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LATEST NEWS FROM CALCUTTA ANGLO-INDIANS
THE  AFJ  CELEBRATES  15th  ANNUAL  MOTHER'S  DAY
 
  Shane Hyrapiet  is  the star attraction to Mothers
 
 The Ambassadors For Jesus never conceal their dependence on prayer.More often than not, founder Melvyn Brown of the AFJ has prayed with his Prayer Circles and believe they are serving God in a higher purpose through their apostolate for Roman Catholic Unification.
                          This May, the Ambassadors celebrated Mother's Day at Loreto Day School, Elliott Road, Calcutta for the 15th year.The Day started with a prayer led by Melvyn in the presence of a packed
hall. In a beautiful speech, crafted for the occasion, AFJ founder and Director Melvyn Brown welcomed the mothers in his own inimitably easy manner. " Breathe in and breathe out "he smiled, adding in a loud voice, " and this is Mother's Day " .
                           It was to become a big day for moms and grandmoms. A table was spread with umpteen prizes and awards. Behind the decorated table sat four VIP mothers and the Guest of Honour, Susan Mantosh, a recent recipient of the Mother Teresa award for social service.
                           The first event on the programme was a tribute to motherhood read by Miss Antonita Devotta. Next came the cutting of a grand-size chocolate cake by the oldest mother  in the hall, Dorothy Sealy, 87.
                           Sherry Taylor and Rita Michael, young members of the AFJ, read a lively article on a mother's love for her son, followed by a poem on mothers devotion to home and family respectively.
                            The games were delightful getaways from the routine type of fun people in their twilight years are known for.
                             Shane Hyrapiet, the young singing sensation, now on the international circuit obliged the AFJ by enthralling his audience of all-age-group mothers. The hall reverberated with applause after each rendition of an old favourite.
                              The Mother of the Year Award was presented to Ramona D'Moore.The Young and Talented Mother Award went to Glynis Vincent. The third award was given to the Grandmother with the most grand-children, and Yvonne Halfhide walked away with the
Grandmother of the Year Award having a record-breaking eighteen grand-children.
                              Melvyn Brown announced it was time for lunch, adding, " Please stay back after the lunch for a surprise gift. "  A special colourful bouquet of artificial flowers was presented to the mothers, courtesy of Susan Mantosh, the Guest of Honour. 
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BHARAT NIRMAN GIVES WOMEN THEIR MUNDANE DUE
 
                                         Big Event at Kala Mandir
 
                                                        Reported by Melvyn Brown
 
The prestigious Bharat Nirman Award honouring women achievers and institutions, this year nominated a galaxy of outstanding women, among them the present day icon Susan Mantosh, enterprenaur, social worker and a compelling high-voltage personality in haute couture.
                              Susan Mantosh is the celebrity persona to reckon with. The 14th BHARAT NIRMAN AWARD she received last weekend at the Kala Mandir auditorium, Calcutta, mesmerized the media. Her knockout good looks, bewitching glamour (see Photo Gallery)
chronicles Susan's material success bonding with her astonishing spiritual richness.
                              The thematic Fashion Show on Indian Dress was a dream collection . The colourful dances between awards created a musical storm of sound, beat and mystical rhythm. Fascinating. The programme should have won an award for Best Event production.
                               There were a host of show-stealers : HOPE Foundation, Shree Shikshiyatan school among other institutions. Singers, dancers, actresses and painters raised awareness on the gift of womanhood and the resilience of womens spirit.
                                The function was clearly a wholehearted venture into the acceptance and promotion of the opposite sex. The men, however, dressed only to please themselves and while on-stage without too much ado they presented the awardees their garland of flowers, ' dupatta ' , trophy and certificate. Every woman in the auditorium was well-dressed for the occasion, more so those on stage.
                                 The evening was electrified with songs and dances to be long remembered.
 
                                                                                                 - Melvyn Brown        

Anglo-Indian Day Celebrations
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A-I Day in Calcutta and Melvyn Brown

Ladies Prayer Circle, Calcutta
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SURGE OF FAITH ON GOOD FRIDAY

 

                       There is something intensely familiar about Good Friday which engulfs the people of God in every city, town and village ; a day of penance , prayer and absolution. This year, in the city of Calcutta the surge of faith exploded with an open and absolute show of conviction which overwhelmed onlookers and non-christians.

                       Visiting churches on Good Friday morning, a tradition to many Catholics in the city, who make personal vows to visit seven or nine churches as an act of penitential repentance, was vividly seen everywhere.

                         Hundreds of the faithful walked the streets barefoot in a striking performance of grace and serenity doing it "for Jesus ". With the rosary at their side, some singing hymns in small and big groups, moving across the city rousing the lay catholic ministry before anyone could believe this exquisite test of faith.

                        Churches and chapels were witness to a wave of religious "armies of prayer-persons "  blending into the parish processions streaming into the streets and by-lanes. Some large groups following the Cross as their voices in hymns and Hail Mary payers, filled the environment.

