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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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THINKING SCHOOL ACADEMY

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                                              “THINKING SCHOOL ACADEMY” was organized by Sr. Molly Elizabeth Kaniampadi(ING) National delegate of the Youth Pastoral. The venue of the workshop was in DBI Gwahati from 17 – 19    August. The resource person for this workshop was Dr. David Paige from USA .There were 25 participants from three Provinces of Shillong , Guwahati and Kolkata. The day began with the prayer invoking the Holy Spirit. Sr. Molly the  national delegate for youth pastoral welcomed the resource person  and Sr. Elizabeth George , the Provincial of Guwahati,  in a traditional way offering them gamucha. Then Sr. Provincial gave a cordial welcome to all the participants.

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The workshop was conducted on different topics  such as Skills and competencies for 21st century learner, Seven big pillars (Language, Higher Order Thinking, Collaborative Learning, Reading, Vocabulary, Assessment). On the last day the participants went to St. Mary’s School Guwahati for the teaching practice. The workshop ended by expressing gratitude to the resource person, Sr.  Molly the coordinator and all the participants.

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      Seminar on ‘Initial Proclamation’

Missionary Animation and Formation Seminar on “Initial Proclamation and the Salesian Mission” was held  from  14 – 20 August 2017 at Sam Phran – Thailand.

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There were 80 participants consists of SDB Brothers and Priests, FMA Sisters with few of Lay Mission partners coming from 16 countries of Asia and Oceania: Hong Kong – China, Japan, Indonesia, Timor Leste, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Myanmar and Russia.  There were 7 FMAs and 17 Salesians from all the provinces of India,.

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The meeting was a joint venture of SDB-FMA General Councillors for the Missions: Fr. Guillermo Basanes, Sr. Alaide Deretti and their sector members: Fr. MC George, Sr. Blanca Sanchez. Sr. Maria Assunta Inoue, Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga and Fr. Vaclav Klement too were present for the seminar. Among the special speakers of the seminar was Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB from India.

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Every day the Seminar was characterized by Lectio divina by Sr. Mario Ko, FMA. Main input was prepared by Fr. Alfred Maravilla (Provincial PGS). Each day there was ample time for group work (seven groups according the languages).  The following topics were dwelt: ‘Remembrance of the past journey’ by D. Alfred Maravilla, which helped the participants to deepen the theme “Initial Proclamation and Salesian Mission Today”;   ‘Listening to the Word’ by  Archbishop Thomas Menamparambil, during which he shared his personal experience of an Initial Proclamation in North East India;   ‘Listening to the Charism’ by Sr. Teresa Joseph FMA from Mumbai province interpreted ‘Don Bosco’s  letter  from  Rome of 1884 in the light of Initial Proclamation. with Sr. AlaideOn the 4th day, a  workshop was held in seven groups on ‘Sharing the Mission’. On the 5th day, a meeting was held according to the provinces to take the action plan for their respective province. The last day’s topic was ‘Reviewing the practices’- The day was dedicated for a separate meeting of the Salesians and FMAs. During the FMA’s encounter, Sr. Alaide Deretti helped the participants to relive the missionary passion dawn through the memory lane of the first missionaries of America to the call of GCXXIII “Broaden your vision with the young missionaries of hope and joy”. This seminar has been a moment of strong pastoral formation for the initial proclamation.

Sr. Nirmala Tigga

Seminar for Religious Animators

A seminar was held for the formators/ Religious Animators from 21st to 28th July 2017 at N.B.C.L.C. (National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre) at Bangalore. There were about 87 participants belonging to the various Religious Congregations. The eight days were animated by seven efficient priests and a lay woman. Fr. D. Alphonse, the resource person of the first day highlighted the importance of being charismatic leaders of the church.

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The second day was all about the needed profile and portrait of Indian Religious Formators by Rev. Fr. Gilbert Choondal S.D.B. He dealt with the access and defects of the Indian religious. Though one lakh thirty thousand counting only women religious in India involved in humanitarian services speaks volume of assets, yet the quality of religious life is a matter of worry due to relational aspects, lack of maturity , institutional and alienated life etc.

