“Fr. Azpitarte Silver Medal awarded to Mr. Paul Macwan (Canada) for contributing to ‘Doot’ as the best writer for the year 2015”.

Congratulations to Mr. Paul Macwan from Canada for being awarded the ‘Fr. Aspitarte Silver Medal’ by Doot on 26th November, 2017 for his contribution to Doot in the year 2015. The inscription on the award reads as:
“Fr. Azpitarte Silver Medal awarded to Mr. Paul Macwan (Canada) for contributing to ‘Doot’ as the best writer for the year 2015”.
Though he was unable to go to India to receive the award, the award was accepted on his behalf by his sister Sr. Agnes (St. Anne’s) during the ceremony on 26th November 2017.
Few pictures from the ceremony:
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Donation Drive for Disable youth by “Navjeevan Trust, Rajkot”. Please do the needful.

Donation Drive for Disable youth by “Navjeevan Trust, Rajkot”. Please do the needful.

Greeting from Navjeevan Trust..!!!

This is to inform you all that we have started a campaign for the Disabled Youngsters for their exclusive livelihood development.!!

We ask your support to promote for the fund raising of this campaign.

Go through the cover story written below and please do needful help for the betterment of these disabled youngsters and bring them to an sustainable new life.

Please share this link with your well-wishers, friend circles and relatives.

Please click here to visit the link and donate.

“Exclusive livelihood promotion of the disabled youngsters”

Navjeevan Trust is a public charitable trust registered (E/8927/Rajkot) on 27th November 1980 under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950. Navjeevan Trust is supporting to bring up children and youngsters with disabilities for their quality academic studies, medication, skill development training, job opportunities and economic empowerment. The aim of the campaign is ” To make community based organization as the platform for the vocational/skill training and creation of job opportunity for the mentally and physically challenged youngsters “.

your contribution will directly help to keep a promotion in the disabled youngsters. so he or she can acquire skill training for the disabled , job placement of disabled and developing exclusive income generation center for the disabled and improve their level just like you and I did. your small contribution goes a long way in rewriting the development of future of a disabled youngsters in need. please donate and help to put the disabled youngsters where they belong the community. we review purely on livelihood promotion and their economic empowerment.

All our Community Based Organization or our beneficiaries are hailing from very poor economic background. we need to from more Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) in Oder to provide training for the disabled people and expand our program. so your donation is greatly appreciated to support this disabled children or youngsters through DPOs or vocational skill training.

In 2016 Navjeevan Trust formed 2 DPOs consisting 40 children and youngsters . Among the 40, 10 children from each DPO were selected for the vocational skill training (candle making, file making, handicraft work, bag making doll making) . we plan to expand our DPOs by next year

Now ( 2017) we have 82 children and we are planning to expand the exclusive training program

We need your donation for skill training programs, creation of job opportunities by developing an exclusive income generation centre on our own and hand holding support ; The cost per trainee is 30000 D

Donors will be able to transparently tract their donations reaching a specific disabled youngsters. Donors will also get updates on disabled youngsters improvement and performance.

In case we manage to exceed our goal we will use the excess fund towards helping ;

– expand the disabled peoples organizations exclusive lively hood program

“Girls are our Future” – Book Review: Inspiring story of a radical, but practical, Ireland-born nun.

By Somrita Ghosh (IANS) India’s largest Independent Newswire.
Title: Girls Are Our Future — Thoughts of a Practical Radical Nun; Author: Sister Cyril, Neil Farrelly and Greg Dale; Publisher: Konark Publishers; Price: Rs 595; Pages: 283.

An Irish nun came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1956 and soon adapted herself to the city. Sister M. Cyril Mooney, fondly called Sister Cyril, is now looked upon as a motherly figure who has not only saved the lives of many but also brought in necessary educative reforms during her tenure as head of one of the most prestigious schools in the city.

Having devoted her life to social welfare programmes in India for more than six decades now, Sister Cyril has a lot to teach — from the need to create awareness on various issues to her ideology and concept of religion.

And it is her experience in different aspects of life that have been brilliantly captured in this book, which is a vivid compilation of Sister Cyril’s thoughts on a wide variety of topics — education, life, sexuality, social issues, religion — that she has tackled throughout her tenure as head of the Loreto Girl’s School, Sealdah.

