Sisters of Saint Joseph of Annecy

Blessing of the newly constructed Convent at Bangalore

The newly constructed Convent at Bangalore was blessed on Friday 26th March-2021 by his Grace Rt. Rev. Peter Machado the Archbishop of Bangalore. The blessing ceremony began at 6. 30 a.m. in the open central hall. After the opening prayer, the Archbishop and a few priests went around blessing the whole Convent. It was followed by the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the new Chapel. Along with the Archbishop, around 15 Priests concelebrated the Holy Eucharist. The singing during the Holy Mass was done by Sisters from Peratta and Bangalore Community.

Sisters from Waltair, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Villivakkam, Kunderi and Peratta came to join the celebration and rendered their generous service to get the house ready for the blessing. Many Sisters from different Congregations and a few Parishners who were known to the Sisters were present for the occasion. In his homily Bishop Peter Machado stressed on the importance of living the spirit of the Holy Family and spreading the Gospel values by our very presence.

During the Vote of Thanks, Sr. Swarnalatha, the Animator of the Community expressed her gratitude to Sr. Rose the Provincial Superior, Sr. Annie Paul the Treasurer for their strenuous efforts in seeing to the completion of the building in spite of all the hurdles due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Mr. Varma, the Engineer cum builder and the workers were congratulated and felicitated for constructing the convent aesthetically and beautifully.

After the Eucharistic celebration a sumptuous breakfast with variety of items was served for all the guests, which was sponsored by the engineer, Mr. Varma.The celebration continued as the guests kept coming in throughout the day. The Sisters were happy to meet each other and share our joys in spite of the restrictions of the Covid-19.

For those of us who have not yet seen the house, it is modelled according to the present Provincialate. From outside it looks very attractive with the statue of St. Joseph overlooking the main road. May he watch over and protect us! What gives more beauty to the house is the well-designed Chapel which gives a conducive atmosphere for prayer.

We give thanks to God for all his blessings showered upon us.                                                                

Sr. Dominic