Bangalore, October 17, 2019: As part of the Extraordinary Mission Month celebrations, the minor seminarians of Bhakti Bhavan, the Archdiocesan Minor Seminary were sent forth for a mission exposure to the rural areas of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.
A week – long expedition marked the visits to Harobale, Theresapura and KGF parishes. As young boys who are preparing for the priesthood, they had the first-hand experience of what it means to be priests in these rural areas and continue the mission of Christ.
The boys undertook works like cleaning the premises of the church, cemetery and conducting the community prayers devoutly. Frs. D. Chinnappa and Arun Balraj, the Parish Priests of Harobale and Theresapura respectively had arranged their stay. During this period, the brothers visited St. Anthony’s Church at Bettada Halasuru and Kapala Betta in Harobale. They also taught children who are preparing themselves to receive the first Holy Communion at Theresapura.
At KGF, another mission station situated in the civil district of Kolara, brothers experienced another glimpse of missions and missionary activities. There, they visited a hilltop called “Siluvegiri” and witnessed the magnificent sunrise. They also had the opportunity of visiting all the parishes of KGF deanery and witnessed the inauguration of newly built Velankanni Chapel at BEML being inaugurated by Most Rev. K.A. William, Bishop of Mysore.
Besides these, they cleaned the classrooms of school children, planted more saplings in the vicinity of the church and interacted jovially with people.