Inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life 2015

St. Ann’s Generalate, Ranchi

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(November 20-23, 2014) The National  CRI organized a three day seminar for the young religious on “Psycho-sexual integration and celibacy” by Fr. Joe Mannath SDB here. It was also a mega –celebration of the Inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life 2015. Bishops, clergy, religious and laity  were  representatives from other  regions.

???????????????????????????????Two hundred and fifty young religious representing  different  Congregations in India benefited from this programme.  Fr. Joe Mannath was the main resource person. He began with  the purposefulness of life and life goal exercises. Irrespective of status of life he alleged, that every person created in the image of God manifests and transmits the supreme love of God.

Celibacy  is a way of life: a life of forgiveness, of trust in God, of simplicity and inner freedom, it is a search for God’s will rather than one’s likes or ambitions. The consecrated life though challenging ,  demands a greater degree of love.

He invited us to make a difference in society and be totally transformed. He exhorted us to accept and recongnize God’s gift with love  and to use it in  our ministry  among the people  we encounter in our daily life.

???????????????????????????????Pope Francis has declared 2015 to be the Year of Consecrated Life. It marks the 50thanniversary of Vatican II Decree on the Renewal of Consecrated Life [Perfectae Caritatis]. The key note of the seminar was the launching of the Year of Consecrated Life” specially chosen on the feast of Christ the King in the Cathedral at Ranchi since  from this Cathedral has blossomed many vocations  to the Church.

 

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MEDIA FEST-MARIALAYA BROADWAY(INM)

A DAY TO RELAX AND RE-THINK

On 23rd November,   Media Fest was celebrated in the  shelter home at George Town, Marialaya.  There were 45  Participants from Community College  and shelter Home.

DSC00084A tamil  cinema Kathi was viewed  and few questions were given for discussion,

1. Do you agree with the title?

2. What is the main idea revealed through this cinema?

3. What are the Positive and Negative values proposed?

They actively participated in the discussion and  said the story  revolves around  the farmers. The tricks and pranks played up by the Multi- National companies attracts everybodys attention. The concept is brought out very well in the story. For the values they said, we should not waste water and respect the work of the farmers because the farmers are back born of the country. On the whole they all liked the cinema.

Sr. Aruldoss Rose Mary the local coordinator for media gave an introductory talk and introduced the theme: “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” and she also invited two eminent speakers from the cine field to give input sessions. Mr. Senthil spoke about how the script is prepared what is the work of an artist is. How the shots are taken and how many people are involved behind the screen to complete thDSC00078e work. Mr. Vijay Kannan spoke about the importance  of  songs and background music  for the dialogue. He said we need the command of the language. At the end of the talk Inspirational film  ” You too  can be a hero”  was shown to them.

Rally Against Child Abuse – INM

DSC02630About 1000 Students of St. Francis Xavier Anglo Indian Hr. Sec. School, Our Lady’s Centre Matriculation School and Nirmala Institute of Commerce gathered together to raise their voices to end violence against girl children. The Programme kick started at 8.30 a.m. with short prayer followed by a street play.  Sr. Dora- Directress of Marialaya enlightened the students about   the seriousness of the issue and stand for the rights of the children. The Correspondent of St. Francis Xavier, Rev. Sr. Pushpa Jeya. S waved off the flag and started the rally.

DSC_0211The Children enthusiastically shouted out various slogans and carried placards to create awareness among the people. The rally passed by Broadway theatre, Arts College, Pedariyar Koil Street and ended in Our Lady’s Centre Matriculation School Campus.

DSC02641Students after raising their voices for a cause gathered together for an enactment on child abuse titled “Vannathu Poochi”.  Mrs. Guna Seeli, (District Child Protection Officer), Spoke on the rights of the children, and the accompaniment of elders, steps and preventive measures in case of abuse. Mrs. Sasikala, Sub Inspector of Muthialpet Police Station and Mrs. Shoba (Advocate – High DSC_0058Court), highlighted on the rights and responsibilities of the children. “Orange your neighbourhood” theme for the orange day celebration coinciding today’s event  was stressed by Sr. Celine Raju- Media Co-ordinator. It is right and fitting to  galvanise our activities  to shoot up for sixteen days to end violence against women and children until Human rights day. Suggestions and ideas were given to protect them from abuse. Thus this successful programme shook North Chennai and made them think about the protection of their precious children.

