HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR AT KATPADI AND TIRUVOTTIYR – INM

“Human Rights is a universal standard.  It is a component of every religion and every civilization”

A seminar on Human Rights was held on 02.08.2013 at Auxilium Girls’ Hr. Sec. School, Katpadi, and on 3.08.2013 at Our Lady’s School, Tiruvottiyur.  Rev. Sr. Majella Fernando, the Province coordinator for Human Rights Education, organized the meetings. The teacher representatives and student activists from various schools actively participated in it.  We began with the prayer stressing the importance of the role of ‘family’- ‘the gospel of an endless blossoming’, cradle of good character.  A street play on the Human Rights revealed the Rights and Duties as the basic needs of a good family.

???????????????????????????????  The coordinator Rev. Sr. Majella, welcomed the gathering.  Rev. Sr. Tamizharasi the former general coordinator shared her views on Human Rights.  She spoke about the importance of the awareness on Human Rights education and the prohibition on the violation against Human Rights law.

The Chief Guest of the seminar Mrs. Tamizharasi PG.Asst from St. Joseph’s Hr. Sec. School, Trichy, stimulated the minds of the teacher representatives by her thought provoking messages, such as ‘Teaching is not a mere job, but it is responding to the call of the Mighty one. Educators should be active, truthful and should have a thirst for teaching, especially in teaching Human Rights education. To the students the Chief Guest gave a mind blowing speech on the importance of the brotherhood relationship, the characteristics of Human Rights and the various divisions of Human Rights.

DSC05257        “Courage is grace under pressure” Mrs. Tamizharasi encouraged the students to raise their voice against the violation of Human rights law in all circumstances and situations.  The selfless service and the positive strokes only can enhance the growth of humanity. Rights and Duties are interrelated.  The students were vividly explained about the differentiation between their Rights and Duties.

The mind blowing speech came to an end around 1.30pm with a note on the methodology of teaching human rights and its valves through a quiz programme, debates and enactments based on the amendments of Human Rights. It was a wonderful experience of enrichment. We thanked God at the end of the seminar and everyone went home with the resolve to make the world a better place to live, where human rights are respected and safeguarded.

Sr. Majella Fernando FMA, INM                                                                              Province Coordinator for Human Rights Education

Advertisements

A great treasure to celebrate the Year of Faith – a new book released

DSCN9725

Book Review

Sr. Alice Chacko FMA, Sr. Teresa Joseph FMA, Celebrating our Faith: Prayer Moments on Faith, Kristu Jyoti Publications, Bangalore, 2013, Rs. 70/-

Faith is one of the greatest gifts we have received from God. But often we fail to celebrate it. This book contains well-prepared Prayer services on various aspects of faith. These faith celebrations will enable us to give joyful and prayerful expression to our faith and acquire a heart filled with gratitude to God for this wonderful gift.

The Prayer services in this book are meant to help us to celebrate our faith. When we celebrate our faith we reaffirm to ourselves the importance of faith for our lives. Celebrating our faith helps us also to bear witness to it and grow in it.

Faith has many aspects. One of the strengths of this book is that the authors have beautifully articulated many aspects of faith and built the prayer services around those aspects. Thus they make us aware of the richness of our faith and help us to experience it.

God has called us to form a family, the Christian community and journey towards him as a community. Although one may make use of the prayer services in this book for one’s own personal spiritual growth, they are meant to be prayed and celebrated as a community. We have received faith through a community and it is sustained by a community.

It is noteworthy that the authors have taken pains to enrich the prayer services with life experiences, symbolic gestures etc.

Sr. Alice Chacko and Sr. Teresa Joseph deserve our gratitude and appreciation for providing us with such a wonderful aid to live and celebrate our faith. May this book entitled: Celebrating our Faith: Prayer Moments on Faith, help us to enter through the “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) into a life of closer communion with God and with one another.

Jose Kuttianimattathil, sdb

Educating Community Meet at Auxilium School, Anmarudai. INM

raniJoy filled our hearts as we welcomed the parents of our children in our school premises as the meeting was held from 24-07-2013 to 26-07-2013. The first day meeting was for the parents of K.G. children the second day for the I and II standard and on the last day for class III, IV and V. This was the first meeting in this new academic year 2013-14. A good number of parents responded and attended the meeting with enthusiasm. The meeting commenced with a small prayer service invoking the blessings of the Almighty. Teachers shared the responsibility among themselves and took turn to welcome the gathering every day of the meeting.

