Fifty-four Oblates gathered at Thodarpaham, Jaffna, on the 17th February 2017, to celebrate the anniversary of the approval of their Constitution and Rules in 1826. Fr Joseph Das Jebarathinam, Vicar General of Jaffna Diocese, was the chief celebrant.

In his homily Fr. Jebaratnam quoted extensively the letter of the Superior General written for the closing of the Oblate Triennium. Fr. Jebaratnam went commented on and commended the seven points highlighted in the letter. He has a witty way of communicating profound matters.

The pre-novitiate choir from Gnanodhayam, Mannar, enriched the celebration; although only five in number they filled the chapel with their devotional way of rendering the hymns. One more pre-novice from the Colombo Province and five from the Pakistan Delegation are expected to join the pre-novitiate program in the coming days. (Yazhathoni, February 2017)