Visit of La Madre to the Province of ‘Mater Ecclesiae’ Guwahati, ING – April 9 to 17, 2017

The Province of Mater Ecclesiae, Guwahati was blessed with the presence of Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat from April 9 to 17, 2017. La Madre’s presence during the Holy Week and consequently on Easter Sunday gave a greater meaning and joy to all their celebrations.On the evening of 9th April 2017 when La Madre arrived, the Sisters, young candidates in formation and some other young girls accorded her a warm welcome, offering her a gamosa, a japiand a bouquet of flowers.
During her stay, Mother met all her daughters in theProvince. In her encounters with them, she stressed on the need to live a life of communion with God and called upon the Sisters to have this deep conviction that ‘over and above all, we are consecrated persons’. She further exhorted the Sisters ‘to encounter Jesus with the young, in our Sisters and in the events of our life’.La Madre also called upon them to nurture vocations and go out in search of vocations. Telling them to be joyful which can attract vocations too, she said, “Joy is contagious. Young people want to see us happy and they want to see us as women of God.”
Youth Meet was held on 12th April 2017 to commemorate the historic event of the visit of La Madre to the Province. Young people of varied cultures and language groups hailing from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland rallied around Mother Yvonne Reungoat on that day. The youth, numbering around two thousand gathered at St. Mary’s Maligaon auditorium, each one, with the desire to script in their life’s story, ‘I have seen the Mother General of the Salesian Sisters’.
Members of VIDES, past pupils and Salesian Co-operators too got the chance of meeting La Madre. On the occasion of her visit, Mother laid the foundation stone for the construction of the new building at St. Mary’s Guwahati. The young people at DBI too got the opportunity to greet Mother as Mother made a visit to their place. La Madre then visited the Generalate of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians where she met their Superior General, the Sisters in the Council and other Sisters. Together they shared very rich moments in each other’s company.
April 16, 2017- Easter Sunday was a day of thanksgiving to La Madre. ‘Thank you’ was expressed in words, songs and dances. The aspirants and postulants came up with a very beautiful presentation, wishing Mother a very Happy Feast for World Gratitude Day.
Mother took leave of us on April 17, 2017 at 12.10 p.m. leaving behind very beautiful and memorable memories of our stay together. She was accompanied by Sr. George Elizabeth, Provincial, Sr. Palliparambil Jessy, Provincial Economer, Sr. Dilbung Maria, Secretary and a host of other Sisters to the airport.

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