On May 22, 2021, at Nazareth Convent in Mokama, Sisters made commitments to their sacred religious vows, entering into a process of living out the values of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in lives based on poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Four temporary professed Sisters, Jonice Lepcha, Maya Anton Amolik, Nirmala Diggi, and Sosanti Xaxa, made their perpetual vows.
Six second-year novices, Dipti Rani Nayak, Kancharla Sujatha, Susmita Dungdung, Vasimalla Swarnalatha, Velpula Sarala, and Salomi Hembrom, made their first vows.
The vow group was led to the altar with an entrance dance by the candidates.
Due to the pandemic, the family members, friends, and many Sisters of Charity of Nazareth could not be present for the occasion. Sisters Philomena Kottoor, Basanti Lakra, Suchita Kullu accompanied them to the alter. Sister Suchita Kullu, the novice director, welcomed the group. The theme chosen for the Eucharistic celebration was “Called to love and serve.”
Most Rev. Archbishop Sebastian Kallupura, the Archbishop of Patna, presided over the Eucharistic celebration with Fathers Alex V and Asit Lakra. Sister Philomena Kottoor, provincial of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Patna Province, received their vows. The Archbishop congratulated the vow class and stated that opting to live as religious at this time and committing themselves to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ is praiseworthy.
On behalf of the vow group, Sisters Sosanti Xaxa and Dipti Rani Nayak gave a vote of thanks. Since we had to follow the protocol of the COVID-19, only selected members of the campus could be present for the occasion. Despite the restrictions, it was indeed a meaningful and enriching event for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.