Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Source of all Blessings is with us - Emmanuel

The Source of all Blessings is with us - Emmanuel. 
The Provincial and the Members of the Curia

wish each one of you a Merry Christmas and a Grace-filled New Year!

Watch the Christmas program on DD Girnar on 25th December, Wednesday at 2.30 pm and the repeat at 10.00 pm.

With best wishes and in Union of Prayers,
Socius- Gujarat Province
Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj

Friday, December 20, 2013


Grace to love is enough

 The final petition of the Ignatian Take, Lord, and Receive is: “Give me only the grace to love you, for that is enough for me”. Three words must be highlighted: “love”, “grace” and “enough”. The experience of love is so profound that when we love someone we get possessive and protective of them, often selfishly demanding that they play by our rules. We live in tension, fearing that this love will end. In contrast, God’s love is unconditional and it respects and ensures our freedom. Unlike human love which experiences various temperatures and climates, God’s love is constant, eternal. When we surrender ourselves completely to God’s love, we can be ourselves in total freedom of spirit. God’s love is a gratuitous gift – “grace” – that is offered to every creature. Once I accept it and let it take over my life, I experience abundance, fullness. Grace is sufficient unto itself – “enough”. It is the mainspring for everything: enabling me to discern the right choices, to attain the “passionate indifference” (T. de Chardin) of the “third class”, to achieve the unreserved commitment of the third degree of humility. It works miracles. No need for petitions or promises; simply surrender to LOVE.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Remembering Late Fr Terence - Fr.Harry Martis

Remembering Late Fr Terence

The Pre-novices had a meaningful liturgy on 23 November morning on the first month mind of late Fr Terence Lobo, presided over by Fr Cedric Prakash. The prenovices were happy to have some of our community members from Premal Jyoti and Curia for the Eucharist. Fr Alex Thannipara too joined us from Unteshwari! Soon after the breakfast, we went to the cemetery to pay homage to our beloved late Fr Terence. Fr Sudhir led us into a meaningful prayer and each of us decided to keep late Fr Terence alive in our lives by nurturing a quality we admired in him. (Fr Harry Martis)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The New Provincial of Gujarat Jesuit Province - By Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj

The New Provincial of Gujarat Jesuit Province

Fr.Francis Parmar S.j has been appointed as the New Provincial of Gujarat Jesuit province, on 30 November 2013 by the Superior General of Jesuit order, Rev. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas from Rome. He will assume charge  a little later.

Fr.Francis Parmar was born in Nadiad, Gujarat on 02-12-1950. He began his initial training in the Jesuit order at Mt Abu, Rajasthan. After finishing his theological studies at Vidya Jyoti, Delhi, he was ordained a priest on 05-05-1979.
Having completed his B.A in Gujarati-Sanskrit at Gujarat University, he studied for M.A in Socio-Linguistics at the University of George Town, Washington D.C. He had also done Masters in pastoral theology at Vidya Jyoti, Delhi. All through out his life in the Society of Jesus, he has held very many responsible posts such as Juniorate in-charge, Rector of the formation houses, Dean of the theologate and Principal of two colleges. He was twice elected as the Procurator of Gujarat and he took part in the meetings of the procurators of the Society of Jesus in 1999 and in 2012. The Gujarat Jesuit Province is really blessed in having the first local Jesuit to lead the province as the New Jesuit Provincial of Gujarat. The Gujarat Jesuit Parivar extends best wishes and prayers for a fruitful service in his new responsibility.
With best wishes and in Union of Prayers,
Socius- Gujarat Province
Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ending the Year of Faith in S. Gujarat By Fr.Vally de Souza

Ending the Year of Faith in S. Gujarat

To the sound of ALLELUIAS rising like a benign mushroom cloud into the atmosphere of South Gujarat,  the Year of Faith came to a glorious end. People of many faiths or no faith gathered in the thousands packing the large, colourful tent designed to accommodate ten thousand devotees.
 The star of the celebration was undoubtedly Fr Anil Dev whose  faith in and love for the Word of God gave life, joy and vibrancy to the occasion. He is the charismatic head of Matrudham Ashram in Varanasi where thousands, mostly Hindus, gather every week-end to listen to the Word of God free from the complexities of ritual and Canon law. (Watch him on U Tube or the TV channel ZeeJagran). He was ably supported by a team of lay preachers while a group of lay men and women prayed night and day out of sight in the chapel for the gift of the Spirit for preachers and faithful all through the event.
South Gujarat Catholics were well represented: devotees from 23 of 24 mission centres, from Jhalod in the North to Borpada in the South, made it to the festival of faith. Distance did not deter Bishop Godfrey and the Jesuit Provincial Changa from attending it. Accomodation was provided in the hostels of the school, and Mahila Mandal halls for those who stayed overnight. A community kitchen  on the grounds of Jagruti H. School  run by the  Christian Brothers provided meals, tea and snacks for those who attended the sessions. Snehdhara Hostel and Dispensary were constantly alert to the needs of the participants. 
Credit for the obvious success of the function goes to the members of the Parish Council of Mandal and their parish priest, Frs Kishore and Francis D’Sa who met every month for a year to plan the event. They had the generous help and experience of Fr James Vaz who had earlier staged the opening of the Year of Faith in Dadhwada. Those who had it generously lent their expertise to the different kinds of tasks that had to be done. It was  heartening to see the enthusiasm and joyous spirit with which the lay leaders, men and women, went about the tasks they had planned and taken responsibility for with a minimum  of supervision but with great joy and spirit.
Fr Francis D’Sa prepared a brand new choir of boys and girls and a group of altar servers that included girls in smart uniforms just for the occasion.. Fr Jelastin used his expertise in Charismatic preaching, prayer and singing to prepare the parish for the event with retreats in the villages and filled in for  the main preacher during breaks.
Some of the usual measurements of success of a mass meeting do not apply to a Bible Convention: attendance figures and  cash totals. Shared experiences after the Convention revealed the presence of unusual levels of joy, peace, kindness, sharing, and cooperation among the leaders and volunteers and the almost total absence of competition, in-fighting, envy and jealousy. It’s what made running such a large Convention child’s play and convinced the volunteers of the powerful presence of the Spirit at the Convention.  

