As Saturday’s Installation Ritual got underway at Nazareth, Ky., in India, Vice President Elect, Sangeeta Ayithamattam, prepared to take part in the ceremony via Skype from Mokama, India. Dozens of Sisters joined her for this historic occasion. Anne Marie Thayilchirayil, SCN, shares the following report from India.
Sixty three SCNs from our various missions and eighteen novices and candidates gathered in Mokama for the Installation ceremony of our new Central Leadership Team, Sisters Susan Gatz, President, Sangeeta Ayithamattam, First Vice-President, and Brenda Gonzales, Second Vice-President on August 31, 2013. The Eucharistic celebration with the theme of ‘Servant Leadership’ was presided over by Father Alwyn D’Souza, Parish Priest of Mokama. Clad in white saris with a red border, the novices and candidates led the priest celebrant, Vice-President Elect Sister Sangeeta and Sister Basanti Lakra, Provincial of Patna Province in a beautiful dance procession to the altar. Father Alwyn gave a meaningful homily befitting the occasion. At the end of the Mass, Sister Sangeeta, on behalf of the new CLT, thanked all present for the outpouring of love and support shown to them on this historic occasion.
The crowning point of the day was the viewing of the actual Installation Ritual at Nazareth webcast for the entire Congregation. Sitting at the opposite end of the globe we felt as if we were all there physically. The most creative and all-encompassing ceremony was a moving and inspirational experience for all of us. It depicted the multi-cultural and international character of our Congregation so very beautifully. We are extremely grateful to our outgoing Central Leadership Team, Sisters Mary Elizabeth Miller, Susan Gatz and Teresa Kotturan and the new CLT and all those who were part of the task force for planning and executing such a wonderful and thrilling program binding us once again in unity and solidarity with one another throughout the world. Great indeed is our Creator God who makes it all possible for us!