The opening of the New Academic year of the MJ Aspirants was held on 9th July 2012 at Bhattian, Ludhiana. Bishop Anil Couto was the main celebrant for the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Rev Fr. Daniel, a zealous missionary from Ireland to Pakistan and our Chaplin were the co- celebrants. Rev Mother Ranit and Sr. Anu from Jalandhar were present here to grace the occasion. 34 candidates including all the three batches partook in the opening ceremony with great desire and enthusiasm. Twenty new comers from Punjab, Bihar, Odissa and Kerala were welcomed warmly.
During the Holy Mass Bishop stressed on how to be a Missionary of Jesus and what should be our aim in being a Missionary. He said “We come with our empty hands and we are to make ourselves emptier”. It was really a touching homily and he encouraged us to be a true missionary of Jesus in our spirit and in the way of our living. After the solemn Eucharistic celebration the New comers were welcomed with a bouquet of flowers by Bishop followed by melodious singing, dancing and Bhangra by the second and third year Aspirants. The new- comers expressed their gratitude in a few words.