Women empowerment in simplest of words is basically the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society.

Today we the womeFMA INDIA Blog - Copyn coordinators of different houses were gathered at Marialaya Chennai for a meeting. It started with a short prayer conducted by Sr. Arul Mary Soosaimuthu. Welcome address was given by Sr. Michael Sujatha, followed by the introductory talk by Rev. Sr. Stanislaus Dora, the Provincial counselor. She highlighted the theme of this year “Love Never Ends” through some visuals. She explained the understanding the true love of God the Father and different ways of its manifestation. She also compared the love of the parents towards their children in today’s society.

After a short break she spoke about the project on Skill Development Initiative on FMA INDIA BlogModular Employable Skill (MES)the main Purpose of this MES is to develop the skills for the dropout youth and for the unorganized workers who have no proper skill set. It was an eye opener for all the coordinators. Then at 11.30 am Sr. Soosaimuthu Arul Mary, Provincial Women coordinator asked the members to share and evaluate the work done for women SHGs and the challenges we have faced. Every one shared their views and the conclusion was to carry out the work creatively in order to make the women to be convinced to hope for better future.

Violence against women is woven into the fabric of society, every day we see images of violence against women in the news, on TV shows, in the movies, in advertising, and in our homes and workplaces. It has become a fact of life for women of all ages, races, and classes.

Orange day – (UNiTE to end violence against women) was initiated on 25th June at FMA INDIA Blog 2Marialaya, Broadway, Chennai. The day’s event started with the Short inspiring talk before the rally by Sr. Arul Mary, the Women Coordinator who said every form of violence threatens all women and limits their ability to make choices about their lives. Voicing out various slogans around 150 women lined up to join for a rally enthusiastically.

FMA INDIA Blog 2 - CopyProgramme of the day was well organized it started with the prayer followed by the introductory talk by Sr. Dora Stanislaus Provincial Counselor. Sr. Rajendran Thimena Celine –Social Communication Sector Coordinator presented a short video on the state of women today and the need to celebrate the Orange day – UNiTE campaign to end Violence against women. The women group members staged a drama depicting the freedom of women to make decisions for her life by her choices. Penmai Potruvom was a wonderful song which renewed the vigour of the people. The panel discussion headed by Sr. Isabella Alphonse NDF Coordinator fueled the four speakers to speak convincingly of the problems that they face and how they are to interact positively and respond in their lives differently. There was wonderful intervention by the women group members present. Chief Guest of the day Mrs. Shoba Augustine – Advocate at Chennai High court, molded the gathering with her counseling tips and affective skills. She made them to understand the capacity and outstanding skill of women to be a creator, reformer of oneself and of the society. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks and National Anthem.



Inauguration of DB Tech (BASE) at Auxilium, BARASAT and GOBRA (INC)

BarasatDB Tech (BASE) inaugurated at Auxilium Promotional Centre, Barasat:  The 1st batch of BASE (Bosco Academy of Skill And Employment) at Auxilium Convent Promotional Centre Barasat, for Hospitality (Housekeeping & Food & Beverage) & Retail Management kicked off with its 5 days orientation programme on 2nd June 2014. It will continue for the next 90 days and thereafter.

The solemn inauguration of the three months course took place on 4th June at 9.30 am during a meaningful prayer service with 20 enthusiastic young men and women who have been enrolled so far. The program started with the welcoming of the Students and the Sisters by Sr. Sherley K. The Prayer song “WELCOME HOLY SPIRIT” created a suitable atmosphere for the inaugural prayer. Then a short passage was read out from the Bible by Sr. Sherley. It was followed by the “Lighting of Lamp” by Sr. Teresa A, Sr. Lily P, Trainers and a student. While the Lighting of the Lamp was going on the students sang a song “Jyoti se Jyoti Jalao”. Two of the students Deborshi and Joysree read out a prayer each. All present joined in the prayer “The Our Father”.                 Sr. Teresa addressed the students and encouraged them to profit the maximum from the training program. Sr. Lily P. expressed her joy in having the students in Auxilium. She also explained to them about the benefits of this job placement training program which would help them to build a bright future after completing the course from DB Tech. and invited them to be a light that gives hope for many others around them. A Power Point Presentation was shown to all present in the hall to highlight the importance of the training at BASE. An audiovisual presentation on DON BOSCO was screened which showed who was Don Bosco and what he wanted to do for the Youth. Sr. Sherley gave the vote of thanks to all the Sisters, Students and the Trainers. The program ended with a short prayer “PRAISE HIM”.

