Seventy people consisting of BIJAN Bishops, members of CRI and Diocesan Priests Council dwelt on the theme, “Towards a Relevant Church in India’ for five days at Navjyoti Niketan, Patna, Bihar from November 21-24. The speaker, Dr Ram Puniyani, a human rights activist, engaged in working for communal harmony and peace initiatives to oppose the rising tide of Fundamentalism-Fascism in India spoke about the existing myths in Indian religions, the need to uphold the rights of every citizen as expressed in Indian Constitutions – liberty, justice, pluralism and equality, the need for dialogue and timely intervention to bring about communal harmony and national integration.

On 23 November, SCN Provincial House organized a special prayer and supper for the upcoming Bicentennial celebrations of our Congregation for 13 BIJHAN Bishops including His Eminence Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, Archbishop William D’Souza, Sr. Daphne RSCJ, Executive Secretary of Regional CRI and Sr. Rowena Miranda, MMS, District Coordinator (Provincial).

The prayer began with our theme song, ‘We are many parts’ and showed the history of our beginnings both in the US and in India followed by a video presentation of SCN ministries across the globe.
The trainees of Arunodaya presented a welcome song and a Nukkad in Hindi highlighting the corruption in government departments and how to get around it without getting caught into it.

The Archbishop of Patna, Most Rev. William D’Souza, SJ, gave a bouquet of 17 roses representing 15 bishops and 2 emeritus bishops of BIJHAN region to Sr. Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN Provincial, in appreciation of her contribution towards the Regional CRI.

His Eminence, Cardinal Toppo in his speech encouraged the young trainees of Arunodaya to get empowered to become agents of social change and he appreciated our dedicated services that we provide to the people who need the most.

It was a relaxing evening for all present and they came to appreciate what we do and congratulated us on the occasion of our Bicentennial Celebration.

Malini Manjoly, SCN
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