An offshoot of the event was the interest of the missionaries of South Gujarat in the missionary methods of the Ashram in Varanasi so well adapted to the culture and  genius of the nation. Fr Anil has agreed to return in the very near future to train the missionaries and lay leaders of South Gujarat in the approach he has developed. He stressed the importance of breaking the Word of God for the continued development of the faith of the people. (Vally de Souza)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pioneer Missionaries remembered - Fr.William Macwan

Pioneer Missionaries remembered

After publishing his “Catechist Smritigranth”, Fr William’s long-cherished dream and a keen desire was fulfilled when his new book ‘Gurjar Bhoomima Shubhsandeshana Chhadidaro’ was released by Bishop Thomas Macwan on 6 October in Mogri village, the cradle of Catholic Church in Gujarat. The volume pays homage to the pioneer missionaries, especially the Jesuits, who brought the message of Jesus to Gujarat The occasion was 121st anniversary of the first Baptisms confirmed on 18 neophytes in the village. The book contains write-up on 3 diocesan and 42 Jesuits (2 German and 40 Spaniards) who laboured in the Charotar vineyard of the Lord. In the preface a brief history of the “avela” Spanish Jesuits replacing the German Jesuits is also related. The book is a precious Jesuit missionary inheritance worth preserving and a glowing tribute to the missionary spirit of the Society of Jesus worth imitating. The matter is collected mostly from the available obituaries, conversation with the elderly Catholics who still cherish the happy memories of the deceased missionaries and some write ups by Jesuits of the Province.

On the following day, during a brief ceremony at Jeevan Darshan, Vadodara, Fr William presented Fr Provincial with the book and also gave it as a gift to all the Superiors of various Jesuit communities gathered there for their meeting. Fr William felt that something worthwhile was accomplished through him both as a director of Rishta - the Gujarat Jesuit Writers’ Cell and as a Jesuit member of the Province. The Jesuit Superiors served themselves generously from the boxes containing the books! Fr William, however, was relieved of his anxiety when the director of GSP informed him that he would pay the Anand Press bill! Fr William would like to expresses his gratitude to the manager of Anand Press who spared no efforts to get the book ready within a very short time. (Fr William)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Super Jubilarian - Fr.Jerry Sequeira

Super Jubilarian

Super Jubilarian Fr Pariza created history in Anand on 1 October 2013. It had been raining heavily during the week and it was impossible to plan any programme in the open for three thousand people. The Jesuit community of Anand and the parishioners planned to have the event on the ground floor of English Medium school extended by a water proof shamina. It rained till noon and then it brightened. All dark clouds disappeared from the sky and a bright sun dried up all the water from the area. At the function,.80 women of the parish felicitated Fr Pariza in Gujarati style with pots on their heads, called Samayyu. Two special horse carts (Bagi) were ordered by the parishioners. Fr Provincial and Fr Pariza sat in the front Bagi. Men women and children danced half a kilometre’s length from Pushpa Vihar Convent to St Xavier’s School. In the second bagi the bishop of Baroda Godfrey Rozario was accompanied by Frs Jerry Sequeira and Albert Delgado. The parishioners arranged devotional hymns so people danced to the tune of Bhajans. The dancing continued in the school compound and even some Jesuits were seen dancing.

Fr Pariza celebrated the Eucharist accompanied by the bishops of Ahmedabad and Baroda, Fr Jose Changanacherry and Fr Jerry at the altar. 50 priests concelebrated from all over Gujarat landed in Anand. There were more than 2500 people for the celebration. Anand parish choir rose up to the occasion. The voice of Fr Pariza was loud and clear.  After the Mass, Fr Provincial translated into Gujarat the English letter of Fr General congratulating Fr Pariza. The following morning Fr Pariza complained that he was not given the copy of the letter.  Fr Pariza has read more into the letter saying “Fr General is going to come to Anand when I celebrate my centenary in 2017.”  The youth of the parish prepared an exhibition about the life of Pariza which was kept open for a week. Anand Parish Council Members had collected Rs 3,00,000 and presented to Fr Pariza. This money is put in the parish scholarship fund. Every year the interest will be given to deserving students for their studies in memory of Fr Pariza. BBN carried video and pictures all over the world.

The programme was planned and executed within short notice. There was air of joy and happiness among the participants. We thank all those people came from far and near and graced the occasion. (Jerry Sequeira)

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Tribute to Fr.Terence Lobo - By Fr.Simon Thomas

A Tribute to Fr.Terence Lobo
By Fr.Simon Thomas

After Martin Luther King, Jr., the Afro-American civil rights movements’ leader was assassinated on April 4, 1968; his body was kept for public homage. Thousands thronged the venue to salute their slain leader. A black woman bearing a small boy in her arms could not control her sorrow. Crying uncontrollably she said to her son, “Son, look carefully at this man. He died for you!”

