From Complacency to Urgency – Juniors Gather for Vocation Program

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

June 13, 2024

Shared by Rufina Baskey, SCN

Time is running out. We must keep going and growing from Complacency to Urgency!

The summer vocation program for the Temporary Professed Sisters began on May 24, 2024, at Nazareth Convent, Ranchi, with an Ignatian retreat guided by Fr. Milianus Beck, SJ. This was an opportune time to take a break from our busy day-to-day activities and enjoy the sacred time for quiet, prayer and reflection. The input sessions using our five senses — seeing, listening, smelling, tasting and touching — helped us to reflect and deepen our faith and dedication.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”1cor.10:31 

Following the retreat, on June 2, SCNs Latika Kottuppalli, our Provincial, and Basanti Lakra, Vice-Provincial, met us and shared how we can be vibrant and effective in our community and mission. They encouraged us to be more expressive and active in the community, as we are the future of our congregation. We are grateful to you, Sisters, for your support and guidance and for listening to us. 

The sessions on SCN Constitutions, conducted by Sister Susma Bodra, mainly focused on charism and the three vows. Her explanations gave us more clarity and deeper understanding on the different aspects of vows especially on vow of obedience — such as cheap obedience and costly obedience.  

We had input sessions on Community living, spiritual direction, and formation polices conducted by Sister Arpita, our Director. She made us understand the benefits, process and importance of spiritual direction in our spiritual journey. 

June 6 was a time for fun and relaxation and all were in high spirit as we travelled to Colambi, the Marianist Novitiate. The place was lovely surrounded with various types of trees, plants and flowers. We admired the gift of nature and the cool breeze. We cooked our food and relaxed and enjoyed the company of each other, lots of fun and laughter! We appreciate and thank the Marianist for their warm hospitality. 

We had input sessions on psycho-spiritual integration by Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy S.J. At the beginning of the session, we watched a documentary of early missionaries and the hardship, rejection and sacrifices they faced, challenged us to deepen our faith and commitment. The sessions were very insightful and enriching. It made us understand the importance of our WELL BEING and how to relate and interact with each other in a loving and a joyful way. Fr. Jeyaraj helped us to look at some of our fears with “Fearful Me,” and how to face this fear in a positive and rational way, to become “a Fearless Me.” His sharing on the new trends in religious life and the personal struggles and difficulties faced by young religious brought greater awareness and how to protect self and reach out to help others.  

Expressing our gratitude to one and all, the summer program concluded on June 11 with Eucharist celebration. Fr. Peter Sanga, the parish priest Doranda, Ranchi offered Mass and 18 Temporary professed Sisters renewed their vows and recommitted to follow and grow in Christ. 

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