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01/08/2016: Sri Lanka


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This is the last issue of news and announcements from my desk as I am going to end my term of Office as Provincial in August this year. I thought it would be appropriate, and indeed essential, to express my gratitude to each and every one of you who have helped and supported me in my efforts to communicate news from our Marist family throughout the Province of South Asia.

I really appreciate your contributions. Communication is a vital human activity that enables us to keep in contact with one another. Reading news from the previous month and learning what will take place in the upcoming month helps us focus our attention on the activities of our Province and stirs up interest in the life and work of our fellow Marist brothers and sisters in this treasured region of the world.

First of all I want to thank all those who readily set aside time in their day-to-day work and regularly send news items to our office. At this moment I’m remembering with deep gratitude my dear friend Brother Gerard Brereton in the USA, whose diligent work in editing the news items each month has helped us publish the Letter in a timely way. I’d like to also praise the efficient work done by Mr. Sudarshana, our Provincial Secretary, whose expertise in formatting each edition make it so appealing. And I would feel negligent if I failed to thank all of you our readers, who look forward to receiving the Newsletter and enjoying the stories about what is taking place in Marist India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

As I bid you farewell through this final Newsletter my ardent hope and wholehearted wish is that the news and reflections that we have shared over the years will encourage and inspire all of us Marists to be God’s ambassadors of JOY, which I interpret as Jesus and Others touching You.

I will conclude my thank you note with the now familiar words of Pope Francis when he addressed a gathering of religious brothers and sisters in South Korea. “Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit. He will grant it to us only when we nourish it by a life of prayer, meditation on the Word of God, and celebrating Christ’s Presence in the Sacraments and our life in community.”

Bro. Shanthi Liyanage, FMS - Provincial, South Asia.

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