Dear sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ,
Fr. Terence came in the form of that black woman, stayed with us from 1987-1998 and told us the same thing directing us to the cross, what that mother told her son, “My son, my daughter, look carefully at this man. He died for you!” Thus, he went in every street of this parish, whether sophisticated or dirty, he visited every house, from the big bungalows to the huts, he interacted with every person, from the most pious to the so called worst sinners, and directed them to Jesus telling them, “My son, my daughter, look carefully at this man. He died for you!” Because of his burning zeal to mediate and bring back the lost sheep to their beloved shepherd Jesus, he is considered as one of the most successful pastors of his time and a great spiritual guide. And we were lucky to have him here with us for almost 11 long years.
I have neither come here to give a brief history of Fr. Terence Lobo, nor have I come here to do a publicity of his achievements because I don’t know anything about him since I was too young to evaluate. Probably many of our elders in this parish will know much better than me about him. But what I have come to share with you today is my experience of Fr. Terence that led me to the Society of Jesus.
When I think of Fr. Terence I am reminded of the character of John the Baptist who saw Jesus passing by and told his disciples, “He must increase, and I must decrease and so go and follow him.” The only desire of Fr. Terence was to lead people closer to Jesus through the intercession of Mother Mary. Today this parish has 4 masses on Sunday with quite a sizable number of people attending every mass, this parish takes pride in having a very good choir, a vibrant youth group, an altar boys association, a regular Sunday catechism classes, and many other such religious activities which makes it one of the best parishes of the diocese. The Diocese of Ahmedabad and other religious congregations not only look upto this parish because of its efficient lay participation in the church activities, but also for the many vocations that this parish has given in service of the Lord. We can be proud of having send almost 7 young men and women in service of the Lord in the near past which no other parish has given; 4 in the Jesuits, 1 for the diocese, 1 for the VC, and 1 in the Congregation of St. Ann’s of Providence. Dear sisters and brothers, we are enjoying the fruit and we are proud of the rich harvest that we have at present, but mind you, the seed was laid in 1987 and Fr. Terence worked tirelessly for 11 long years in the initial growth of this parish. The one quality of Fr. Terence that inspires me a lot is that Fr. Terence never gave up for the sake of Jesus. And because he never gave up for HIS sake, Jesus continued to work in and through him. He continued to try his best in whatever ministry that was assigned to him, but simultaneously he also had the humility at the end of the day to tell Jesus, “Lord, I have tried enough, but finally not my will, but thy will be done.” 
I have some very vague memories of the parish before Fr. Terence came. I am sure many of our elders seated here would agree with me that the attendance for mass in those days was less; only one mass and the church would not be packed like it is today. And Fr. Terence came, God knows how he found out all the addresses of all the Catholics in the parish, and he went in search of them the lost sheep and brought them to church. As soon as he came to know about a new Catholic family in the parish, the next day he would be there in their house, interacting with them and influencing them to come for mass. On his miserable cycle he used to visit every Catholic house, irrespective of how clean or how dirty the street may be, irrespective of how posh or how poor the house may be, irrespective of which ethnic group they belonged to, he said a short prayer in each of the houses, he ate what they gave him, he became part of their family matters, acquainted himself with all their relatives, fired them if they didn't come for mass, and finally brought a spark of smile on each of their faces and left the house to visit another house. A typical Fr. Terence indeed! Not only that, in his usual style of looking at the people a little above his specs, the next Sunday he will search whether the family has come, if yes he will go and meet them after mass, and if not the whole cycle of visit is again repeated till the family shows the face in the church. Ttell me which family will not come looking at the love and concern of their pastor. Fr. Terence never gives up for the sake of Jesus. And Jesus too never fails him for his hard work and perseverance.
Gradually since the attendance began to be more than the length of the church, he decided to build a new church and not only that we began to have more than one Eucharistic celebration on Sunday. Fr. Terence had a special love and concern for the poor belonging to any ethnic group in his parish. The Tamil Medium school  that began during his time, and the financial and moral support that he was giving to the poor and downtrodden were signs of his preferential option for the poor. For me that is the most beautiful sign of incarnation: God becoming man. Fr. Terence, a well educated Goan priest from the prestigious institutions of St. Paul’s and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, leaves his Goan culture, his affluent family, his job with a lucrative salary, and comes to Sabarmati in search of lost sheep, becomes one like us, mixes with us and accompanies us in journeying back to Jesus, our divine master. I experienced, that for this pastor there was neither any official timings nor any prior appointments that need to be taken in order to meet him. His house was always open and anybody could come into his house to see him and have a chat with him. I was amazed to see many non Christian parents of our school coming and seeing him and going away with content in their heart.
When we were altar boys, we were free to go into his house and have whatever we wanted from his kitchen. Many a times I saw Fr. Terence going into the kitchen and coming after almost half an hour. I used to wonder what this bugger is doing in the kitchen for so long time, maybe cooking something special and eating alone. One day I spied him and went after him in the kitchen, and then he opened the interior room of the kitchen which is usually a go-down, but what I saw in that go-down is that he had made it into a small chapel in which he spend hours praying and especially he had a special devotion to Our Lady. It was an inspiring scene for me and I said to myself that I wanted to become someone like him. I saw him often times sitting at the confessional listening to the confessions of so many parishioners and guiding them to experience the unsurpassing love of Christ.
Fr. Terence also never gave up in getting vocations for his Lord. As a young boy I just happened to tell him that I was interested in becoming a priest. That was it. From that day on-wards he made a special intercession to Mary about me so that she may lead me to Jesus , he used to give me books on the Jesuit lives of saints, he send me for many camps, and when I went to Loyola he already contacted a priest there who was supposed to be my spiritual guide. Dear friends, I joined because I saw the inspiring life of a priest, I saw that priest was very much interested in my life and he never gave up in leading me to Jesus, and I could see the hand of God in bringing me to the Society of Jesus through the mediation of Fr. Terence. I suppose the others who joined from this parish would also affirm what I have said about Fr. Terence.
Today we have gathered here not to mourn the death of Fr. Terence, but to thank Jesus for sending Fr. Terence in our parish, in our families, and in our lives. Fr. Terence, who never gave up, but through his untiring efforts and inspiring life led us closer and closer to Jesus. I am sure he has touched each of our lives and that’s why we have gathered here in big number to thank him for introducing us to Jesus. While going to his heavenly abode, the one message that Fr. Terence leaves for us behind is this: Never give up for the sake of Jesus. He loves you and he is with you. And always go to Jesus via Mary our mother, the first and the most beloved disciple of Jesus.

Our faith tells us that death is not the end of life, but it is the gateway to a greater life with Jesus, our master. I am sure, impressed by his pastoral work here on this earth, Jesus has invited him to be the parish priest of a greater parish in heaven, but I suppose he may not have any work there since there are no lost sheep.    

