The National CRI meet was held on 21st – 23rd November 2014 at St. Anne Generalate, Ranchi. It was conducted by the CRI team, on the theme “ The Consecrated life”. 254 participants from different congregations were present for the Seminar. It was inaugurated with a short prayer, animated by Fr. Joe Mannath SDB, the National Secretary of the CRI. The Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi Rt. Rev. Theodor Mascarenus declared opened the seminar with his short message on the theme of the day. He exhorted us to be people of prayer.
Fr. Joe, the resource person of the day, dealt on the topic ‘Psycho-Sexual Integration’. He highlighted the different stages of Psycho, Sexual development and the types of abuses.
The second day began with the celebration of the solemn Holy Eucharist, presided over by the National CRI President, Rev Fr. V.M. Thomas SDB, the Provincial of Guwahati Province. In the homily, he quoted the message of Pope Francis, “Spirit filled evangelizers with the fragrance of the Gospel. He urged us to be the smell of the sheep, the living of the Gospel in words and actions, the living memorial of Jesus and to be seekers of God.”
In his sessions Fr. V.M. Thomas mentioned that the consecrated life is a gift to the Church and to the world. He gave us some practical tips, how to be effective in our mission, likewise: creative fidelity, net working, reflection, taking risks, daring, determination, faith and will power.
On the last day the session was on celibacy by Fr. Joe, who led us into a deeper understanding of the topic. At the end of the session there was a short thanksgiving for all the resourceful persons. Sr. Linda Mary, the Mother General of the daughters of St. Anne was highly appreciated for her hospitality. She encouraged us to live our consecrated life to the full.
Since it was the feast of Christ the King, we had a thanksgiving Mass solemnized by Rt. Rev.Theodor Mascarenus, the auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi. In the afternoon we participated in the solemn Eucharistic procession in honour of Christ the King. During Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, the year of the consecrated life was officially declared opened, by Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi Rt. Rev. Telesphor Bilung, in the name of his eminence cardinal Telesphor Toppo.
It was a memorable day for all especially for us 20 Salesian sisters from 3 provinces, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai who participated for the first time. It was really an amazing and eye opening sessions on how to live our consecrated life.
We are grateful to our dear Sr. Provincial Sr. Maria Pettayil for giving us the opportunity to attend this course and supporting us with her prayers.
2nd Novitiate sisters