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120 years of Vita Giuseppina

With this video the editorial staff of Vita Giuseppina thanks its readers and shares with them the joy for the 120th year of  publishing! 

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Vita Giuseppina No. 5 – June 2015

It is on mailing the 2015 fifth issue of Vita Giuseppina with many news from the Institutions of the FSLM in Italy and throughout the world. 


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India: The new year of Novitiate began!

On May 26, the memory of our likeable patron St. Philip Neri, with a simple rite added in the morning Eucharistic celebration, presided by Fr. Mariolino in the chapel of our “St. Joseph’s Seminary,” Chembaraky, India, five youth have officially started their journey through a full year of novitiate, with the guidance of their Master Fr. Anuraj.

They are: ALEN (from Alleppey – Kerala), JOSHY and SHEBIN (from Kollam – Kerala), NAVEEN (from Cuddapah – Andhra Pradesh) and ARUN (from Trivandrum – Kerala).

This is the 13th group of novices since our presence in India began (the first Novitiate was in 2002-2003) and the number of novices in these 13 years has thus risen to 98, of which 56 are still in the Congregation (professed and novices).

We wish a fruitful journey to our five friends!



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Resuming hope

We publish a summary of the latest news from our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

The two pictures sum up the power of hope. In the background of the first one there is our school and in the foreground an eye-catching inflorescence: we are at the peak of the dry season, very few leaves, no grass, but nature does not fear even dryness, when it reaches its time it explodes. In the second picture the students come into the yard and wash their hands before heading for their classes. This too is a sign of life, new hope that wants to fully flourish again in the hearts of all of them.

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On April 14 schools reopened. The big road passing in front of our schools was filled with colours, the result of students walking to their schools in the various uniforms. A lot of talk, small races as if to overcome even time. Joy and life. It was moving to see more than six hundred students come into our school, but at the same time we were all a bit in suspense… Unfortunately, after two hours from the start of classes, a child began vomiting in the classroom. At once the precautionary measures were taken and then we were able to track down his sister, who came to pick him up. You say, it is normal! So it would have been if Ebola had never appeared. However the situation is improving day by day, and some students arrive late apologizing because, living in remote villages, were not aware of the reopening of the school.

During the enrolment of boys, how many stories we heard, how much death went through the families, how many difficulties overcome in despair, how much solitude lived far away from loved ones, how much uncertainty in tomorrow! Brothers and sisters of all ages lost, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles and aunts, cousins… missing but… the extended family has opened its arms and, new love, new friends, new warmness entered the orphans’ hearts. New life, new opportunity to look forward. What a great thing is welcoming! And all this also happens thanks to your continued support.

In the villages, when we go to deliver aid, children are no longer so fearful and come close smiling. We began to give to orphans, in addition to food, even clothes, slippers, sandals and notebooks (for those who are of school age). Seeing the clothes all cheered, and passing them one by one in their hands looked at them in disbelief. Our commitment is to restart hope for the future. Smiles are multiplying and becoming contagious, songs join in this hymn to life. Faces are cheering up, although not all of them. Food for now remains the most important need, but little by little their condition will be considered in a comprehensive manner so that everyone can get a complete help. We add to material aid a small sum for those unforeseen needs, which we cannot provide for. More than 800 orphans are fully cared for, received in 150 families. If we do an average of 10 people per family the real assisted are about 1500 and maybe even more.

Towards the end of May there were several new cases of Ebola and the World Health Organization along with other Organizations are trying to understand their cause and origin. Perhaps the survivors are spreading it or maybe the virus is mutating. It is too early and difficult to give answers, however controls are very strict and interventions increasingly determined and efficient. We hope and pray that even here, in short, we can say, “Ebola is over.” In the meantime, however, we must continue to keep sanitary-hygienic precautions in order to avoid any risk.

Remember that kid that every morning would sit on the porch and stare the tree in front of him because “his mother had died down there?” Well, he really was not a child, but a boy of 15 who at the moment is attending our school. In fact, two weeks ago a social worker asked us if we could accept him because he had expressed a desire to attend Murialdo Secondary School. He immediately fit well into the class, and smile reappeared on his face and we really hope to be able to help him in the best way. Fortunately no new cases of Ebola were reported among the students of various institutions. This also helps and encourages the resumption of “normal” life.

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You cannot imagine the impact that your assistance has on the lives of families and villages. First, people are regaining confidence in the future and are already working to fully resume agricultural activities. Everyone, from adults to women and children, is involved. Everywhere you notice a great desire to do: preparation of forest land by cutting plants; digging the ground and also preparing the rice fields, especially those that will be filled soon with water. There is a real fervour in this, a sign that the desire to return to normal life is great. Another effect of your generosity is that since we bring aid to orphans and villages, no more children died, indeed all show liveliness and a good physical growth.

The sharp rise in poverty is the logical consequence of the impossibility of “doing” caused by Ebola. And this poverty is not only lack of money: families where young people and adults have died find it difficulty to farm the land, to find some extra help; not all children are sent to school because… they have to contribute to the maintenance of younger siblings; when someone becomes sick it is difficult to bring patients to a clinic because there is no money to pay for treatment and medicines; the economic contribution that we give to each family is often used to repay the debts made with other families. The uncertainty in many homes can also be read on the faces of those who live there.

Unfortunately Ebola leaves some signs and different disorders in people who managed to overcome the virus: bouts of headache, ringing in the ears, impaired vision, loss of balance, the skin is filled with small pustules like those of measles, very painful and itchy. Suffering seems to continue to accompany them. We hope that there are more studies to learn more about this disease and that the survivors are able to overcome these hardships too, and return to their daily activities without being overwhelmed by discouragement.

