Diamond Jubilee of Past Pupils Federation Inaugurated

18-DSC0895914th November 2015 was a red-letter day in the annals of the Federation of the FMA Past-Pupils Shillong Province as it marked the opening of the Diamond Jubilee of its existence. The short but meaningful programme was held at Auxilium Convent Nongthymmai –Shillong. The Chief Guest of the function was Sr. Isabella Suja, Provincial and the Guest of Honour was Sr. Catherine Susngi who is also one of the first FMA Past-pupils from Mawlai Unit. “Reach the Unreached” is a theme that would guide them in all their endeavours during this one year of thanksgiving and celebration.

The function started by invoking God’s blessings on all of us and thanking Him for the 60 years journey. During the prayer moment the flag of the federation and the flags of the 03-DSC08871respective units were brought forward in procession led by the President of the Federation, Mrs. Cathleen Pyngrope; a sign of offering each unit to God and in thanksgiving for all the past-pupils who have passed out from the portals of the FMA institutions. Mother Provincial gave us a beautiful message. She said to us to “grow not just in number but in quality”. Her concluding words quoted from Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” was a strong message for us. We should not work alone but we should join hands so that we can achieve what we have set for. In her talk she also traced a brief history of the Federation at Institute level and how it is being passed on to us. At the end of her talk Mother Provincial did the honours of releasing Titbits – a 12-DSC08925quarterly publication of the light moments of the Past Pupils. Each unit presented an item which added colour to the function. The Mawlai Unit presented the welcome song, the Jowai Unit presented a choreography entitled “I want to follow Jesus” and the Nongthymmai Unit presented a cultural dance of the Jaiñtia tribe called the “Chad Sukra”. The Guest of Honour, Sr. Catherine Susngi, too gave a heart-warming message. She gave her message based on Pope Francis’ encyclical “The Face of Mercy. Her talk coincided with the theme and was very impressed with the theme. She implored the Past pupils to ‘reach the unreached’ by looking for the sick and needy near us and not necessarily far away. All of us can ‘reach the unreached’ in our different fields of work. The 06-DSC08883vote of thanks was proposed by Saramai Tariang a Past Pupils of Jowai Unit. The function concluded with the group photo followed by the distribution of Tit bits and a family meal.

It is noteworthy to mention that Late Sr. Josephine Gaod FMA, a missionary who worked in our land introduced the Past-pupils Federation in the Province way back in 1966. Initiating this year-long celebration she was fondly remembered at the prayer moment.

 

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All Souls Day Observed

2nd November  is always a beautiful sight at the Shillong Catholic Cemetery where we witness thousands of faithful pay homage to the departed souls on the occasion of All 02-DSCN2796Souls Day.

Along with the rest of the faithful, the Salesian Sisters of Shillong Province too joined in this commemoration with much gratitude and love for the Sisters who have toiled and brought up the Province as it is today. The addition of the write up on the two walls paying homage to the Sisters, the newly painted chapel and clean surroun06-DSCN2800ding gave a celestial touch to the resting place of our dear departed Sisters and an awe-inspiring sight for all those who come and pray for them and through them. May they enjoy eternal peace and intercede for the living who strive to follow their footsteps.  07-DSCN2801