The new school building of Nazareth Academy Mokama had a tinge of platinum glow as the SCNs, priests from the parish, staff, students, parents, and the construction team including the Engineer, contractor, and skilled workers gathered to thank God and bless the newly constructed school building. The sun shone brightly and the new building decorated like a bride stood majestically welcoming everyone. It is not coincidental, but it was in the plan of God that the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth turn over a new leaf in its history by having the new school building eructed in Mokama as the India province celebrates its platinum jubilee.
Remembering Mother Ann Sebastian, Sister Anila Monippallikalayil, the principal, in her welcome address stated, “Truly Mother Ann Sabastian Sullivan had been prophetic when she wrote to the Sisters on May 7, 1946, that, ‘later we shall see our way to open a central grade and high school at Mokama as desired by Bishop Bernard James Sullivan S.J of Patna diocese.’ We are overwhelmed today and thank God for the fulfillment of Mother Ann Sebastian’s prophetic dream in action.”
The School that had its humble beginning with 52 students in 2012 – the year the congregation celebrated its bicentennial jubilee, has now had over 900 students and 40 staff. Recalling the blessings and struggles in coming to the present status of the school, Sr. Anila reiterated that, “Today is a time to acknowledge and celebrate our proud history — a legacy of acting in faith and courage, leaving the shores of what’s known and comfortable, and pioneering in search of and in service to a higher good. May God be glorified.”
The presence of Sisters Jackulin Jesu, vice president, Philomena Kottoor, provincial, Rena Fernandes, and Ann George who made a significant contribution to the growth of the school brought much joy. The absence of Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, president, under whose leadership as the provincial, the decision to begin the school was taken, was felt.
After a beautiful prayer ritual of blessing led by the parish priest Robert and his companions, the audience was entertained with a well-presented cultural program by the students. It was evident from the performance of the students that they receive an all-round education in this prestigious portal of learning with
the efficient leadership of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and a committed cadet of staff.
The entire function was also in acknowledgment and gratitude for all who contributed to the growth of the school in various ways: the Congregational and province leadership, the SCNs, the diocese, the staff, students and parent body, and everyone who were part of actualizing the dream of Mother Ann Sebastian.