Visit of La Madre in India
The long awaited day for ‘Mater Ecclesiae’ Province - ING dawned on April 9, 2017 when Mother General, Sr. Reungoat Yvonne arrived at Auxilium Provincial House, Guwahati.
Upon her arrival, Mother General was given a rousing welcome by the Sisters from four communities of Guwahati city, the Intensive Juniorate Sisters, the young candidates in formation and young people. She was welcomed in a typical Assamese style as a japi was placed on her head and a gamosa and a bouquet of flowers offered to her. The young people, dressed in their colourful traditional attire, clearly depicting the rich tapestry of the Province welcomed Mother with their welcome dance. Accompanied by the Sisters and the young people led Mother General to the Master of the house where Sr. George Elizabeth, Provincial raised a prayer of gratitude to the Almighty while entrusting La Madre and the Province to our Blessed Mother.
April 10, 2017: The Holy Eucharist for the day was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Vattathara SDB, Salesian Provincial of the Guwahati Province. Commenting on the Gospel of the day in his homily, Fr. Thomas said that the act of Mary who poured oil on the feet of Jesus was a clear indication of her love for Jesus who was willing to pour out all what she had for the Master. He then posed questions for deeper reflection, “Are we attracting others to Christ like the fragrance of the perfume that caught the attention of everyone in the room? Are we willing to spread the fragrance of the Gospel by our life?” Fr. Thomas concluded saying, “Let the image of the repentant Mary be imprinted in our heart. One image is enough to make a change.”
Meeting with the Provincial Councillors and Animators of the Communities: In her encounter with the Animators, Mother spoke on the indispensable role of the Animator in the community in creating Community Communion and Family Spirit. She further stressed on Accompaniment as an expression of maternity and on the importance of living with joy one’s call and mission. La Madre concluded saying, “I entrust your mission to Mary who is your way. She will support you and bless you.”
Dinner at SDB Provincial House Guwahati: In the evening, the SDBs welcomed La Madre and the Animators to their Provincial House. A short prayer moment in the chapel preceded the fraternal meal. Mother thanked the Salesians for the spiritual support extended to the Sisters. She also congratulated them for the spirit of communion reigning among the SDB-FMA communities and said, “In this spirit of communion, young people find a home and this makes our mission fruitful”.