Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Yes I would agree with Henry Ford and say that FMA-PCI Annual Meet was a great success in as much as we could come together, keep together and work together from September 1 to 3rd, 2015 at Mazzarello Convent, Kodambakkam, Chennai. We were 40 members the Provincials of 6 Provinces along with their two delegates each and special invitees. We had the joy of being enriched by the resource person Sr. Vilma Tallone, Economer General who edified us by her great capacity for adaptability, simplicity and tremendous love for the Institute. On the first day there was a solemn Inaugural Session by our Province, INM with colorful dances and choreography by the children from our Institutions in Chennai zone. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our Sisters and our lay collaborators it was a spectacular moment of the participants of the PCI.
Sr. Magnificat Soosai, our beloved Mother Provincial gave a brief welcome address presenting the rich cultural heritage of our state Tamil Nadu and especially of Chennai. Each participant was offered a garland and a bouquet of flower as a sign of our welcome and love. Sr.Vilma Tallone addressed the School children, the staff and the members gathered that morning appreciating the beauty and variety that delights the eyes and hearts of us all. She exhorted the children to be eco friendly, respect nature, respect human person, respect human dignity and the rights of every person to be respected and upheld. After this solemn inaugural Session all the members of the PCI gathered in the hall to commence the work together.
Welcome Address was given by Sr. Elizabeth George – President of PCI followed by the Inaugural Address of Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil – Presiding General Councillor who at present is making her Canonical Visit in our Province. Then Sr.Vilma Tallone took over and handled various sessions on Communion of Goods and Solidarity, presenting the guidelines of GCXXIII and the General economy and administration of our Institute as a whole. Two days of animation brought forth enlightenment and clarifications on various aspects of the Province level and the local level administration, economy and management. Various group works and the presentation of the same enabled the Sisters to be more dynamic and active all the day long. On the third day there was the presentation of the Reports 2014-15 and action Plan 2015-16 by the National Coordinators. In the afternoon there was a discussion on business session such as Proceedings of the Registration of Auxilium – FMA Schools of India, PCI representative for the ETG group for 2017-2018-2019, Youth Pastoral theme for 2016 – 2017, Nomination of new National coordinators who are completing their terms, Visit of Sr. Piera Cavagliera – 2016, Celebration of the FMA centenary – preparation etc. At the end of it all there was a concluding session by Sr.Vilma Tallone. In the evening there was an expression of thanks coordinated by ING and INB Provinces who in a creative Salesian way thanked everyone especially Sr. Magnificat Soosai, our Mother Provincial, and with her all those who contributed much for the success of the meeting. A special word of appreciation was given to Sr.Nirmala Lazar and the community who were stupendous in their foreseeing attitude, tender loving care, ready service and hospitality. May the Lord of Mercy bless our FMA – India and lead us together with the young towards green pastures of holiness and fullness of life and joy!
Sr.Josephine Rani Susai INM
FMA INDIA PROVINCIALS WITH SR. LUCY ROSE AND SR. VILMA TALLONE
It was stupendous as Provincial Team to gather around our beloved Sr.Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, the Visiting General Councillor. We were 19 members including 7 lay team members who took part in the meeting. Sr.Margaret Sebastian lead us into a beautiful prayer moment with a Video song invoking the Spirit of the Lord to reside over us that we may become joyful heralds of God’s love and mercy to the youth and to the women of our times. At the end of the prayer moment we exchanged with one another a medal symbol – of love and appreciation. Sr.Josephine Rani Susai, the General coordinator, welcomed our Visiting Councillor with heart overflowing with joy and exuberance. She donned Mother with a shawl while Mrs.Vallery Patric offered a bouquet of flower. Sr.Veronica, the Secretary who accompanied her was also welcomed with a Shawl and a bouquet offered by Sr.Rayappan Sampooranam and Mrs.Brittilla.
