In the Bangalore Province, 17 Sisters completed their Constitutions Contemplative Engagement Retreat on July 10, 2021, in Nazareth Convent, Chandapura.

Sister Bridget Vadakkeattam and Sister Rita Puthenkalam were the facilitators of this contemplative engagement. The garlanded pictures of Mother Catherine Spalding and Sister Lawrencetta Veeneman in their midst helped everyone to experience their guiding presence in a tangible manner during the contemplative journey through the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth constitutions – Conversion in a Community of Mission.

The enthusiastic responses of these “contemplatives” bear evidence that everyone was very grateful and full of appreciation for the experience. Some even wondered, “how is it that we never before thought of doing such an in-depth study and contemplation on our deep and profound living Constitutions!”

At the conclusion of the contemplative journey, each one was presented with an envelope of varied seeds of plans with the words, “rooted in Christ to bring forth life” as a reminder to germinate and grow the words of the Constitutions now planted deeply in their hearts.

In order to reduce the risk of traveling during the pandemic, four more Constitutions Contemplative Engagement Retreats are planned in the province.

Rita Puthenkalam, SCN