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IT IS YOUR FACE O LORD, THAT I SEEK

The 25th of April 2016 was a significant day for the 3 Postulants who entered into the Novitiate, in an atmosphere of prayer and in the presence of our Sisters. The theme chosen for the day was “LORD, I SEEK YOUR FACE”. Thy entered the beautiful Chapel of Novitiate, in procession, carrying empty earthen pots, to seek the Lord in readiness. They were formally admitted as Novices and received the crucifix. The enactment on the Samaritan woman was done by the Aspirants with the message to seek the Lord in their lives, as they prepare themselves to become instruments God's Mercy and Providence, in order to lead others to Him.

INSTRUMENTS OF MERCY AND PROVIDENCE

Four of our young Sisters, Sr. Sunitha Menezes, Sr. Annama Yerabovi, Sr. Lavina Crasta and Sr. Vijaya Anakarla empowered by the Spirit of God, burning with the same flame of love in their hearts like the four evangelists were privileged to commit themselves perpetually through the religious profession to God and to the Church for the growth of His kingdom. 5th April 2016 was the chosen day for our Sisters to enter into covenant with the Lord, as their hearts were longing to meet the bridegroom Jesus Christ Himself.  The Holy Eucharistic Celebration began at 10.30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Lallaguda.  The Main Celebrant, Most Rev. Archbishop Thumma Bala, D.D., along with the other con-celebrants offered the Holy Sacrifice in a befitting manner, giving thanks to God - for the young and enthusiastic Sisters who were freely and willingly offering themselves to God. 

After the Holy Eucharistic Celebration, a short cultural programme was held at St. Ann’s High School, Tarnaka. The students of St. Ann's Junior College, Tarnaka, invoked the blessings of the Lord through a prayer dance. The students of St. Ann’s High School, Tarnaka, presented a skit depicting God’s love to humanity The mission of our Founders - reaching out to humans through the works of mercy was beautifully brought out.

MOTHER GENERAL’S VISIT

As part of her Canonical Visit to the Province of St. Ann, Northern India, Mother Francesca SarciĆ  also visited the Province of Blessed Enrichetta, Central India, on 26th December 2015 in order to be present for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of St. Ann’s Novitiate, Bolarum and for the IPCI Meeting.  Mother Francesca along with Sr. Jacintha Saldanha, General Councillor and Sr. Rosily Paul, Provincial Superior of North Province, were cordially welcomed by Srs. Jesintha Mariappa and Theresa Cherian, Provincial Superiors of Central and South Provinces respectively, the Sisters and the Formees.  After the warm welcome, a short prayer service was conducted in the Chapel of St. Ann’s Provincialate, Bolarum, to thank the Lord for the safe arrival of Mother General and to implore God’s choicest blessings upon her. 

It was a moment of joy and happiness for all the Sisters and the Formees, to welcome our beloved Mother General, who was visiting the Province for the first time as Superior General.  It brought about a sense of communion and cherished moments, as the Sisters met some of the Sisters from the other two Provinces of India.

GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS OF ST. ANN’S NOVITIATE, BOLARUM

26th December 2015 was a red-letter day for all the Sisters of St. Ann, as St. Ann’s Novitiate, Bolarum – the cradle of the Institute in India – celebrating its Golden Jubilee of service.  To mark the occasion, a spacious and well equipped library – in memory of Mother Clemenza - was inaugurated by Mother Francesca SarciĆ . The well organized cultural programme put up by the Formees – Novices, Postulants and Aspirants – and the students of St. Ann’s Girls and Boys School Bolarum, brought joy and laughter.  The Solemn Eucharistic Celebration, officiated by His Grace, Most Rev. Thumma Bala, the Archbishop of Hyderabad and other Priests of the Diocese, became a moment of grace to praise and thank God for manifesting His Providence in miraculous ways, helping those who had nestled in its precincts with an experience of His transforming power.  The felicitation of the Archbishop, Mother General, Sr. Jacintha Saldanha the General Councillor, the present and former Provincial Superiors, Novice Mistresses and the Superiors along with the Spiritual Directors and the Benefactors brought smiles of contentment.  The presence of many Sisters from the three Provinces of India added colour to the occasion.  It became a cherished memory for all those who became part of the celebration. 

IPCI MEETING

The long-awaited day dawned on 28th December 2015, for the 7th IPCI Meet and 10th Anniversary of the establishment of IPCI in St. Ann’s Home, Bolarum at 4.00 p.m.   Sr. Theresa Cherian, the Provincial Superior of South Province, welcomed Mother Francesca and all the Sisters for the IPCI meet.  The meeting commenced with a prayer service, imploring the blessings of the Triune God for the fruitful accomplishment of the meeting.

During the Meeting, issues and concerns pertaining to various Ministries of three Indian Provinces viz. Education, Medicare, Formation, Ministries of Compassion and Finance, were discussed and reports concerning the progress made in these Ministries were presented.  The meeting came to a close on 1st January 2016, with a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration followed by a fellowship meal. It was an enriching moment for all the Sisters who took part in the Meeting.