Constitutions Contemplative Engagement Retreat

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 12, 2021

In the Bangalore Province, 17 Sisters completed their Constitutions Contemplative Engagement Retreat on July 10, 2021, in Nazareth Convent, Chandapura.

Sister Bridget Vadakkeattam and Sister Rita Puthenkalam were the facilitators of this contemplative engagement. The garlanded pictures of Mother Catherine Spalding and Sister Lawrencetta Veeneman in their midst helped everyone to experience their guiding presence in a tangible manner during the contemplative journey through the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth constitutions – Conversion in a Community of Mission.

The enthusiastic responses of these “contemplatives” bear evidence that everyone was very grateful and full of appreciation for the experience. Some even wondered, “how is it that we never before thought of doing such an in-depth study and contemplation on our deep and profound living Constitutions!”

At the conclusion of the contemplative journey, each one was presented with an envelope of varied seeds of plans with the words, “rooted in Christ to bring forth life” as a reminder to germinate and grow the words of the Constitutions now planted deeply in their hearts.

In order to reduce the risk of traveling during the pandemic, four more Constitutions Contemplative Engagement Retreats are planned in the province.

Rita Puthenkalam, SCN


  1. S. Rita Davis

    I loved seeing the group pictures you sent, especially with S. Lawrencetta V. and M. Catherine S. in the background on the table arrangement. May you all continue to enjoy good health and joy.

  2. Ann Palatty

    Indeed it was a great experience. Perhaps some of us read the Constitution Book from cover to cover for the first time. Yes, anyone would ask why we waited this long to have this engagement. Thank you, Rita and Bridget for your guidance and the SCN Congregation for calling us to go through such an experience.


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