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JOURNEY OF A HUNDRED YEARS

St.Francis convent Jhansi, of the Delhi Province celebrates their centenary this year. Sr. Mary describes the inaugural function..
 
The SFC Family gathered in the School Auditorium on 21st April at 4.00 p.m. to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for the 100 glorious years of C.J Sisters’ loving service to the people of Jhansi. Most Rev. Frederick D’Souza, Bishop of Jhansi was the main celebrant, along with five other bishops and  32 priests of our Diocese . The Celebrants were welcomed to the artistically decorated altar by a beautiful prayer dance performed by our students. Many  of our sisters - Former Principals and Managers of SFC were present on the occasion. Sisters from other Congregations, Parishioners and well wishers joined us to thank the Almighty. After the Eucharistic celebration and a short tea break, the guests moved to the field for the Cultural Programme. They were escorted by the school band. The august gathering of the parents and Eminent Guests were greeted with a Welcome Dance performed simultaneously on Three Stages. This was followed by ‘lighting of hundred lamps’ representing the 100 years of SFC.. The exquisite performance of a Korean Ballet – a Prayer Dance to the song ‘You raised me up’ based on the Resurrection of Jesus seemed to transport every soul to a realm beyond the present. Sr. Digna gave a brief historical review of SFC highlighting the daring spirit of the pioneers. The Centenary song was composed by our teachers. ‘The spirit of the East’ – a typical Chinese Deaf Dance was unique . “The Pinnacle of Inspiration’ – a drama based on the Life of Mary Ward, bringing her pioneering spirit of Education to modern times, was the climax . The  depiction of the Train arriving at Jhansi ,a hundred years ago with the three Pioneers from Allahabad, was indeed a breathtaking scene. Since they had no house to live in, the Railways gifted them with the coach by which they travelled. This coach later became a class room. The Finale, a hundred girls bearing lighted candles swaying to the tune of ‘Carry your candle….’ invited the audience to join in their sentiments.
 
The whole show was a perfect blend and co-ordination of light and sound.
 
 

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Spain by plane

On the 6th of June Sr. Jane Livesey and Sr. Elena Gatica Romero went to Spain by plane. They will visit all the communities in Barcelona, in San Sebastian and in Salamanca and they will speak with each sister. This visit gives them also the chance to see the three schools which are still run by the sisters.  Some sisters are also involved in pastoral and social work.
 
 

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World Meeting of Families

Sr. Anna Quinterio CJ, our missionary in Cuba, participated with four Cuban families on the “World Meeting of Families” which took place from the 30th of May until the 3rd of June in Milan.
“The Family: Work and Celebration” was the topic of this meeting. Pope Benedict XVI said, it was a great experience for the church. And for the group from Cuba it was a great Pentecost. The next World Meeting of Families will take place in  Philadelphia (USA) 2015.
 
One of the couples belongs to the parish of Cartagena, where our sisters work. Frank and Maria Elena flew with their daughter to Italy.
 
After the meeting in Milan, the group went to Rome. They were guests of the community of the Congregatio Jesu in Via Nomentana. This journey to Italy was a great gift of God for them, because they could meet wonderful people and see beautiful cities. 
 
 

This news item expired on 07/07/2012.