Creating unity in Karnataka in times of COVID

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.

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