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Assembly of the Vicariate of France-Spain
On Wednesday 28 December the religious of the Vicariate of France-Spain held an assembly to receive the Acts of the Regional Chapter.
Visit of the Cardinal of Bangui to the Diocese of Bouar
On December 14, the parish of the Sacred Heart of Niem experienced an important event. For the first time in history, the parish welcomed the pastoral visit of Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui.
Beginning of the interregional novitiate
The interregional novitiate began on 31 December with the celebration of the first vespers on the solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
NEF January 2023
“So Betharramites who are walking together towards the 2023 General Chapter, do we want to join that dream?…
Closing of the canonical year of the extraordinary Novitiate in Ivory Coast
Adiapodoumé - On Monday, January 9, the canonical year of the extraordinary novitiate in the Vicariate of Ivory Coast, which began on January 8, 2022, came to an end.
Today, January 22, the Lord of Life called to himself Fr. Pierre Monnot SCJ, of the community "Maison Neuve" in Betharram.
Inauguration of the new house “Saint Michael Garicoïts Bhavan”, Simaluguri.
Monday 12 January 2023 - This is how Fr Joseph Sathish Paul Raj, Superior of the Simaluguri community announces the inauguration of the “Saint Michael Garicoïts Bhavan”, the new residence of the Betharram community.
Opening of the Regional Chapter of the “Saint Miriam Region”
23 January - The Saint Miriam Region started the Regional Chapter in the residence of Ban Betharram, Chiang Mai, with a retreat opened by a meditation led by Fr. Paul Pollack, sj, a member of the Jesuit community that runs the Seven Fountains Spirituality Center in Chiang Mai. In his talk, Father Paul, along the lines of a speech by Pope Francis, indicated the four pillars that support religious life: closeness to God, closeness to the superior, closeness to the brothers, closeness to the people of God.
Final Profession of Br Stephen R. SCJ
“And on that day you will say, Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name” (Is 12:4).
Saint Miriam Regional Chapter Chiang Mai
January 25: All three vicariates shared about their experience of mission and hopes for the future plus their financial anxieties in the present.
In memoriam…
Sunday, January 29, our Brother, Father Enrico Mariani SCJ, has returned to the Lord. Member of Albavilla community (Vicariate of Italy), Father Enrico was 81 of age and 54 years of religious profession.
Perpetual profession
January, 27 - On the morning of the last day of the Regional Chapter held in Chiangmai from 23 to 27 January, a solemn and joyful event crowned the work of the Chapter Assembly.
The novices visit the NGO “Lifegate Garden”
On Friday 27 January the community of the "St. Joseph" novitiate of Bethlehem, together with the Salesians students, who were having their annual retreat in our pilgrim house, visited in Beit Jala the NGO " Lifegate Garden”, a Center for the rehabilitation and reintegration of people with disabilities. The same NGO runs our pilgrim house next to the novitiate house.
Spiritual exercises for the postulants of the Vicariate of Brazil
From 22 to 26 January, in Passa Quatro (Brazil), the Spiritual Exercises with Ignatian methodology and Betharramite spirituality were held for the postulants of the Betharramite Vicariate of Brazil.
NEF February 2023
“Through baptism we share the same vocation, which is an invitation to cultivate fraternity and friendship in Christ, with small daily gestures that make us feel close to one another even though we are very different.” (Fr. Gustavo Agín SCJ)
In memoriam…
January 16, 2023 - Mr G. Maria Joseph, 74, father of Fr Arul Gnana Prakash SCJ, Regional Vicar In India, returned to the Father’s House, in the early hours of today, after a long illness.
In memoriam…
Thursday, February 16, Mr Giovanni Colombo, brother-in-law of Br. Angelo Sala SCJ, of the community "St Michael" of Bouar (Vicariate of the Central African Republic), died.
In memoriam…
On February 17, Mrs Lourdu Mary, 76, mother of Fr George Antony Anthonyswamy SCJ, of the community of Bangalore, Residence of St Lawrence, Bidar (Vicariate of India) has died.
In memoriam…
On March 3rd Mrs Salle Marie Severine, 19 years old, sister of Br Hubert Clément Salle SCJ of the interregional novitiate "Saint Joseph" of Bethlehem community, died.
Council of the Congregation
From 20 to 25 February, the members of the Council of the Congregation - appointed by the Superior General as preparatory Commission for the next General Chapter scheduled from 9 to 29 June in Chiang Mai (Thailand) - held a meeting at the Generalate in Rome.
Come and See weekend
The English Vicariate organised a “Come and See” weekend to explore the Gift of Religious life and Priesthood, from 24th February to 26th February 2023 at Shallowford Retreat House.
“Betharramitas” February 2023
You can read online the number 1 of February (2023) of the magazine of the Vicariate of Argentina-Uruguay “Betharramitas”.
In memoriam…
Today, March 11, Mrs Annamaria Sala, sister of Fr Graziano Sala SCJ, Bursar and Secretary General, of the Generalate community, died.
Lenten desert for the novices
On Friday, March 3, the community of the Noviciate of Bethlehem went through an experience of Lenten desert for half a day in the space dedicated to Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified in the Carmel of Bethlehem.
NEF March 2023
“We are not alone, we are still alive, the Master shows us the way!