Sr.B.A.Irudaya Mary, the correspondent, spoke on the Psychology of children and the educational implications on the part of the parents. She exhorted the parents to set good example and to collaborate with us in our educational mission. The principal of our school Sr.Josephine Rani Susai then spoke to the parents on Educating the children to Service, which would help them to grow as happy and integrated person who contribute for the building up of the society. She insisted on the point quoting Holy Father Francis ‘The real power is in Service”, she then explained with a story the youth pastoral theme “Love is patient and kind”. Reminders and exhortations were given to the parents in order to facilitate the gradual and integral growth of the children studying in our school. After the meeting the parents went home happy and enriched! May God bless our every effort that we may truly evangelize through education.

Ms.S.Asha                                                                                                                    Auxilium Nursery and Primary School,                                                                  Anmarudai, INM

 

FMA INDIA PCI 2013 MEET

GC XXIII theme

L1050693FMA INDIA PCI 2013 was solemnly inaugurated on 1st September, 2013 at Sacred Heart Convent, Avalahalli, Bangalore with a typical traditional welcome and a brief moment of prayer. It was preceded by a morning prayer animated. Present for the ocL1050727casion were Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, our General Councillor and Sr. Crescentia D’ Almeida, President of the FMA INDIA PCI and  Provincial of  INK Province.  We also had the Provincials of the FMA provinces, Province delegates and the National coordinators.

The highlights of the day were as follows:

A moment of brief welcome to the participants.

A paper presentation on the theme GC XXIII: Community- a Home that Evangelizes  by         Fr. Thomas Anchukandam sdb , Provincial of the SDB Province of Bangalore;

Words of welcome by Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida, PCI President;

Inaugural address given by Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, Presiding General Councillor;

Reading of the message of the FMA Superior General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat to  the members of the FMA PCI

L1050755Eucharistic celebration by Fr. Thomas Anchukandam;

Presentation of the methodology of study of GC XXIII and the involvement of the members  of the Educating Community by the six provinces

Feedback of the Animators’ Meeting held at Guwahati – September 25 to 29, 2012.

The following day we had the presentations of the reports by the different sectors by the FMA India National Coordinators.

The PCI participants enjoyed a short but meaningful moment with our Sisters at AuxiliumFMA INDIA participants invited for a Tea party Welfare Centre. We were welcomed with a song and graceful step dance performed by the contact period candidates, the future hope of the Institute. This was followed by the delicious refreshment prepared with so much love. LONG LIVE TO OUR FAMILY SPIRIT.

Pre- Aspirants with Sr.Lucy Rose at Auxilium Welfare centre, BangaloreContact Period Candidates  with Sr.Lucy Rose at Auxilium Welfare Centre, Bangalore

A  DVD  was released by Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, our General Councillor in honour ofRelease of a DVD in honour of Sr. Nancy Pereira by by Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, our General Councillor Sr. Nancy Pereira as a token of our love and appreciation for the noble work and great contribution she has offered in the field of the upliftment and development of the poor and marginalize. This was prepared by Sr. Margaret Mathai INK.   The first copy of the DVD was presented to Sr. Magnificat Soosai, Provincial of Chennai Province where Sr. Nancy initiated her work. Then Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida, Provincial of Bangalore presented a copy to Sr. Lucy Rose. All FMA- Provincials were also given the copy of the DVD.

On the final day we had the evaluations of the Proposals of PCI 2012. Some important issues related to FMA INDIA were discussed in groups and the deliberations for PCI 2013 and the future thrust were presented in the assembly.

Sr. Lucy Rose gave her concluding talk to the members of the PCI encouraging them to continue the journey as FMA INDIA and truly strive along with the young to a to be a home that evangelizes.

Sr. Crescentia D’ Almeida president of the PCI proposed the vote of thanks.

A joyous thanksgiving moment was the climax of this grand meet. We expressed thanks to Sr. Lucy Rose for her valuable presence among us. We rendered  our gratitude  to          Sr. Crescentia and her Team and to Sr. Alice Chacko and her community for the wonderful hospitality and loving kindness we have experience during these days.

L1050724L1050744

Ph. 1    FMA INDIA Provincials with Sr.Lucy Rose

Ph. 2   FMA INDIA National Coordinators with Provincials and Sr.Lucy Rose