JUNE
2017

Thought For The Month

The good Lord loves you so much that He cannot let anything happen that is not for your good.” (St. Julie)           “Our aim is to witness God’s goodness and provident care throughout the world today.” (Sr. Aloysia)

Welcome To Sisters of Notre Dame, Patna

We Notre Dame Educators of Our Lady of the Assumption Province dedicate ourselves

In 1959, the first affiliation was opened in Patna. Three Sisters were sent to start the foundation. They lived at Kurji Holy Family Hospital, as Notre Dame Academy building was not yet constructed. The first ministry the Bishop entrusted to the Sisters was to care for the little primary school at Kurji that had started in the annex building of Loyola Industrial School. In 1960, the Academy opened in a rented building at Pataliputra Colony. When a part of the Academy building was completed, classes were shifted from the rented building to the present location.



THE MISSION TO INDIA

The Sisters of Notre Dame to start a foundation

Christ the King Province, Cleveland, USA, was blessed with a good number of vocations. The province was bursting with missionary enthusiasm. There had been Invitations from Chennai in the South of India and from China to start missions. However, the World War I and World War II prevented the province from accepting these invitations. . In 1948, a clarion call came from Patna, India. Fr. Killian, brother of Sister M. Victorine SND, a Jesuit missionary in Patna, visited the provincial house in Cleveland. and spoke to Mother Mary Agnes, the provincial, about the possibility of a Notre Dame Mission to Patna. Following this, Rt. Rev. Augustine Wildermuth, SJ, Bishop of Patna, wrote a letter inviting the Sisters of Notre Dame to start a foundation in his diocese.



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Our Ministries

Every ministry is to be understood and lived in the context our common mission of leading all people to the fullness of life. As Sisters of Notre Dame we promote peace, justice and concern for the environment, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. (Cont. Dir. 61.1)



Education

The province has a network of schools, spread out in the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Delhi, Kerala and Jammu Kashmir.

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Health Care

Healthcare service began the very first year the pioneers arrived in Jamalpur. Initially, the patients, mostly from the villages, were cared for on the verandah of the Convent.

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Pastoral Care

Every Sister of Notre Dame is committed to the pastoral care of the people whom she serves. There are also a few Sisters who are full time pastoral workers, engaged in SSC

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Social Action

The province has a net work of social action centres and activities. From the very beginning of the mission, the Sisters of Notre Dame has been committed to the

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News

Experience God's Presence

31
Oct, 2018
The Jubilee of Grace of the starting of the Mission of Sisters of Notre Dame in India opened with a festive Eucharistic Liturgy on October 31st, 2018. The six pioneers- Sisters Mary St.Thomas, Magdela, Maris, Joelle, Loretta, and Kieran- had arrived in Jamalpur on October 31st, 1949. We gratefully remember our pioneer Sisters and Christ the King Province who started and nurtured the mission with great missionary enthusiasm.


10
Nov, 2018
Jubilee Celebration at the Provincial House on November 10th, 2018 was a very memorable event. The celebration began with the specially prepared Lauds and felicitation of the Jubilarians. The Eucharistic Liturgy at 11:15 was concelebrated by Most Rev. William De Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna; Bishop Sebastian Kallupur, the coadjutor Bishop of Patna and a large number of priests. Felicitations and a festive dinner followed.


11
Nov, 2017
Jubilee celebration continued the whole day. A never to be forgotten event of the day was the entertainment programme in the evening. There were dances and skits, songs and speeches. The young and old members of the community appeared on the stage in colourful costumes. The joy of the celebration was augmented by the presence of a good number of priests, Sisters, family members and friends.


18
Aug, 2018
The Annual Meeting of the Local Superiors of the province was held at the provincial House, Patna from August 17th to 18th, 2018. 33 Local Superiors and the members of the provincial Government participated in the meeting. The Superiors expressed much joy and gratitude for the well organized and fruitful meeting and for the warm hospitality of the provincial house community.


17
Nov, 2018
Sr. M. Kristin, our superior general, and Sr. M. Sreeja, the assistant general were joyously welcomed to Patna on November 17th, 2018. They will be spending a month in the province meeting the Sisters and conducting interactive sessions in groups as part of the General Visitation.


6
Oct, 2018
Beyond the Horizon, touching our One World: Our Congregational Pilgrims this year were: Sisters M. Taruna, Prasanna, Mamta, Prabha Toppo, Kalpana and Prasan. Sisters M. Ranjana and Alama were privileged to be part of the Asia- Oceania Immersion experience group. Sisters Mary Saina and Tanuja have their unique experience as members of the community in PNG. Sister M. Prasanna writes: “Our foundational history came alive when we visited Coesfeld, Namur, Tegelen and Rome. We had many elevating moments when we interacted with our Sisters. This experience helped us to realize our responsibility as members of the Congregation.


30
Oct, 2018
Congratulations! Sister M. Shruti is ministering at UTC (United Theological College), Bangalore as a Senior Professor. February 28th, 2018 was a significant day of celebration when Sister delivered her professorial Lecture at the UTC. Congratulations and prayerful wishes to Sr. M. Sruti. Congratulations to Sr. M. Tessy, the Faculty and students of Notre Dame Academy Patna. The school was ranked Bihar’s 1st and Patna’s 1st Girls’ Day School in the “Educational World, India School Ranking of 2017-2018”.


4
Nov, 2018
The Second Year Novices’ Village Immersion Experience: Our eight second year novices had their Village Immersion experience from September 10th to November 4th. They had ten days of orientation and reflection on the social realities under the guidance of Sister M. Jyotisha, our province JPIC co-ordinator. Sister M. Jessy Jacob introduced them to the village leaders. They lived together in one of the village with one of the Senior Sisters who was well experienced in social work. The novices went out two by two to four different villages for their ministry every day. One of the novices wrote, “Living in the village with poor people helped us to reflect deeply on the Incarnational spirituality of Jesus and His mission. Our love for the poor and the marginalized people has grown. I am inspired to help them to live with human dignity.”


4
Nov, 2018
General Conference, Arusha Tanzania (September 28th to 30 October, 2018): The General Government of the Congregation and the provincial superiors had a month long Conference in Arusha, Tanzania. The meeting was held at Canossa Retreat Centre. Sister M. Kristin, the Superior General, presided over the Conference. The participants were also escorted to visit some of the houses of the Holy Spirit General Delegation. Sister M. Tessy expressed much joy that she was able to visit all the houses in Tanzania and Kenya and meet the Sisters.








"We Devote Ourselves To Lead People To The Fullness Of Human And Spiritual Development." (Const. 66)

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