It was a great privilege for us to have the Inter- Novitiate program in Nazareth Convent, Mokama. We commenced our program on 25th of July and concluded it with the Eucharistic Celebrations on 29th of July. Fifty Novices from five Congregations- Sisters of Notre Dame, Congregations of Jesus, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and we the SCN Novices attended the program.

Father  Matthew Chemplany SJ was the resource person for the program, who helped us to broaden the understanding of psycho-spirituality. These five days of the workshop was very special and meaningful for our growth. He helped us to have a better understanding of the following aspects – knowing our personality, prayer life, religious vocation, Vows and the community life.  He made it clear about the spirituality of Jesus that we need to follow. The Eucharistic celebration was meaningful with the inspiring messages and stories. Guided meditation has helped us to be aware of oneself and change ourselves to make life beautiful for us and for others.  We can summarize these five days’ workshop as “living life, in full awareness”.

Overall, it was a rich experience of learning to live life in the community and mission.  We enjoyed the group interactions and came to know the gifts and talents of each other. We expressed our gratitude to Elsa Ezhaparambil, SCN and the community for the comfortable accommodation and arrangements for the fifty novices who came from five different Congregations. The novices and their directors appreciated our hospitality.  We also thank Suchita Kullu, SCN, our Director for accompanying us in our journey.

By Priya Toppo & Ranjita Baa