Twelve SCNs gathered at the Socio-Religious Center (SRC), Malaparamba, Calicut for the Annual Socio-Pastoral ministry meeting which was held from 11 to 13 January 2018. Inaugurating the meeting, Sister Amrita Manjaly, provincial of Bangalore Province, shared her reflections on our call to be relevant religious who make a difference through our ministries in the present scenario.

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She illustrated this through the examples of three Indian path breakers namely Auto Raja (Karnataka), Mrs Rajini Paranjpe (Maharashtra) and Jadhav ‘Molai’ Payeng (Assam) who brought a lot of change in their society. She concluded her talk quoting Pope Francis ‘Caring for the poor is our passport to paradise’. The resource person Fr. Jose Thachil SJ, Director of SRC elaborated on the theme ‘Evangelization in the light of the Encyclicals by Pope Francis’. He also emphasized the importance of Youth Ministry’. The input was extremely effective as it impelled us to take new paths in our own ministries, to make ‘a difference’ as women of God and people.

Fr P. T Mathew SJ, Socius of Jesuits of Kerala Province, helped the members to draw up a strategic plan using the SMART method for social and pastoral ministry based on the Province strategic plan. Later in the evening we were left speechless when we visited the migrant workers and saw the compassionate ministry of Sister Gracy Thombrakudy for the voiceless and homeless migrants. The reports of Pastoral ministry from 12 communities and 6 Social ministry centers were shared. We were overwhelmed by the amount of good work that was being carried out in our various involvements as we reach out to the poor and the marginalized, especially women and children. We took time to address the various challenges, difficulties and issues faced by the Socio-Pastoral ministry.

It was resolved that the pastoral and social ministry members will document their ministry activities and disseminate it to the entire congregation”. The meeting was concluded by an inspiring ritual in which everyone was anointed and was given a memento.

Sister Florina Joseph SCN