Superior General's Message

Superior General's Message

“Whatever is done out of charity is done for God” – St. Vincent de Paul.

As we know, on September 27 we celebrate the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. I wish you all a Happy Feast and pray that God bless you and all your endeavours through his intercession. One of the recommendations of the General Synaxis 2017 is this: “Novena to St. Vincent de Paul and, if possible, nombu for nine days as a preparation for the feast of St. Vincent de Paul are to be encouraged in our houses”. As prescribed in our Statutes (PN 27), on the feast day let us renew our dedication to the Vincentian way of life, using the prescribed formula.

This year, due to the heavy flood in Kerala, we may cut short the external celebrations and save money to be distributed as charity to the victims of the disasters. In order to prepare spiritually to celebrate our Patron’s Day, we may meditate on the Five Virtues of St. Vincent de Paul, study a few of his quotations and use them in the homilies, speak to the people about the Saint and Vincentian charism, and propagate the message of charity of our saint through our words and deeds.

The Vincentian Congregation also has experienced enormous loss due to this flood, in some of our houses and centres. The most grievous damage is at Divine Muringoor both in Malayalam and English sections, and in the associated institutions, having the loss of many crores of rupees. In our Vincentian Houses at Mukkannoor and Pala the ground floor was almost under water. One section of the De Paul school building at Rajamudy is destroyed due to land slide. Now the herculean task of cleaning and repairing works are in progress in those houses. It is also sad to hear that the houses of many of our confreres also are affected by flood. We express our sympathy for them and keep them in our prayers.  

 I congratulate all of you for the great and wonderful works you were doing during this flood in Kerala. I also request you to actively involve in the relief works, by helping the people to sprout their life from zero. For our loss, as St. Vincent de Paul teaches, “We should learn to trust in Divine Providence than to depend upon our own strength and abilities”. Wishing you all the best and praying for all of you,

Fr. Sebastian Thundathikunnel VC,

Superior General.

Edappally, 01 September 2018.