The 50th AGBM of ATRCRI was a great day in the history of ATRCRI. It was a day tothank God for all His Blessings and Graces that He bestowed on us. It was indeed a great opportunity to reflect on the theme “Rediscovering the Missionary Dimension of Consecrated Life in the Present Context.”
The ITI Campus, Gunadala was well set up to welcome the regional Religious. The registration was colourful with the nuns from different congregations, priests and brothers belonging to various congregations enrolling themselves. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Most. Rev. Ch. Bhagaiah, Bishop of Guntur &Chairman of TCBC commission for Clergy, Religious and Seminariansand Most. Rev.T. Joseph Raja Rao SMM, Bishop of Vijayawada.The Liturgy for the Holy Eucharist was well animated by Sr. Prameela FMA, LCRI Secretary of Vijayawada. As a sign of the 50 years of accomplishment, 50 Religious carried 50 lamps to the altar. The homily preached by our Bishop, Most. Rev. T. Joseph Raja Rao SMM, was a challenge for all of us. He questioned the Religious, “Why do you want to re-discover the Missionary Dimension? Perhaps have you lost it’s punch in your Congregations? Have people become indifferent to the missionary dimension of the Gospel and that of the mandate given by Jesus?” He emphasized on the call to live the charism of prophecy,
The Inaugural session was led by Srs. Nirmala SJA and Sr. Amitha SDS of LCRI unit of Vizag. The welcome address was proposed by Fr. P.S. Amal Raj SJ, President, ATRCRI. As a sign of invoking God’s presence, the lamp was lit by the Chief guest and guest of Honor. An encouraging message was given by Bishop Ch. Bhagaiah. A souvenir was brought out and it was released by Bishop T. Joseph Raja Rao SMM. The vote of thanks was proposed by Sr. Sundari CSA, the Vice-President of ATRCRI.The briefing of the programme was done by Sr. Mary SAP, Executive Secretary of ATRCRI. A coffee-break refreshed all the participants. A folk dance by the FMA students energized the audience. The resource person for the day was Fr. Lazar SVD.He was introduced by Fr. Bosco SJ, LCRI unit of Guntur. He gave a detailed input on how to make our missionrelevant in today’s context. Sr. Suman CSSA and Executive member of ATRCRI thanked Fr. Lazar SVD. 10th August, being observed as Black Day, Fr. Bosco SJ, explained the significance of the day, and read out the Memorandum prepared to submit to the HonourablePrime Minister, Mr. Narendara Modi. All the Participates pinned black ribbon and stood up with placards in protest as the sign of unity of all the Religious of both Andhra and Telangana. It was followed by delicious lunch. In the afternoon session, we have prepared the Action plan for 2019-2020, moderated by Sr. Jesintha Mariyappa SAP Executive Member of ATRCRI, and Fr. Praveen OFM Cap, CRI Unit of Eluru,thanked Sr. Jesintha for the moderating the session.
Attitude of the gratitude is something great and it was expressed by honouring the former Presidents and Secretaries of ATRCRI;their services were remembered and appreciated. It was led by Sr. Fathima CSSA, LCRI Unit of Guntur. The colorful dance performed by the students of St. Ann’s of Luzern (SAL) doubled the sentiments of gratitude. It was followed by the presentation of Annual Reportsby the LCRI secretaries of 13 units. It was enriching to listen to the variety of services the LCRI units are carrying out in both the states. Fr. Amal Raj S.J., the president of ATRCRI thanked all the 400+ participants for their co-operation and collaboration in making the day a successful one; he specially acknowledged the hard work of Fr. T. Mariadas SDB and his team who put their heart and soul to make this day a huge success. Refreshing themselves with tea and snacks, all left the Holy Ground with renewed spirit with strong determination to “Re-discovering the Missionary Dimension of Consecrated Life in the Present Context”.
- Sr. Prameela, FMA, LCRI Secretary Vijayawada