Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Motivating MOTIF - Fr. Girish

Motivating MOTIF

Motif is a BPO and KPO service provider, serving Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in the US and Europe through its delivery centres in Ahmedabad (India), Manila (Philippines) and San Jose (Costa Rica). It encourages a strong sense of social awareness through a range of philanthropic activities organized by its employees. The objective is to create health awareness and raise funds once in life time for the selected charitable NGOs through public participation. The event is supported by individual contributions and corporate sponsorships in form of cheques written directly in the name of the beneficiary NGOs. Motif matches ` 150/- for every registered participant. The 10th Annual Motif Charity Walk for 5 kms is scheduled on Sunday 12 February at 7 a.m. from LD Engineering College ground Ahmedabad. After much scrutiny, for this year, Motif has chosen four esteemed beneficiary NGOs from Gujarat. One of them is our Unteshwari Mata Maria Trust – Centre for community-based rehabilitation which specially enables Inclusive Education for Disabled Children. We express our sincere heart-felt appreciation for their pure and clean choice!

The Founder Director of Motif Mr Kaushal Mehta while addressing for the first time the Directors/representatives of the four NGOs humbly acknowledged that as a student of St Xavier’s Loyola Hall he was highly motivated and inspired by late Fr R. Erviti, pioneer of St Xavier’s Social Service Society. With such a strong conviction and the ongoing experiential knowledge of corporate social responsibility, he and his team of employees joyfully invite all to join in this leading charity event of our Ahmedabad Mega City and lend support through sponsorship and participation. Welcome for this novel, yet different kind of ‘charity walking pilgrimage’ – Motif sahayak padyatra! This time, encourage your neighbour to walk with you not towards Unteshwari but for the noble cause of Unteshwari. Consider this as a Special Sunday Sacramental Service. Finally, we’ll value your penny, presence and participation. May God bless the motivating motto of MOTIF – “Together, we will make a difference...” (Girish)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gujarat Province Days

Holy Land Church in 3D

Holy Land Church in 3D
This is really something.  
You might say 
it's the next best thing 
to being there. 
The technology is incredible.

Holy Land Church in 3D 

This is amazing.  It is your trip 
to the Holy Land .  
View the Church in 3D. 

When you open up the site, 
you can let the program run through 
all the pictures.
When it comes up, double click on 
the big screen picture to see it full screen.

You can also go to the bottom of the picture and 
click on one of 

the smaller pics. 

with your cursor move 
the picture 
up and down 
as well - all the way up 
to the ceiling.
Makes you feel like 
you are right there! 

To view Click on the link below
Click on one of the pictures and 
use curser 
to scroll up 
and around each picture.  
You can 
see all the way around each room, 
plus from floor to ceiling!
"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited:
Imagination encirles the World."

Albert Einstein

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

St.Francis Xavier's Miracle in Goa.

St. Francis Xavier’s `Miracle in Goa…revealed for the first time

Mr. Filomeno Diogo reveals a personal story of saving Goa from destruction by the Portughese at the time of liberation in 1961.

Mr. Filomeno Diogo Jacinto da Silva says “As the 50th anniversary year of Liberation and the Feat of St Francis Xavier are both coming soon, I wish to cite my personal experience of a miracle that occurred before the Liberation of Goa on 19 December 1961, because of which, I feel, Goa was saved from total destruction”.

Identifying himself he says, “Endowed with the natural talent for playing the violin, I was recruited in the Portuguese military in 1958. I went to Portugal in 1959 for my Sergent Militian course, and returned to Goa in 1960. From 17 October 1961, I started working for Emmisora do Goa, which later became part of All India Radio (AIR), where I served till my retirement in 1993”.

Narating the crucial event he says, “After the Indian army crossed the Goa border on 18 December 1961, I was called up as a reservist to defend Goa. The Portuguese administration realised that the Indian Army would be victorious, so 100 soldiers were deputed to the Shrine of St Francis Xavier, to lift the casket containing the holy relics and put it aboard the last airplane to leave Goa, specially flown from in Portugal, piloted by Solome de Almeida”.

According to him, “In the presence of the Bishop, the Governor and the Secretary inside the closed Basilica, the force of 100 soldiers was not able to lift the casket, containing the immortal body of St Francis Xavier”. This he considers as a miracle which changed the course of events.

“Witnessing this miracle, the Governor who had been ordered by Salazar to destroy Goa was forced to change his mind, as carrying out of the orders would also destroy the immortal relics of the Patron Saint of Goa and Defender of the East” according to him.

He is convinced that it was the powerful intervention of St Francis Xavier that saved tiny Goa from turning into ashes.

Source:Herald – Letters to the Editor column

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Backpack Journalism: -Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj s.j

Backpack Journalism:

To view a short documentary
Clink on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGekLuYgew&feature=youtu.be

St Xavier’s College in collaboration with Marquette University  Wisconsin conducted a course on ‘Backpack Journalism’ at Xavier’s premises from 01Jan to 15Jan 2012. About 30 students benefited from this programme. On the Day of Inauguration on 01 Jan, the senior editor of ‘India Today’ Mr Uday Mahurkar delivered a key note address to the students and challenged the students to adhere to the ethics and morality in presenting the news. Fr Jose Changanacherry emphasized the need of instant communication in the globalized world and kindled the heart of the budding journalists to become voice of the voiceless and marginalized in getting their rights and dignity. Dr Steve Byers of J.William and Mary Diedierich College of communication graced the occasion as guest of Honour. It is for the second time that the ‘Backpack Journalism’ has been organized at St Xavier’s College by an experienced Backpack Journalist Fr Vinayak Jadav-the course coordinator of the Faculty.
Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj s.j