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Dear Sisters,
It is a joy for me and for all the members of the General Council to greet you through this letter. The year 2017 is a year of great significance to our Congregation as each of the three Provinces of our Congregation will hold the Province Chapter in preparation for the 2020 General Chapter in April 2017. To this effect, the Provincial will send you a circular for the convoking of the forthcoming Province Chapter in the Province. Your Provincial will inform about the other details relating the Province Chapter in your Province.

Province Chapter is conducted according to the Constitutions, norms, decisions of the General Chapter, Provincial Chapter and directions of the Superior General and her Council. The functions of the Province Chapter are:

  • to discuss the report of the Provincial on the growth and discipline of the Province
  • to review, evaluate and to promote the religious spirit and apostolic effectiveness of the Province
  • to review the decrees and deliberations of the previous General and Province Chapters
  • to make recommendations on behalf of the Province to be placed before the forthcoming General Chapter
  • to elect the Provincial and the Provincial Councillors
  • to deal with any other important matters.

The theme of the Province Chapter is “Living the Gospel options for life on periphery".

During the Province Chapter, Province will choose the new Provincial. We have a long tradition and a strong desire to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit while discerning the election of our leaders. I recommend to everyone of you that the elect of your Provincial should be done in concentrated listening to the Spirit’s whisper. Please, don't indulge in canvassing or not to be guided by others or not to get organized on the basis of language and caste for we believe so strongly that the Spirit guides the balloting that according to our Constitutions and policies. Here is an opportune moment for everyone of us to practice true discernment in a prayerful atmosphere, avoiding any propaganda, pressurizing, canvassing, indulging in character assassination, etc. I am writing this because I hear that the sisters are disturbed due to the lobbying by some of us.

I invite all the members of the Province to enter into the important spiritual exercise of discernment. This becomes very important as you initiate the process of discerning the status of your Province and entering into a process to identify your Provincial who will respond to God’s Will. Let everyone discern before the Lord in an atmosphere of prayer and inner freedom what the Lord wants.
Let us accompany with prayers for each of our Provinces as they come together to discern God’s will for themselves and for the renewal of their lives.

Yours lovingly


EVENTS HAPPENDED
01. Final Vows ceremony in Congregation
(i). In Germany
Congratulations to our Sisters Bhama Rani, Adaikala Mary and Amirtham Juli who made their final vows in Leutershausen in Germany on 15.08.2016. The occasion was officiated by His Grace Most Rev.Dr.Stephan Burger, the Archbishop of Freiburg and attended by Superior General, two General Councillors, our sisters in Germany, other religious and priests.

(ii). In Madavaram
Fifteen of the following sisters of our Congregation after their intense preparation of six months from June 2016 to December 2016 at our Generalate, Madavaram came forward to consecrate themselves till the end of their lives: Srs.Mary Pratima Toppo, Pushpa Rani, Agnes Nesam, Amalorbhavi Pavithra, Rani Selvam, Jerline Joyce, Vijaya Vani, Santi Laxmi Behera, Juliet Mary, Anju Salomi, Shaiji Merlin, Britto Kiruba Rani, Rajani, Sowbhagya and Premsila Murmu. The perpetual profession of these sisters was held on Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 at 7.00 a.m at St.Anne's Generalate Round Chapel. The final vows were pronounced publicly in the presence of Superior General of the Congregation. Most Rev.Dr.M.Devadass Ambrose, Bishop of Thanjavur was the main celebrant. SSAM congratulates these 15 sisters and prays God's manifold blessings upon them. Our sincere thanks to Sr.Jessi Joseph who journeyed with these sisters during their intense preparation of six months.


02. Golden Jubilee Celebrations
"You are like the salt. You have been faithful to your vows of chastity, obedience and poverty which you promised to your God on your first profession day 50 years ago," said His Excellency Most Rev.Dr.Singaroyan, Bishop of Salem who was the main celebrant for the thanksgiving Eucharist celebrated at St.Anne's Generalate Round Chapel at Madavaram on 07.01.2017. Sisters Mary Francina, Flaviana, Generosa, Gilbert and Gladys celebrated their golden jubilee of religious life that day. Superior General hailing the contributions made by the jubilarians to the Society and Congregation said, “God did not see your ability or disability but your availability to fulfill your role
in the Kingdom of God. We appreciate your commitment and dedication for the past 50 years of vowed life. You are precious to us and we thank you for your generous service to the society in different places to various people." We thank God for the gift of these sisters to our SSAM Congregation and wish them many more years to come.


NEWS BITS
01. Link Adoration and Link Mass timetable

Link Adoration Link Mass
Generalate, Madavaram - 08.03.2017
College Unit, Madavaram - 09.03.2017
Novitiate, Madavaram - 10.03.2017
Pre - Novitiate, Bangalore - 11.03.2017
Aspirantate, Yercaud - 12.03.2017
Generalate, Madavaram - 18.03.2017
College Unit, Madavaram - 19.03.2017
Novitiate, Madavaram - 20.03.2017
Pre - Novitiate, Bangalore - 21.03.2017
Aspirantate, Yercaud - 22.03.2017


02. Obituary

Sr.Nirmala Kumari who is working in Capalle in Italy lost her father on 12.11.2016
Sr.Rose Rovina who is working in Adelaide in Australia lost her father on 08.01.2017

Our sincere condolences to Srs.Rose Rovina and Nirmala Kumari and their family members.