International Formation Encounter

 

 Roma (Italy). From October 1 to 20, 2017, the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians is hosting the International Formation Encounter for and with the Novice Formators, on the theme: “To the Root of Perennial Vitality… The Constitutions, plan of life that forms and transforms”.

The encounter is animated by the Formation Sector and is aimed at searching for and sharing the ‘road’ to help the Novices know, vitally assume, and savor the Constitutions, Plan of Life that forms and transforms, directs and sustains the growth of the charismatic identity of the FMA.

The specific objectives proposed are: life an encounter experience that forms, transforms, and qualifies the ministry of discernment, accompaniment, and guidance in the formation journey of the Novices; qualify oneself to accompany the novices in understanding, in today’s context, the meaning of being united in community in the name of the Lord and sent for the young in the spirit of the da mihi animas; assume responsibility for self-formation in a process of ongoing formation to form self and to form to ‘docibilitas’; elaborate Forms that guide the transmission of the Constitutions to encourage, throughout the Institute, a unified and at the same time differentiated path, according to the socio-cultural context.

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There are 26 participants coming from the five continents. The meeting-workshop is in continuity with the Formators Convention of April 2013, in which emerged the need to begin a process of reflection on how to transmit, to help to pass on the treasure of the charism with essentiality, depth, and with all its prophetic value to the young women of today so that it can be vitally assimilated. In 2015, the process began with the elaboration of Forms on the identity of the FMA (C 1-7). In 2016, in the second phase of the journey, forms were elaborated on the FMA Vocation beginning with the re-reading of Articles 8-35 of the Constitutions. The guiding theme in this context is: “United in community in the name of the Lord and sent for the young in the spirit of the ‘da mihi animas’, on the horizon of an on-going formation process with the re-reading of Articles 36-76 of the Constitutions”.

The encounter began with a time of prayerful celebration within which the participants, urged by the Word (Mt 13,31-32), were invited to perform a small gesture: plant seeds in vases full of soil that will grow in the course of the meeting and will bear fruit. Hopes and dreams were sown with the certainty that – as Mother Mazzarello says – if we cultivate them well, they will bear good and abundant fruit. This sign and gesture symbolically express the mission of the Formator in discerning and accompanying so that the seed will become a tree…”at the roots of a perennial vitality”

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Sr. Nieves Reboso, Councilor for the Formation Sector, at the start of the encounter wished that: “It would be for each one an encounter with the Triune God who has confidence in each person, who draws forth the best of what we carry within us, and that He Himself has given us. That He would make us recognize both the greatness of the mission He entrusts to us and make us truly experience our littleness. That He make us always feel accompanied by His Word which encourages us and supports us: Do not fear…I am with you! May it be a powerful experience of communion to continue the journey of opening our heart wide to the action of the Spirit and to His mediations”.

There are various presentations with very rich content: The Horizon of Consecrated Life Today: United in community and sent for the young in the name of the Lord, (Fr. Rino Cozza CSJ); Anthropological-theological Aspect of Prayer (Fr. Jesús Manuel García SDB); Charismatic Aspect of Prayer (Sr. Piera Cavaglià, FMA); Fraternal Life in Community: Psycho-pedagogical Dynamics(Sr. Milena Stevani, FMA); Biblical-Theological-Charismatic Aspect of Fraternal Life (Sr. Linda Pocher, FMA and Sr. Piera Cavaglià, FMA); New Approaches for Initial Formation: the Novitiate – Heart and Center of Initial Formation (Facilitator: Sr. Rosemary Howarth SSND). This last experience saw the whole group participating in a meeting organized by UISG. It is a sign of the openness of the Institute to being inter-congregational, to sharing experiences for mutual learning. The themes proposed are the subject of study and reflection, dialogue and comparison, of research along with a workshop methodology for the elaboration of forms oriented to the vital assumption of the Constitutions by encouraging the Institute along a unified and enculturated path.

A much-desired moment was the meeting with the Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, who solicited by some questions, focused attention on the community dimension and the sense of belonging to the Institute, indispensable elements for genuine discernment and vocational accompaniment.

Halfway through the course, the participants lived a day in Assisi, an experience of deepening Franciscan spirituality, tracing moments of the life of Francis and Chiara, the places of their mission among the poor.

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The work will continue in the coming days with the proposal of other thematic nuclei: The formation community (Fr. Beppe Roggia, SDB); The biblical-theological foundation of the mission (Fr. Rossano Sala SDB); Charismatic-pedagogical foundation of the mission (Sr. Piera Ruffinatto, FMA); The Formator in Action: Context, Conscience, and Identity; relationships, discernment and vocational experience (Fr. Juan Crespo, SDB). This phase is also marked by the alternation of moments of personal reflection, of confrontation with groups and assemblies, of spaces in which each has the opportunity to express ideas and points of view.