Our and their gratitude may reach your families as a blessing. The “life” that you are giving is already strength also within you and you may be sure, many of the joys that you are feeling, are also the result of the memory that these people have for each of you. God bless you.



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Josephan priests for 50 years

They gathered in Rome at the General House 50 years after their priestly ordination from 3 to 10 May: Luigi Carletti, Guglielmo Cestonaro, Cesare Cotemme, Roberto Cogato, Bruno Barbieri, Giovanni Oberto, Angelo Dall’Alba, Gino Montagna, and Orides Ballardin. They lived an eventful week in reflection and prayer in Santa Maria ad Rupes, in Viterbo, in the footsteps of Murialdo in Turin, visiting even the Shroud, ending in Montecchio Maggiore, after a passage in Sotto il Monte where they could greet Cardinal Loris Capovilla, secretary of St. John XXIII. On Wednesday they took part in the general audience of Pope Francis.

Memories of the confreres they had known, tales of their formation time and experiences that marked their lives as Josephan priests marked their meeting times and travel time by van because after 50 years, and after so long since they had seen, there were many things to be said. Especially they like to say thanks to the Lord, the Congregation, those whom they have known, and it was expressed especially in the celebration in the chapel of the foundation in Turin Artigianelli, in which the father general gave them a text entitled: Priests of the Council. A memory and a wish: they became priests in the time of the Vatican II Council, they lived times of change inside and outside the Church, but all said they remained Josephites in name and in fact. For today and for tomorrow.




St. Joseph and the art of guarding

The third National Symposium on St. Joseph, organized by some religious families who have him as patron, including the Josephites of Murialdo, was held in Asti and Turin on 1 and 2 May 2015. The May Day the participants gathered in Asti in the afternoon. After the usual greetings (including the one by Fr. General, Mario Aldegani), Dr. Andrea Tornielli, Vatican correspondent of the newspaper “La Stampa” spoke on “San Giuseppe guardian of the Redeemer teaches us to guard today,” an increasingly delicate task. Later, together with his colleague Enrico Lenzi of “Avvenire” he interviewed Father Tarcisio Stramare, from the Josephites of Asti, the theologian who helped St. John Paul II to prepare his Letter on St. Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer.

Finally Father Gianfranco Verri, Josephite of Murialdo, outlined his paintings placed in the city’s Josephan shrine. The solemn concelebration, presided over by Cardinal Lajolo, and dinner concluded the day, which was attended by about three hundred people.

The following day, in Turin, the Salesian priest Andrea Bozzolo, Dean of the Turin section of the Pontifical Salesian University, spoke about St. Joseph as an example and patron for families, in particular as a model for fathers of our time. Sister Cristina Gavazzi, provincial superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, presented him as a model and example for the consecrated persons, with his “yes founded on God’s faithfulness and his tendertaking care of the other.

These two papers were recalled and deepened in the round table, with the participation of Sister Orsola Bertolotto, Mother General of the Murialdine Sisters, Mr. Roberto Fioretti, member of the Piccolo Disegno of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Brother Lino da Campo, of the Brothers of the Holy Family.

The tribute to Father Stramare of a painting of Fr. Verri, also used in the logo of the Symposium, concluded its works. After the lunch offered at the Artigianelli Institute, those who wished went to the Cathedral to visit the Shroud of Turin.


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(For the first three photos we thank the «Gazzetta dAsti» weekly publication, and for the others the Sisters of St. Joseph Italian Federation)


A memorable day of Pentecost in India

The day of Pentecost this year brought a special gift of the Holy Spirit to Josephan India: the priceless gift of five confreres who made their perpetual consecration to God: Baisil, Eugine, Michael, Norbert and Rajesh.

Three of them (Baisil, Michael and Rajesh) were also ordained to the diaconate the next day in the ancient “Santa Cruz” basilica–cathedral, Fort Cochin, along with 11 other youth from the diocese and other congregations.

These are celebrations where you see large crowds, glistening eyes (especially in the parents), strong hugs, colours everywhere, symbolic offerings and inspiring songs!

In the same days it was also announced the new Indian Delegation Council, headed by Fr. Mariolino and with the three councillors: Fr. Misihadas, Fr. Milttan and Fr. Anuraj.

Fr. Mariolino, during his homily, recalled that hearing a young man say that he dedicates his life to God forever makes us feel every time like a shiver down our spine. He added that the real reason for joy is not so much the significant numerical growth of the Josephites in India, of which many speak, but the fact of knowing that even in 2015 there are still generous young people who have the courage to say yes to God throughout their life, giving their forces for the good of many poor and abandoned boys in the footsteps of Murialdo.



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Priestly celebrations are going on in India!

Vaddy is a very nice fishing village on the coast of Kerala, near Kollam, overlooking the blue Indian Ocean! Almost all here are Christians and it is in this simple and full of faith environment that the vocation of Shibu blossomed so many years ago!

After so many years of preparation at Aroor, Chembaraky and Chennai the big day arrived: our son is a Josephan priest for the Church of God!” said with tears in his eyes Mom Anila and Dad Augustine! They are special tears, which have a unique meaning on the faces of the parents of a priest: a mixture of joy, pride and faith!

And there were also the same feelings in the great church, festively decorated and with many priests, nuns, Josephan students, relatives, friends, and among them many young people, who lived an intense celebration, presided over by the Bishop of Quilon, H. E. Stanley Roman, with the ordination of the 16th Indian Josephan priest! It was Saturday, May 23, 2015, and the following Sunday Fr. Shibu celebrated, always in his parish, the first Mass.

Again we have tyo say thanks God! Thanks, o generous India! And have a nice journey, Fr. Shibu!



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