Confreres from the provinces of Trichy, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore participated in large numbers in the Province Level Celebrations of the Jubilee of Confreres, held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Bangalore on September 26. The jubilarians were Fr Thomas Thayil and Fr Edamalai Chandy (Diamond Jubilee of Rel. Profession), Fr Thomas Panakezham and Fr Mathew Vadacherry (Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession and Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination), Fr Uzhunnalil Mathew (Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination), Fr Thomas Anchukandam, Fr Jose Kuttianimattathil, Fr Varghese Thannippara, Fr Pius Palathingal, Fr Joy Pulikan, Fr Josin Thazhathette, Fr Mathew Chandrankunnel, and Fr Sebastian Ottaplackal (Silver jubilee of the Priestly Ordination). Fr Joseph Puthenkalam, Fr Swaminathan Stanley, Fr Edward Xavier, and Fr Koonananickal Jose from the provinces of Chennai, Tiruchy and Hyderabad. Fr Chandy and Fr Ottaplackal Sebastian could not be present due to ill-health.
The celebration began with a presentation of the life and activities of the jubilarians by means of a PowerPoint presentation by Don Bosco College, Aluva. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Rev Fr Thomas Anchukandam, the Provincial. Fr Thomas Panakezham preached the homily. The melodious and meaningful singing was led by the choir of Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore. After the prayer of the faithful, the jubilarians said aloud their ordination mottos, and placed a lit candle each at the altar.
Fr Thomas Tharayil, Fr Thomas Poovelickel, Fr CK Jose, Fr Jose Koyickal, Fr CJ Sebastian, Fr Thomas Vailatt and Fr Thomas Koonan felicitated the jubilarians. Each jubilarian was honoured with a shawl (Ponnadai). The aspirants of Don Bosco, Tumkur, brought alive Michael Jackson through a dance.
The response from the part of the jubilarians was voiced by Fr Jose Kuttianimattathil. On this occasion, Fr Provincial released Preethiya thagadhimitha, (Rhythm of Love), a new book in Kannada, authored by Rev Fr Jude Anand, SDB.
Everyone expressed much satisfaction and happiness at these jubilee celebrations held in the Year of the Priest and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Salesian Congregation.