FMA India National Coordinators’ Meet was held on 31st August 31, 2015 at the FMA Provincial House, Chennai. Sr. Elizabeth George, PCI President presided over the meeting. The day was spent in substantial sharing of the various activities carried out during the year in our respective sectors.Listening to each other was truly enriching and filled us with great joy to know that FMA India is marching forward with much accomplishment and success stories. United we commit ourselves to do much good for the welfare of our young people and all those most in need.
We also had the joy of having our dear Sr. Lucy Rose, Visiting Councillor and Sr. Vilma Tallone, Economer General from Rome came to greet us. They encouraged us to go forward in our importance responsibilities as National Coordinators.
May Mary accompany us her daughters to journey like her to be true Missionaries of Hope and Joy.
At the early hours of 5 August 2015 the province witnessed the self-giving of six young women through their First Religious Profession at Mary Our Help Training Centre,
Bellefonte – Shillong. The solemn rite of religious profession was presided over by Rev. Fr. George Maliekal, Salesian Provincial of Silchar Province in the presence of hosts of Sisters, religious men and women, family members, friends and well-wishers.
The Sisters hail from the Khasi and Jaiñtia tribes of Meghalaya belonging to the three dioceses namely Shillong, Nongstoiñ and Jowai. They were led to the altar by their Novice Mistress Sr. Rosa Pyngrope and accompanied by their parents; a symbolic sign of offering by their parents and those responsible in their formation. The motto that has accompanied their journey was “See! I have carved you on the palm of my hand”. By the act of their religious profession they place themselves in the hand of the Lord and pledged to live their life for His glory in the footsteps of our Founders St. John Bosco and St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello making the Salesian charism ever relevant in the present times. Further, in his homily, the main celebrant Fr. George expressed his words of encouragement to the newly professed in this way: “A while ago, when your names were called out, we all heard your response, repeating the words of young Samuel, ‘Here I am Lord; You have called me’. The celebrant did not reply like Eli, ‘Go back and sleep’. Instead, you are told: ‘May the Lord bring your desire to fulfillment’.
The Provincial, Sr. Isabella Suja in the name of the Church welcomed the Sisters to the Institute as members with temporary vows to share in the life and mission of the Province. The celebration was made devotional and meaningful with the apt liturgy and melodious choir under the guidance of Sr. Catherine Susngi. We wished our newly professed a wonderful journey with the young being missionaries of hope and joy.
3 August 2015 was a remarkable day in the annals of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate, Bellefonte – Shillong wherein we saw the highest number of novices with the entry of the 18 new novices.
In a simple yet meaningful ceremony the eighteen young girls were received into the novitiate by Sr. Isabella Suja, Provincial and entrusted them to the care of the Novice Mistress, Sr. Rosa Pyngrope. The novices enacted the scene of the vessels that boasted about their qualities and capabilities but finally the Master chose the clay pot, which allowed itself to be moulded and shaped according to his designs. Taking the lesson from the vessels, the novices want to assume the characteristics of the clay, which is pliable in the hands of those who are entrusted with the mission of forming them to become authentic Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Sr. Isabella too gave a nice reflection on the theme “The Potter and the Clay”. With determination they expressed their desire in a song “We are vessels of Clay” composed by a Pauline nun, Sr. Caroline Duia.
The ceremony took on a moving note when the Novice Mistress along with the Novices knelt down in front of the Help of Christians entrusting the Novices to her maternal care. This was followed by a personal greeting to each novice. At the end of the service they were being congratulated by all present; the Sisters and novices from Bellefonte and the Sisters from the neighbouring communities.