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31 May 2021

Interprovincial second noviciate in India

As every year, the Interprovincial Council of India has organised, even at present, a second noviciate of 7 weeks in view of solemn vows. All the brothers preparing for solemn profession this year have come from all over India to take part: a total of 25 friars. It took place in Pushpadan, a Carmelite spirituality center which belongs to Manjummel Province in the city of Kozhikode. Previously, the second novitiate was organized by each province in turn. But in recent years, this place was finally chosen because it was more suitable.

Father Antony Ittikunnath is in charge of the program and is assisted by the priests in the community as well as many other qualified people from all the other provinces of India. Father Johannes Gorantla, the Definitor General responsible for India, visited the community on April 28 and gave a lecture about the Declaration on the Charism.

Despite the difficult situation of Covid in India, the provinces have not abandoned the course. The 7-week program usually ends with a retreat to prepare for the solemn profession. After the program, all the participating friars return to their respective provinces to make their solemn profession.