Catholic religious superiors have determined to recommit themselves to reach out to the peripheries in a conference held with a view to celebrate Year for Consecrated Life.
The conference delved mainly on the study of the Report of the Survey on the relevance of Religious Life in the context of the Year of Consecrated life. It was reported that the collated data demonstrated that the lay people have a positive attitude and appreciation towards the Consecrated Life and persons.
In an orientation session at the very beginning of the conference superiors were guided through various documents of the magisterium on consecrated life. Fr Edwin Rodrigues SJ facilitated the sessions and exposed the beauty and challenges of Consecrated Life as envisioned in the documents. “The sessions were interactive and enjoyable,” said Sr. Prathima commenting on the session. “The programme helped us to reflect again on our own consecrated commitment in the background of the Church documents,” said another participant.
The joint session on the second day was graced by ABp. Anil J Couto, ABp Kuriakose Bharanikulangara and Bp Ivan Perera. Each of them inspired the congregation on various relevant topics such as Development, Hindutva, Environmental friendly life and so on.
The two-day long meeting concluded with a Concelebrated Eucharist in the Masihgarh Parish Church. Bishop Anil Couto, The Archbishop of Delhi and Bp Ivan Pereira, Bishop of Jammu and Srinagar were at the altar along with Fr Varkey SJ and other priests.
Apart from the major Superiors, many other religious men and women participated at the concluding Eucharistic celebration.
Several lay people had joined the congregation of the religious men and women in thanks giving and spiritual support in the Eucharistic celebration held in the Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Masihgarh, Okhla.
Fr Varkey Perekkatt, S.J. the President of the CRI North Region moderated various sessions, discussions and activities of the CRI Meeting.