“At the root of perennial vitality, to the source of fidelity, to the Constitutions, to live today the ever-actual spirituality of our origins, with the same passion as Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello for the mission.

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Silver Jubilee Celebration at H.C. Auxilium, R.K. Puram

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On  13th  October 2017, it was really a memorable day  for the Auxilians  as we  celebrated the Silver Jubilee of our   dear teachers – Mrs. Viola Joseph, Mrs. Sunita Sharma and Mrs. Cynthia Kumar. The programme commenced with  a prayerful note of thanking and praising God for the 25 long years of their committed and dedicated  service to the  Institution.

The culmination of the day was the colourful  cultural programme performed by our  little ones, expressing their great love and appreciation for their dear  teachers. Sr. Teresa P. the animator congratulated them and invoked  the Lord to bless them with peace and joy. As a token of love and gratitude to our jubilarians, she presented a memento  to each.

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Mrs. Viola, Mrs. Sunits and Mrs. Cynthia were overwhelmed with joy and  cherished every moment of the celebration  and thanked the educating community for making this day a memorable one  in their life. The day came to an end with a sumptuous lunch served by the jubilarians.

Mrs. Ashu Bhatia.

 

Gratitude day at Holy Child Auxilium R. K. Puram New Delhi

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On 23rd September 2017, Holy Child Auxilium R. K. Puram New Delhi, celebrated the gratitude day. The day began with the welcome speech by the school captain, followed by a solemn prayer moment.  The students expressed their love and gratitude to Sisters by offering  bouquets of flowers and  gifts.

Starting from the tiny tots  up  to Class V, presented a variety of colourful programmes, highlighting the beautiful virtue of love and appreciation for one another.  The celebration  ended with a  prayer dance seeking Mother Mary’s blessings upon all of us. Sister Superior Sr. Teresa P., thanked the children and blessed them   with her inspiring words. She praised the teachers and encouraged the efforts of all children. This joyful day came to an end  with the distribution of sweets.

Mrs. Josphine.

Community communion in exploring Science city

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The community of Auxilium Barasat went for an outing to the science city. Journey to Kolkata was interspersed with fun, nibbling on snacks, recital of rosary and Antakshari of Marian hymns to honour our blessed Mother on the eve of her feast Our Lady of Holy Rosary.

The first stop was at the space Exploration hall followed by 3D vision Theatre.  The show was about the launching of satellites by rocket and the preparations and gadgets required for the astronauts to land in other planets other than earth.  The second show was   Science on Sphere – Dynamotion Hall where we learned a lot about the solar system and mother earth.  The most exhilarating experience was at the Science exploration Block where we were ushered into the hall of emerging technologies. From here we climbed into digital panorama of human evolution. This was followed by a twelve minutes dynamic film with possibility of voice over in three languages on human evolution, projected on a giant cylindrical screen. From here we went to the last show in this block which is Evolution of life – A dark ride.   We were taken in a slow moving electric car for a mesmerizing experience supplemented by special light and sound effects.

After the fellowship meal the last part of the outing was the divine encounter with St. Theresa of Kolkata at her tomb.

Community Picnic

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On 29th September, the community of Holy Child Auxilium R.K. Puram went for a community picnic to Lohagarh farm house. The picnic spot with lots of greenery and natural beauty added colour to our outing. We strengthened our sisterly bond with each other in a tangible way by spending our quality time together.

Visit of Sr. Vilma Tallone at Holy Child Auxilium R.K. Puram

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On 26th September Sr. Vilma Tallone the Economer General of the Institute made a short visit to Holy Child Auxilium R.K. Puram. She was welcomed by the sisters, teachers and the little Auxilians with the bouquet of flowers, garland and melodious welcome song. She made a quick move to some of the classes. She was very grateful to the teachers and thanked them for their dedicated service to our Institute.

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Warm Welcome to Sr. Vilma Tallone at HC Auxilium, Vasant Vihar

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DSCF9195On 26th September HCA, Vasant Vihar celebrated the visit of Sr. Vilma Tallone, the Economer general of the Salesian sisters from Rome. Along with her was Sr. Alessandra Smerilli and Sr. AnnieThevarkunnel, the Province economer. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp, followed by an Italian song ‘Mare Profondo’.

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Deepi Garg, School head girl addressed the gathering highlighting the various activities conducted by the school this year. The students then presented the rich and diverse cultures of different states of our country through their high-spirited and vivacious dance performance.Adding to this, there was an African Dance presented by class X students which created nostalgia to Sr. Vilma who was a missionary in Africa for many years. Of course, Sr. Vilma appreciated the colourful performance of the students and inspired us all in the auditorium with encouraging words inviting us to shine forth the beauty of God by being wonderful students.

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Sr. Vilma Tallone animated  the sisters of  New Delhi Zone along Sr. Alessandra Smerilli.