The 1st Phase of the Second Novitiate Sisters of ING and INS Provinces which began at Mazzarello Study Home Dimapur, on 28th December 2016, with the theme “Remain in my love” (Jn 10:9), successfully completed on 27th January, 2017. After having made a serious journey in prayer and reflection, the 3 Sisters (trinity) of Guwahati and 12 Sisters (12 disciples) of Shillong Provinces are now convinced that,
Religious life is not a myth,
Religious is God’s gift;
Religious life is not for a moment,
Religious life is a total commitment.
and are eagerly waiting for the great day of final commitment.
The Lord has gifted the ING Province, 9 new postulants who have stepped into another stage of formation in their life on 7th October. The prayerful ceremony began at 9.30 a.m. in the presence Sr. Elizabeth George, the Provincial and the Sisters of the neighbouring communities. The new postulants entered the chapel with clay pot and clay in their hands as they have chosen their theme “You are the potter, I am the clay”. Sr. Elizabeth George, exhorted them to be strong in their vocation for the Lord has found favoured with them. The Postulancy medal was then presented to each while the song ‘Lord you called me’ was being sung by the 24 Aspirants. As we thank God for the gift of these new Postulants, we assure them of our constant support and prayer.
On October 1, 2016 we had the Felicitation of the 12 Rank holders in the HSSLC and one state highest in banking were felicitated at St. Mary’s Higher secondary School, Guwahati. Our honourable Chief Minister, Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal was the Chief Guest on this occasion in the presence of Sr. Elizabeth George, Provincial. In his speech he appreciated the work done by St. Mary’s Hr. Secondary School and invited all the students to work hard to achieve their dream. He stressed on the need of women empowerment and invited them to be future leaders by developing themselves. He also asked them to value the Moral Science classes and build their character and values essential for living as good human beings. The neibouring communities of Holy Child and St. Mary’s Maligaon were present for the occasion.
The annual meeting of FMA-PCI 2016 was held from 1-4 September 2016, at Sacred Heart Convent, Bangalore. There were 38 participants inclusive of Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Secretary General & the Resource person and Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, Presiding General Councilor and the 6 Provincials.
Sr. Piera Cavaglià animated the three days meeting on the following topics:
“Importance of Salesian historical memory” with special emphasis on:
• The main functions of the study of history
• Great and brief history
• Documentary sources
• Narrative sources
The “First Missionary expedition”
Authority as service in the evangelical and Salesian way. St. Francis of Sales – A master of spiritual accompaniment, highlighting the aspects of spiritual accompaniment in the writings of the saint.
Don Bosco as ‘An Educator who accompanies in the style of the Preventive System’. She dealt at length on the dimension of Guides in the life of Don Bosco and presented the figures of Mamma Margaret, Don John Calosso, Don Joseph Cafasso, the Salesian model of Salesian accompaniment under the following headings:
• The necessity and the importance of the Local Council
• Ecclesial requirement: harmony between authority and fraternity
• A Style that favors discernment and promotes co-responsibility
• An example of a Methodology of Discernment according to Don Bosco
Maria Domenica Mazzarello, a wise animator of people and communities under the following points:
• To animate with a broad perspective
• A presence that welcomes
• A presence that knows and loves each person
• A caring presence
• A presence that knows how to go from words to dialogue
She cited numerous examples and instances from the life of Mother Mazzarello and the Sisters of the primitive years of our Institute making her talk interesting, alive and relavant. She analyzed in depth how Mother Mazzarello accompanied a community in a time of crisis so that we may imbibe her loving and practical methods in our onward journey of accompaniment and animation in communities. One could easily sense the vibrations of love for the Institute and the desire to transmit the same sentiments welling up from the heart of Sr. Piera as she communicated the patrimony of the rich heritage of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello to FMA, India.
The 8th Faith Exposure program organized by Guwahati Arch Diocese was held from 18th – 23rd, January 2016 at Tamulpur parish under Arch Diocese of Guwahati. Fifteen fma postulants and seventeen Junior Sisters along with their assistants and two touring Sisters Sr. Puspala Sangma and Sr. Alma Murum participated. On 18th after the inaugural function, the participants were made into 40 groups of 12 – 13 members composed of diverse language groups and tribes. Competent persons in the field of evangelization shared their past and present experiences. Every day the participants set out in groups to different villages after the instruction from Most Rev. Emeritus Thomas Menamparambil present diocesan administrator of Jowai diocese.
The participants benefited much through this program. Besides deepening their faith, they became more aware of the demands of the church and its mission, their responsibilities towards God and humanity in the Church and learnt the expectations and concerns of the church.
Coming together facilitated to know each other, learn from each other and helped them to broaden their vision of mission. It also made them to realize the effectiveness of net-working with all, for the common mission according to one’s Charism. The input sessions given by the experienced missionaries in the mission of evangelization, encouraged and motivated the participants in the work of evangelization.
A month long programme on “Basic Computer and Leadership Training 2016”, was held at Auxilium, Maram. 25 girls hailing from different parts of Manipur and Nagaland, waiting for their HSLC and HSSLC result attended the programme. The programme was officially inaugurated on 4th April in the presence of Sr. Alluppillil Teresa, the Animator of Auxilium Convent. Sr. Teresa exhorted the girls to make the best use of the given opportunity and learn as much as they could so that these girls coming from villages are not left behind others. Different types of compitetion and activities were conducted to help them come out of their shyness and learn to face people on stage.
The Canonical Visitation of Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, Visiting Councillor, Rome had its culmination with general assembly of Sisters in three groups. Rev. Fr. Guillermo Basanes sdb, Counsillor General for Mission who was also concluding his visitation to Province of Guwahati with Rev. Fr. V.M. Thomas, sdb, Provincial and Fr. Joseph Therangpi sdb concelebrated the thanksgiving Mass at Auxilium Provincial House on 23rd May. Fr. Basanes in his sermon exhorted the Sisters to get back to our first love and thereby become true living monument of Don Bosco’s gratitude to Mary Help of Christians, knowing that it is God who loved us first and chose us to go and bear fruit in abundance. In the afternoon all the Sisters and young people gathered around Sr. Lucy Rose to say ‘Grazie’ for the past three beautiful months of her visitation.