MSMHC’s Guwahati Province Sets foot at the Sesapani Mission of Archdiocese
Promptly responding to the invitation of the Archbishop of Guwahati to collaborate in the mission of the local Church, Ferrando Province Guwahati, the youngest province of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians began their mission at Sesapani on 5 April, 2018. The centre is about 140 kilometers away from the metropolitan Archbishop’s House, Guwahati.
At the start of the mission itself, the provincial administration has sent five enthusiastic and dynamic sisters to witness Christ and to cater to the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Garo and Rabha communities of the locality.
The Catholic Community in Sesapani was eagerly waiting for the day to welcome the sisters to the newly built St. Joseph’s Convent. On the day of inauguration, hundreds, including several priests and sisters from neighboring parishes and convents and large number of faithful gathered for the ceremony at the sprawling campus. At 09.00 am, followed by the words of introduction by Sr. Teresa Joseph, a ceremonial welcome was accorded to the Archbishop and the other dignitaries at the entrance of the convent preceded by a fascinating and mesmerizing wangala dance taking them all to the venue.
During the solemn inaugural liturgical celebration, Sr. Mary Thadavanal MSMHC, the Provincial joyously inaugurated the centre by cutting the ribbon and the Archbishop sanctified the house by prayer and blessing.
The solemn concelebrated Eucharistic celebration that followed was presided over by Most Rev. John Moolachira, the Archbishop. While giving an overview of the mission at Sesapani, he placed on record the contributions of everyone for the successful completion of convent and thanked very specially Fr. Varghese Kizhakevely -the Vicar General for pooling the financial resources, Fr. Joseph Olickal - the Finance Administrator for meticulous planning and supervision of the work and Fr. Firose Basumatry, the Parish Priest of Matia for locally managing the work. He informed that the newly blessed convent and mission land will be under the jurisdiction and spiritual care of the parish priest of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Rangjuli.
The fervent participation of the faithful, melodious singing of the choir, the short felicitation programme and the fellowship meal shared by everyone present made the day remarkable.
The MSMHC sisters engage themselves in the mission of the church by providing catechetical instructions in the villages and by imparting knowledge in the schools. On the social sphere, they render immense help to those most vulnerable in the society, especially women, girls and children by providing them ample opportunities to come up in life through their developmental centres. The provincial administration is hopeful that the new mission may pave way for its members to carry out evangelization at all levels according to the spirit of its founder.