95 GLORIOUS YEARS OF FMA PRESENCE IN INDIA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we celebrate 95 glorious years of FMA presence in India. The six pioneers Sr. Teresa Balestra,Sr. Maria Angeleri, Sr. Caterina Marnetto,             Sr. Luigina Appiano, Sr. Consiglia Tarricone and Sr. Teresa Merlo set sail from Turin reached the Gateway of India ( Mumbai) on 18 November 1922 and later set foot at Tanjore – Tamil Nadu on 22nd November.We are grateful to God for the wonders He works in India. FMA INDIA stands tall in the mission of young people.The seven Provinces of FMA INDIA praise and our Heavenly Queen and Mother for her constant help and assistance. May we glow and grow under her loving mantle! FMA INB Province remembered to pray for the all the Provinces and implored God to make us holy each day and grant us many vocations to our FMA India Provinces.  

LONG LIVE FMA INDIA! LONG LIVE DON BOSCO AND MOTHER MAZZARELLO!

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A DAY MARKING CHILDHOOD AND THE FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR MANIKANDAM, TRICHY – INT

Seeking the well being of the children, has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind. Children’s day – ‘a day marking childhood’ was celebrated on 19th November 2017 in Manikandam, Tiruchirapalli for about 100 children frequenting the Sunday Oratory from three centres. The theme of the day focused on children and their rights.  This occasion was celebrated with grand splendor and fiesta. The celebration commenced with a prayer, followed by a dance, pyramid display, speech by Sr. Cruz Anthoni Michaela the animator and Mother Mistress of Divyadhanam Novitiate – Trichy, Mr. Rajini the ward member of Ambethkarnagar, on being smart and the rights and duties of children respectively.

The programme of the day was interspersed with the creative activities reminding the children of their basic rights. The campus was buzzing with excitement and joy of colourfully dressed children taking part in various activities and a participatory game – Treasure Hunt. The Children’s day was impregnated with immense moments of joy, enthusiasm and magnificence for the children animated by Sr. Azarias Arockiamary , Sr. Antony Rayappan Jothy, novices and the ex oratorians of the centre namely Pradeep, Varun, Veerapandi, Hari, Shakthi and Vijay.

Being the First World Day of the Poor, paying heed to the exhortation of the Holy father “the poor are the flesh of Christ… love them not in words but in deeds”, the entire community had the joy of inviting the poor children as honored guests of the table and concluded the celebration with a shared meal. May these happy moments of their childhood linger on in their minds forever.

At the end of the day the community gathered around the Eucharistic Lord, pondering on Pope Francis’ invitation to men and women of good well to reach out to the poor. The prayer concluded with the singing of our Father enabling us to recognize our need to overcome every form of selfishness in order to enter into the joy of mutual acceptance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 5th 2017 – Feast of Our Lady of Snow – INT

5thAugust the Feast of Our Lady of Snow was a significant moment in the annals of the Province to sing together with joy the wonders of Mary in our institute and our 

Province. God in his Providential Care has given Our Lady of Snow as the Patroness of the Province. The Sisters were fortunate to celebrate this feast in order to recall the past, renew the present and live the future with hope. All the communities prepared for this great occasion to entrust the entire Province to our Lady.  The Province assisted the sisters to cherish the historical significance of this feast through various initiatives. All the formative and  liturgical moments of the day highlighted the importance of the day. This was an occasion to prayerfully remember the sisters who made and will make their first Profession and celebrate their Jubilee on this beautiful day.  The prayer of entrustment which is compiled this year will be utilized every year to renew the entrustment to our Blessed Mother.

 

140TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST FMA MISSIONARY EXPEDITION-INT


Paying heed to the clarion call of the Mother General – “Let us accept the appeal to depart again like the ongoing Church, rediscovering the missionary face of the Institute, in synchrony with the young, missionaries of other young people.  I invite you to retrace this journey together with faith and hope, in the certainty that you will know how to accept it and actualize it with a missionary heart”  the Sisters of  INT ventured with zeal and enthusiasm to celebrate the   First Missionary expedition of the Institute.

 United with the FMAs the world over, the Province of Our Lady of Snow – INT celebrated the 140th   year of the First Missionary Expedition to Montevideo – Uruguay on 14th November 2017.   It was an occasion of joy to render praise, thanks & glory to God for the marvels of His love experienced in the Institute through the valiant missionaries – Sr. Angela Vallese (23), Sr. Giovanna Borgna (17),                    Sr. Angela Cassulo (25),                    Sr. Angela Denegri (17),                         Sr. Teresa Gedda (24), and                   Sr. Teresa Mazzarello (17) .

            The entire Province prepared for this historical event with the triduum.  From  11th  – 13th November 2017, the Sisters studied and assimilated – “Broaden your vision – with the Young Missionaries of Hope and Joy –  a Missionary Outlook”,  Letters of Mother Mazzarello addressed to the First Missionaries and the characteristic traits of our courageous pioneers to India respectively.                                        The liturgical moments solemnized on 14th November in each community with the entire educating community revived the missionary ardour of the Sisters and renewed their commitment to be available where the Lord calls them for the work of education and evangelization especially to the poorest young people in the periphery.

