20 participants from 15 Congregations participated in the Formators Course from 3-31, Jan.2016 at H.B Road Kokar Ranchi at Carmel Nivas, Little Way Carmelite Spirituality Centre organized by Discalced Carmelite Fathers of the Ranchi Delegation (OCD). The inaugural ceremony began with the lighting of the lamp by his Excellency Rt.Rev.Bishop Telesphore Bilung Auxiliary bishop of the Arch diocese of Ranchi,Superior of the house Fr.Mark OCD, Course Director Fr.Mathew Joseph and Sr. Rosalia Tirkey representing the Participants. Rt. Rev.Bishop Telesphore Biliung delivered the inaugural address. Bishop Telesphore highlighted that proper formation can only give identity to our charism and pinpointed that the formators were taking part in a noble course, as they build the church so it was necessary to form oneself to respond to the demands of the digital world from where our formees come. The resource persons gave a blend to nature and grace. It was informative, reflective innovative and thought provoking.
With the enriching sessions coupled with family spirit of joy and happiness the OCD family made our stay very remarkable. Fr.Verghese OCD the “Spiritual Guru” led the participants to the heights of 7 mountains to touch the Divine. At the closing thanksgiving Eucharist Fr.Sebastian Koodapat OCD delegate Provincial alerted us that on facing quantity crisis we do not sacrifice quality crisis. The course ended with the Valedictory Function and Fr. Joseph Elamparayil OCD Provincial of Malabar Province saluted the Formators for shouldering the delicate and noble task. The formators surely will not forget the last class of Fr. Mathew Joseph OCD, the Director: THE BEST APPROACH OF THE FORMATOR. “Don’t be a Pal. Be friendly, caring, loving and sensitive. But do not be a friend. They has enough friends. They need an adult role model in the Formator to look up to with admiration and pride.
Sr. Rosalia Tirkey