I was born to parents who were pious and very religious, from whom I learnt the values for life and imbibed their child-like faith. Our family prayer every day night united us and brought us closer to God. I was born after five boys and considered lucky. My parents, grand parents and brothers prayed to Mother Mary for a girl baby thus everyone rejoiced at my birth and they named me after Mary. I was very much overprotected so in the convent I learnt the hard way to take up responsibilities. God has accompanied me and trusted me and entrusted me with many important responsibilities.
I was professed in 1978. After two years of profession I was sent for Nurses training. Though I am a Nurse, many of my youthful years were spent in social action ministry in Andhra Pradesh where I came across many dark realities of women and girls. I got fully involved in working for their rights along with our sisters, Lay staff and other NGO groups. It was very challenging yet very fulfilling to have been able to empathize with many people suffering marginalization and oppression and render my service to them. For almost five years a few of us lived in a small hut among the scheduled ‘caste’ people. This was an eye opener for me and I felt more committed to work for the poor. Being director of the Sponsorship programme (CCCI) for three years gave me the opportunity to support the poor students and their families.
After the Formators training I was asked to be the Directress for the Pre-Novices for two years and then entrusted with the responsibility of Directress for the Temporary professed sisters. I have been involved in formation work for the past 12 years. At present I am accompanying 29 Temporary Professed sisters.
Nine years as community leader and being a formator as well as to be member of the Province Leadership Team for the second term itself has offered many challenges. While being part of the PLT, I had the added responsibility of being a sector coordinator and contact person for the Province during the restructuring process of the Province (India/ Nepal) as well as in the restructuring committee. Being in the core team for formation was another new avenue opened before me, and I finished in this role in 2017.
Working in the formation teams both in the province and at the Asia Pacific level has been a very enriching and enlightening experience. There is ample opportunity to know one’s own self and others and the way we implement what we learn from each other. This growing, changing and transforming approach in Formation which is introduced in our Congregation is truly very beneficial personally, as a team and for those in formation.
I consider it as an opportunity as well as a challenge to motivate and accompany the young sisters with their present sense of values and faith and my expectations of them. While forming them I am also being formed and I believe Jesus the Good Shepherd is the real Formator who can really mould them to be His disciples.
I believe the future lies in the hands of our young and energetic sisters who need proper guidance and clarity in their values. For this not only the formators’ responsibility, but every sister is responsible to be witnesses by the way they live. Then they in turn will be inspired and strengthened to be the Shepherding presence and make efforts towards building a kingdom of justice, peace, love and mercy and become true daughters of St. Mary Euphrasia.
A workshop in Malaysia was attended by 17 Good Shepherd Mission Partners from 4 Provinces from 20 to 28 May 2019. It was a time of strengthening and celebrating co-responsibility for mission
In response to the Congregational Directive, the Asia Pacific Circle organized a dialogue to develop clear strategic plans integrating Spirituality, Justice and Peace with best ministry practices
Historic first Formation and Partnership Session in Asia Pacific creates a distinct shift in the understanding of Partnership for Mission
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region
In Nagpur India, Sisters from two provinces gather to lay the foundation stone for the Provincialate building, and to bury a time capsule