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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 quite different experience altogether for me. I travelled all the way to Australia to visit my sister’s family. She had just given birth to Jordan Pinto and I was asked to be his Godfather. My parents were 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 the Parish happening; hence I got another experience of parish life in Australia.
baptism of my nephew
with the M. Rev. Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney
with the Tehillah Covenant Community
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 the New 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 celebrated Christmas and New Year while preparations for this Christmas have already begun. The beauty 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 priest and helped out with a summer camp for kids. In August I fulfilled a long desired dream of Page
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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 his consecration to Jesus, the cave at ‘Manresa’ where he 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 did 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 and Brazil to Fatima, Salamanca and Avila after which we headed to Madrid for the World Youth Day (WYD). After the WYD I continued on my Pilgrim journey to France and visited Lourdes and 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 to Rome 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 soon be hit by a wave – a workload, helping out with various activities at the The Walk of St James seminary. I am still playing - 90 Kms more to go ‘catching up.’
At the chapel of St Ignatius’ encounter - Loyola
waiting for the train to Manresa
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 it a 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 him away from home for weeks at a time while Anna continues to juggle the different tasks at the International Office and her other responsibilities. Page
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As Christmas approaches this year, the Cappellos are looking forward for a peaceful time here in Rome!
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted" Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 This summer saw the closing of the gatehouse and my moving into a beautiful neighbourhood as that's where our International Office and now my new home is! This move made me sad, scared, anxious, excited and thankful all at once. But just as there is a season for everything, I felt assured that God is taking care of us, of me. So as we closed the house and returned the keys to the SSND sisters, I also felt a new chapter opening for me. So now, I live in this beautiful villa which is opening my eyes more and more to God's providence for the ICPE Mission with such beautiful properties. Then here in the Office (just outside my room!) we also welcomed Monika as part of our staff. Monika is Polish and married to an Italian. She has blended in nicely with all of us here and is an asset as we continue to serve the GOGICC communities and the ministries worldwide. Personally also there is a special excitement in my heart as I am at the centre of seeing how the many years of reaping that Mario in particular has been labouring in with regards to fundraising and the hospital are now bearing fruit. I see therefore the season of change even in this aspect. With the finances now starting to come in, the reality of the doors of the hopeXchange Medical Center opening to serve the people is becoming a reality. It has been and is a blessing to live and work with people of such vision and of such faith, the Cappellos :)
We wish to close this “cuppa” of news from us by wishing you all a happy and meaningful Christmas! Thank you for all the news you send us. We enjoy reading what you are up to and praying for you as you serve the Lord wherever and however He has called you to. May He fill your life with His love and His presence in a deeper way as you celebrate His coming!
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