Feb 09

6th Provincial Chapter- Sacred Heart Province

The Sixth Provincial Chapter of the Sacred Heart Province of the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate was held from 4 to 10 November 2014, at the Provincialate, 26 Davis Road, Bangalore. Sr. Kusum Panthalanickal, the Provincial Superior, welcomed Rt. Rev. Francis Serrao SJ, Bishop of Shimoga, the Facilitator, Sr. Berchmans Kuzhimattathil, Vicar General, 28 delegates and two Sisters representing the juniors. It opened a new page in the history of both, the Institute and the Province. With the theme of the Provincial Chapter “With eyes fixed on Jesus crucified and risen, we strive to build a world of love and peace” the delegates went through a period of intense preparation of prayer and sacrifice in their resolve to commit themselves to a life of renewal and transformation in order to be authentic Ursulines of Mary Immaculate. We were privileged to have His excellency, Rt. Rev. Francis Serrao SJ as the facilitator of the Chapter sessions, and our Vicar- General, Sr. Berchmans Kuzhimattathil, as our vibrant observer. DSC_0178 The thrust of the Provincial Chapter was to capture the zeal and Charism of our Foundress, Blessed Brigida of Jesus. We are challenged to go beyond the frontiers to build a world of love and peace, to heed the call to live the life 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 for the better and humanity can be transformed if all open themselves to the infinite, unconditional love and mercy of God. The Chapter concluded with a thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration. Centuries ago, our Foundress, Blessed Brigida lit a flame which is still burning bright and shining on our pathway. The delegates walked forward to the statue of Bl. Brigida in the sanctuary, to receive the blessings and light from the Foundress. In a symbolic gesture, the delegates lit the candle with a fervent prayer that the fire within us may be rekindled and shine forth on all with whom we deal. The Provincial Superior, Sr. Kusum Panthalanickal, presented each delegate with a souvenir that solemnly urged them to live the Ursuline Charism with renewed vigour so that we continue to be lights in a darkened world by bringing peace and joy wherever we are. The Chapter ended on a note of deep gratitude when the Provincial Superior, Sr. Kusum Panthalanickal, spoke words of heartfelt thanks to God and to our sisters for the blessings and loving service so graciously rendered. Invoking the maternal care of our Heavenly Mother and the blessings of our Foundress Bl. Brigida, she officially declared the Sixth Provincial Chapter of the Sacred Heart Province closed. . DSC_0179