Auxilium Convent Barasat celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Religious Profession of Sr. Elizabeth Joseph on 18 June 2016. The celebration commenced with the solemn Eucharistic Celebration at 5.30 pm presided over by Rev. Fr. Mourlin Ferando SJ and two other con-celebrants. Sr. Elizabeth was welcomed to the chapel which was adorned with golden flowers and bells, with rhythmic steps and golden crown. She carried in a lighted candle representing her 50 years of dedication and service in the vineyard of the Lord while a short narration was echoed of her life in the Institute and her contribution in the mission of the young. The well sung hymns by the boarders of Barasat brought in an angelic atmosphere throughout the celebration. Fr. Mourlin in his homily highlighted her caring attitude in times of adversity and her special love for the poor. Her attractive smile and simple approach to the people around are praiseworthy. He congratulated her and assured her of many more years of service in the vineyard of the Lord. At the end of the Holy Mass she was garlanded by Sr. Mary George U and crowned by Fr. Mourlin amidst loud applause and wishes.
This was followed by felicitation and entertainment in the Mazzarello hall of the aspirantate. The curtain was opened with a Jubilee song choired by the boarders congratulating her for 50 years of ‘Yes’ to God. She was specially honoured with wishes and greetings while she cut the Golden Jubilee cake marking her joy of belonging to the Lord. The awesome performance of the boarders and the ‘thiruvadira kali’ of the aspirants added colour and joy to the celebration. The on-stage celebration was concluded with her Golden words where she profusely thanked God and all those who were part of this celebration.
A special note of thanks was rendered to the community for the pre-celebration of her jubilee before she set out to the new community at Najafgarh. This was followed by the agape meal served at the Aspirantate community.
Reported by Sr. Rosy Veliyan