Assembly of the "Friends of the Shrines" Association in Betharram
The general assembly of the "Friends of the Sanctuaries" Association was held on Saturday 11 March in the reception areas of the "Notre Dame" community of Betharram. Fr. Sylvain Dansou SCJ (Superior of the community), Fr. Reagan Vincent Raj SCJ and Fr. Laurent Bacho SCJ (Regional Vicar) represented the Congregation.
Celebration for the beginning of the pastoral ministry of the Betharramite community in the Parish of Nossa Senhora da Conceição
On Sunday 12 March, the Bishop of the Diocese of Serrinha, Mgr. Hélio Pereira, presided over the Eucharistic Celebration. It was attended by some priests from nearby parishes and marked the beginning of the pastoral ministry of the Betharramite community in the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Parish.
St Patrick's Day Celebrations in Nottingham
17 March - In Nottingham, celebrations began early this morning at Our Lady & St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Meadows, where Parish Priest Father Wilfred Pereppadan SCJ welcomed Bishop Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham who celebrated Mass in honour of the fifth-century saint! Four Betharram Fathers joined the concelebration, Frs Wilfred, Athit, Pitak and Enrico. Br John and br Andrew were also present.
Moments of life in the San José Parish of Asunción
On March 19, the San José Parish of Asunción solemnly celebrated the Patron of the Congregation and the Parish.
NEF April 2023
“The discernment to be carried out in Betharram will not occur if we do not open ourselves to Jesus, to his gestures and words that express Life. It is not about reasoning out loud or expressing personal interests that appear under the name of “dreams”.
In memoriam…
On April 17, Mr ABA ABA Lechi, father of Br. Jean-Claude Djuraud SCJ, of the community of Saint-Michel of Pau (Vicariate of France-Spain), died at Oguedoume (Ivory Coast).
First week of Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for the Novices in Bethlehem
From 21 to 30 April the novices of the “St Joseph” Interregional Novitiate will experience the first week of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, guided by their Master, Fr. Stervin Selvadass SCJ.
In memoriam ...
On 24 April, in La Colmena (Paraguay) Mr. Mariano Torales, father of Br Victor Torales SCJ (Superior of the community of Puente Remanso - Vicariate of Paraguay) has died. He was 74 years old.
In memoriam…
On Tuesday 25 April, in Santiago del Estero (Argentina), Mrs. Eva Sandez de Monge, mother of the late Fr. Fabio Monge scj, a young Betharramite priest who died in 2005, returned to the Father's house. She was 75 years old.
Walk on the path of the missionaries
On April 24-29, a group of Betharramite religious (fathers and scholastics) and the Sisters of Maepon organized in Huay Tong the event "Walk in the footsteps of the missionaries".
First pilgrimage of novices to holy places
From Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 May, after having finished the first part of the Ignatian retreat, the novices of the interregional novitiate "St. Joseph", accompanied by their Master Fr. Stervin Selvadass SCJ and Fr. Pietro Felet SCJ, Regional Vicar in the Holy Land (who acted as a guide), they went to visit some holy places.
In memoriam...
On May 4, Mrs. Françoise Landel, sister-in-law of Mgr. Vincent Landel SCJ, Bishop Emeritus of Rabat (Morocco), of the community of Pibrac (Vicariate of France-Spain) died.
This morning, May 12, Fr. Jean Baptiste Olçomendy SCJ returned to the Father's House.
NEF May 2023
“We Betharramites want to walk together, but we will not be able to if we are trapped by our past. It is a past that we have honoured many many times, (why deny it?) But we have felt its weight, mired in great paradoxes that have caused us pain, shame or perplexity.
Two newly ordained priests in the vicariate of India
4 May - It is a great moment for the Indian vicariate: two newly ordained priests have just been added to the “beautiful branch” in India. Rev. Fr. Packia Raj was ordained on 1st of May in his home town Kusavan Kulam in Tutucorin Diocese (Tamil Nadu), by the laying on of hands of Most Rev. Stephen Pillai the bishop of the diocese. On 2nd May Fr. Packia Raj celebrated his first Mass.
Assembly of the Vicariate of France-Spain
On Sunday 14 May, the religious of the Vicariate of France-Spain gathered in Betharram to celebrate Vespers and for a Holy hour of adoration together with around forty parishioners from the parish of Saint Michel Garicoïts in Coarraze-Nay.
Fr Gustavo goes back to school
10 May - The community of Olton Friary had the honour and the joy of welcoming Fr. Gustavo Agìn, Superior General, during four weeks. The stated purpose of his stay was to deepen his knowledge of the English language, which is an important element for permanent formation in an international congregation.
Betharram in Assam
After arriving in India on 19 May, Fr. Enrico, SCJ, Regional Superior, accompanied by Fr. Antony Siluvai, Vicariate Bursar, spent the first days visiting the missions in Assam: Hojai, Langting and Hattikali,(mission centres with attached school entrusted by the bishops to Betharram); and Simaluguri and Dansila (school and parish founded by Betharram).
Feast of St Michael Garicoïts in Ibarre
Starting a new tradition, the betharramites of the Vicariate of France-Spain celebrated Saint Michael Garicoïts in Ibarre (his native village) on the Sunday closest to May 14.
Celebrations in honour of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified in Pau
On 19 and 20 May, the feast of the Transverberation of the heart of Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified was celebrated in Pau. It was presided over by Fr. William Maria Merchat (diocesan delegate of the Opera d'Oriente and professor at the Jean de la Croix institute, spirituality center of the Discalced Carmelite Province of Avignon-Aquitaine).

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