Team Auxilium Barasat.

GobraAUXILIUM CONVENT- GOBRA: After a long mobilization for DB Tech on Wednesday, 18th June became a historical day for Auxilium Promotional Centre, Gobra. With much joy we are able to inaugurate DB Tech in the presence of Sr. Francesca Ekka, Sr. Philomena, Sr. Sherley, Mrs. Satabdi, Sisters, Sir Bablu, Sir Mark and the students. Sr. Sherley, the centre coordinator, took the initiative of hosting the inauguration programme. The programme consisted – invoking the Holy Spirit and reading from the Bible, “We are the Salt of the Earth and Light of the World” . This was followed by lighting of the lamp by various representatives. Prayers were offered to God asking His blessing upon the students and their families. Superior Sr. Francesca encouraged the students and shared the life of Don Bosco, how he helped others and encouraged the youngsters to proceed towards their  goal recalling the words of Don Bosco ‘WORK, BREAD AND HEAVEN”. Mrs. Satabdi shared her few experiences at DB Tech and how she reached the position of a state coordinator from a simple trainer. Sr. Philomena Chirammal too welcomed the students and spoke on dignity of hard work which brings joy and happiness. Mr. Mark, the teacher gave vote of thanks to all who were present and also shared his experiences of mobilization. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.

Mr. Bablu



Provincial Animation Commission Team Meet 2014 (INB)

(Sr. Hilda Braganza)  On 21st June 2014, Auxilium Centre, Bandra, our Provincial house was resounding with joy and delight as the members of the Provincial Animation Commission (PAC) Team gathered together for a very special day of study and reflection. This day was dedicated to a deeper understanding and reflection on the beautiful Church’s Document , the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis – EVANGELII GAUDIUM (The Joy of the Gospel). The joy of the Gospel fills the heart and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is born anew. In EVANGELII GAUDIUM, Pope Francis encourages us and all Christians to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.

We initiated the day as all the PAC members gathered in the Chapel for a divine moment animated by our General Coordinator, Sr. Caroline D’Souza. We implored our Saviour and Lord to help us to be messengers of the Good News of joy, witness to it with our life and share it everywhere we go.

???????????????????????????????The Apostolic Exhortation, “EVANGELII GAUDIUM” was presented to us by Sr. Pauline Chakkalakal, Daughter of St. Paul. She holds a Doctorate in Biblical Theology and Diplomas in Library Science from Delhi Library Association, Journalism & Public Relations, from Media Centre, Bangalore. Sr. Pauline very effectively presented to us the document. Furthermore she gave us many insights into New Evangelization. The various themes emerging from the documents were highlighted by her. The enrichment received will definitely help us in our communities during the year as we study the document.  Sr. Pauline also gave many practical implication of the document.

The afternoon hours were devoted to group study and discussion on the document. May all our learning, study and reflection help us to become Prophetic witnesses of the Word in this contemporary world so as to go forth from our comfort zones to reach out to all those in the peripheries” in need of the God’s light and love. At the General Assembly each group shared in a very creative manner the insights of their groups.

To culminate this day we had a momentous moment. The Prize Distribution Ceremony of the Province Community Documentation Contest 2014. Celebrating and re-living community moments together in joy are truly significant.  This initiative helps us to grow in communion with one another and express it joyfully as we educate the young, being with them today, a home that evangelises and to re-commit ourselves to the work of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.  Sr. Wilma De Souza, our Provincial graciously handed over the prizes. The First prize was awarded to Auxilium, Wadala, the Second Prize to Laura Vicuna Niwas, Ahmednagar and to Maria Kripa, Madanthyar and the Third Prize to Auxilium, Caranzalem.

First prize: Auxilium, Wadala









Second Prize: Laura Vicuna Niwas, Ahmednagar


Second Prize: Maria Kripa, Madanthyar


Third Prize: Auxilium, Caranzalem

Sr. Wilma thanked all the members of the Provincial Animation Commission Team for being present for this day of study and reflection. She also welcomed the new members to the PAC team. She exhorted us to make an in-depth study of EVANGELII GAUDIUM in our community during the year which would help us in our study of the Working Document of GC XXIII as we prepare for the forthcoming General Chapter.

We thanked Sr. Caroline D’Souza and her community for their hospitality and care shown to us during the day.

Photos of the Group presentations:

Group 1 – Rejoicing Messengers                 Group 2 – Joy filled Women Disciples


Group 3 – Channels of Joy                         Group 4 – Joyful Evangelizers of the Peripheries