REPORT OF THE VISIT OF THE MAJOR ARCHBISHOP TO GANDHINAGAR – DAY ONE::Syro Malabar News Updates REPORT OF THE VISIT OF THE MAJOR ARCHBISHOP TO GANDHINAGAR – DAY ONE
21-October,2013

As the Major Archbishop and the Chancellor arrived at the Sardar Vallabha Bhai Patel Airport, Ahmedabad , at 5.40 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 October, they were received by Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes of Gandhinagar, Fr. Kuriachan Paul, the Episcopal Vicar for the Syro-Malabar Faithful in the Diocese of Ahmedabad, other priests, Adv. P.T. Chacko, President of Syro-Malabar Catholic Association, Gujarat and other leaders of our faithful.  Archbishop Stanislause Fernandes took the guests to his residence, Dharmacharya Niwas, Pethapur.  On the following day began the visit with prayer meeting , in Kadi in the shrine of Unteshari Matha – Our Lady riding on a camel.  There were some  Syro-Malabar faithful along with a few belonging to the Gujarathi Cahtolic Community present on the occasion.  The parish priest, Fr. Girish welcomed the guests along with Fr. Alex Thannipara SJ who was one of the pioneers of this mission.  It was a beautiful shrine well inculturated according to the model of a Gujarathi temple.  After singing hymns to Mary and addressing the gathering and blessing them, the Major Archbishop, accompanied by Archbishop Staney and the Chancellor Fr. Antony Kollannur, visited Madhurya Bhavan, the home for the differently abled girls and boys, numbering 65 served by Sisters of Charity of St. Ann.  It was quite touching to see the joy and enthusiasm manifested by these differently abled persons while welcoming the Major Archbishop with their music and dance.  After a brief stay there, the Major Archbishop visited the Sanhdya Vishram, the old age home run by the same sisters which is in the adjacent compound of the Madhurya Bhavan.  The elderly persons there spontaneously acknowledged how happy they were to be there and how well cared they were by the sisters.  In the afternoon Archbishop Staney took his guests to the first Akshardam temple of Swami Narayan Sect  spread in 23 acres of land.  Later there was a small get-together of top officials of the Air Force, Police and Government Officials who were Malayalees and Syro-Malabar faithful.  The get-together was organized at St. Xavier’s Residence.  The climax of the day was the Syro-Malabar Qurbana in the Cathedral Church in which Archbishop Staney and ten priests and some 100 faithful took part.  In the meeting that followed, the guests were felicitated with Ponnada.  After supper at the rectory, the Major Archbishop returned to the Archbishop’s House for night rest.


Source: smcim

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