“Leadership for the community building in the Spirit of the Eucharist” was the topic of 3rd day by Fr. Moncy S.D.B. On the fourth day Fr. Jerry Rosario S.J. introduced the topic “Challenges for the Religious in Current Indian Mission Context”.

Finally on the fifth day Mrs. Mercy Kappen director of a NGO named UISTAR, spoke on “women empowerment and gender justice in Church and society”. The day ended with a beautiful Taize Prayer moment conducted by Rev. Fr. Gilbert SDB.

On the sixth day Fr. Gilbert animated a meditation “Waking with the Word”. The resource person of the day Rev. Fr. Rayappan an expert in Canon Law enlightened us on the topic “Ethics and moral issues in religious life- Practical guidance from the Canonical point of view. He said that every religious Institute must keep in mind their primary apostolate is “Being “than “Doing”. He also gave us the hand outs on “Tips for superiors” and a check list on “How a good superior are you?”

On the second last day Rev. Fr. Gabriel OFM was the resource person and he dealt with the topic on “Psycho-Spiritual maturity of a religious leader at mid life transition.”

On the last day the participant renewed their life according to the model of Pope Francis that we need to go to the poor and marginalized who live in peripheries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEMINAR ON LEADERSHIP

 

On 6th July 2017, the HC Auxilium organised a leadership seminar for the leaders of the school. The seminar was conducted by Father Nobert Xalxo SDB, a youth animator and a motivational speaker from Don Bosco School, Alakananda.

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The seminar commenced with a prayer song and the division of students into various groups. Through interactive activities the students understood the meaning of a true leader. They were made to perform in their respective groups instilling in them the qualities of teamwork, team spirit and dedication. The seminar included a video clips which inspired the students to look at the brighter side of the situation. It also taught the students how different outlook and approach on life can make things better. It was culminated by a vote of thanks given by the Vice Head Girl of the school.

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Seminar on Child  Protection Policy at St. Anthony’s, Jaigaon

 

On 8th July 2017, the school management of St. Anthony’s, Jaigaon organized a seminar on Child  Protection Policy for the teachers of the school.  The resource person was Sr.Stella P, the animator of Auxilium  Barasat and the Education coordinator of the province . After a few introductory words from Sr. Margaret Ferenandes, the principal, she was welcomed by the high school and higher secondary co-ordinators  with the traditional khada and a bouquet of flowers.

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The session aimed at creating awareness among the staff members regarding the policies of the Act. The session was introduced with the words from the Gospel, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly”  with a power point presentation.

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Sr.Stella gave a detail information regarding POCSO,UNCRC,RTE and Juvenile Justices Act which aims at protecting the children from physical ,mental , sexual and moral abuses upto the age of 18. She invited everone to undertake sincere initiatives  in creating congenial and holistic atmosphere in the school.

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Workshop on “New Evaluation system of CBSE” held at Auxilium Convent School New Chumta

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Auxilium Convent School New Chumta organized a three days workshop on “New Evaluation system of CBSE” in the auditorium of the school from 29 – 31 March 2017. The workshop brought together over 24 participants including 8 sisters. It was handled by the resource person Mr. Utkarsh Kapoor from CBSC Delhi.  There was an interactive atmosphere between the resource person and the participants.  The methodology of the seminar was followed on these points: Lecture cum discussion, demonstration using power point, role play and activity and group discussion cum debate.

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The three days sessions were very interesting and totally focused on the following topics: (1) Learning, teaching and evaluating.  (2)  Erikson’s Psychological theory on different age group’s role play.   (3) The new evaluation system of CBCE, which is known as RAS [Remodelled Assessment systems]. There were examples like anecdotal record, Rubrics, Teacher’s diary, Lesson plan etc.

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The feedback from evaluation forms was extremely positive. The presentation and the inputs given by resource person were highly valued. The participants said that “It was an enriching experience and it was a wonderful platform for them to know the new evaluation system in an opportune time.”  They appreciated for being able to clarify doubts from the expert.  The day ended with a group photo.

Reported by Ms. Namika Lama