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Basanti Lakra, SCN, Provincial, accepted the ten Pre-Novices, Filomina Bhengra, Joy Baxla, Jyoti Tudu, Monica Hansdak, Nicola Lepcha, Priya Toppo, S. R. Jharna Rani Mallick, Salima Ekka, Salma Lepcha and Swastica Kiro into the two-year Novitiate program during a prayer service at the Convent chapel in Mokama on May 14, 2017. Anice Vattukulam, SCN, the Pre-Novice director welcomed all and introduced the Pre-Novices. During the initiation rite, Sister Basanti called each one by name. They responded saying, “Yes, Lord, here I am.” In entering the Novitiate program they pledged themselves to follow Jesus and to live the gospel way of life through the Constitutions of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in its fullness.

The new Novices were welcomed with arati, tikka and flowers. Sister Basanti presented them with a chain and Philomena Kottoor, vice provincial and provincial elect the book of SCN Constitution.

All campus Sisters were present for the prayer service after which all posed for photos had a family lunch with the new First Year Novices.

Malini Manjoly, SCN