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Governor visits Jesuit Mission - Sch. Arul Rayan

Governor visits Jesuit Mission

In the history of Adivasi Sevalaya Education Trust, Vijaynagar, 8 October 2013 will remain as a red letter day. We were privileged to host the Governor of Gujarat Smt. Dr Kamala Beniwal on her visit to the Adivasi Sevalaya Ashramhala run by the Jesuits. The Governor keenly listened to the efficient introduction by Fr Sobers who elucidated the educational and social activities of the Society of Jesus in general and that of the Jesuits at Vijaynagar in particular. In her speech the governor said that she was pleased to see that a lot of good is done to the people in a place that is blessed with natural beauty. Fr Vincent Vaghela thanked the governor and the officials on the dais for their visit to our institution. Besides, it was also a first-hand experience for all of us here to see how efficient government officers can be when they have to be; they left no stone unturned to welcome the Governor. (Sch. Arul Rayan)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Conference of European Jesuit Provincials Declaration concerning Syria

Conference of European Jesuit Provincials
Declaration concerning Syria

Rome, Friday October 25th, 2013
We the Jesuit Provincials, as major superiors of the Society of Jesus in the Middle East and in Europe, warmly welcome the Holy Father's recent statement on Syria. With all his strength, he alerted international opinion to the Syrian tragedy and asked "all the parties in conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience and not close themselves in solely on their own interests" (Pope Francis - Angelus prayer -  1st September 2013). With him, we also declare that "never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake", but that the only way to peace is through the culture of encounter and the culture of dialogue.

Steps toward peace
Therefore, we rejoice that the threat of air attacks against Syria has ceased and we support the launching of the process which aims at the destruction of all chemical weapons found on Syrian soil.  We welcome negotiations for a peace conference for Syria which have now begun and we urge that this peace process moves forward rapidly, courageously and firmly.  We ask all parties in the conflict, as well as the international community,
- to urgently seek  a cease-fire guaranteed by an international authority;
- to establish a road-map to prepare the meeting of all the parties in conflict;
- to convene  the peace conference  to reach a common agreement which safeguards the lives of the Syrian people.

Social and civil mobilization
At the same time, we call once again for mobilization of all civil and social agencies to help the Syrian people face one of the biggest humanitarian tragedies of our century. The care of refugees both within and outside the country (about one quarter of the population), the need for food, medicine and medical aid, freeing detainees and hostages, and the reopening of educational institutions, continue to be urgent needs..

Interests at play
We also wish to draw attention to the necessity of acknowledging and naming the real interests that are at play, both locally, regionally or internationally, and which, unfortunately, do not always correspond with the interests of the Syrian people. In particular, we call for a reflection on the consequences of the production and sale of arms; we call for the cessation of the delivery and the sale of arms to all parties in conflict.                                                     

Necessary discernment
With the wider international community, we would also like to urge the refusal of all support, whether diplomatic or military, for  every  party, which  openly advocates any forms of violence, fanaticism or extremism. Respect for the dignity of the person as well as for human rights should constitute a criterion and a preliminary primary point of reference for all material aid.

Christian communities in Syria
Finally, we point particularly to the ill-treatment and victimisation of Christian communities living in Syria. Present in Syria since the beginning of the Christian era, these communities constitute an inseparable element of its social fabric and its cultural richness and they contribute actively to its development. Solutions advocating the exile or the elimination of these communities are unacceptable.  We want to encourage those Christian communities and to assure them that they can play a valuable role in their societies through faithful witness to the Gospel: a gospel that calls for peace, justice, forgiveness, understanding and reconciliation.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fr. Terence Lobo – A Successful Pastor and a Spiritual Guide - Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj s.j

Fr. Terence Lobo – A Successful Pastor and a Spiritual Guide

Fr.Terrence was born in Belgaum and educated in St Paul’s High School. Later he studied in St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, pursuing studies for a degree in mathematics. He had the good fortune of coming in touch with some of the great Jesuit stalwarts of the twentieth century, like Gaspar Balaguer.  However, after acquiring his B. Sc. he joined a multinational company and worked for some years.

As a young man in Bombay, he was very active in the Marian Sodalities along with his relative Lovett Fernandes. Eventually, in 1957, Lovett joined the Jesuits to work in Gujarat. After six years, Terrence followed him and joined the new novitiate at Mount Abu. He received his early training in the Society from a most experienced novice master, Fr Gregorio Conget.  Being a ‘late vocation’, all through the years of formation, he was a big brother and guide to his much younger companions.

An outstanding quality of  Terence was his great facility to mix with all the ethnic groups. This had made him a much loved companion in every Jesuit community where he had been. His religious studies in the national institutes at Shembaganur and Pune gave him the opportunity to have contact with the whole East Asian Assistancy.
For his generation, Terence had been a most successful Pastor. He was known for his availability and he had been assigned to various mission centres and parishes. His services in the rural parish of Vadtal and the urban parishes of Sabarmati and Surat were outstanding.

Fr.Terence was a devout Catholic priest. A man of prayer, he used to be seen with his breviary or Rosary in hand and spending time before the Blessed Sacrament. This had an impact on the life of the people in the parishes. He sat for Confession regularly and thus drew people in his parishes to have recourse to the Sacrament. He spent time reading books and articles and prepared his sermons well. As a pastor, he had been most outstanding in caring for all his parishioners, rich and poor, locals and migrants. He used to visit all of them and offer them spiritual and material help. His capacity for remembering the names of all his parishioners, their place of their origin, and  their various relations was fabulous.

Fr.Terence had been an excellent spiritual guide. At least four young Jesuits have been recruited by him for the Gujarat Province. He had a vast experience in pastoral ministry and many of his old parishioners used  to seek his spiritual help.

Fr. Terence Lobo was a member of Sughadpanth, the Jesuit Pre-novitiate since December 2010. He was a true companion and a friend in the Lord. He was a well-read person. He used to find delights in the works and spiritualities of St Ignatius, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross.

On 2 September 2013, Fr.Terence had an attack of viral fever. First he was taken to Gomtipur and then from there to ‘Life Care-Hospital’. He was in the Hospital for 3 days. Once the fever came down, he could walk and fend for himself. After getting discharged from the hospital, he was brought back to the Prenovitiate. However on 9 September once again the fever came up. He was rushed to Gomtipur and then to Pilar Hospital Baroda on 10 Sept. After an hour in the ICU at Pilar, he was taken to Bhai Lala Amin Hospital, where he was put in Medical ICU and then on a ventilator. He was succumbed to the disease called Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) sometimes called Landry's paralysis or Guillain–Barré–Strohl syndrome. It is an acute polyneuropathy, a disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. This disease had already reached his brain stem and  he was treated with a very expensive medicine called Immunorel 5gm for 5days. Later on he was brought to Lady Pilar Hospital for further treatment. He remained in the ICU over a month. Br.Malcolm and others tired their level best to keep him alive to complete his golden jubilee celebrations with his beloved province men in Gujarat. But the Beloved Lord had a different plan and the Lord invited him for a grand celebration with his dear cousin Fr.Lovett and with his very Dear Mother Mary.

