Vellore Diocese Vellore Diocese -Pastoral Message
Pastoral Message


Dear Fathers, Brothers and sisters in Christ!

May the Faith “My Lord and My God” declared by St. Thomas be our strength, our blessings and the renewal of our own faith.

 

Let me first thank all our priests who have accepted the new assignment and taken over the new responsibilities. They have been very generous. I would like to thank them and assure them of my prayers. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary our Mother accompany them and journey along with them. Once again the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle brings us close to our encounter with Christ, the core of our own apostleship. Let us pray for our country, Tamil Nadu and especially the diocese of Chenglepet. This feast will give us courage to meet the challenges that we face in India today.

The feast and celebration of the silver jubilee of our BelovedBishop Most Rev. Dr. A.M.Chinnappa, SDB., was worthily celebrated. He was sent by God to love our people and to lead them. May God bless Him with good health of body and soul. Here I would like to thank all our people, our religious and our priests who have been very generous. I would in a special way thank the curia, the VFs and VG, the Procurator and the Parish Priest of the Cathedral. Let us all thank God and pray for our Bishop A.M. Chinnappa, SDB.,

On second Saturday of July, 14, 2018 we will have the meeting of CRI. The marvelous ministry they do for our people is to be appreciated and thanked. They have been renewing their commitment to work for our children especially through education. Pope Francis has declared that the Catholic education gives soul to the world and radiates the promise of Christian salvation. He calls for networking among our institutions. He said networking means uniting fields of study creating spaces for cultural encounter and dialogue and making schools “educating community”. This means uniting students and teachers in mutual sharing through “a curriculum of life and experience”. He further invites us to face social change optimistically. The goal is for men and women to immerse themselves in reality with the light that radiates from the promise of Christian Salvation. The Pope said Catholic educators must not lose hope but offer it to today’s world. “We need to give a soul to the global world through an intellectual and moral formations that can support the good things that globalization brings and correct the harmful ones. Focus on identity, quality and common good.” He finally insists to renew the Church’s commitment to Catholic education in step with the historical transformation of our times.

Another important event is the ordination of two of our deacons on Saturday, 21, 2018. As all of us know that four of our students are studying in France for two dioceses. Two will be ordained this year in our Cathedral in Vellore. The Bishop of Creteil Most Rev. Dr. Michael Santier will be here to ordain them. We are very happy that he along with 13 of them will be here. We wish the deacons and their parents all the best in their life and mission. Congratulations to them. I thank especially the Bishop and the seminary for their generosity and the love and care they showered upon our students.

TNBC will take place from 15 July 2018 to 19th at Poondi.
Let us accompany our Bishops with our prayers.

 

May God bless us all.

 

Yours in Christ Jesus,

 

† Most Rev. Dr. P. Soundararaju, SDB., DD.,
Bishop of Vellore