Bangalore Province ushers in the New Year with Province Assembly
Dec. 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m. | More photos
A perfect ambiance to the II Province Assembly of Bangalore Province was set by the liturgy committee led by Sr. Nirmala Mulackal through a deeply sacred opening ritual that focused on the multiculturalism of SCNs. Eleven candidates dressed in the traditional attire of all the states of India where SCNs minister, were joined by sisters who are currently in ministry in those states, leading those gathered to a moment of inter-linking with one another. The sisters gathered were then anointed with the sprinkling of water, a sign of purification. The leaders, past and present were then led by graceful dancers to the stage where the lamp was lit by them to symbolize our movement from darkness into light. Sister Susan, bearing the flags of the countries where SCNs minister and Sister Ann Palatty, with lamp lit from the main flame, led the entire gathering into the Assembly hall where sisters paid floral tribute to the pictures of Mother Catherine, Bishop David, Sister Lawrencetta and St. Vincent de Paul. Sister Sheela Palamoottil, the secretary of the Province Assembly took the roll call. Unveiling the assembly logo, Sister Ann Palatty, the Provincial, declared open the II Province Assembly, 2017. The members present were then welcomed by Sister Anice Vattukulam, the chairperson of the steering committee. Inviting the participants to be involved in the proceedings with a spirit of detachment and commitment, she welcomed the central leadership, Sister Noella D’Souza, MCJ, the reflector the assembly, the PLT and board along with all the participants who had come from different communities. Anice also welcomed amidst us Sister Marianne Puthoor, representative of Patna Province of SCNs. Messages of wishes and blessings from various sisters across the globe was shared as well. Every member present in the assembly hall was deeply moved by the accompanying spirit of our sisters around the world.
The facilitators then invited Sister Susan Gatz, the president, and Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattm, vice president, to share their message with the participants. Susan and Sangeeta, powerfully presented the role of provinces in the implementation of the vision and mission of the congregation. They invited everyone present to delve deep into themselves to seek those moments of glory in mission. They also posed challenges to tap into the inner energies to be creative and pioneering. The reflection and responses that followed appeared to have infused enormous enthusiasm among the participants. The day concluded with the liturgy of the Eucharist.