6th of June
A new day is dawned in the history of Mother Pabla Province and for the Diocese of Ahemdabad. The house and compound was decorated with colorful Mandap and music filled the air. There was joy on the faces of everyone gathered here in this compound to share our joy. It was the beginning of a new mission in Sanand Parish.
It was a great day for all of us. We invoked God’s blessings in the form of Eucharist and blessing for the house for the starting of the new mission at Sanand in Nidharad village.
We had the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. the main celebrant was Rt. Rev. Bishop Thomas Macwan, the Bishop of Ahmadabad Diocese, and the co celebrant were Rev. Fr. Rajiv, Fr. Vela, Fr. George, and Fr. Ignas Gordomino.
Our sisters from various communities were also present for the celebration. The sisters of Vedruna Convent and St. Anne’s sisters from Bavla were too present for the function. All together there were about 200 people for the celebration.
At the beginning of the Holy Eucharist Sr. Prabha gave the introduction, the petitions were read by Sr. Parul and the thanksgiving was done by Sr. Pushpa. The singing for the Mass was taken up by the sisters and children of Sanand. There was great help and co-operation from Father’s driver and Vedruna’s convent. After the Holy Eucharist and blessing of the House, delicious food was served for all those who were present.
THE BLESSING OF NURSING SCHOOL
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
God is present in our lives, actions and missions. He gives us a strong foundation for all that we do. He is the rock and foundation of our faith, and should be praised! August 8th, 2015 was the day when a dream was completed for the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne as well as the Church of Gujarat. The Province of Mother Pabla gladdened our hearts for fulfilling its vision to establish a nursing school, social center, and hostel for the benefit. of the poor girls in Sanand Taluka, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat to elevate their knowledge and earn their livelihood. Bishop Thomas Macwan inaugurated the nursing school, hostel and social center along with many other priests and sisters. We, the congregation of Sisters of Charity of St.Anne are ever grateful to the diocese for inviting us to take up this mission of God. We express our gratitude to the bishop for his love, support and encouragement for our mission in Sanand. If the NGO’S from Spain, Medicos Mundi and Basque Government were not to extend their generosity towards this project; our dream would have remained only on paper. We had the privilege to have the director of Medicos Mundi, Juan Erviti, and his friends Juan Ostit and Mrs. Dulte on the occasion of the inauguration. Today, our heart overflows with gratitude to God for giving Medicos Mundi as an asset to our mission. During this academic year we will begin the auxiliary nursing and midwifery course for 20 students which are allotted by Indian Nursing Council as well as Gujarat Nursing Council. If God permits we will begin the following year general and B.Sc.Nursing.
For any new beginning we always ask God’s blessings in order to be fruitful in our mission. Thus we had the holy Eucharist in the new auditorium of the nursing school celebrated by Bishop Thomas Macwan and eight priests concelebrant with him. The auditorium was decorated with flowers. The melodious hymns sung by the hostel children and sisters gave the sense of bhakti during Mass. During the homily, the bishop encouraged the sisters to work with the poor and needy and be hospitable towards them as it is the charism of the founders, Mother Maria Rafols, Fr. John Bonal and our first sisters.
How could we forget the Society of Jesus? We thank Fr. George Kodithottam SJ Fr. Roy Joseph SJ, Fr. Ignas Guardomino SJ and the community who were residing at Sanand when the project was in progress, for their support and encouragement in every step to complete all the documents of the land as well as of the nursing school. Together with our co-founder Mother Pabla, we sisters wish to make our mission lived and visible through the Eucharist, through the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the mystery of the cross which are the three signs that express with deep realism the immense love with which God loves man, and that today and always the Sisters of Charity of St. Anne are called to embody and to make present