On April 22, 15 SCN Juniors gathered in Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, for their annual summer gathering which turned out to be one of the best we ever had. It was an immense opportunity for us to be part of the theological reflection on “New Way of Being Women Religious in the Asian Context” given by Shalini Mulakal, PVBM, the pre-assembly workshop by Inigo Joachim, SSA, and the community retreat. Each of these gave us a very deep interaction with the elders and senior sisters of our province which was both enlightening and enriching. The coming together of the juniors offered us a healthy blend of sharing that came from experiences in the communities from educational institutions and from challenging missions.
Throughout these days of workshops and retreat, we were led in to a deeper understanding of our call to religious life. It brought within us an awareness of “Where we are? What we seek? Who we walk for?” The challenging life experiences of all the resources persons that including SCNs Shalini D’Souza, Bridget Kappalumakal, Ann Moyalan and Beena Chirackal were inspiring. We once again were called to recommit ourselves to living out the mission statement, especially in the area of embracing multiculturalism and risking our lives in the mission of Christ, our model.
On the last day of our retreat, with joy in our hearts, we once again renewed our commitment to the SCN way of life. With all the preparations we had had over the past 20 days, our renewal of vows had special meaning in our call to this vowed way of life. The final phase of the programme was a well cherished picnic to the scenic Nandi Hills of Mysore.
As we part once again to our respective places of ministry, we carry with us the invitation to be Jesus, Mother Teresa, Mother Catherine and Vincent de Paul in our lives. We also move on with a spirit of love to be in Jesus’ mission through a life of contemplation, compassion and action. We feel the call to be transformed and to be prophetic transformers of the society.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to Sister Beena who planned this programme meticulously. Our gratitude also goes to Sister Ann Palatty, our provincial, Sister Sheela Palamoottil, vice-provincial, and all the sisters in the Chandapura community for the innumerable ways in which they guided and supported us.
Most of all to Jesus our brother we give thanks.
Written by Mary Bincy Joseph, SCN