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▪ The first Provincial Chapter, with the theme “Let us be Witnesses of Hope” began on August 5th with the Holy Eucharist, presided by Fr. Joe Tauro OCD. Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad initiated the Chapter with an opening address.  There were altogether 21 members.  Fr. Joe Tauro gave a reflective talk on the following day, which was a one of silence and reflection with a question to be pondered, Lord what do you ask of us? In the ensuing days the sisters experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit as they worked through the Chapter agenda. The members elected the first Provincial Superior, Sr. J.X. Clara, and Sr. Inacinha Fernandes as Vice Provincial; elected Councilors are Srs. Mary Alangara, Isabela Tirkey and Helen Lourduswamy.

▪ The former Delegature is now known as the Province of India under the patronage of Mary Mother of Divine Love. The official date of erection is August 15th, and the Province feast will be celebrated on January 1st, Feast of Mother of God. The Chapter ended with a closing message and missioning by the Superior General with the presentation of a picture of Mary, Mother of the Divine Love. The Province is most grateful to Sr. Izabela Świerad and to Sr. Stella Holisz for their continuous support and guidance. A special word of gratitude was addressed to former Delegate Superior and present General Councilor, Sr. Josephina D’Souza for her dedicated work and sacrifices to prepare the Delegature to become a Province. Words of gratitude also go to the Sisters of the General Administration and to all the Sisters in the Congregation for their support and prayers. All the discussions, deliberations and reflections were summed up in a chapter decree.

▪ The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, was also the Silver Jubilee of the first three Indian Sisters: Srs. Fatima Josephine, Mary Alangara and J.X. Clara, who chose for their Jubilee the theme Whispers of Gratitude. The main celebrant was Fr. Susayan Satyanesan, Provincial of the Assumption Province of the Pallottine Fathers in Bangalore. Priests, sisters, parents, relatives, friends and well wishers doubled the sisters’ joy and invoked God’s blessings on the jubilarians.

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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)