Dear Fr.Terence, with heavy hearts we accept our Lord’s plan for you and wish you an everlasting celebrations in heaven!

By: Fr.Lawrence Dharmaraj s.j

Fr.Terence Lobo's Golden Jubilee Message

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Father 'Forgive them-they do not know what they do'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fr Pariza´s early years _ By Fr.Civiac s.j

Fr Pariza´s early years

He is known simply as “Fr Pariza”. Few are aware that his full name is José María López de Pariza y de Somonte.

Pariza was born in Bilbao, a town in the North of Spain, almost 96 years ago, on 13 May 1917. It was an auspicious date, marking the apparition of Our Lady to those three little children of Fatima. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Fr Pariza´s love and confidence in Our Lady have no limits!

Bilbao in those days was one of the most flourishing towns of Europe. It could boast, too, of having very deep Christian roots, with missionaries all through the world.
His father was a much respected engineer in one of the biggest factories of Spain. His mother belonged to a family with many connections in the pharmaceutical world. So they could afford to send their children to the best available Schools.

Fr Pariza, besides being a fast football player, was from the very beginning one of the best students of the School’ and at that, in both Arts and Science. Every one took for granted that like his dad he, too, had engineering in his blood. That however, was not God’s dreams for him. After High School he would join the Jesuits, far away from his people, in Belgium, since the Jesuits had been expelled from Spain. Even now he finds it difficult to explain how he became a Jesuit, when he had had hardly any contact with them before that.

Jesuit life was congenial to him: being close to the Lord, having a flexible daily time-table with Latin, Greek, French, Philosophy… to learn; and, chiefly, many young people like him, with whom to share books, games, long walks and infinite dreams. Frs Juan Gil, Azpitarte, Zubeldia, Echániz… were some of his many friends.

Complete happiness cannot be found in this world. All of a sudden, war broke out in Spain and people were called to the Army. Our young Jesuit was one of them. Since he was not ready to kill or to do any harm to the enemies, he was assigned to the clerical work of his battalion. That would allow him to do his best for many soldiers that were in need of advice and of military certificates. All the same, one may be amazed to know that our then young Brother Pariza was about to be sent to prison. Discipline in that army in war was sacred. The phrase “more or less” was unknown to them. One day, one of his officers gave him car and driver for a concrete job. When coming back they met with a small accident. So car, driver and young Jesuit were late by about two hours. The officer, who was in urgent need of the car, was simply fuming. His sentence of ten days of jail for both driver and Jesuit left no possibility for appeal. Believe it not, Brother Pariza was delighted to hear that. He had been trying for some months, in vain, to find time  for his 8-day Retreat, and where could he find it better… more time and more peace… than in jail? One may be further surprised to learn that, once he had calmed down, the officer retracted his sentence and a disappointed Brother Pariza had to dream for a better occasion to have his Retreat in peace...

War and Jesuit studies completed, Fr Pariza, as expected by all, was appointed to get a difficult degree in the University; which was, of course, in Physics. Prayer and reflection had convinced him that his heart was more attuned to people than to high mathematics or to scientific theories. But, of course, the will of the Lord would come first. And the Lord made his will super-evident to him and to his Superiors:  GUJARAT…!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Surrender with gratitude--Hedwig Lewis


Hedwig Lewis

Surrender with gratitude

In the Ignatian Suscipe, I acknowledge that “all that I have and possess,” is God’s gift. “Naked I came into the world and naked I will leave” (Job 1.21). “Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of mine” (Tagore). God lavishes his gifts on me moment by moment. Life itself is gift. God’s grace opens up the floodgates of gratitude.
A gift remains a gift only as long as I associate it with the giver. If the link is lost, it ceases to be a gift. The vital link with God for all his gifts is GRATITUDE. Ignatius gave top priority to this virtue. To ensure a continuous contact with Giver and gift, he provided a powerful spiritual aid: the Examen of Consciousness, which begins with gratitude (SE 43.2). It focuses not on negativities/sins but on finding God in all His gifts – in pleasing and painful experiences and events, in people. Ultimately I realize that the most precious gift is the creative “presence” of God consistently transforming me into God’s image.

Genuine gratitude, like love, remains an empty word until it overflows into action – in loving service to God and neighbour. “Be gratefull”.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


GIEWEC National English Literary Festival
K. J. Somaiya College, Mumbai, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2012

Fr Varghese Paul, SJ

The contributions of more than half a dozen Jesuits of Gujarat to the contemporary literature in English are well known. Their literature is read not only in Gujarat and in India but also in some English speaking countries around the globe. They are Frs. Carlos Valles, Hedwig Lewis, Varghese Paul, Ishanand Vempany, Joseph Mattam, Lancy Lobo and James Cyril Dabhi. There are also Jesuits in Gujarat who have authored books in English on theological, spiritual and socio-cultural issues and similar topics, like Frs. P D Mathew, Pablo Gil, Joseph Valiamangalam, Shekar Manickam, Jose Antonio Corral. This list is not exhaustive.

FR CARLOS VALLES, SJ writes in three languages: English, Gujarati and in his mother tongue, Spanish. He is one of the most known literary figures in Gujarati speaking world with more than 70 books in Gujarati to his credit. He has won many literary awards and gold medals for his outstanding literary outputs like Ranjit Ram Gold Medal and Kumar Medal[1], etc. But he is known internationally for his books in English and Spanish.

Fr Valles’ contributions to contemporary literature in English consist of some 28 books on a wide range of topics like religion, spirituality, psychology, interpersonal relationships, etc. Essay is his most favorite literary form. Most of Valles’ books in English are published by an internationally known publishing house, Gujarat Sahitya Prakash[2].

But, by way of an exception, Valles’ latest book in English “GANDHI: The Alternative to Violence”[3] is published by Navjivan. Like most of his books “GANDHI: The alternative to Violence” has wide appeal across people of all colour and race, different creeds and culture. The subject of his book on Gandhi has universal appeal in the English-speaking world. Fr. Valles through his personalized narration with plenty of anecdotes and examples makes Gandhi come alive.