FAITH FORMATION SEMINAR FOR YOUNG SISTERS – FMA INM PROVINCE

faith formation INM(Sr.John Bosco Edal Queen) With an untiring spirit to search His Kingdom in faith, 28 of the dynamic and vibrant young sisters of FMA province of Chennai – India (INM) gathered on 22 November 2014 at.St.Mary’s convent – Vellore for the seminar on “Faith Formation”.

Being the day of the first arrival of the six pioneers in India , we celebrated their faith during Mass and thanked  God for them. The day’s event was commenced with the Word of God and note of joyful welcome by the participants. Rev.Sr.Josephine Rani Susai the Catechetical coordinator along with Rev.Sr.Chinnapan Gracy Fatima and Sr.Rev.Sr.Arokiam Gracy Rani, were the well trained and creative resource persons of the day. The day was enriched as the church documents were analyzed explained and discussed by the sisters. Rev.Sr.Gracy Fatima began the day explaining about “Die Veribum “the dogmatic constitution on Divine revelation. It helped us to understand the richness of God’s revelation in the Church.

Rev.Sr. Arokiam  Gracy Rani continued to explain about “Sacrosanctum concilium  “ the constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. She gave more reflection on active and conscious participation in the liturgy and the norms to follow and promote. She presented the seven chapters including sacraments, liturgy of the hour, sacred music and art. After lunch we had a lively recreation and that was followed by the session of  Rev.Sr.Susai Josephine Rani. She led the participants to understand the dogmatic constitution on the church”Lumen Gentium”. She enkindled the spirit of faith by explaining the mystery of the church, people of God, hierarchical structure of church and the universal call to holiness. At the end of the day the participants were divided into groups and each group presented the synthesis of one document of the church in a creative way.

We thanked God for this beautiful day of enlightenment and the persons who felicitated, and the hosting community that welcomed us and each other for our joyful company. We thank our beloved Mother Provincial Sr.Soosai Magnificat for having given us this opportunity to enrich ourselves. We are grateful for the formation and accompaniment received in our Province.

 

Honour to the Catholic Church in India – Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathingal declared Saints

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On the Solemn Feast of Christ our King, Pope Francis declared our two Indians SAINTS of the Catholic Church in a solemn ceremony held Sunday morning at St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, 23 November.

saints novThousands of Indians, especially Kerala, working all over the world including priests, religious and laity gathered for the canonization of our two Kerala saints Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathingal.

Among the faithful participating the event are scores of bishops and four Cardinals from India including Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

The official Indian delegation is led by Mr P J Kurien, Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha.

It is reported that currently there are 29 Indians at various stages of the process of sainthood.

FR. KURIAKOSE ELIAS CHAVARA

Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara who lived in the 19th century Kerala is reckoned as a social reformer and visionary priest. Pope John Paul II during his visit to Kerala on 8 February 1986 declared Fr Chavara blessed along with sister Alphonsa, who was made a saint in 2008.

Born in 1805 at Kainakari in Alappuzha district, Fr Chavara was ordained priest in 1829 and is credited with introducing reforms in the Syrian Catholic Church, especially popularizing religious instruction and retreat for laymen. He founded the first Indian congregation for men called the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, and for women, the Carmelites of Mother Carmel (CMC).

He started the first printing press in his monastery at Mannanam in Kottayam, which went on to bring out the first Malayalam daily newspaper, Nasrani Deepika, which today is known as Rashtra Deepika.

His pioneering contribution to society was to establish a school along with church, a campaign started in 1864 when he decreed that every palli (church) must have a pallikoodam (school) which continues to be a permanent feature even today. Fr. Chavara also started boarding schools for girls and special schools for the weaker sections.

SR. EUPHRASIA

Sr Euphrasia who lived in the 19th and 20th century Kearala led a life dedicated to prayer and sufferings. A member of the Congregation of the Mother Carmel established by Chavara in 1866 she was born in 1877 at Katoor in Thrissur district in a rich family, and was known as Rose before becoming a nun. She joined the CMC and became a nun in 1898, and took the name Euphrasia and led her life mostly in the convent chapel at Ollur in Thrissur. She was known as “the praying mother” and revered as a living saint among the nuns.