A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF FMA INDIA – INT

                                       TRICHY PROVINCE OF OUR LADY OF SNOW           

The birth of every new province in the Congregation is indication that the Charism of the founder is alive and active. Six FMA Pioneers came to India in the year 1922, sixteen years after the Salesian charism was brought to our beloved motherland India. The FMA augmented in number, the mission grew and the province too increased to six when the Province of Guwahati, Mater Ecclesia was established in the year 2000. The birth of our new Province of Trichy, Our Lady of Snow, is a significant coincidence as the Congregation is celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first missionary expedition. The momentous event of the birth of the New Province of Our Lady of Snow on June 10, 2017, was celebrated with great joy. The most cherished part of this celebration was the presence of Rev. Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General, in Tamil Nadu from June 8 to 14, 2017. 

         The glorious INM Province was delighted to receive “La Madre” and accord her a warm welcome in the Provincial House at Kodambakkam.  The   Sisters, Salesians, members of the Salesian Family, the young People, the educators and the members of the educating community warmly welcomed her at Trichy airport on June 9, 2017 and escorted her to Manikandam, the   novitiate and the Provincial house of the Province of Our Lady of Snow.  Joy filled the air! Music, singing, colours, cheers and rhythmic steps of the nimble footed dancers including the novices were all over in the campus express in the spirited sentiments of everyone on the occasion the thrice blessed celebration; presence of Mother General, birth of the New Province, installation of the first Provincial of INT.   

Fruitful encounters between Mother General and the sisters, Salesians, Novices, young people, lay collaborators,  members of the Salesian Family and Educating Community, friends, and well wishers, prayers, liturgical moments, celebrations and table fellowship filled the day and the night.  An apt preparation to participate in the historical event of the birth of a new life with a pure heart was the invitation of Mother General to one and all to forgive one another from the heart, to build up relationships based on unconditional love.

At the dawn of the long awaited day, June 10, 2017, the Sisters and Provincials of the FMA India participated in the Morning prayer on the theme: We are a part of god’s Dream.  The erction of the Province was depicted symbolically by the planting of a sapling and it’s being  nourished by the manure of God’s Word, watered by the family Spirit and embedded on the soil – our motherland India – where the FMAs were invited to march towards the periphery of the society to reach out to the poorest young women.

The introduction for the Holy Mass presented through choreography the fascinating story of the birth of each of the seven Indian Provinces.  Rt Rev. Antony Devotta, Bishop of Trichy, Fr. John Bosco and Fr. Aghilan, the Vice Provincials of SDB INM and INt along with thirty Priests concelebrated.  The Bishop applauded the Provincials and the Salesian Sisters for their creative and generous ministry among the young girls in the periphery.  Reminding the acronym www.com chosen by the Provincial Sr. Soosai Magnificat, he asked the Sisters to recommit themselves to work wonders in communion.  He brought to light the significance of the name chosen for the new Province.  The Provincial Councillors and Animators of INT symbolically carried a brick to the altar, and built the living Monument of Gratitude to Mary Help of Christians.  Mother General placed the Statue of Our Lady of Snow on it and the first FMA INT Provincial, Sr. Amalanathan Mary Margaret placed a lamp. After the invocation to the Holy Spirit Mother General read the Decree of the Erection of the New Province and the Nomination of the New Provincial following which she handed over a statue of the Good Shepherd to the New Provincial. 

 Sr. Magnificat Soosai the outgoing Provincial handed over the keys to Sr. Margaret as a humble gesture of handing over the responsibilities for the Provincial.  During the Eucharistic Banquet, the Bishop invited Mother General and the New Provincial to distribute the body and the Blood of Christ to the Sisters of INT.  Mother silently whispered a prayer of blessing for each of them as they received Jesus.  At the conclusion of the Mass, Mother General released balloons and a dove, symbolically bidding the Sisters to venture into New Horizons in the growth of the INT Province.

The Provincials of FMA India, the SDB Vice Provincials of Chennai and Trichy and the Generals of other Congregations were felicitated following which the foundation stone was unveiled by Mother General and blessed by Bishop.  An array of dances and songs by the students of neighbouring Schools and Novices added joy, colour, and cheer to the event – “Kadhai Kelu Kanne’ a collection of Moral stories by Sr.  Soosaimarian Pushpam and “Finding God in illness and Care Giving” by Sr. Devadoss Margaret were released by Mother General.  The writers were honoured by Sr. Magnificat and Sr. Margaret.

Addressing the Sisters, the new Provincial Sr. Margaret, urged them to fix their gaze on the people in the periphery where the divine dwells. Sr. Magnificat thanked Mother General, Provincial Councillors, Superiors and Sisters for their collaboration in the work of the Province. Mother General expressed her immense joy and hope. Let this event spur us to walk together as a Salesian family rich in courage, audacity, hope and love in order to give synergy of service to the demands of education and evangelization, in the spirit of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.                           

                                                                                     – Sr. Ambrose Little Flower