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The thirteenth Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, Rev. Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, was installed superior of INM on 5th February, 2011 at Rinaldi Juniorate, Kilpauk.
By Antony Christy sdb
Chennai, Feb. 6. Not to be served but to serve! These words formed the backdrop of not just the stage but the whole happening! Hailing from Kalleri, a village in the Pondy-Cuddalore diocese, Fr. Jayapalan is a total salesian product, explained Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu, the outgoing provincial. The day was marked with a solemn Eucharist followed by felicitations. With a joyful atmosphere and the prayerful singing by DILYM (Don Bosco Inner Light Youth Ministry), the Liturgy was a fitting thanks to Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu, the Provincial handing over and a loving empowerment to Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, the Provincial taking over. Present at the altar were Fr. Anjukandam the Provincial of Bangalore, Frs. John Peter, Vincent Durairaj and Bellarmine the former Provincials of INM, Fr. J. Joseph the first Rector of Fr. Jayapalan, Fr. Samuel Mundol from the Province of Calcutta and the Deputy Secretary General of Commission for Catechetics, CCBI along with more than a hundred other concelebrants comprising of Salesians, diocesans and other religious like Jesuits, Redemptorists and Franciscans. There were a large number of members belonging to the Salesian Family and lay people associated with us, present adding fervor to the moment. Read full text


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