Inter Province Gathering of the Pre-Novices Cuttack 2018
April 9th 2018 was a significant day as the Inter Province gathering of Pre Novices began in the Cuttack Novitiate. The programme lasted 5 days and Sr. Vijay Mary was the resource person who dealt with the topic “The History of our Congregation”.
We began with a prayer service conducted by Sr. Subhashree in which Sr. Leena lighted the lamp as the sign of our openness to receive the light of knowledge and to dispel the darkness of ignorance. We welcomed Sr. Sujatha and all the Pre- Novices of Vishakhapatnam Province with an arathi. As the sign of our openness, and with the gesture of welcoming, we invited Sr. Sujatha and the Pre- Novices to add a spoonful of oil to the lamp. It was also the symbol of our unity and togetherness to grow unto the fullness of Christ. Sr. Leena welcomed the gathering and gave an inspiring message on our last General Chapter theme, “ALL IS ONE.”
Sr. Vijya Mary shared her knowledge on the History of our Congregation, the life of our Founder Rev. Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille and Mother St. John Fontbonne which stimulated interest and love for the Congregation. Our knowledge was deepened as we came to know how the tiny mustard seed has grown, strengthened, survived and spread its branches all over the world. We were inspired, not only to love our rich heritage, but also to admire it and live it. At the end we had a cultural programme and shared our joy and laughter together. We expressed words of gratitude and love towards Sr. Nirmala Simon and all the Novices who had worked hard to make our stay a comfortable one. On the last day we went for a picnic to Bhubaneswar. We visited the Science Park, Tribal Museum, Khandagiri and Udayagiri and had a delicious lunch in the Provincial house, after which we proceed to Jokalandi community where we visited our elderly sisters and had high tea with them.
All these activities helped us to know and to build close relationships with one another. We sincerely express our sense of gratitude to Sr. Vianney, the Provincial Superior of Visakhapatnam and Sr. Linette, the Provincial Superior of Bhubaneswar, who helped to make this gathering possible and made it a very memorable one.