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Aroma News 9th Edition Autumn 2011

Aroma News 9th Edition Autumn 2011

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Edition, Autumn 2011
 Dear friends,Greetings from our community in Rome!  Before the rush of Christmas newsletters landing in your e-box, we wanted to send you an update from us you can enjoy over a cuppa! So here goes....
This summer was a quitedifferent experience altogether for me. I travelled all the way to
 Australia to visit my sister’s
family. She had just given birthto Jordan Pinto and I was askedto be his Godfather. My parentswere also in Australia at my sister 
’s. Apart from the special
family reunion, it was also a moment of 
witnessing God’s miraculous healing hands on Jordan’s life since he had been unwell since birth.
I spent the month of August in a Parish in
Melbourne which has a minor basilica called “Our Lady of Victories”. The Parish Priest was very 
encouraging and involved me very actively in theParish happening; hence I got another experienceof parish life in Australia.
I then travelled to Sydney where I spent time with the brothers and sisters from “Tehillah”,
the local community of the GOGICC and was also able to meet the brothers and sisters of theNew Zealand Community who were in Sydney for the outreach programme.Once I was back to Rome I spent two weeks with the Indian community until in mid-October I
started off with my third year of Theology. It’s been very exciting so far!!!
Time is flying past… yet dreams being fulfilled!
The more I look back, the faster I feel time is passing by. It seems like I just celebratedChristmas and New Year while preparations for this Christmas have already begun. Thebeauty is that there are some very rich experiences and memories that I will carry with me for life.I completed my 2nd year of theology in June and was looking forward for the summer holidays. In the first month of July I stayed at a parish at Trent with a lovely dynamic priestand helped out with a summer camp for kids. In August I fulfilled a long desired dream of 
 baptism of my nephew 
with the Tehillah Covenant Community 
with the M. Rev. Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of  Sydney 
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 visiting the places of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a saint whose life and works have been a great
inspiration to me. I visited the shrine of the Black Madonna at ‘Montserrat ’where he
surrendered his sword as a symbol of h
is consecration to Jesus, the cave at ‘Manresa’ wherehe wrote ‘The Spiritual Exercises’ and of course Loyola his birth place and home, where he
had the personal encounter of Jesus which transformed his life. Being in Spain and having time on my side I di
d the “Walk of St. James” a pilgrimage on foot, walking the missionary path of one of Jesus’ be
loved disciples
St James. The pilgrimage’s culminating point is the
tomb of St. James at Campostella. At Campostella I attended the Firebrandz conference jointly organized by the ICPE Mission followed by a pilgrimage with youth from India andBrazil to Fatima, Salamanca and Avila after which we headed to Madrid for the World YouthDay (WYD). After the WYD I continued on my Pilgrim journey to France and visited Lourdesand Ars (the tomb of St. John Mary Vianney).
I headed back to Rome after a month’s pilgrimage for a 2 day break and soon left to India to
my home sweet home, to spend some valuable time with family and friends. I got back toRome on the first week of October I started again with the regular seminary and university life, hoping to settle down after the hectic last 3 months. Little did I know that I would soonbe hit by a wave
a workload, helping out with various activities at theseminary. I am still playing 
‘catching up.’
Thankfully, the Joy of the Lord is my Strength
In retrospect, this must be a year which will be difficult for us to forget for a number of reasons. For one thing, our families have lived through some of the most painful events
possible with the demise of Anna’s brother in January and then Mario’s sister in May.
Concurrently however, it has been a year of finally starting to reap some of the fruit of some very long years of sowing in the area of fund-raising. How gracious our Lord is!In July, we enjoyed hosting in Rome once again the Executive Council meetings. We count ita gift and a privilege that the rest of the main leaders of the ICPE Mission are not only faithful and committed co-workers in the ministry but good friends too.We spent our summer break in Malta again this year to be alongside our families,particularly our aging parents. Since then Mario resumed his travelling which keeps himaway from home for weeks at a time while Anna continues to juggle the different tasks at theInternational Office and her other responsibilities.
waiting for the train to ManresaThe Walk of St James - 90 Kms more to go
 At the chapel of St Ignatius’

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