The Opening of the Juniorate Year - June 2022

On the 27th of June, 20 Juniors from 11 different provinces in India celebrated their entry into a new stage of formation – the Juniorate. This was done with a meaningful Eucharist celebrated by Fr Arun de Souza (Bombay Provincial). Fr Trevor and Fr Learoy were the concelebrants. Fr Aubrey together with the brothers planned the liturgy.

The theme for the mass was – ‘Jesus gives me a manifesto.’ It drew from the manifesto of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. In keeping with this sentiment, each of the 20 juniors presented their own manifestos for this academic year. It involved much reflection and prayer.

The homily was truly inspiring. Fr Arun challenged the juniors to dream a new dream, with stars in their eyes, fire in their bellies, and whilst taking on feet of steel. The mass was followed by a community meal. We juniors are very grateful to the Vinayalaya community for the wonderful ambience it provides for Jesuit formation. We also thank in anticipation the many Jesuits in this province who will be a part of our Juniorate year.

by Rohan D’Almeida SJ

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