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Dec 17

Provincial Chapter

The sixth Provincial Chapter of the Sacred Heart Province of the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate was held at the Provincialate, 26 Davis Road, Bangalore, India, from 04 to 10 November 2014. It opened a new page in the history of both the Institute and the Province. Having gone through a period of intense preparation through prayer and sacrifices, we are determined to commit ourselves to a life of renewal and transformation in order to be authentic UMIs with the theme: “WITH EYES FIXED ON JESUS CRUCIFIED AND RISEN WE STRIVE TO BUILD A WORLD OF LOVE AND PEACE”.

Sr. Kusum Panthalanickal, the Provincial Superior, formally welcomed Rt. Rev. Francis Serrao SJ, Bishop of Shimoga, the facilitator, Sr. Berchmans Kuzhimattathil, Vicar General the observer, 28 delegates and two Sisters representing the juniors.  In her welcome address the Provincial said that the Provincial Chapter is a grace-filled moment in the annals of the Province in shaping the destiny of our communities and our Province for the next 6 years.

She further stated that the purpose of the Chapter is to look into the present situation objectively and wake up to the call to respond to the signs of the time and to envision a new way of living as UMIs. Thereafter the Facilitator led the group into recollection with an inspiring reflection on the theme, stressing that it is a call to live as Jesus lived, to love as Jesus loved, and to labour as Jesus laboured. “A world of love and peace’’ is possible. Our world can be changed, humanity can be transformed, if all open themselves to the infinite, unconditional love and mercy of God.

Sr. Kusum in her inaugural address emphasized the importance of being rooted in God to reach out to the suffering humanity of today.  She reminded the delegates of the Chapter that we will not be able to build a world of love and peace without suffering and the cross. In this context we are called to make a difference in the world of today as UMIs. Sr. Kusum Panthalanickal, the Provincial Superior declared the 6th Provincial Chapter open by invoking the  Holy Spirit and the intercession of Mary our Mother and Bl. Brigida our Foundress.

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