SANIS, newly opened on Indian soil

11th April 2016 was yet another remarkable day in the life of St. Joseph Province India. The entire religious family just celebrated the bicentenary of the humble beginning of the House of Derelicts, with a deep sense of gratitude and   wonder for the magnanimous ways the providence is guiding our journey. Today was yet another surprise revelation of the risen Lord to lead us to another reality to be the sign and instrument of His Providence. St. Joseph Province India gave birth to its 16th community.

St. Peter’s Parish Sanis is in the Diocese of Kohima Nagaland. It is a remote village with a slowly rising population. The inhabitants mainly belong to Naga Lotha tribe. They depend upon the primitive way of agriculture , mainly paddy and economically poor. These simple yet God fearing people can only claim as their own is their simple faith in God and the hope that the missionaries can bring positive changes in their lives and situation.

Rt. Rev. Mckenna Bishop of Barthurst, Australia, the chief guest of the day, blessed and inaugurated the convent, in the presence of Rt. Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima, and Rev. Sr. Thresiamma Karottuthazhath SdP, the Provincial Superior and many fathers and sisters, students, parishioners and well wishers. In his inaugural address the Bishop of Barthurst said that the realization of this mission is an explicit sign of singing the sweet symphony of the risen Lord together as a Church and Joining hands together for the establishment of God’s Kingdom. He invoked God’s blessing up on all the sisters who are going to render their service in that parish, the pastor and all the faithful.

Rt. Rev. James Thoppil in his address appreciated the sisters for accepting to come and work in that remote village in spite of a lot of inconveniences and hardships. Rev. Sr. Thresiamma the Provincial Superior thanked the Bishop for having trust in us to entrust us this mission to Sisters of Providence and offering us all the help and support. She also thanked the Bishop of Barthurst, for the help he extended in realizing this mission especially for the beautiful convent building. She exhorted the Sisters to be a sign of Providence and charity to the people of Sanis according to the charism of St. Luig our founder and mission of the Sisters of Providence. She also conveyed the cordial greetings of Mother Esther, our Superior General to all. And thanked her predecessor Sr. Rosalina Myppan during whose mandate the agreement was made between the diocese and the religious family.

The school students and the parishioners expressed their gratitude and love to all those present there through a short well animated cultural programme.

Srs. Lissy Pathinachiparambil, Vinita Tirkey, Presita Marak and Loliosa Konglah constitute the community. St. Peters Convent Sanis is the sixth community in North East India and the third community in the diocese of Kohima. In the evening in a short family gathering Sr. Thresiamma installed Rev. Sr. Lissy Pthinachiparambil as the first animator of St. Peter’s Convent Sanis .


India and Africa: new First Professions

On October 5th, the feast of our beloved Fr. Luigi, just as the Synod of Bishops on the faith and the vocational discernment of the young had just began, our Congregation had the joy of welcoming nine professed sisters:
-Four in Togo: Sr. Antoinette Marie, Sr. Christine, Sr. Antoinette Carine, Sr. Juste
-Five in India: Sr. Daphiline, Sr. Gloria, Sr. Mukta, Sr. Martha, Sr. Tresalline
With the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience they publically professed the choice to imitate Christ and to offer themselves to Him, to live the whole life at the service of God and of the brothers and sisters: they are now sisters in the Family of the Sisters of Providence.

The Eucharistic celebration in the novitiate chapel of Lomè (Togo) was presided by a Salesian priest and concelebrated by 16 other priests, along with families, friends and acquaintances of our sisters.
The holy Eucharist in the novitiate of Barrackpore (India) was presided over by the Archbishop of Kolkata, Mon. Thomas D’ Souza and concelebrated by more than 20 priests; and were present numerous relatives and friends too.
The common liturgy on the feast of the founder was the parable of Good Samaritan. The great teaching of Jesus is an invitation to be compassionate and sensitive towards the needy brothers and sisters and therefore, to make of our service a continuous act of love and mercy. And this, in imitation of Fr. Luigi, who was an apostle of compassion and knew how to love and serve the brothers and sisters, because in them he loved and served the person of Jesus.
Flowers, lights, songs and dances were the setting for the party, and external signs of joy that invaded the hearts of the nine sisters and all the guests.

Then they all shared lunch in the simplicity and fraternity of the meeting, wishing the newly professed, a long life of fidelity.

This date will remain in the heart of each one as an unforgettable day, because lived in gratitude, with new zeal and enthusiasm to follow Jesus in the family of Fr. Luigi. They sincerely thank the sisters all over the world for the prayerful support they have experienced on this day.
And we pray for them, asking the Lord to continue to bless them and to give each one the necessary graces, so that they may live their own vocation in the Family of Fr. Luigi, with joy and generosity.


A new step in the Formative journey

Today, together with the Blessed Virgin Mary who marveled at the works of God, we too, the Sisters of Providence in India, are marveled at the wonderful works of God. The nativity of Mary our mother is a remarkable day for our Family. On this auspicious day, our postulants, Badashisha, Dimrella, Larisha, Salomi, Sunita and Sylvia and our candidates Anjeli, Jennifer, Kushbu, Shanjulo began their Novitiate and postulancy respectively .

We had beautiful moments of prayer in the formation community, together with our sisters from provincialate house. It was a very joyous day for our congregation especially for our province. We thank God for the gift of these sisters and we wish them that they may remain ever faithful to God’s call. We pray that this new and important step in their formative journey, may be a time to grow in personal and intimate relationship with Jesus through daily meditation of the Word of God and a life centered on Jesus in the Eucharist.

May Fr. Luigi be their model in following Christ and Mary, our Mother teach them to love her Son, Jesus with an undivided heart, and may they accompany them to help them to taste the joy of following Christ. It was indeed a memorable day to cherish, a moment of grace which filled the atmosphere with gratitude, praise and thanksgiving to God the Almighty. We too remember with gratitude, each and every sister of Providence, who accompanied us with their prayers.
Thank you!

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