were privileged to commemorate the 300th death anniversary of the servant of God, Pujya Rajendra Swami. A zealous  missionary  of the Mysore Jesuit mission.
The whole of the Mount Saint Joseph community travelled to Chikkarasinakere to witness and be part of the celebration. It was a time of grace to pray for his beatification. The spiritual atmosphere was deepened by the presence of the Bishop of Mysore Dr. K. A. Willam.

On this auspicious day we gave thanks to God in the Eucharist. Many religious and faithful were present. Fr. Stanislaus  D’souza SJ  provincial of the Karnataka Province preached over the Eucharist. Indeed the milieu was grace filled talk given by Fr. Freddie D'Silva, SJ. This extraordinary celebrations was witnessed by many Jesuits from various communities.

We still continue to pray for the Beatification of Rajendra Swami and for his intercession.
On our way back we enjoyed the beauty of the Gagana Chukki falls. (Report by Nov. Prakash)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Pathways to God: Formation of the Constitution of the Society and Integration of Candidates in Letter and Spirit

MSJ, 12th September, 2019:  Fr Francis Pudhicherry, SJ, Editor of Ignis and Head of the Department & Director of Spirituality at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) gave a talk on "Pathways to God: Formation of the Constitution of the Society and Integration of  its Candidates in Letter and Spirit" to the community.  The talk shed light on deliberations of the First Fathers (St Ignatius of Loyola and his companions) in Venice, Italy,  in 1539, which led to the formation of the Society of Jesus and later drafting of its constitution. 
Fr Francis highlighted the importance of quality of men to the Society which was the conscience decision of Ignatius and others in order to fulfil the apostolic effectiveness.  Therefore, Francis dealt extensively on the fourth chapter of the constitution which speaks of examen of the candidates to the Society.  Fr Olvin Veigas, SJ, moderated the session. This talk was part of community's ongoing intellectual and human formation.  [OV]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fr Pedro Arrupe, SJ: Life and Legacy - Exhibition at MSJ

As part of the Diamond Jubilee of Mount St Joseph, 22 August 2019, an exhibition on the life and legacy of Fr Pedro Arrupe, SJ was held at the house Aula. Archbishop of Bangalore, Peter Machado along with Fr Stany D'Souza, Provincial of the Jesuits in Karnataka inaugurated the exhibition. Fr Arun Kumar, SJ gave a brief description at the beginning on the aims and objectives of the exhibition as well as a short note on Fr Pedro Arrupe. In the following brief video you will find all that we try to communicate on this great man of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus, Fr Pedro Arrupe, whose cause is opened recently by declaring him the Servant of God. May he intercede for us in all our endeavours to propagate faith and promote justice of our Lord. [OV]

Friday, September 6, 2019

Diamond Jubilee of Mount St Joseph

On the 22nd August 2019, MSJ witnessed the celebration of Diamond Jubilee of its existence with a large number of Jesuits and non-Jesuits in attendance. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore Archdiocese presided over the Mass and preached a homily. A sumptuous meal prepared by Mr Joachim Vaz, the dad of Fr Joyson was served to around 325 people.
A short program was organized after the Mass. On this occasion,
i. an exhibition on Fr Pedro Arrupe was held at the Aula;
ii. Shalom Jesuit Listening Centre marked the beginning;
iii. "My Soul Magnifies the Lord," souvenir of the jubilee was released;
iv. 7 of our co-workers who worked at Mount for more than 25 years were honored;
v. “Mount Melodies” a new hymnal saw its light;
vi. www.dhyanashrama.in website of the Dhyanashrama Retreat House inaugurated.

Every member of the community worked hard in one way or the other to make this occasion smooth, solemn and stupendous. [OV]

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Novena to Our Lady

In view of the feast of the nativity of Our Lady, Mount St Joseph Community has started 9 days Novena. There is a lot of creativity each day while conducting the prayer for 20 minutes. As part of the tradition, flowers are offered to Mother Mary as a token of our devotion and filial love towards her. [OV]

Monday, August 26, 2019


Those of you who have known or read or heard of Fr Pedro Arrupe would certainly remember that he was a holy man, obedient leader in the most turbulent times of the Catholic Church and especially within the Society of Jesus.  He has been declared already as a servant of God by Pope Francis, while many Jesuits have considered him as a saint in their hearts and have been praying through him.
On 22nd of August, 2019 on the diamond jubilee of Mount St Joseph, we the members of this community are delighted to showcase all his works, all his words and many captivating pictures and especially gripping photographs of this holy man who hailed from Basque country, the place of St Ignatius of Loyola. 
The Archbishop Peter Machado opened the diamond door ceremoniously for us to enter.  Thus the visitors could have glimpse of this great Jesuit, who visited this very Aula 53 years ago on 2nd January1966. [AK]