The Medial Mission Sisters, (MMS) and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, (SCN) signed the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU), for continued partnership in the healing mission at Khurji Holy Family Hospital (KHFH), Patna, on March 25. Most Rev. William D’Souza, SJ, the Archbishop of Patna, presided over the function and Father Sebastian Puthenpura and Sister Beena SND, Provincial of Notre Dame, Patna, were the witnesses.

As a testimony of true partnership, Sisters Rowena Miranda, Provincial of MMS and Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN Provincial lit together one flame of two lamps joint at the wick in a beautiful prayer service organized by MMS Sisters Juliana D’Cunha, Administrator of KHFH, Philomena Morris, Associate Administrator and Jackulin Jesu, SCN, Administrator Designate.

In his blessing, the Archbishop said, the power of the burning flame joint at the wick is not the same as two separate lamps lit. “In this partnership, the charism, visions of the founders, and the historical foundations of two Congregations have merged together for the sake of one mission”, said the Prelate. He further said that the Patna Archdiocese, the Indian Church and the Church at large, is privileged to have you and I congratulate you two for what you have accomplished to fulfill the vision of the church.

The Psalm of Partnership highlighted the significance of the renewal of MoU that it will help us to re-imagine, re-vision to embrace the new dawn of possibilities with open arms and hearts. Besides, it will help us to enliven our relationships with mutuality, interdependence and empowerment of others.

But it has not come easy for any of you, said the Archbishop — for you have struggled and have died many times to give life like the parable of the wheat in the gospels. In the last 11 years of working together as partners, you must have made many sacrifices in the context of your charism and individuality.    The only thing that changes when we die is that the way we live changes; the more we burn, the more we shine. That is what is what is happening at KHFH, said the Archbishop in his blessing address at the end of the signing of MoU. Thirty MMS and SCNs were present for the MoU.

Malini Manjoly, SCN          
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