By the Karnataka Jesuits
The coronavirus is making our life really difficult
especially in India with its number of infection rates scaling high, reaching
almost to number one of the global tally. However, with the technology at our
fingertips we can use this challenge as an opportunity.
This is what happened on 26 September 2020 in
Bangalore (KAR), India, when the change of Provincial took place. Fr.
Stanislaus D’Souza who is now appointed as President of the Jesuit Conference
of South Asia (JCSA), handed over the charge of Provincial of the Karnataka
Jesuits to Fr. Dionysius Vaz.
As a number of Jesuits of Karnataka were infected with
the virus and a majority of them being members of the younger generation, the
handing over of the Provincialship, which usually brings together a sizable number
of Jesuits at one place, was restricted this time only to a few. However, we
thought of uniting the whole Province and our collaborators through a live
streaming of the Eucharist and the felicitation programme.
The KAR Province has 307 Jesuits with 227 of
them below the age of 49; the median age of the Province members is 35. Jesuits
watched the live streaming either on a big screen in the community television
room, or individually, according to what suited them best. Many expressed a
great satisfaction saying, “We felt as if we were at Loyola Mandir, witnessing
the event of handing over.”
Click here to watch the programme.