I wrote an essay on Fr Valles in Gujarati[4]. In it I highlighted his multi-faceted personality as well as his versatile skills to write on a variety of subjects with both clarity and lucidity. His language is simple. Style is lucid. He argues or presents his point of view logically and forcefully.

FR HEDWIG LEWIS, SJ is perhaps the second most read Jesuit of Gujarat writing in English. I once wrote about him as “A Jesuit Author of International Repute”[5]. As a versatile writer Lewis has tried with great success his hands in different genre of literature like spirituality, education, history, biography, religion etc.

Perhaps, his most popular book on spirituality is “At Home with God”[6]. It has seen many reprints and editions. The book has been translated into a number of Indian and European languages. Lewis has more than 30 books published by various publishers in India and abroad. Apart from his books as a prolific writer Lewis regularly contributes articles to various national and international periodicals.

Another very successful book of Lewis is ‘Body Language’[7], which has also gone into different editions and reprints. I have read its Malayalam translation[8]. As an influential and popular writer Lewis’ English books have been published by a number of well known publishers[9].

Both Fr Carlos Valles and Fr. Hedwig Lewis have their own personal web sites[10] which are much visited by people interested in their ideas and writings.

A third person with a personal web site is this writer, FR VARGHESE PAUL, SJ[11]. I write mainly in Gujarati and I have published 38 books in Gujarati. But I also write in English and I have authored 3 books in English published by two nationally and internationally known publishers[12].

My first two books in English are entitled “Love, Youth & Family” and “How to Make LIFE Worth Living?” Reviews of both the books appeared not only in India but also in an international periodical Trefoil published from Johannesburg, South Africa. My 3rd book in English, “Love is a Challenge!” like my other books is a collection of essays originally published in national weeklies like The Herald of Kolkata, The Examiner of Mumbai and the Indian Currents of New Delhi. It is published by Gujarat Sahitya Prakash.

My first two books in English have been translated into Malayalam. The Editor of Sneha Sena Fr. Vincent Pereppadan, SJ has translated “How to Make Life Worth Living” and it has been published by Yatra Publications[13]. Msgr. George Veliparambil, former Editor of Kerala Times daily has translated “Love, Youth & Family” and ST PAULS, Ernakulam published it.[14]

Fr Varghese has traveled widely and participate more than a dozen international World Conferences and presented papers on communication and mass media and conducted workshops on journalism and creative writings. His books are enriched by these world-wide experiences and international encounters. He has received national and international awards for his writings both in English and Gujarati.

DR. ISHANAND VEMPENY, SJ who did his doctoral thesis on a comparative study of Krishna and Christ[15], is a prolific writer in English with 8 books to his credit and innumerable scholarly articles in national and international periodicals of religion, theology and philosophy, etc. He has written books on religious, social, theological and political themes in English. He has also written and published three books in Gujarati.

Vempeny’s latest book in English entitled “National Corruption and Whimpering Hazare Hurricane” is in the press. As the title signifies the book deals with Corruption. He describes corruption as a wide-spread Cancer in the Indian Society.

Vempeny is a theologian of great repute. His first book in English “Inspiration in Non-Biblical Scriptures”[16] has been included in the list of Scholars’ Choice of Breakthrough Books in Theology. Two of his books in English have been translated into Malayalam entitled “Christian Sanyasam”[17] and “Matha Parivarthanam”[18].

Vempeny writes articles or books on topics like, for instance “Conversion”[19], which are on the lips of people. But he goes deep into his subjects giving their lasting values in true perspective.

The author has traveled extensively in India and abroad attending conferences on ecumenism, Christology, philosophy and has presented scholarly papers in some of the International Conferences and Seminars.

DR JOSEPH MATTAM, SJ holds a doctorate in theology from Gregorian University, Rome. As a professor of Theology he has lectured in good many theological colleges in India and in other Asian and African countries.

He has served as the Founder and Dean of Gujarat Jesuit Regional Theologate at Ahmedabad and of Gujarat Regional Seminary at Sevasi, Vadodara. He has also conducted workshops and seminars for Priests, Seminarians, Sisters and Bishops in India and abroad.

He has authored a number of books like ‘The Religious Life Within a Christian Vision of Reality”[20], “The Land of Trinity: Modern Christian Approaches to Hinduism”[21] and “Celebration of Life, Rediscovering the Sacraments”[22]. These books reveal his scholarship in the different fields like religion, spirituality and theology.

He has also authored or edited several more books in collaboration with other authors and scholars. Joseph Mattam with S. Kim has edited two books: “Mission and Conversion – a Reappraisal”[23] and “Mission Trends Today, Historical and Theological Perspectives”[24]. “Hindutva – an Indian Christian Response”[25] is a book which he has authored together with P. Arochiadoss. Besides, Mattam has written and published more than 150 major scholarly articles in national and international journals.

DR LANCY LOBO, SJ is the Founder-Director of Centre for Culture & Development (CCD) at Sevasi, Vadodara. He is a well known research scholar. He has written several scholarly books and articles in English and Gujarati. Most of them are of national and international interest.

Dr. Lobo’s book entitled “Malaria in the Social Context”[26] is a scholarly study of Malaria and health education in Western India with implication also for the rest of India.

His book “Globalisation, Hindu Nationalism and Christians in India[27] deals with Christian minority in India in the context of globalization and growing religious fundamentalism. The book “Poor in Urban India, Study of Slums in a Western Indian City”[28] authored by him together with Biswaroop Das. It deals with urban poor in India in the context of Surat slums.

Lobo has also authored together with Shashikant Kumar “Land Acquisition, Displacement and Resettlement in Gujarat 1947-2004”[29]. The book is a first comprehensive research study of land acquired for 139 developmental projects in Gujarat and its adverse effect on displaced people.

Lobo’s latest venture through CCD is the organization of a national seminar on “Union State Relations” at Sevasi, Vadodara. On the occasion Dr. Kamala Beniwal, the Governor of Gujarat released a book “Economy and Society in Globalizing Gujarat”[30] edited by Lancy Lobo and Jayesh Shah. These same two authors have also written a scholarly book entitled “Forest and Tribal’s Livelihood: Their Changing Characters”[31].

