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Conclusion of the Silver Jubilee Year
The curtain rang down upon the Silver Jubilee Year of our Province on 31 May 2018. The Team members, the Administrators of all our Communities the Novices and Sisters of the Neighbouring Communities were present. During the soul-stirring Morning Prayer, our hearts rode on the waves of thankfulness for the ‘amazing grace’ that made us grow, of repentance for our failures, of hope in God`s abiding presence and of firm determination that “Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ.” At the offertory of the Eucharist concelebrated by the Vice Provincial Fr. Jose Koyikal and Fr. James Kadankavil Rector of Kristu Jyoti College, Sr. Ruby Korah the first Provincial handed over the Golden lamp to Sr. Celine Jacob as a symbol of passing from the Silver years to the Golden one. In his inspiring homily, Fr. Jose commented on the Faith journey of Mary, of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello and also of the Sisters who were present at the time of the birth of the new Province. He said: “The greatest wealth of the Province are our Sisters. Therefore they need to be formed well- dynamic, committed, hardworking, qualified, available for the Mission, good in relationship, with priority for the poor and serenity among themselves. Away with mediocrity, individualism and compartmentalism. Be courageous in responding to the needs of the Mission. Go back to the founding charism with personal and Institutional conversion”. After the Eucharist, the Silver Jubilee lamp that was lit on 31 May 2018, was handed over to Sr. Nisha Francis the youngest Sister present, as a symbol of entrusting the responsibility to the younger generations to keep the spirit and charism of the Institute burning bright in the future years. Sr. Celine Jacob lit the lamp for all the Sisters present and we went in procession to the Sacred Heart statue and renewed the consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus the Patron of our Province. All assembled in the hall for the cutting of the cake and for the releasing of the Silver Jubilee Souvenir, the Book of the Biographies of our dear departed Sisters of the past 25 years, the GEM translated into Kannada, the Prayer Book of ADMA in English and in Kannada, the Annual report of the CDEW FMA and the Collages of our departed Sisters and of the Houses of our Province. At the cutting of the cake, Provincial Sr. Celine Jacob expressed her ardent wish for the future: Vibrant love for God and for one another, and courage to go to the peripheries.