Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9: 6
The Sisters in Bangalore Province gathered for an annual retreat from May 7-13, 2023, organized for the Temporary Professed Sisters in collaboration with the OGF team of the Province. The retreat was guided by Father Joseph Antonysamy, SJ (Fr. Anto).
Recalling her personal experience of the retreat, Sister Blanche Correia had this to say: “I saw a beautiful blend of Sisters aged 23 to 85 and with 2 to 60 years of religious life experiences. Perhaps this is the first time in Bangalore province that a group of Sisters so diverse in age and life experiences participated in the retreat together. An experience of Synodality, it surely was. I deeply appreciate Father Anto for throwing light on the vision and mission statement of the SCN Congregation. We felt affirmed and invited to introspect on several areas of our lives.”
To mention a few:
- The relationship with God, self, and neighbor
- Gender equality and promotion of women leadership
- The Contribution of SCNs to the Church
- Caring for Mother Earth
“Along with these, he also challenged us as Catholic Nuns to widen our horizons in services to the environment, immigrants, refugees, war victims, etc.,” Sister Blanche said. “Each day was a challenge for me to share greater love, service, and to more committed discipleship.”
During the Eucharistic celebration on May 14, the Temporary Professed Sisters – Alisha Anthony, Florina Joseph, Asrita Lugun, Alma Xaxa, Joy Baxla, Monica Hansadak, Dipti Rani Nayak, Sarala Velpula, Sujatha Kancharla and Sushmita Dungdung, having received the call of Jesus, decided to serve God and God’s people by renewing their vows. The Sisters rejoiced and thanked God for accompanying them and renewing their Spirit and the religious call.
It is good to read about this wonderful retreat and the temporary professed Sisters renewing their vows. Congratulations!