On 21 November 2018, a new dawn for the Italian Sisters. Italy which earlier had been a Province, had become part of the European Reseau, together with France and Belgium since 2006. Turning a new page in its journey, Italy became again a separate Unit and was officially erected on this day. The new Leadership Team, consisting of four Sisters, already nominated earlier, were also officially installed on this same day. Maristella Arokiam, the Unit leader; Gertie Peiris, the Bursar Councillor, Franca Di Vincenzo and Giovanna Papa as Councillors were read in for a First Mandate by Ana Maria Alcalde our Superior General. Certainly, it was a joyous and blissful day for all of them. There were around 40 sisters present to grace the event.
The day chosen was indeed significant –the Feast of the Presentation of Mary – which had a close connection to the responsibility this new team undertook to be lived in fidelity to the call addressed to them. During the Eucharistic celebration, we were reminded of Mary’s ‘yes’ to follow God’s way in deep faith and trust. The four Sisters were assured of God’s constant and loving Presence and guidance as they give themselves for the service of mission, in fulfilling God’s will at this moment in their history.
The Eucharistic celebration was followed by the installation ceremony which also took place in the chapel. After this, all were invited for a grand and fraternal meal. It was an environment of great joy and a deep sense of Family. Singing and reading messages and wishes by sisters were a nice bonus!
Collaboration, support, and union with one another were the genuine expressions throughout the day!