My dear confreres,
Cordial greetings from St. Ambrose, Berkeley!
Celebration of the Death Centenary of Don Rua
The year 2010 is dedicated to a special commemoration of Blessed Michael Rua. Don Rua, the first successor of Don Bosco, went to his eternal reward on 6th April 1910. We are well aware that the centenary celebrations at the Congregational level has already been launched on 31st January 2010, the feast of Don Bosco.
Dear confreres, on this occasion let me once again remind you to read and reflect on the letter of the Rector Major, found in the Acts of the General Council (AGC 405), which dwells in great depth on the figure of Blessed Michael Rua indicating in a special way his human and spiritual profile. Following the great example of Don Rua, the faithful disciple of Jesus in the footsteps of Don Bosco, let us make every effort to re-discover the ways in which to remain faithful to our call as consecrated religious.
New Appointments
I am happy to inform you that the Rector Major has approved the nomination/appointment of the following confreres to their respective office of service for the triennium 2010-2013.
1. Provincial Councillor
1. Fr. Koyickal Jose (1o Term) 
II. Novice-Master
1.  Fr. Thonikuzhiyil Mathew (Joyce) (2o Term)
III. Rectors
1. Fr. Oonupalathinkal Joseph (1o Term)   Don Bosco, Angamaly.
2. Fr. Pathickal Jose (1o Term)                    Don Bosco, Chullikara. 
3. Fr. Punnapadam Thomas (1o Term)        Don Bosco Church, Lingarajapuram.
4. Fr. Kumpukal Binny (1o Term)               Holy Cross Church, Pavur.
The following Rectors have been reappointed for a second term:
1. Fr. Thonikuzhiyil Mathew (2o Term)                 Mount Don Bosco, Padivayal  
2. Fr. Churavelikudilil Jose (2o Term)                   Don Bosco, Chithradurga
3. Fr. Shastamkala Kuriakose (2o Term)               Don Bosco, Puthuppally
4. Fr. Kizhakenellikunnel Thomas (2o Term)       St. Joseph’s Church, Susaipalayam, KGF
5. Fr. Vattakunnel Emmanuel (2o Term)              Don Bosco, Tumkur.
6. Fr. Puthenpurayil Kuriakose (2o Term)             Don Bosco, Davangere
Lately, after the process of this year’s consultations was completed, Fr. D’Souza Gracian approached me and insisted on his being transferred from Holy Cross Church, Pavur. Hence considering the urgency of the matter and the delay which a fresh consultation would entail, after consulting the provincial council and others competent in the matter and basing myself on the indications of the consultations held last year, I forwarded the name of Fr. Binny Kumpukal to the Rector Major and the Rector Major has appointed him as the Rector of Holy Cross Church, Pavur.  
I thank all these confreres most sincerely for their willing acceptance of the responsibility of animating and leading the communities for the next three years. I am sure that they will fulfill their responsibilities with the sense of sacrifice and fidelity demanded of them. All the above appointments will come into effect on 24th May 2010.
Celebration of the Provincial Chapter
The working document of the forthcoming Provincial Chapter will be dispatched to the Chapter members in the coming days. The inauguration of the Provincial Chapter will take place on the morning of 25th April at Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore, and it will conclude by 4.00 p.m. on 29th April. The Chapter will be preceded by the retreat which will begin on the evening of 20th April.
Kindly send at the earliest to the Moderator a brief description about the scope of your House, the new initiatives the community has launched in the last six years and the challenges and problems you face in your mission together with two or three photographs of our works so that he can make a presentation to the Chapter members to help them to have a better understanding of the current state of the Province (Cf: PC 2004, Provincial Directory, section 6.1, page 25). 
SPCSA Council in Sri Lanka
On 8th April I will be leaving for Sri Lanka to participate in the forthcoming SPCSA Council to be held on 9th and 10th April 2010. The more important points for discussion are the Rector Major’s Team Visit 2011 (1st to 5th March 2011 in Bangalore), the Retreat preached by the Rector Major (23rd to 28th February 2011 in Bangalore), and the pilgrimage of the relic of Don Bosco to the Indian Provinces.
Following the SPCSA Council, the Rector Major and his Vicar will have a meeting with all the Provincials of the South Asia Region on 11th & 12th April to discuss some issues of an administrative and disciplinary nature.
Condolences and prayers 
  • We extend our heart-felt condolences to Cl. Malieyackal Cyriac (Anu) at the loss of his beloved father Mr. Thomas (50) on 4th March 2010.  
  • We convey our deepest sympathies to the Provincial and the confreres of the Kolkota Province at the passing away of Fr. Nicholas Lo Groi (88), a veteran and much appreciated formator and also the ex-provincial of INC, on 14th March 2010 in Kolkota. 
  • Our sincere condolences to the Provincial and the confreres of the Guwahati Province at the loss of Fr. Nicholas Tuligi (82), a valiant Salesian missionary, on 17th March 2010 in Shillong. 
  • We offer our heart-felt condolences to the Provincial and the confreres of the Chennai Province at the death of two of their dear confreres: Fr. Lazar Antony (39) on 17th March 2010 at Vellore and Fr. Chackalackal Dominic (82) on 24th March 2010 at Tirupattur.  
  • Our sincere condolences to the Provincial and the confreres of the Tiruchy Province at the loss of Fr. Vayalipara Sebastian (79), on 27th March 2010 at Madurai.  
We commend all these dear departed to the mercy of God!
Easter 2010 
I am presently at St. Ambrose Church, Berkeley, where our confreres are rendering a much appreciated service to a multi-ethnic community.  I will be returning to Bangalore on Good Friday and hope to reach the Provincial House by Easter Sunday.
The life and death of a Christian must have the fragrance of the hope and joy of the Resurrection. Recently we lost two of our confreres – Bro. Chacko Nettickattil and Fr. Thomas Thayil – both of whom were examples of the joy that results from that optimistic approach to life so much expected of the sons of Don Bosco. The well-conducted funeral services bore testimony to the hope-filled optimism of all those who participated in the same.  As we enter into the Holy Week and as we live in depth the Paschal Mystery let us pray that all of us may live our lives – however difficult and challenging – exuding the fragrance of the Resurrection and thus bring  joy and hope into the lives of the people especially the young and the troubled.
Wishing all of you the optimistic joy and peace of Easter,
Affectionately in Don Bosco,
Fr. Thomas Anchukandam, sdb.