Sister Cyril has played a major role in reforming the education system in Kolkata, particularly at Loreto Girls School. She fiercely battled the inequality in India’s classrooms and got 50 per cent of the seats reserved for those students who hail from economically struggling families.

She has been a ray of hope for many; she saved the lives of many by turning the school into a shelter for those abandoned and street girl children who would often turn victims of sexual exploitation. She has been the flag bearer of social work in the City of Joy.

The book also highlights Sister Cyril’s thoughts on contemporary issues like the importance and relevance of proper sex education in school, why environmental studies shouldn’t be restricted to only theory but should also include practicals, the need for educating boys to respect women, need for compassion while dealing with children, and empathy for those who cannot even afford two meals a day.

Sister Cyril never wanted to write her autobiography. So this book is a compilation of her thoughts, interviews, experience of her students and other teachers.

“God. Religion. Jesus Christ. Catholicism. Priests. She is only too aware of people’s fears and prejudices when they hear those words, and I think she’s trying to get beyond all of that,” book co-author Neil Farrelly writes in the preface.

Sister Cyril claims herself to be a very practical human. She writes: “Look, I’m practical. Here we’re all practical. A lot of foreigners go out to places like Eastern Bypass (in Kolkata), take one look at the living conditions and say, ‘poor things, poor things’. I say, don’t pity them, do something for them!”

Sister Cyril has always opposed the concept of competition and strongly believes that merit is a myth. “We need to teach children that it is important to know how to accept failure and be able to realise that they’re not going to be on top all of the time,” she says.

Sister Cyril has been the innovative brain behind many of her social work initiatives like “Rainbow Homes”, the “Brickfields Project” and “Barefoot” which helped tremendously in educating children belonging to the poorest sections of the community.

Not just her words of wisdom, but the book has also given space to her students and teachers who have worked under her guidance and fondly remember how Sister Cyril had influenced their lives.

It’s quite an inspiring read. (IANS)

(From left) Anjum Katyal, Neil Farrelly, Shashi Panja, Sister Cyril Mooney and Maina Bhagat of Oxford Bookstores at the book launch. Picture by Gopal Senapati

Fr. Chhagan passed away on Friday, November 18, 2017.

વડોદરા ધર્મપ્રાંતના વડીલ અને Monsignor ફાધર છગન નું શુક્રવાર, ૧૮ નવેમ્બરની સવારે અવસાન. ૯૮ વર્ષની ઉંમરના દક્ષિણ ગુજરાતના ઝરોલી ધર્મવિભાગના પ્રથમ પુરોહિત, લોકલાડીલા અને અંતિમ શ્વાસ સુધી અનેકના પ્રેરણાસ્ત્રોત ફાધર છગનની અંતિમ વિધી સાંજે ૫ વાગે ઝારોલીમાં રાખવામાં આવેલ હતી.

ગુજરાતી કેથલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએ ના મંત્રી શ્રી.એલેક્ષ (અશોક) રાઠોડ હાલમાં વતનની મુલાકાત પર ગયેલા છે. તેઓ વલસાડ ખાતે રહેતા હોવાથી ફાધર છગનની ફ્યુનરલ સર્વિસમાં હાજર રહી શક્યા હતા. તેમણે લખેલો ટૂંકો અહેવાલ:

સ્વ.પૂજ્ય ફાધર છગન ના ફ્યુનરલ માં વલસાડ તાબાના લોકો ફાધર પોલ સાથે ગયા હતા. આર્ચબિશપ શ્રી સ્ટેનિસ્લાઉસ દ્વારા ખ્રિસ્તયજ્ઞ અર્પણ કરવામાં આવ્યો હતો. સાથે લગભગ ૬૦ ફાધરો હતા. આશરે ૪૦૦૦ જેટલા ધર્મજનો એ તેમની ફ્યુનરલ માસ અને દફનક્રિયામાં ભાગ લીધો હતો. આર્ચબિશપશ્રી એ તેમને પયગંબર તરીકે ઓળખાવ્યા હતા. ખરેખર એક ઉમદા વ્યક્તિત્વનો અંત પણ પ્રભુએ એમના આત્માને પરમ શાંતિ આપીજ દીધી છે એવી ખાતરી છે. આવા સેવાભાવી ઉમદા વ્યતિત્વને નમન.

Please watch his interview in below video from “Gurjarvani” 

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