Two books written by Fr Lancy Manoj Fernandes SJ, the newly ordained Jesuit priest for Karnataka Province were released by Fr Dennis Moras Prabhu, Vicar General of Mangaluru Diocese and Fr Stanislaus D’ Souza SJ, the Provincial of Karnataka Jesuits respectively at Jeppu seminary grounds on the occasion of the First Mass of Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ. Fr Lancy SJ was ordained on Dec 27, 2016 at Divine Mercy Church by Bp Aloysius Paul D’Souza.
The First book titled, “My Encounter With Questions,” deals with analysis of Indian Issues, an anthology of articles, published by Fr Lancy in National magazine, Indian Currents for the past 6-7 years. It is published by RTC publications, Bengaluru. The author attempts to ask and answer several prominent questions about the socio-political reality around us that trouble our nation ranging from youth, ecology, education, challenges of modernity, crippling lives of the under-privileged and burning issues like terrorism, globalisation, development model, poverty, Euthanasia, and so on. In a word it has creative and thought provoking approaches that are a need of the hour today.
The second book titled “Challenges to Christian Religiosity Today” is published by Vaigarai Publications, Dindigul. This book is an attempt to simplify Christian ethos for the ‘People of God.’ It deals with questions about day-to-day religious practices of Catholics that need better understanding for the modern age like Mass, Sacraments, Ten Commandments, Cross, family, Lent, Christmas etc. It is a wonderful and down-to-earth book that addresses the questions of today’s youth with each chapter inviting the reader for reflection through questions. It can also be a guide to parents to teach catechism at home. Most of the articles in this book have appeared in ‘Tabor Kirana,’ a monthly magazine of B’lore Archdiocese.
Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ hails from Jeppu parish. He is a well versed writer in Kannada and English. Writing began in him as a hobby. In an interview to Prajwalana, Fr Lancy said, “My first book is an offering to my nation which has nurtured me for so many years to be a proud Indian and is dedicated to my elder brother Late Br Loy Fernandes SJ who unfortunately left at the prime age of 24 years. The second book is my offering to the Catholic Church which has fostered my faith since childhood and encouraged me to be a religious.
These two books are be available at Gerosa Co, Gem & Co, Pauline Publications, Hampankatta. It will soon be available in Pauline Publications, Pauline Publications Bengaluru.
Price: My Encounter with Questions – Rs 150.00
Challenges to Christian Religosity Today – Rs 70.00