In the Indian tradition, the Candidates welcomed the Central Leadership Team – Sisters Mary Elizabeth Miller, SCN, President, Susan Gatz and Teresa Kotturan, SCN, Vice Presidents, Adeline Fehribach, Provincial of Western Province, Rhoda Kay Glunk and Tonya (Antoinette) Severin, Vice Provincials in Mokama by giving red tikka, aarati with a lit lamp and garlands on February 14.
A day of prayer started with a video: ‘Vincent De Paul: Charity’s Saint’ on February 15. The Sisters spent the day in prayer, reflection and sharing.
The Central, Bangalore, Patna and Western Province Leadership Teams were felicitated at Nazareth Convent, Mokama with a special campus supper along with the Novices, Candidates and the Hospital Sisters followed by a cultural program the evening of February 15.
Patna Province Leadership Team – Sisters Basanti and Philomena thanked the CLT for their last five years of dedicated, committed, loving and visionary leadership and for their personal interest for each member and mission in the two Provinces in India.
The twenty Candidates exhibited various cultural dances from Nepal, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand. Their welcome song and the graceful prayer dance by the Novices set the tone of felicitation and thanksgiving for the CLT. The Candidates presented a skit- ‘The Garden of Bliss’, in which a little girl tries to move away from her vices to enter into the garden of bliss.
In thanking the Candidates and the Novices, Sister Mary Elizabeth congratulated them and said that the beautiful cultural programs are always so enjoyable and entertaining. She commended them and those who prepared them for the program on the talent they demonstrated.
On February 16, the meeting opened with a prayer and reflection with a theme of being a Prophetic Congregation. After approval of the minutes and agenda, the Executive Committee accepted reports from various committees. In the afternoon, they reviewed a draft of the actuarial report.
A Skype session planned for the evening enabled the Executive Committee to converse with Patsy O’Toole, Director of the Office of Congregational Advancement regarding her report.