The Nurses of the Province gathered for a two day Annual Meet at Auxilium Provincial House Shillong from 10-11 October 2015. The theme for the Meet was “Consecrated to bless and heal”. Twelve Nurse Sisters have come together for a moment of sharing, evaluation and planning.
The Annual meet was inaugurated with a short and well planned function in the presence of Sr. Isabella Suja, Provincial and all the Councillor of the Province. In her message, the Provincial appreciated and recognized the role and services of the Nurses. She said, “They are the first to work and the last to leave”. She defines a nurse as a unique soul who passes through someone’s life for a minute and impact it for an eternity. Further she also said that nursing is not a career but a call by God to share in God’s healing ministry. Soon after the inaugural function the group was enlightened by Sr. Mabel Dhar VSDB, President of Catholic Health Association of Shillong (CHAS). She initiated her talk with an introduction on Catholic Heath Association of India (CHAI) and its strategic planning. She clarified that CHAI is a service and not a project. She continued the presentation on the topic “Promoting Healing mission in Today’s context”. She expounded on its background, its problem and its context.
The second resource person was Dr. Martina Marwein MBBS. The session was carried out in a homely atmosphere where a round table sharing, clarification of doubts and discussion regarding prevention and promotion of health and community setting took place. This was followed by the evaluation of the annual report of each centre int eh presence of the Provincial Superior and two Councillors.
The final day saw the Planning of the Annual Programme 2016 which took a big share of the schedule. Just to break the monotony the Nurses had a lunch out wherein they continued their discussion and feedback of the whole event. The Annual Meet came to a fitting end through a well-animated Evening Prayer laden with gratitude to all who have made the event a successful one.
The Shillong Province rejoiced at the precious gift of vocation to the 15 young girls who on the 7 October 2015 received the Postulants’ Medal at Auxilium Training Centre Saiden – Nongpoh.
The short and meaningful ceremony began with the words of welcome from Sr. Phyllis Bamon, Animator of Saiden community. The fifteen young girls approached the altar with a symbolic gesture of offering an empty vessel, which symbolizes their readiness to be guided and accompanied in their vocational journey. The Word of God chosen for the occasion was on the call of Samuel. It has spurred in them the courage to respond to God’s call as expressed by some of them. The Provincial Superior, Sr. Isabella Suja questioned their motivation of entering the first step to religious life in which they responded in unison their ardent desire of living the charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello. She then welcomed them to the Postulancy and vested on each of them a medal, which bears the image of Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco. In her talk the Provincial, exhorted them to be humble and to accept corrections cheerfully. A felicitation programme organized by the twenty-two Aspirants followed the initiation to Postulancy. The Postulants too reciprocated their greetings and gave a thank you song along with a vote of thanks.
Besides the Provincial and Vice Provincial, present for the function were the Sisters from the three communities of Shillong and two other neighbouring communities of the Ribhoi area.
A two-day workshop was conducted for the Animators, School Sisters and members of the Provincial Team on Understanding, Implementing and Institutionalizing of FMA India Child Protection Policy. It was held from 5-6 October 2015 at Auxilium Provincial House. The resource persons were Fr. Joe Xavier SJ Executive Director, Indian Social Institute, Delhi and Sr. Isabella Alphonse FMA from Chennai Province who is also the National Development Forum Coordinator. 52 participants took part in it.
The significant event commenced with a prayerful moment animated based on the Gospel of St. Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me”. Immediately after the prayer moments, Sr. Isabella Suja the Provincial gave a welcome address to the resource persons and all the participants.
The first day was divided into four sessions. Sr. Isabella Alphonse on FMA-CPP took the first session: context, Processes and Final Document during which she presented the journey towards the FMA-INDIA Child Protection Policy. Various important points such as global context, abuses and consequences, stages in the creation of CPP, its application and advantages were dealt with. Sr. Isabella has enriched the sisters not just with her presentation but her experiences and competence.
The second session was taken by Fr. Joe Xavier who gave an explanation on the document-FMA Child Protection Policy. The entire session was a complete overview of the same. The structure of the document was presented and discussed in brief. Each topic was then explained briefly and among those, the role and functions of the designated officers were delved in detail. Fr. Joe made sure that every participant got a clear understanding of the document making it a very interactive and interesting session. Many questions were put before him and his response was prompt and to the point.
During the afternoon session Fr. Joe Xavier broke the participants into four groups after a brief instruction on the group activity. The groups then dispersed to discuss and prepare mock cases and presented the same in the evening. After every presentation a detailed evaluation was done whereupon various queries were answered to and doubts clarified.
The second day saw the sharing of two of our Sisters Sr. Happyline Shadap a member of CWC (Child Welfare Committee) in Ri Bhoi District and Sr. Cecilia Ksoo a member of the JJB (Juvenile Justice Board) West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. The groups then engaged themselves in the planning matrix for the province. A compilation group was also set up who compiled all the reports of the group and presented the consolidated work.
The programme concluded with a solemn valedictory function in which Sr. Isabella Suja the Provincial gave the concluding message. The Social Development Coordinator of the Province Sr. Gemima Pohrmen invited every one to rise up in which a prayer for Victims of Child Abuse was prayed together and followed by the Institute Anthem. Thus, the workshop that began with a prayer ended well with a prayer.