As part of the Bicentennial Celebration of the total Congregation, the entire Marian English Medium School Family of Anakkampoil and the parish members and other well wishers, honoured and felicitated the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, on 22nd November 2012, for its 200 years of life and ministry to the poor and the marginalized around the world and especially in Anakkampoil. The joy of the people were doubled with the presence of our Beloved Bishop of Thamarassery, Most Rev. Remigiose Inchananiyil, our parish priest, Father Sebastian Vadakkel, Sister Ann Palatty, SCN Provincial, Mr. George Machukuzhi, President of Parent Teachers Association and the presence of other SCNs from Chandapura and Kakkavayal and sisters from various congregations.
The day began with the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. with our Bishop, Most Rev. Remigiose as the main Celebrant. The theme of the liturgy was Joy and Gratitude. During his homily the Bishop highly appreciated the services that the sisters are rendering to the people of Anakkampoil and asked the people to co-operate and support the sisters in their ministry.
The liturgy was followed by the Inauguration of the Dance Drama, “The SCN Journey of Faith” by the Marian Students depicting the 200 years of the history of the SCN Congregation, by lighting the lamp. The Bishop, our Parish Priest, S. Ann Palatty, and Mr. George gave their words of appreciation for the SCN Congregation’s 200 years of selfless service to the poor and the needy around the globe and very especially to the poor people of Anakkampoil. Each of them commented on the simplicity, love for the poor, humility, openness, freedom and hard work of the sisters here in Anakkampoil.
The Dance Drama, “The SCN Journey of Faith” was performed by at least 100 students of Marian School and taught by the very capable and talented teachers. Through the Drama and the Dances they enacted the early history of the Congregation at old St. Thomas, Ky., various ministries including the decision and the arrival of the Six American Pioneers in Mokama, India and the growth and expansion of the community to various places in India and outside. The beginnings of the ministries in Kakkavayal and Anakkampoil were highlighted. It was a highly emotional performance and all who viewed it were in awe at the rich heritage of the SCNs.
A delicious Family meal was served to all the people who participated in the event. All left with joy and gratitude.
All of us SCNs were deeply touched and felt very blessed to be alive to celebrate this 200th Anniversary of our Congregation and were filled with vibrant energy, gratitude and hope for the future.