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India - Provincial Chapter 2015

Provincial Chapter of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters

Mother of Divine Love Province of India

27 to 29 December, 2015

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The Third Provincial Chapter of Mary, Mother of Divine Love Province of India, opened in the morning of December 27 with a Holy Hour at the Provincial House, St. Vincent Krupa in Bangalore. The theme of the Chapter was: Missionary - A Beacon of Love and Mercy. Provincial Superior Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, SAC opened the Chapter, and before her inaugural address, she welcomed Sr. Josephina D’Souza, SAC from the General Government as the Facilitator of the Chapter. Fr. Henry Angel, SAC delivered a talk on Mission and Apostolic Task, stressing the virtue of humility in all that we do by modeling our ministry after Jesus. He offered the Holy Eucharist for the fruitfulness of the Chapter.

On December 28, Fr. Peter Bala Swamy, CSsR came to celebrate the Holy Mass. Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram presented the report on Formation in the Province, and Sr. Vanitha Mary Reddy gave the Financial Report. The Chapter members chalked out concrete steps to be followed in the Province - Community Life, Spiritual Life, Apostolate, Mission, Vocation promotion, Formation and Finances.

Fr. John Joseph, SAC was the Holy Mass celebrant on December 29, afterwards and the Sisters had period of adoration before they proceeded to the election of the delegates for the coming General Chapter. Then they worked on the Provincial Directives and the recommendations received by the Sisters. Sr. Josephina D’Souza did a excellent job as the Facilitator - it was a time of hard work but also a time of grace.

Sr. Bimla Barla gave the vote of thanks and Provincial Superior Sr. Inacinha Fernandes officially closed the first session of the Third Provincial Chapter and thanked Sr. Josephina and every member for their active participation and contribution. The conclusion was a missioning ceremony, in which the Sisters were sent out to continue their mission as faithful daughters of St. Vincent Pallotti, spreading love and mercy in their communities and apostolates.

Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram, SAC

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)