MISSION AD\INTEER GENTES MEET was held in Maria Nivas, Nandigama-Vijayawada from 18th – 20 November 2017. It was organized by Sr. Bala Savarimuthu the National coordinator for Mission ad gentes. The resource person was Rev. Fr. T.C. George SDB from the Province of Banglore. Sr. Kanta Tirkey and Sr. Ashalata Kerketta took part in this event.
The first day began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. T.C. George sdb. In his Homily, he gave a meaningful explanation of day’s theme “Stay with us Lord”, recommending each one of us to pray, and ask Jesus to stay with us on our Journey.
The Inaugural session was well planned, organized and executed by the organizers. The participants were escorted by the School children, with their rhythmic band-set. The celebration began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries of the day.
The Key note address was given by Sr. Bala Savarimuthul, the National Coordinator for Mission Ad gentes. Being a native of Andhra Pradesh, she gave a short and meaningful explanation of the heritage, the culture, customs the statistical data and the richness of the state with a great pride, stated that Andhra Pradesh is commonly known as “RICE BOWL OF INDIA”.
The message of Rev. Sr. Lucy Rose, the visiting councilor was read by Sr. Shirley of INK Province. It was focused on Personal transformation. Finally Rev. Sr. Bridget Jacob, the provincial councilor and In-charge of Province Youth Pastoral Ministry, highlighted the fact that each one of us is called to “become a saint” following the foot-steps of our patron saint St. Teresa of Child Jesus to be passionate for Jesus, cost what it may.
Rev. Fr. T. C. George gave a meaningful session on the Chapter theme “FROM EMMAUS TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH” highlighting the following themes:
- “Stay with us”
- “Where not our Hearts Burning within us”
- “They set out immediately” respectively.
The different kind of Shifts and the challenges in the Disciples of Emmaus were explained to us clearly:
- Doubt to Faith
- Weakness to Power
- Fear to Courage
- Sadness to Joy
Fr. George stressed the role of Mary in the Church’s Evangelization. We believe that Mary is the greatest Evangelizer as she continues to spread the messages of prayer and penance through her apparitions in different places and to different people. We also viewed the Devotion to Personal consecration to Jesus through Mary, “Millions to Mary” a World consecration Campaign. We are convinced that, With Mary, from “Emmaus to the ends of the Earth” becomes fruitful and challenging.
These three days of seminar strengthened our conviction that “Once we are transformed we feel the urge within ourselves to go and proclaim or give Jesus to others”. Transformation Leads to Proclamation.
Besides the input sessions and presentation of various gospel themes, group discussions, reflections and sharing were held in groups and it certainly enriched our day’s learning experiences and Personal missionary convictions.