Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

“Love ought to be shown in deeds than in words” says Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises. The entire MSJ community was bursting with love for St Ignatius on his feast day. It all began with spiritual preparation during the nine days of the novena, a talk on the pilgrim saint by Fr Charles and the service of the penitential rite. Along with this, we had a great time knowing ourselves, our companions and the fathers during different activities like quiz, hymn composition, funny skits and many more under the banner ‘Fiesta 2021’. The show stopper was the drama on the life of St Ignatius, focussing his conversion. It was appreciated by all. It was a wonderful opportunity for the novices to exhibit their talents for the greater glory of God.

Reported By MF

Friday, July 16, 2021


 After an intense spiritual preparation during the first probation, under the leadership of Fr Merwyn, the Socius and the guidance of the head guide, Amith and other guardian angels – Darwin, Denver and Noel, our first-year novices were all set to enter into the second probation and regular novitiate life. They entered formally on July 12, 2021, after the solemn Eucharist, celebrated by Fr. Anthony Joseph, the Rector, concelebrated by Fr John Pradeep, the Novice Director, Fr Merwyn and other priests of the MSJ community. The main celebrant, Fr Anthony urged all, especially the first-year novices to be proud of the Society of Jesus. The day’s theme was ‘Love the Lord’. The MSJ community welcomed the first-year novices with a welcome song and a word of encouragement for their future in the novitiate.


Monday, June 28, 2021

Vows Day and Farewell


It was indeed a proud moment on June 21, 2021, for the entire Karnataka Province of the Society of Jesus, when seven of her novices – Abraham, Anson, Joel, Mathew, Saul, Sohan and Steven – made their first commitment at Mount St Joseph, to lead their lives strengthened by the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, there was radiance amidst obscurity. The glow on the novices’ faces surpassed the gloom of the weather. The Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Provincial. The vovents were sure to have been inspired by the homily of Fr. Balaraju, the parish priest of Kalenaagrahara. After a short felicitation programme, all marched to the refectory for a sumptuous meal.
The juniors were given a farewell programme by the Mount St Joseph Community on the following day. It was quite an emotional programme with dance and funny skits. The juniors expressed their feelings of gratitude to their formators and companions and the second-year novices responded with a farewell song sung in their melodious voices.


Friday, March 19, 2021

Feast of St. Joseph

 The Feast of St. Joseph was celebrated at Mount St Joseph in a simple and meaningful way. Fr. Merwyn Fernandes presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Arun Kumar preached a meaningful homily highlighting the silent yet the profound character of St. Joseph. Neighbouring religious, parishioners and the participants from Prerana were present for Eucharist. Novices added colour to the celebration through their melodious singing. 

Inter-novitiate Recollection

"The season of Lent invites us to move from brokenness to wholeness". It was an enriching experience for all the novices of CRI, Bannerghatta, to come together for metanoia (Internovitiate recollection day). Fr Xavier Savarimuthu, Fr. Edward Rodrigues and Fr. John Pradeep increased our joy through their thought-provoking insights on the significance of Lent and its practices and forgiveness. It was a beautiful opportunity to disperse in groups and ruminate over the insights and questions regarding forgiveness. Finally, under Fr. Merwyn's guidance, our hearts were renewed through confession of love which the Holy Eucharist followed.