On 30 September 2017, the participants of FMA PCI Youth Ministry Meet celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the Religious Profession of Sr. Runita Galve Borja, General Councillor for Youth Ministry and Sr. Annie Lolia Pfozhumai Neli, Youth Ministry Team member, Rome who are the resource persons for the Meet.
At the entrance of the Holy Mass, they were made to carry an oil lamp, a symbolic gesture of their surrendering to the Lord and as an expression of their grateful sentiments to God who has called and guided them through these 25 years. After the homily, Sr. Elizabeth George, Provincial of Guwahati Province gave a brief introduction and invited the FMA PCI President, Sr. Rose Ezarath to crown them with a Silver crown. In a spontaneous expression of renewing their fidelity, the Jubilarians renewed their vows after Mass. This was followed by a short felicitation for the Jubilarians.
A group of 60 Sisters have come together at Auxilium Convent Nongthymmai – Shillong for the Annual Renewal Course. The week-long programme from 29 July to 03 August 2017 is organized by the Formation Team of the Province. The theme that guided the encounter is “Jesus Missionary of the Father”
Among them eleven of them are preparing for the Final Vows whereas the other would Renew their Vows committing themselves to live the spirit of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello.
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On the 30th June 2017, the Salesian Sisters of Shillong Province kept a day of thanksgiving for the two missionaries, Sr. Catherine Sutnga and Sr. Eugenia Bareh at Auxilium Convent Nongthymmai. “Go and proclaim” was the guiding theme of the day.
The Holy Eucharist was the center of the day’s celebration in which was presided by Rev. Fr. Glorius Syiemlieh SDB, Parish Priest of Nongthymmai Parish. At the introduction before Mass, the two sisters approached the altar with a lighted candle and a ship respectively. A lighted candle symbolized the light of Christ, which they have received at Baptism and the two Sisters are called in a special way to be witnesses of the light of Christ to others by the integrity of their lives. A ship represented a journey, an adventure and exploration. This also reminded everyone present of the first missionary expedition of our first sisters. In the like manner the two sisters too are ready for a voyage to an unfamiliar land and unknown people. In the homily Fr. Glorious spoke on the theme, “go and proclaim”. He also highlighted on the word Missionary i.e. to be sent. A touching sight was the special prayer of blessing for the Missionaries in which they knelt down in front and everyone extended their hands towards them in prayer. We concluded the day with a short program by the sisters and the Pre-aspirants of Auxilium convent Nongthymmai. The two sisters addressed their words of appreciation and thanks to all and this was followed by the speech from Sr. Isabella Suja, Provincial with a message ‘Have no fear’. We thanked God for their unique call and for their courageous “Yes” to be missionaries to a far – off land, ready to serve with generosity and love to the people of God. Present on the occasion were the family members of the new missionaries who too support them in their vocational journey at all times.
Shillong Province resounded with joy and gratitude at the presence of our beloved Mother General, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat in their midst. 5 April 2017 saw fifty-three sisters who were privileged to meet Mother at Auxilium Provincial House, Nongthymmai – Shillong. Mother warmly welcomed each and every sister present with a motherly embrace.
The session began with a hymn to the Holy Spirit. In her encounter with the Sisters, La Madre expressed her joy of being among her daughters. Her talk was very simple but deep and meaningful, coming from a mother’s tender love and affection for her daughters and the Institute. She reminded the sisters that our life is characterized by our consecration to Jesus not by the works we do. We are good educators only if we are deeply rooted in Christ. Our Constitutions give us everything we need for our practical life. She also laid stress on Love, which should be the driving force of all that we do in our daily life. With love, everything is possible. She urged every sister to live fraternity and family spirit in the communities. From her talk, one could understand that Mother keeps herself updated with what is going on in the Church, in our country and our Province. Above all she infused a missionary spirit in the Sisters and encouraged them to opt for missionary ad gentes. Mother Yvonne exalted Mother Mazzarello for her courage to send sisters to South America even though there was great need in Mornese and in a time when the Institute just at its nascent stage.
She concluded with a recommendation to assimilate the Encyclical of Pope Francis entitled Amoris Laetitia to be able to accompany families in our mission and the preparatory booklet for the Synod on the Young to accompany them in their journey. The sisters thanked mother for her filial exhortation and guidance.
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5 April 2017 marked the visit of our beloved La Madre to Auxilium Higher Secondary School. There was indescribable joy and excitement as students lined up from the entrance waiting for the esteemed guest. With a threat from the inclement weather one could see the little ones pray with great devotion to hold back the rain.
Mother made her appearance with an enchanting smile that left everyone spellbound. Sr. Isabella Suja Provincial, Sr. Elizabeth Thannimoottil Animator of the community along with some sisters accompanied her. The NCC cadets gave a piloting welcome to Mother and escorted her to the podium in a grand style.
It was a lovely sight to behold the rapturous applause of love and welcome when Mother arrived at the venue and was felicitated with a shawl, bouquet of flower, a memento and a gift. Honouring the revered Mother of the FMA World, the students put up a short but beautiful programme. The love of the young for mother was so evident; they were simply hanging on every word she uttered. They interrupted her talk every now and then with loving applause. In her massage, Mother Yvonne said it was a great joy for her to be with the young at Auxilium, Shillong.
Mother told them that they are part of the family of the Salesian world; the Salesian sisters who are in the five continents are looking up at them these days because they have become the heart of the world.
With this mother exhorted the young students to have a heart as big as the world, heart of love for all people and to think, see, listen, speak, walk and smile like Jesus. Further, she reminded them that they must be his presence in the city of Shillong. She concluded her talk saying, ‘I love you’ and to this the student responded ever louder ‘We love you mother.’
There was so much of joy on the faces of all and the students expressed their desire to remain a little longer with Mother. They did not want to let go off her hands, singing happy song ‘there shall be showers of blessing, waving their hand while trying to get a touch from her. The majestic figure of Mother Yvonne captivated every heart and she too expressed her willingness to fulfill the desire of all the young people who crowded her. Her presence like a magnet draws all young people to her in the style of simplicity, as did Mother Mazzarello.
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