She died in 1952 at age 75, and was buried at Ollur. Years later, the tomb of the nun, who prayed for a silent and secluded life, turned to a pilgrim centre. Several miracles were reported from the faithful through heavenly intercession of Euphrasia.

With this canonization event, India has four saints of the Indian origin, the first being St. Gonsalo Garcia (1556-1597) a Roman Catholic Franciscan friar from India, who died as a martyr in Japan and the first Indian to attain sainthood. Born in the western coastal town of Vasai to Portuguese Father and a native Indian mother, he was canonized in 1862 by Pope Pius IX.

The second was the more recent and the first woman saint and first saint of the Church in Kerala, St. Alphonsa Muttathupadathu, who lived as an unknown simple Clarist nun within the four walls of the Franciscan Clarist convent. She was canonized on 12 October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.

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JESUS IS THE KING OF HEARTS, CONQUERING THE WORLD WITH LOVE. PEOPLE DIE FOR THEIR KING AND FOR THE KINGDOM BUT JESUS OUR KING DIED FOR US, HIS PEOPLE WHOM HE LOVED SO MUCH. LET US PRAY TO JESUS OUR KING TO GRANT PEACE TO OUR WORLD.                                     Attributes of Christ our King – His astounding GRACE, HUMILITY AND LOVE.

Anniversary of the arrival of our First FMA Missionaries to our Mother Land

First FMA Missionaries

The first six FMA pioneers,  Sr. Teresa Balestra, Sr. Maria Angeleri, Sr. Caterina Marnetto, Sr.Luigina Appiano, Sr. Consiglia Tarricone and Sr.Teresa Merlo set sail from Turin, Italy and arrived in India on 22nd November, 1922 at Tanjore, Tamilnadu. Today our presence in India has grown into six provinces – Chennai (1946), Shillong (1953), Mumbai (1982), Kolkata(1987), Bangalore (1993) and Guwahati(2000). At present we have over 1477 sisters in India. We are proud to say that about 50 Sisters and more from our six Provinces have gone as missionaries to the different countries of the world to continue the mission of Christ and spread the charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.

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We thank God for our daring Missionaries who brought to us the charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello

 

God we have found a place in your arms

Felt the soft tender down of your wings

You love us as we are

You want so badly to comfort us and heal us

You want to help us to move on a step

To sow one seed in a future

We find it hard God

We feel stuck… frozen in time…

Frustrated with the paralysis of pain

Give us energy, love, forgiveness and hope for one step God

To sow one seed God

Give us your Holy Spirit to find strength

To nudge us forward to make this place a better place,

A safer place and a happier place.

Congratulations to La Madre and her Council

La Madre and the General Council 2014

Hearty Congratulations and God’s blessings in abundance to Mother Yvonne and all the members of her Council, those re-elected for a second term and those newly elected

Wishing them milliion of lamps to illuminate their way wherever God leads them as they touch the hearts of the young, the FMAs and the members of the Educating Communities around the Globe. May sweetness be in their speech, talent in their mind, love in their hearts, peace in their eyes, strength in their hands & always God’s grace in their life.

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Mother Yvonne Reungoat                  – Superior General (French)

Sr. Chiara Cazzuola                            – Vicar General (Italian)

Sr. Maria Nieves Reboso                   – Councillor for Formation (Spanish)

Sr. Maria Teresa Cocco                     – Councillor for Youth pastoral (Italian)

Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda                     – Councillor for the Salesian Family (Mexican)

Sr. Alaide Deretti                                 – Councillor for the Missions ad Gentes (Brazilian)

Sr. Maria Helena Moreira                   – Councillor for Social Communications (Brazilian)

Sr. Vilma Tallone                                – Councillor for Administration (Italian)

Sr. Silvia Boullosa                               – Visiting Councillor (Uruguayan)

Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil                    – Visiting Councillor (Indian)

Sr. Marija Pece                                   – Visiting Councillor (Slovenian)

Sr. Chantal Mukase                            – Visiting Councillor (Congolese)

Sr. Phyllis Neves                                – Visiting Councillor (American)

Sr. Paola Battagliola                           – Visiting Councillor (Italian)

Sr. Maria Assunta Sumiko Inoue        – Visiting Councillor (Japanese)

Sr. Piera Cavaglia                               – Secretary General (Italian)