After a solemn welcome each member introduced herself/himself mentioning the sector for which they hold the responsibility. Sr.Magnificat Soosai, our Mother Provincial, said few words about our Visiting Councillor who after being elected the second time as a Indian General Councillor, making her Canonical visit to our Province. Then staring from Sr.Josephine Rani Susai who presented the five years 2010-2015 report of the Provincial Team, every team member presented the report of their own sector. Formation, Catechetics, Academic coordination, youth pastoral – Groups and Movement, Educating Community, Past Pupils, VIDES, Salesian co-operators, women, young at Risk, Non formal, Mission Ad/ inter gentes, social development coordination, Human Rights education, social communication, English Academy and vocation Pastoral. Each sector was well presented with the power point presentations and in a synthesized manner with the duration of 3 minutes each. After the presentation of few sectors we had a short break for photo session.
At the end of the presentation of all the sectors, Sr.Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, the Visiting General Councillor addressed the Team members. At the very start she appreciated the Provincial Sr.Magnificat Soosai and Sr.Josephine Rani Susai for the able coordination and continued to praise every team member who carry out the animation of the sectors in the Province. She really admired the presence of the Lay Team members who take active part in all the animation of the Province in the capacity of the Lay team members. As mother Province we set a good example of coordination especially with our lay collaborators. She exhorted us to keep in mind that no sector is superior to the other instead the journey of the Province is one with the unified Pastoral plan. In the name of Mother General she urged to pay particular attention to vocation Pastoral and Missionary dimension of the Province to share the Good News with the young people for the other young people. She encouraged us to consider coordination as relational approach. After her speech Sr.Celine Thimena proposed a vote of thanks in the name of all the Team members.
Sr.Lucy Rose then paused to look into the photo albums and other documentations of all the sectors well displayed in the hall. With joy that filled our hearts we then dispersed thanking God for this wonderful chance of encounter our dear Sr.Lucy Rose and sharing with her the journey of the Provincial Team, the hard work of every member for the growth of our beloved Province. May the Lord enable us to broaden our vision that we may be with the young missionaries of joy and hope to those in the periphery!
Sr.Josephine Rani Susai, INM
The 37th Annual Provincial Congress cum bicentenary celebration of the Salesian Cooperators saw nine new members to the Association who took the promise on 6th September 2015 at Divine Saviour Parish Church, Nongthymmai – Shillong. The solemn and meaningful act took place at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Paul Lyngkot, Salesian Vice Provincial of Silchar Province.
The Flag bearer Mr. Marius Kharkongor, Local Delegate of Nongthymmai Centre, and Mr. Anthony Laloo, Provincial Coordinator led the new members to the altar accompanied by the Celebrants. The symbolic gesture of the lighted candle held in their hands signifies the joy of living and sharing the Salesian Spirit in their different life’s situation. At the homily, Fr. Paul exhorted the Salesian Cooperators to live the Spirit of Don Bosco in the world. He also reminded the gathering on the words of Pope Francis which have been resonated to the Salesian Family by the Rector Major Don Angel Fernandez Artime on being cheerful despite the monotony and struggles of life. The assembly witnessed the readiness of the new members to live the spirit of Don Bosco through the pronouncement of the formula of the promise. After the promise taking the certificates were signed on the altar and were distributed to all the newly promised members.
Nine New Promised Salesian Cooperators
The 37th Annual Provincial Congress cum Bicentenary Celebration of the Association of
Participants of the 37th Annual Provincial Congress
Salesian Cooperators Shillong Province commenced today the 5th September 2015 at Divine Saviour Parish Hall, Nongthymmai. The annual event of the association is hosted by the Nongthymmai Centre with its head office at Auxilium Convent, Nongthymmai. The participants numbering 255 have come from the 16 centres of the Province.
At the outset the participants gathered outside the hall for the flag hoisting ceremony in which Fr. Festus Shadap SDB, former Salesian Delegate for Salesian Family, Silchar Province was the Chief Guest. The Pre-Aspirants of the Auxilium Nongthymmai with their welcome song and choreography and the Novices from Bellefonte with their prayer dance made the inaugural function very meaningful and solemn. The lighting of the lamp invoked God’s presence and enlightenment as they embarked on the two days of sharing and celebration.
Fr. Edmund Gomes SDB, Parish Priest of Divine Saviour Parish, Nongthymmai exhorted the Cooperators to be a leaven in the world and to give Gospel witness to the society in which they live.