Mangaluru, Dec 4: The Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany, Mangalore province celebrated their province day on Sunday, December 4 at Bethany provincialate, Vamanjoor with the theme, ‘Called to walk together to build God’s Kingdom’.
The book release of ‘Success Stories and the Province Documentary, ‘Bethany Blossom’ was held on the occasion. The programme started at 9.30 am with the keynote address by the provincial superior Sr Cicilia Mendonca.
She gave a clarion call to the members to carry on the legacy of the congregation by being the messengers of Christ. As Mary the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the province she invited the members to imitate her virtues of humility and docility to the will of God.
Sr Shubha and Sr Anna Maria gave an introductory note to the book release and the documentary respectively. 24 success stories of sisters’ lives experiences and the documentary depicting the lives and ministry of Bethany Sisters in the Mangalore province was enlisted. Later the documentary was displayed.
Sr Reena and Sr Melisha conducted the prayer on the occasion. The programme was compered by Sr Manisha Rodrigues.
It was followed by the Eucharistic celebration officiated by Fr Anil DMello SJ, Rector of Fathima Retreat House, Mangaluru. In his homily he exhorted the sisters to await the lord with greater expectations and longing.
Sisters from Rosa Mystica convent lead the choir. Sisters from St Raymond’s Convent arranged the chapel for the mass. Sr Cynthia Dcunha thanked the celebrant and the sisters for praying for the day’s intentions. After the fellowship meal the cultural programme was held at the Bethany provincialate programme hall.
Candidates, novices and the sisters participated in it and experienced the unity and oneness among them. The programme was compered by Sr Jessy Crasta and Sr Lydia Pinto from St Raymond’s Convent Vamanjoor.
Sr Sylvia Rebello thanked the participants. The programme wound up at 3.45 pm by singing a hymn to Mother Mary.