Nine second year novices of Dhyan Ashram committed their lives to God in the Society of Jesus by making their First Profession during a Eucharistic celebration in the Dhyan Ashram chapel on June 21, 2019, the feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga. They are Albinus Hembrom and Alesius Tudu of Dumka-Raiganj Province, Lawrence Kerketta and Vinay Lakra of Nepal Region and Babulal Tudu, Bimal Soren, Dipak Mandi, Manish Tirkey and Victor Jojo of Calcutta Province. Two of their companions, Prince Antony and Noyal Lourdhu of Madurai Province, made their vows during a similar celebration in their home province on the same morning.
Fr Raphael Hyde, the Provincial, was the main celebrant at the well prepared and conducted Eucharistic celebration, while Fr Amrit Rai, the Regional Superior of Nepal Region concelebrated. The mellifluous singing during the celebration, led by Fr Narendra Singh and Sch Jobin, made the celebration really solemn. During the homily, Fr Provincial emphasised the meaning of the vows according to our documents. A large group of Jesuits and friends from our neighbourhood, including the catechists from the sub stations where the novices did their Sunday ministry, joined us and added to our joy.During the short felicitation program immediately after the Eucharist, Fr Sunny Kunnel, Acting Rector of Dhyan Ashram, congratulated the newly professed. On behalf of the nine, Victor and Dipak expressed their gratitude to all those who assisted them during their years of formation. Fr Amrit Rai also congratulated the new Jesuits and thanked the formation team of Dhyan Ashram. The sumptuous meal prepared by the team of Fr Jinesh, our new minister, was a fitting conclusion to the celebration.