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

 

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ADIEU SR. FERNANDO JULIET, INT

With Jesus’ hands full of graces and consolation, His Heart full of forgiveness and love, His lips full of words of absolution and encouragement, death loses its bitterness if it takes place between Jesus’ arms.  Jesus cannot abolish death, but He can make it sweet for those who die trusting in Him. 

A loving heart stopped beating and toiling hands were laid to rest promptly at the call of the Divine Master around 6.30 p.m on 22nd October 2017 at St. Isabel’s Hospital – Chennai. 

Dear Sr. Juliet, though you went serenely to meet your bridegroom and rest between the loving arms of Jesus, your swift entry into heaven is a shock to each one of us.  

Dear Sr. Juliet, though at the threshold of your religious life, the tempest of death of your dear father caressed you, you steadily walked on the path of fidelity, guided by the letter of  your mother which exhorted you to follow the Lord and never to turn back.

  • You were a pearl of great price, rich in Salesian values and an embodiment of human love and affection.
  • All through your life, you cherished company.  God gifted you the grace of being with Sisters, conversing, and joking with them even till your last breath.  
  • You were an intuitive mother, affectionate sister, wise educator and a pleasing companion to all, in moments of pain and struggle.
  • You were an exemplary FMA rooted in the love of Christ and nurtured by Mary’s maternal care.
  • You found innovative ways to heal the sick through herbal medication coupled with tender care and individual attention. 
  • You were a simple sister with great ambition of becoming a saint through accomplishing little things in an extraordinary way mingling it with prayer and intercession.
  • You were a kind teacher to the little ones, teaching them the art of loving God and serving the nation with dedication.
  • You showed great zest in fulfilling your duty in the parish ministry and you were fondly called an assistant Parish Priest by the people of  Michaelpuram.
  • In whichever community you went, you would ask yourself what more you could do for the sisters and the children.
  • Wasting time and things were not in your dictionary. You led an active and austere life cemented with charity for the poorest.
  • You decreased your needs to reach out to the needy and the helpless.   Your motherly care for the children at Pothur and other places manifested the fecundity of your vow of chastity.
  • You had always been a happy FMA radiating joy around you.  Lamenting, grumbling and gossiping were not your style of life.

Dear Sr. Juliet, the joyful celebration of your golden jubilee with your companions at Katpadi, is still lingering in our minds and hearts. We can never forget your words of wisdom – “You pass through life in this world only once, live it joyfully by making others happy.” We will always treasure and live this simple formula of yours.  As we were eagerly waiting to celebrate your jubilee in your community in the month of November, you seem to tell us that your celebration in heaven transcends all the celebrations on earth. 

                           FAREWELL  DEAR SISTER >>> BLESS US FROM HEAVEN!!! 

 

INT Youth Fest

                                                       YOUTH FEST

              PROVINCE OF OUR LADY OF SNOW – TIRUCHIRAPALLI – INT 

The Province of Our Lady of Snow celebrated its first Youth Fest on 14th October 2017 with the guidance of the Provincial Sr. Amalanathan Mary Margaret in Auxilium – Tanjore with the  help of the community and Youth pastoral co ordinators of all the houses in the Province.  Five hundred and fifty Catholic young boys and girls from nineteen communities gathered with boundless joy to celebrate this day in a significant manner on the theme – Young people, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. The day began with a warm welcome followed by a prayer dance by the college students of Regunathapuram.  Sr. Amalanathan Mary Margaret the Provincial delivered the key note address on discovering God, developing ones character in joyous service to others.   Rev. Fr. John Baptist SDB spoke on challenges, role models and the responsibility of the young people in building a new Society.  This was followed by a third session by Fr. Barnabas SDB on “Young People, faith and Vocation Discernment”. The hall mark of the day was the cultural bonanza on the role of the youth in the Church, ecology, family, media, leadership, creating a non violent world, young people and our culture. These themes were expressed creatively through conversation, drama, mime, skit, fusion dance, street play and a song. The climax of the day was the celebration of the Holy sacrifice of the Mass. The group had a wonderful prayerful experience. All of them returned home in high spirits with a yearning to search and discern God’s designs in their lives.

 

 

INT – INM Juniors Meet at Manikandam, TRICHY

ANIMATION AND RECOLLECTION FOR THE JUNIOR SISTERS – INM & INT, INDIA

It was indeed a joyful day for all the Junior Sisters of INM and INT to get together for a day of animation and recollection from 4th to 5th November 2017 respectively.  The aim of this meeting was to keep alive the fire of Missionary zeal among the juniors. The first day commenced with a touch from the Lord on the theme of “The Slave Girl in the Story of Naman”.   During the meditation Sr. Azarias Arockia Mary Selvi underlined that every problem is a blessing, every obstacle a stepping stone and every worst situation is an opportunity to awaken the missionary zeal in each one of us.  Sr. Amalanathan Mary Margaret the Provincial of INT in her introductory talk encapsulated the beauty of beginning, education, entry into the congregation and living the evangelical counsel in love.
Sr. Azarias Arockia Mary Selvi made the first session interactive by using appropriate video clippings, stories and examples on challenges of the young people and FMAs response.  In the second session she presented the life of Ruth and Zachaeus and beckoned the Sisters to move from experience to love expressions.  The group discussion on  interests, abilities, role models and inspirations enabled the Sisters to enhance their self knowledge, enlarge the site of their  tent and live the Missionary passion through -“Vado io, faccio io.”  The first day concluded with prayer and sharing in the company of Mary at the wedding at Cana – who is full of faith and arouses faith in the life of others.  Rev. Fr. Pushpanathan Rajadevan SDB the rector of Alaihal Media was the animator of the Tri-monthly recollection.
The adoration, confession, talks and the celebration of the Holy Mass focused on the theme FMAs Missionaries to the periphery.  The animation of the day helped the participants to review, revive and renew their Consecrated Missionary Life Today.

 

Silver Jubilee Celebration at Guwahati

On 30 September 2017, the participants of FMA PCI Youth Ministry Meet celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the Religious Profession of Sr. Runita Galve Borja, General Councillor for Youth Ministry and Sr. Annie Lolia Pfozhumai Neli, Youth Ministry Team member, Rome who are the resource persons for the Meet.

At the entrance of the Holy Mass, they were made to carry an oil lamp, a symbolic gesture of their surrendering to the Lord and as an expression of their grateful sentiments to God who has called and guided them through these 25 years. After the homily, Sr. Elizabeth George, Provincial of Guwahati Province gave a     brief introduction and invited the FMA PCI President, Sr. Rose Ezarath to crown them with a Silver crown. In a spontaneous expression of renewing their fidelity, the Jubilarians renewed their vows after Mass.  This was followed by a short felicitation for the Jubilarians.

FMA PCI Youth Ministry Meet at Guwahati

A delegation of 37 members have come together under the banner of FMA India for the Youth Ministry Meet which is animated by Sr. Runita G. Borja, General Councillor for Youth Ministry and Sr. Annie Lolia Pfozhumai Neli from Youth Ministry Sector Rome. The meeting commenced on 25 September 2017 and would conclude on 30 September 2017 at Auxilium Provincial House, Guwahati. The participants include all the seven Provincials, Coordinators of Youth Pastoral, Education, Women and Young at Risk.

The colourful Inaugural function took place at St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Guwahati, the first presence of the Salesian Sisters in Northeast India. All other sessions would take place at the Provincial House.