                         This year, the Home of Divine Mercy on Elliott Road, Calcutta, India, witnessed over five hundred devotees paying their respects from 6 a.m. to 12 noon. The floodgates of the faith had opened across the city and surprised even the typical disinterested-individual, or the "stay-at-home" Christian. No analyst would be able to touch upon the cord of compassion which tore at the heart of this year’s event.

                         This watershed moment had truly become the spring of new life, the

Promise of an Easter celebration as never before experienced. The message of redemption and salvation had embedded its seal on the souls of Christ's followers.

                         The Mission to spread the Word of God was suddenly furthered and renewed mysteriously. Ms. Susan Mantosh, ( last years AFJ  Millennium Award winner ) at this special time, commissioned and donated eight life-size statues of Divine Mercy to parish churches in Calcutta. Thus Lent, Good Friday and Easter ended on a high note - truly a surge of the faith

 

 

                                                  by Melvyn Brown

                       

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AFJ LADIES PRAYER CIRCLE NEW AGENDA

" Stay and Pray at Home" Prayer Chain

by a Correspondent

Two things are clear regarding the Ambassadors For Jesus Ladies Prayer Circle new agenda under direction of founder Melvyn Brown. First and foremost,many young and senior ladies in the Calcutta parishes are prepared to pray at home for others provided they have the correct instructions on how to go about it.

Second, the "earth angels" guided by Melvyn Brown will do all they can to foster and promote the new project of prayer should the plan be feasible. The Ladies Prayer Circle, otherwise is a success as the "earth angels" meet on Monday week, every week, and pray for petitions placed on the altar of Divine Mercy at the Home of Divine Mercy, Calcutta.

The new agenda to " Stay and Pray at Home" for those who prefer to work in silence has reached a powerful push from a broad survey conducted by the AFJ newsletter. It is a symbolic explosion of faith and the AFJ decided to programme a unified Prayer Chain.

Send your name, age, phone number and address to Melvyn Brown,3 Elliott Road, Calcutta 700016 for details and the special Prayer Card along with the day,time and the intention for each week when you prayer. A time when many hundreds willbe praying for the same intention each week. Thank you for joining the earth angels in your own silent way.

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DOING UNTO OTHERS

 

                  Praying for the sick, the lonely, the disturbed is a tradition. Absolutely.

Melvyn Brown keeps that vision much in the equation.

                  He created a LADIES PRAYER CIRCLE, and called them Earth Angels.

They pray together every week for the petitions placed on the altar of Divine Mercy at

Melvyn's house, the Home of Divine Mercy, 3 Elliott Road, Calcutta 700016.

                  You can send your personal petitions to Melvyn Brown's email, or phone

him directly : 2217-1542 ( put in your country code).

                   Be an Earth Angel wherever you are in the globe. First send in your name, date of birth and home address to Melvyn and he will send you details on how

you can join the LADIES PRAYER CIRCLE with particulars of the special day and

time,and the prayers to be recited when everyone else is also praying. All Christians are welcome to join.

 

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                      AN ANNUAL CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS TREAT

   If you've been to Calcutta chances are you've seen,been or heard of Melvyn Brown's individual, single-handed effort to bring the Spirit of Christmas into the hearts, lives and homes of poor children and their parents.He's been doing this for over twenty-seven years. The effort could be declared an Anglo-Indian first. How come. Melvyn has stayed on in the country and kept working each year with the communitythrough his newslettter (Anglo-Indian) and in his efforts to make each Christmas Treat better than the last.

                           Melvyn always needs support from well-wishers and friends. This is not what one imagines and Melvyn has to break his own personal resources every year to fill-in the big packet to make his project work.

                          Yes. You, too, could help Melvyn.

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 A POEM:                CHRISTMAS IS A TIME

                                        By Melvyn Brown

                        Christmas is a time of year,

                         When happiness abounds :

                        When silver bells and angels cheer

                         In parks, in halls and grounds.

 

                         Christmas is a time of hope,

                          When men forget their fears :

                         When childlike dreams are made to cope

                          With laughter and with tears.

 

                          Christmas is a time to give.

                          When man begins to care :

                          When loved ones learn to shape and live

                           The Heaven Christians' share.

 

                           Christmas is a time for peace

                            When common ground is made :

                            When both the warring sides must cease,

                             And let their hatred fade.

 

                            Christmas is a time for gifts.

                            When little tokens sent,

                             When thoughts and words alone uplifts,

                             And banishes resent.

 

                             Christmas is a time for God.

                              When Spirit is the most.

                              When Christ comes through with rich reward,

                              And Jesus is the host.

 

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CELEBRATING ANGLO-INDIAN DAY HIS WAY   by A Correspondent

 The most valid exercise in the celebration for Anglo-Indian Day ( 2nd August )  was Melvyn Brown's single-handed inspiration to launch a major effort to promote, protect and preserve the community's history, heritage and culture.

