Final Profession of UMI sisters
Celebrations bring joy and happiness in everyone’s life. 23rd April 2017 was a memorable day for the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate as three of their sisters – Sr. Manjulata Hemrom, Sr. Bernadette Kujur and Sr. Sosan Lakra – took the final vows. Carrying a bunch of Lily each, these three sisters walked towards the altar of St Joseph’s Parish, Greater Noida, along with the Provincials of Vimala Province and Nirmala Province, the priests and the Main celebrant Most. Rev. Dr. Albert D’ Souza, Archbishop of Agra. Their readiness to follow the Lord forever was expressed through the theme “With Joy We Proclaim the Lord”.
During the homily the Archbishop, Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’ Souza highlighted the meaning of the religious call telling that these three sisters might be thinking how they, being weak and poor could be effective in this modern world, which believes that power, position, and possessions are everything. He touched on all three readings chosen for the occasion. The first reading speaks about the call of Jeremiah who felt he was still a weak boy and not yet ready to be at the service of the Lord. The second reading from the first letter of St. Paul to Corinthians reminds us of whom God calls. God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and the weak to shame the strong. The Gospel reminds of Jesus’ mission manifesto which every chosen one needs to follow.
We congratulate these three sisters for the courageous step they have taken to commit themselves completely to the Lord, listening to His call to proclaim the good news joyfully to the world. May they be filled with God’s grace and radiate peace and serenity as they entrust themselves to God and His people.
UMI (Ursulines of Mary Immaculate) Nirmala Province, Greater Noida – Installation of the New Provincial Superior and Team, Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Sr. Monica & Sr. Francesca, and Silver Jubilee Celebration of Sr. Daisy George & Sr. Joyce Antony – 10th May 2017
10th May 2017 was a pleasantly noteworthy day for the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate of Nirmala Province as its administration was passed on from the outgoing Provincial Team (Sr. Rittie Mattathil – Provincial Superior, Sr. Nirupa – Vice Provincial, Sr. Bennett, Sr. Archana, Sr. Anu George – Councillors, Sr. Daisy George – Provincial Secretary, Sr. Anjali – Provincial Treasurer,) to the New Provincial Team (Sr. Nirupa Puthenpurackal – Provincial Superior, Sr. Celine Mathew – Vice Provincial , Sr. Felicia, Sr. Archana – Councillors, Sr. Anjali Jacob – Councillor and Provincial Treasurer, Sr. Daisy George – Provincial Secretary).
The Installation ceremony of the New Provincial Superior, Sr. Nirupa & her Team took place in the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 11.00 a.m. officiated by Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’ Souza, Archbishop of Agra. On that auspicious occasion the Diamond Jubilee of the religious profession of Sr. Monica Manikunnel, & Sr. Francesca Edattel, and the Siver Jubilee of the religious profession of Sr. Daisy George, & Sr. Joyce Antony were celebrated. The theme that flew through the entire liturgy was – “The Almighty has done great things….” – Lk. 1:49. After the Word of God read out the Jubilarians renewed their vows. His Grace in his homily highlighted that God’s intervention in our life never fails. Our trust and confidence in him helps us to completely relay on his providential care. He expounded to the gathering that religious commitment and our faithfulness of life depends on our connectivity with Christ. To the new Provincial team His Grace elucidated that the authority is to lead and guide the flock entrusted to their care. He then reminded them that the younger generation looks up to them as role models.
After the homily by His Grace, there followed the installation ceremony of the new Provincial Superior and Team. They offered themselves at the feet of the Lord that he may act through them. As a symbol of the transition of leadership, Sr. Rittie, the outgoing Provincial Superior lit the candle from the main candle before the Crucified Lord and handed it over to Sr. Nirupa, the new Provincial Superior. From the candle handed over to Sr. Nirupa, her team members lit their candles. They chanted the Magnificat carrying the ignited candles in their hands and placed it before the heavenly mother seeking her guidance to take the Province forward. It was a grace filled moment. The entire Congregation prayed for them and God’s Spirit rested upon them. Thereafter the UMI sisters of Nirmala Province gathered on the occasion had the Act of submission to Sr. Nirupa, the new Provincial Superior. After the Eucharistic banquet the assembly gathered to congratulate them and shared the fellowship meal.