Fr. Philips Memorial - St.Patrick's Community Secunderbad
The Memorial mass for Fr. Louis Philip
Dear friends, we have gathered here today this evening, to pray for the departed soul
of Fr. Louis Philip who had been our brother, companion and a friend in the Lord. Fr. Louis
had rendered valuable services in various capacities as the Principal, Correspondent and
superior in Patrick’s campus and in other communities of our province. ‘Those who pursue
till the end will be saved’ says the Holy Scripture. Fr. Philip had lived up to this gospel value
till the very end of his life. He was born on 29 th May 1940 in Tamil Nadu, joined the Society
of Jesus on 17 th may 1958, ordained in the year 19 th March 1972, and made his final vows on
3 rd December 1976. In fact, God had blessed him with a long life of 83 fruitful years and of
which 65 years he lived as a Jesuit priest. In the Year 2022, he had celebrated the Golden
jubilee of his priesthood. He breathed his last-on 4 th June 2023 on Holy Trinity Sunday in
Dindigul, Beschi, Tamil Nadu.
The Society of Jesus had entrusted him various responsibilities to name a few: he was a vice- principal, principal, superior, correspondent, and student’s counsellor in various communities. He was also a headmaster in a diocesan school. He had an opportunity to serve as an associate paster in Carolina, USA. Thanks to St. Patrick’s school where he had rendered his valuable service for most of his career. ‘Those who sow more will reap more’ says the Holy Scripture. This is very much applicable in the life of Fr. Philip. The above responsibilities which he had held remind us that he was an Academician, educationist, an intellectual giant and an able administrator. As a person he gave himself fully to the pursuit of excellence by providing high standards of education in our schools where ever he had worked. He was very knowledgeable regarding the educational scenario of our country. He had always appointed teachers who are highly committed and efficient. Most of our old students remember him more particularly because he was a true disciplinarian but at the same time, very kind and gentle to them. This is one of the reasons why there used to be a heavy rush for admissions in St. Patrick’s.
The fruit of his hard work for all these years in the education apostolate is very much seen. It can be seen clearly in the lives of so many students who had passed out from St. Patrick’s school, and living abroad. Our illustrious alumni fondly remember him year after year on Nostalgia day only shows how much he is loved by them. Fr. Philip is also fondly remembered by the staff and students. He had great love for Patrick’s and would always dream of the development of the school in many respects. He had a great vision and insight on how to improve our institutions. No doubt he was a great visionary and a pioneer. One exceptional quality which I had noticed was his love for the poor. He used to help them and constantly enquire about their children’s studies and their future career. As we know towards end of his life, he had suffered a lot due to his ill- health. What made him to endure his suffering was his strong will power. So, as we have gathered here to pray for the repose of his soul, let us thank the lord for the gift of Fr. Philip to our mother Society and particularly to our province. His life had surely shown us how to serve the poor entrusted to our care through our various apostolates especially through education. ‘A true education is a weapon with which we can change the world’ said Dr. Nelson Mandela. May we also learn that the joys and sorrows are part and parcel of everyone’s life and we need to accept them as God’s will? Let us earnestly pray for God’s mercy upon him in this holy Eucharist. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace!
Diaconate Ordination - Rome - 2023
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Gudlavalleru Feast Day - 2023
On 4th June, 2023, the Parish Feast of Gudlavalleru was celebrated solemnly, in a very spirit-filled ambience due to the august presence of Rt Rev Dr Thelagathoti Joseph Rajarao, the Bishop of Vijayawada diocese. He presided over the Holy Eucharist, preached homily elucidating to the faithful the mystery of Trinity and administered the sacraments of Confirmation to 48 children and 2 adults and Holy Communion to 56 children and 2 adults. With the reception of these two sacraments, God's army of witnesses has increased significantly. The recipients wearing the white clothes was a spectacle to behold as they resembled the holy angels with their innocent faces and beaming smiles in their white dresses. There were some 20 priests and 9 sisters from the neighbouring parts of the parish. 10 of these priests were our Jesuits, adding strength to the local Jesuits. More than 1000 people were present for the Holy Eucharist. To prepare the recipients for these two significant sacraments, a camp was conducted at the Parish for 3 days from 31st May to 2nd June.
Sr Lilly and Sr Aruna from the Congregation of Adoration prepared the children rigorously for these sacraments. Some 85 children turned up for the camp out of which 50 received confirmation and 58 received communion. We express our sincere gratitude to these two sisters who took painstaking efforts in preparing the children for the sacraments and to their Provincial Sister who magnanimously sent them to help the parish. We express our special and sincere gratitude to Rt Rev Dr Thelagathotic Joseph Rajarao, the Bishop of Vijayawada diocese for his kind acceptance of our invitation, for presiding over the Holy Eucharist and for administering the sacraments to our children in a spirit of love and joy. Rev Fr Mathew Neerakkel, the parish priest, left no stone unturned in making the whole event a grand success by his meticulous planning and unstinted and tireless efforts and with the timely assistance from the catechists and the parishioners. The Feast concluded with a sumptuous Agape Meal.
-- Fr Anil Pudota SJ
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Vows Day - 2023
On 21st June, 2023 The Province is blessed to have 9 second year novices who committed to the Lord through the vows.
Heavenly Birth of Fr. Kulandai Sami SJ - 2023
The first death anniversary Mass for the soul of Fr. Mark Kulandai Raj SJ was celebrated on 3rd July in Loyola Academy. About 30 family members of Fr. Kulandai and 20 priests and religious from various parts of Telangana, Andhra and Tamilnadu came to attend the memorial Mass. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Philomin Raj SJ. Fr. Amal Raj SJ and Fr. Amar Rao SJ were the concelebrants. Fr. Sahayaraj SJ, in his homily, recalled the wonderful qualities of Fr. Kulandai and enumerated the great services rendered by him as a formator, spiritual director and counsellor. Some of the family members of Fr. Kulandai shared how his life has touched their lives. They thanked the Loyola Academy community for all the arrangements made for the event. May the soul of Fr. Kulandai Raj enjoy eternal bliss and happiness.
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On July 5th Andhra Jesuit province social action team celebrated Stan Swami Memorial Day along with LITDS-Katukapally. Throughout the day we had many activities to mark the remarkable contributions that Fr. Stan Swami made in the fields of social action and human rights. There were nearly 200 people form 16 villages actively participated in peace rally that went around Katukapally village.
Summer Shapes -2023
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