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Regional Directors Meeting - 11th and 12th November 2016 at KROSS, Bengaluru

The meeting of the Regional Directors of PMOwas held in KROSS (Karnataka Regional Organization for Social Service) Bengaluru, on 11th and 12th November 2016. The meeting was attended by8 Regional Directors along with the National Director – Pontifical Mission Organization INDIA and the National Office team.

The Regional Directors who participated in this RDM are listed by Regions as follows:

(1) Rev Fr Bhaskar Jesuraj - Regional Director AGRA Region
(2) Rev Fr John Raju - Regional Director ANDHRA Region
(3) Rev Fr Dominic Peter - Diocesan Director BIHAR Region (for Rev Fr Andrews Thambi – Regional Director)
(4) Rev Fr Edwin Coelho - Regional Director JHARKAND Region
(5) Rev Fr Stanislaus Manickiam - Regional Director KARNATAKA Region
(6) V Rev Michael Anikuzhikattil - Regional Director NORTHERN Region (Episcopal Vicar)
(7) Rev Fr Roy Kochuparambil - Regional Director ORISSA Region
(8) Rev Fr Xavier Arulraj - Regional Director TAMIL NADU Region

A special input session on “Rediscovering the mission at the heart of the Christian Faith” on the theme “Mission – a generous act of MERCY” was facilitated by Rev Fr Stany Fernandez, who is currently a Professor at St Peter’s Seminary, Bengaluru. Using Mother Theresa - the ICON of the mercy mission as his example, he explained the different aspects of the works of mercy (both Corporal and Spiritual) relevant for the current times and involved the Regional Directors into group-discussions.

Besides this the topic of building “Committee of Animators” and growing them across Dioceses was discussed vigorously. So also, topics of setting up of Regional Resource Teams, National Assembly 2017 involving all Diocesan Directors and Regional Directors, PMO INDIA social media and website co-ordination, Certification formats for Missionary Childhood Association perpetual membership was also dwelt upon in detail by the Team.

As each Regional Director presented interesting reports of activities from various Dioceses, the best practices were recorded for sharing and inculcating among Regions overall, including those who were unable to have representation in this Regional Directors’ Meeting.

“Keep me burning” a booklet for Missionary Childhood Association as a tool for Animators was enthusiastically deliberated upon, page by page, by all participants. The revised version of the same will reach all Regional Directors for their final inputs before going into publication and dissemination among office bearers across our country.

Fathers were involved in group prayers and the Chapel at KROSS was greatly helpful for them to ensure celebration of the daily Mass (Holy Eucharist).