 If that was hard to imagine a cavalcade of his deeds drew respect and admiration from many. In  outline, Melvyn Brown, the Calcutta chronicler for the community reached out to schools, including Loreto Day School Elliott Road and after a lively lecture on the theme : "We Are Anglo-Indians" , he distributed over two hundred copies free of his well-written and self-published books on the story of the race. His vivid books were also presented to non-Anglo-Indian children in other clubs and institutions, in an effort to convey a better understanding of the community for future generations.

This was not exactly the entire part of his celebration agenda. Mr. Melvyn Brown is a committee member on the board of the Ripon Street unit of the East India Charitable Trust which struggles  to run an infant (nursery) school. The school had been originally established by Mollie Baldock as an Anglo-Indian project to assist families in the lower-income group. Today the shift in planning welcomes all communities for admission besides Anglo-Indians. (see pic.)

                                  Towards this dying Anglo-Indian dream, Melvyn Brown offered a donation of one thousand and one rupees as his personal contribution in the spirit of celebrating Anglo-Indian Day. (see pic.).

                                    In Brown's own inimitable way a home movie was shown to members of the community on the life of an Anglo-Indian girl who rose from destitution to become a famous Hollywood actress. The film was "Queenie" with Mia Sara and Kirk Douglas.

                                    An Essay Contest is in circulation for the past month on the topic : Anglo-Indian Now . The winners will be announced at the end of August.

                                      The exercise and Brown's cavalcade of events drew to an end on Sunday last, surrounded with a bouquet of silent and grateful appreciation.He did it his way.               

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 Mother's Day Celebration Organised by Melvyn Brown

A Mother's Day celebration will be held with members of the community who will call across at 3 Elliot Road, the residence of Melvyn Brown this coming Sunday evening for cakes,chips and sweet drinks.

At the gathering Melvyn Brown will nominate and award the Mother-of-the-Year (the lady who may have the most number of children) - with a trophy and a cash presentation. The get-together will end with the film  'Step Mom' .

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Standing Ovation  For Ambassador For Jesus Founder Melvyn Brown

 

         Fr. Michael Bhaju,V-G., Chief Guest at the Millennium Awards For Anglo-Indians and Christians Instituted by Melvyn Brown, Calcutta

 

                                         by a Correspondent

 

 

                           In a crowded parish centre hall at St. Thomas' church, Middleton Row, Calcutta, people from various parishes in the city came together to witness the AFJ  Millennium Awards ceremony.

                           The Chief Guest, Rev.Fr. Michael Bhaju,Vicar-General and Spiritual Adviser of the Ambassadors For Jesus was present to hand the Awards to the recipients. The event was a springboard to boost the AFJ apostolate of Roman Catholic unification .

                           The new realities and identities in todays catholic perspective on faith, dedication and sincere motives was drawn to the forefront in talks by the  awardees. Dramatically flattering Melvyn Brown and his dedication to the apostolate of Roman Catholic unification, Desmond Redden {Rtd.} Anglo-Indian teacher of St.Xavier's school, thanked the AFJ founder and requested his audience to give Melvyn a standing ovation. Everyone rose clapping.

                            Fr. Michael Bhaju handed the large and colourful Citation along with the Award to Desmond Redden.

                            Under the able direction of Miss Sophia who is in charge of the youth choir, a song was fittingly rendered and transported her listeners to another world. Granville Daunt, an Anglo-Indian sang a solo number for all the award winners : May the GoodLord Bless and Keep You.

                             Fr. Orson Wells,the Anglo-Indian parish priest of St. Teresa of Avila church, received his Award in all humility and spoke a few words of spiritual strength .

                             Finally, the Vicar-General gave an enormous and inspiring talk for the awardees. He presented Susan Mantosh, the third recipient of the Award who is a well-loved personality in the community of Catholics, she is an Anglo-Indian who has worked for the community as well.

                              Melvyn Brown, The Anglo-Indian Chronicler and Anglo-Indian Newsletter Founder said, " Susan Mantosh does all her good works for the love of Jesus. Mrs. Mantosh, Mr. Redden and Fr. Orson Wells have a unique bond

- giving of themselves in the service of Christ...."

                              A very sumptous lunch was laid out with a varity of dishes for all those present,followed with dollops of ice-cream. The Awards function was brough to a memorable conclusion.

 

                       Courtesy ; The Herald  - 4th February 2006

 

 

 

 

Who is Melvyn Brown?

NOTICE:  'Anglo-Indian The Newsletter' is an individual non-profit venture of Mr. Melvyn Brown, who does not receive any funds from individuals in India or abroad.The work done for the community is a personal non-commercial venture of Mr. Melvyn Brown, who has a deep personal interest in the Anglo-Indian community as well as in the Catholic Church.

 
This site contains the writings of Mr. Melvyn Brown of Calcutta. An Anglo-Indian Chronicler of the community and Founder & publisher of "Anglo-Indian The Newsletter".Melvyn Brown is also the Founder & Director of the "Ambassadors for Jesus",a Roman Catholic movement, with permission from the Pope, with a newsletter published promoting Catholic Unity.