I would like to wish you a Blessed Solemnity of Pentecost. I would also like to say "Happy Birthday" as it is the celebration of the birth of the Church because of the gift of the Holy Spirit of the Son and the Father to the first Christians, especially Our Lady and the Apostles but also to all the Disciples. Let us ask the Holy Spirit who lives in us and in the Church, to keep us close so that we may live in the Spirit and so transform all creation into the Body of Christ. May Mary, Mother of the Church help us to appreciate the gift of the Holy Spirit and cooperate ever more fully with it.
In our Delegation, we shall soon have the first profession of six novices, Ramon, Mark, Etson and Rey from the Philippines, Shibu from India and Anthony from Kenya. Let us pray for them as they make their vows on 31st May at Montalban, Philippines.
Let us also pray for the nine new novices who will enter the novitiate on 30th May, three from the Philippines and six from Kenya.
Also new seminarians are arriving in India and the Philippines at this time and some have already arrived in Kenya. Let us pray for them all.
On 5th June, Frs. Mirek Kowalczyk and Henryk Halman will celebrate their 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Let us thank God for them and the gifts the Lord has showered upon them.
Congratulations to those who have renewed their vows recently in India and Rome and those who have received the ministries of lector or acolyte.
Frs. Anderson De Rezende and Stan Achi will finish the course for formators in Rome soon and return to their respective communities. May what they have learnt and experience be a blessing for them and all whom they serve.
Fr. Antonio Ursillo is beginning a year of prayer and study in Rome and Sant'Alberto soon, after many years in Zarqa.
The new chapel in Nairobi is being built with the great manual work of Fr Mboche and the seminarians, as in the times of Don Orione at Tortona.
There is no doubt a lot more news that could be given. But may I thank all our Confreres for your life of love and sacrifice for God and your brothers and sisters in many places and situations. May the Holy Spirit reward you for your hidden sharing in the Cross of Christ so that you may also share in his Resurrection and bring many to do the same, in the footsteps of Saint Luigi Orione.