As a Sociologist, DR JAMES CYRIL DABHI, SJ has written on social, educational and human right issues. He is presently the Research Director of Behavioural Science Centre, Ahmedabad. He was the Executive Director of Indian Social Institute (ISI), an internationally known NGO in New Delhi. He has also worked in Afghanistan.

He has lectured and conducted training programme as visiting professor in Jamia Millia, New Delhi, Banyan University and Heart University of Afghanistan. His research papers have appeared in English publications. Some of them have been translated and published in Hindi and Gujarati.

His writings in English reflect his scholarship and interest in social research, managerial development of socio-civil organizations and in education. His book “Leadership in Educational Organizations”[32] is especially remarkable as it is jointly published by two internationally known NGOs – Afghan Research and Development Institute (ARDI) & Indian Social Institute (ISI), New Delhi.

Dabhi’s latest book in English is “Development Versus People: Gujarat Model of Land Acquisition and People’s Voices”[33]. The book contains a research study which reveals the benefits of a few who got the possession of the land at the cost of the people like Dalits, tribals, fisher folk and Muslims, who lost their land and livelihood.

FR. P. D. MATHEW, SJ, is well-known in India as an eminent lawyer. He is the Founder-Director of Nyaya Darshan which is a Centre for Human Rights and Justice at Vadodara. He has worked earlier as the head of the legal department of Indian Social Institute, New Delhi and of Behavioural Science Centre, Ahmedabad.

Mathew is the editor of “Legal News and Views” magazine and also a Gujarati magazine “Aapno Adhikar”. Both these legal magazines promote knowledge of law to general public. He has practiced law for many years as a Supreme Court lawyer at New Delhi.

He has written extensively on various aspects of law, publishing scores of pamphlets on Human Rights of children, of women, of citizens, etc both in English and Gujarati. His law writings are the fruits of his teaching and conducting works and seminars on law all over India.

Some of these pamphlets of law have been published in two books “Know Your Rights-I”[34] and “Know Your Rights-II”[35]. He has also published a third book entitled “Freedom of Religion and a Debate on Religious Conversion[36].

Missiologist DR JOSEPH VALIAMANGALAM, SJ is presently the Rector of Vidya Deep, Regional Seminary at Sevasi, Vadodara. He is a founding member of Fellowship of Indian Missiologists (FOIM). He has contributed several research papers on Missiology published by different national and international periodicals. He is also the co-editor of Navajuni, an English in-house quarterly magazine of Gujarat Jesuits.

Dr Valiamangalam has authored books both in English and Gujarati. He has written two books in English. His first book entitled “The Mission Methods of Fr Joaquin Villalonga, SJ”[37] establishes him as a Missiologist.

But his second book “Community in Mission” is of wider interest. Its subtitle “Mission Consciousness of Christian communities: A Contextual Missiological Study”[38] gives a fair idea of the book. It is the fruit of his doctorate studies.

The book “Community in Mission,” as another Missiological Professor Dr Julian Saldanha, SJ has described, is based on “the study of actual situations in India, together with concrete proposals”[39]. The book reveals his Missiological scholarship.

FR PABLO GIL, SJ has a doctorate in psychology and his scholarship in the field is reflected in his writings. He is a unique Jesuit writer in English for two reasons. First, he is the only Jesuit in Gujarat to write a novel in English. Second, he started writing and publishing books in twilight years. His first book “The World’s Greatest Adventure”[40] appeared in 2009 when he was 83 years old!

He has also authored five other books in English. They are “Is Religious Life Relevant Today?”[41], “You are called to Holiness”[42], “Jesus’ Most Precious Gift, Prayer”[43], “A Short Love Story”[44] and “Meditations – Made Easy and Attractive”[45]. All the six books are published by Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, Anand, Gujarat. The novel “A Short Love Story” is a fascinating love story of a young Jesuit priest Xavier and a zealous Muslim convert Fatima and their movement to create a better world.

In his books Gil combines psychology, spirituality, faith and religion. He has written his books keeping the general public in mind. But obviously, he is biased in favour of Jesus-centred spirituality and Christians. Gil is a missionary in India for past 69 years. On a personal note I am happy to acknowledge him as a spiritual counselor to me for two years as he was the Assistant Novice Master when I joined the Society of Jesus in 1964.

Gil is a captivating writer with a lot of stories, anecdotes, and examples from history and literature to support and illustrate the points he writes about. For instance, his book “Jesus’ Most Precious Gift, Prayer” has 15 chapters which deals with various aspect of prayer and each chapter has examples of people, historical profiles, anecdotes to illustrate his points.

Among the Jesuits in Gujarat FR SHEKAR MANICKAM, SJ is the only one who has published a book of poems in English entitled “On the Wings of Love”[46]. His second book on poems is yet to be published. But his first poetry book already establishes him as a notable poet. His poetic sensibilities find such expressions that you can enjoy and relish them in an atmosphere of silence and prayer.

Apart from the quality of the poems in “On the Wings of Love” two things are specially noteworthy: first, the enlightening Foreword by Prof. Suguna Ramanathan adds beauty and attractiveness to the book and second, the publishers have done a wonderful job in illustrating beautifully each poem with appropriate art works, symbols and photographs. 

I am happy to note here that “On the Wings of Love” has been translated and published in Tamil, the mother tongue of the author and the Gujarati translation is on the way.

FR. J A CORRAL, SJ is a missionary in South Gujarat. He has been working for many years among the Gamit tribals. He has written two books about the Gamit as an insider with personal knowledge and experience. His two books dealing with tribal sources are “Gamit Myths and Stories”[47] and “Adivasi Religion and Culture”[48].

In his books Corral provides a mine of information about Gamit tribals and as such the two books have great documentary value. They are well written to hold the attention of the reader and the interest of people who wish to know about Gamit culture, religion as well as their family and social life.

Finally, I would like to mention here two other Gujarat Jesuit authors, DR. LOUIS BERMEJO, SJ and DR. FRANCIS GONSALVES, SJ. They are serving in national institutions outside Gujarat. Bermejo has written several books of international fame on theology, spirituality, meditation and prayer.

