It was a significant day indeed in the annals of Indian province as we gathered together joining our 4 young sisters Sr. Aloysia Adaikalam, Sr. Jeyanthi Roseline Sebastian, Sr. Hepsi Savarimuthu, Sr. Rathina Jothi Chinnappan who said their “Yes” to God and committed their life entirely to Him through their final commitment. The campus of St. Mary’s Convent, Devakottai was filled with joy and grace on 27th December as the auspicious moments of surrendering oneself totally to God commenced with the Holy Eucharistic Celebration concelebrated by Most Rev. Dr. Susai Manickam. D.D. the Bishop of Sivaganga Diocese along 15 priests. After the introductory prayer, the sisters came forward one by one to the pulpit to share their sacred stories of vocation.
"You are precious in my eyes, I honour and love you" IS:43:4. These assuring words of God through the prophet Isaiah was very vividly experienced by Sr. Aloysia Adaikalam. When she was conceived, her mother was affected by pneumonia (disease). The doctors gave up hope and thought child would be dead. But the Lord touched her mother and Aloysia, the baby in the womb and healed them and gave them new life. This experience strengthened the faith of the family. While the birth story of Aloysia was narrated to her by parents, she recognized the love of God and the preciousness of her life and decided to dedicate her life to Him.
Urged by a deep desire to serve God from childhood days and confirmed by the healing touch of God in her youthful days, Sr. Jeyanthi Roseline decided to offer herself as a living sacrifice to Him. She enjoys the companionship of Christ, her beloved in her committed life. God calls, affirms and continues to guide is the day today experience of Sr. Jeyanthi Roseline.
Seed of vocation in the heart of Sr. Hepsi Savarimuthu was sown by the sisters of St. Joseph who educated her in the school. Inspired by the witnessing life of sisters, she decided to join the religious life. The motive was diluted in her college days. One day as she was on the way to church to attend mass, she was struck by a hungry, shabbily dressed boy who disturbed her a lot. The Gospel reading during the mass “The harvest is plenty and the workers are few” (Mt: 9:37) revived her desire to dedicate herself to service of suffering humanity.
Although there were thousands who were capable, skilful and intelligent, God found “a simple me” worthy and called me by my name. Experiencing God as the guiding light in my life, I desire to be the light to many who live in darkness was the testimony of Sr. Rethina Jothi Chinnappan.
Everyone in the crowd were touched by the sincere , sacred sharing of the sisters and we could see many people were shedding tears of joy as the narration was going on, wondering at the marvellous ways of God’s interventions in each one’s life.
Bishop. Susai Manickam in his homily highlighted the personal relationship one need to develop with the person of Christ. As long as there is oil, a wick can shine and spread its light. If the oil runs short, the wick burns out. Christ is our oil and we are the wicks. Our life is purposeful as long as we are united with Christ.
The sisters pronounced the promise of offering their entire life to God and His people and Sr. Emily Joseph, the Provincial received them as permanent members of the congregation during thi blissful ceremony.
The sisters in St. Mary’s Convent, Devakottai made all the arrangement for the celebration meticulously well and sisters from Yeshu Bhavan and St. Joseph convent, Usilai organised the ceremony. The air was filled with divine melodies of the Choir organised by sisters from Shanthi nilaya and Fatima College convent. The idyllic event came to conclusion with the fellowship meal.