The BRBC-CRI-CDPB Bengal-Sikkim Regional Annual Meeting was held from 06-09 October 2014 at Loreto Convent Darjeeling. About 105 major superiors of different religious congregations and Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata, Bishop Cyprian Monis of Asansol, Bishop Salvadore Lobo of Baruipur, Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krishnagar, Bishop Clement Tirkey of Jalpaiguri and Bishop Stephen Lepcha of Darjeeling diocese were present for the gathering. Sr. Nirmala Tigga as the Provincial delegate and Sr. Mary Ann Abraham, as Local CRI secretary took part in the meeting.
The theme of the annual meeting was “Empowering Our Laity for Greater Pastoral Collaboration and Political Responsibility”.
The meeting started with the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 3 pm in the Cathedral church. Many laity from the parish and young people was invited to participate in the inaugural Mass. Archbishop Thomas D’Souza was the main celebrant, in his homily, spoke about the ‘Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep’. He said that perhaps today not one sheep is lost but ninety nine. We need to look for them and care for them as good and caring shepherds.
After the Holy Eucharist the participants were welcomed through a traditional Nepali dance, staged by the young girls of the parish. This was followed by the Panel discussion on the theme. Mrs Monica Moktam and Mr. Rajen Baberjee, Sr. Anita IBBM and Fr. Sarto SJ shared their views on the theme.
On 07th October, Fr. Cyril Desbruslais SJ, the resource person of the meeting through his talk helped the group to understand the importance of making the laity an active collaborator in the Pastoral work of the Church. On the following day all the CRI secretaries and Bishops of the Regions presented last year’s Action Plan the reports. It was an occasion to learn from one another the good things done in each diocese and regions by God’s people for the spread of His Kingdom.
In the Pastoral Planning it was decided to give emphasis to SCC, Family Visits, formation of the PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) etc. The theme chosen for the next Annual meeting is: “THE FAMILY: Leaven for today’s world”.
Sr. Nirmala T.