Similarly Gonsalves also has written a number of books on theology, sociology, spirituality and scripture. He also contributes articles to various national periodicals.

Most of their books are published by Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, Anand. Their books have been sold well in India and abroad.

By way of conclusion, I may say that none of these Jesuits of Gujarat are professional writers. But the first two Jesuits of my presentation, Valles and Lewis, started writing in English as part of their profession like the rest. But then after their teaching career in St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, they both launched themselves into full time writing as their profession.

A. M. D. G.

[1] Dr. Kirit H. Shukla (Editor), Gujarati Sahityakar Parichaykosh, Gandhinagar: Gujarat Sahitya Academy
[2] Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash
[3] Carlos Valles, SJ, GANDHI: Alternative to Violence, Ahmedabad : Navjivan Publishing House
[4] Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ, Vishwamanavi Fr. Valles, Parab (Gujarati magazine of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad - a literary Association of Gujarati Writers), Ahmedabad, November 2002, pp.27-28
[5] Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ, A Jesuit Author of International Repute,, A website column,     01-04-2006
[6] Hedwig Lewis, At Home With God, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 1991
[7] Hedwig Lewis, Body Language, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2008, 2012 (3rd Edition)
[8] Hedwig Lewis, Sareera Bhasha (Malayalam Translation of Body Language by Robi Augustine), Kottayam: D. C. Books
[9] These publishers are: Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash; Mumbai: St. Pauls and Dindigul: Vaigarai; New Delhi: Sage publications
[10] &
[11] &
[12] Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ, Mumbai: Pauline Publications and Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash
[13] Fr. Vincent Pereppadan, SJ, Thelineerkkannadi: Snehathil Oru Moolyavicharam (Malayalam Translation of How to Make LIFE Worth Living by Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ), Kochi: Yatra Publications, 2010
[14] Msgr. George Velliparambil, Premam, Yuvatvam, Kutumbam (Malayalam Translation of Love, Youth & Family by Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ), Ernakulam: St. Pauls, Broadway, 2012
[15] Dr. Ishanand Vempeny, Krishna and Christ, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 1988 (translated into Malayalam)
[16] Dr. Ishanand Vempeny, Inspiration in Non-Biblical Scriptures, Bangalore: TPI, 1974
[17] Christian Sanyasam: What, Why and Wither?, New Delhi : Media House, 2005, translated version of Games We Religious Play by Dr. Ishanand Vempeny, New Delhi: Media House, 1997
[18] Jose Maniparambil (Translator), Matha Parivarthanam, (A translation of Krishna and Christ by Dr. Ishanand Vempeny), Aloor: Biblia Publications, 1999
[19] Dr. Ishanand Vempeny, Conversion: National Debate or Dialogue, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 1999
[20] Dr. Joseph Mattam, SJ, The Religious Life Within a Christian Vision of Reality, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, (1994, revised edition 2007)
[21] Dr. Joseph Mattam, SJ, The Land of Trinity : Modern Christian Approaches to Hinduism, Bangalore: TPI, 1975
[22] Dr. Joseph Mattam, SJ, Celebration of Life, Rediscovering the Sacraments, New Delhi; ISPCK, 2012
[23] Dr. Joseph Mattam, SJ, (Editor), Mission and Conversion – a Reappraisal, Mumbai: St. Paul’s, 1996
[24] Dr. Joseph Mattam, SJ, Mission Trends Today, Historical and Theological Perspectives, Mumbai: St. Paul’s, 1997
[25] Dr. Joseph Mattam, SJ and P. Arochiadoss, SJ, Hindutva – an Indian Christian Response, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2002
[26] Dr. Lancy Lobo, Malaria in the Social Context : A Study in Western India, New Delhi: Routledge, 2010
[27] Dr. Lancy Lobo, Globalization, Hindu Nationalism and Christians in India, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2002
[28] Dr. Lancy Lobo, Poor in Urban India, Study of Slums in a Western Indian City, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2001
[29] Dr. Lancy Lobo and Shashikant Kumar (Editors), Land, Acquisition, Displacement and Resettlement in Gujarat 1947-2004, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2009
[30] Dr. Lancy Lobo and Jayesh Shah (Editors), Economy and Society in Globalizing Gujarat, Delhi: Shanti Prakashan, 2012
[31] Dr. Lancy Lobo and Jayesh Shah, Forest and Tribal’s Livelihood: Their Changing Characters
[32] Dr. James Cyril Dabhi, Leadership in Educational Organizations, New Delhi: Indian Social Institute, 2010
[33] Dr. James Cyril Dabhi, Development versus People : Gujarat Model of Land Acquisition and People’s Voices, Ahmedabad: Behavioural Science Centre and Action Aid (Joint Publishers), 2012
[34] P. D. Mathew, Know Your Rights-I, Vadodara: Nyaya Darshan, 2007
[35] P. D. Mathew, Know Your Rights-II, Vadodara: Nyaya Darshan, 2007
[36] P. D. Mathew, SJ, Freedom of Religion and a Debate on Religious Conversion, New Delhi: Jain Book Agency, 2002
[37] Dr. Joseph Valiamangalam, SJ, The Mission Methods of Fr. Joaquin Villalonga, SJ, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 1989
[38] Dr. Joseph Valiamangalam, SJ, Community in Mission, Mission Consciousness of Christian communities A Contextual Missiological Study, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2008
[39] Dr. Julian Saldanha, SJ’s comments are given on the back cover of the book, Community in Mission
[40] Pablo Gil, SJ, The World’s Greatest Adventure, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2009
[41] Pablo Gil, SJ, Is Religious Life Relevant Today?, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2009
[42] Pablo Gil, SJ, You are called to Holiness, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2010
[43] Pablo Gil, SJ, Jesus’ Most Precious Gift, Prayer, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2011
[44] Pablo Gil, SJ, A Short Love Story, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2011
[45] Pablo Gil, SJ, Meditations – Made Easy and Attractive, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2012
[46] Shekhar Manickam, SJ, On the Wings of Love, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2008
[47] J A Corral, SJ, Gamit Myths and Stories, Mandal, Tapi: J. A. Corral, Catholic Church, 2001
[48] J A Corral, SJ, Adivasi Religion and Culture, Anand: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 2007