Daughters of St Paul celebrate 100 Years of God’s Faithfulness
All roads led to St Michael’s Church Prasad Nagar on the evening of 15 June, 2015, Monday, when we Daughters of St Paul celebrated the Centenary of our Foundation Day!! The church was filled with people of all ages, colours, states and walks of life! From farthest ends of the diocese, priests and religious Brothers and Sisters joined in the celebration including staff members of Holy Family Hospital with their family members. Most Rev. Anil J.T. Couto, Archbishop of Delhi was the main celebrant, flanked by 22 priests who concelebrated. These included the provincial of the Jesuits – Delhi Province, Councillor of the South Asian Province of the Jesuits, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Financial Administrator, the Parish Priest of St Michael’s and Assistant, religious priests from among the Franciscans, Salesians, Capuchins, Dominicans, besides others from the archdiocese. A beautiful lively entrance hymn accompanied the procession of the Bishop, priests, lectors and Sisters who carried a lamp each with Intertwined-Flames logo of the Centenary, which they kept on the altar. The Holy Eucharist included an introduction by Fr Vincent Carmel, SSP recalling the history of the congregation and the role of the Daughters of St Paul in the world, readings in Hindi and English, to facilitate our Founder’s dream of reaching to all peoples through the Word, an inspiring and motivating homily by the archbishop, as he reiterated the role of the Daughters of St Paul in the Archdiocese of Delhi. He made the people aware how because of our work, books and literature which otherwise would be out of reach are made cheaper and easily available, and thus clarified our educative and teaching apostolate to the gathering. The Prayer of the Faithful brought forth universal and local needs before the Lord in a very creative manner. We offered a collection of Bibles and New Testaments and flowers besides the Bread and wine, which were carried by persons of different religious states and economic backgrounds.
After the Eucharist we all gathered in the basement of St Michael’s Junior School – a whopping crowd of nearly 250 persons. The M.C for the programme was a member of the Parish youth group and she kept the gathering informed and going. A short and sweet welcome was accorded to the people and a warmer one to the Bishops present by handing of bouquets by two of our Sisters. This was followed by a Welcome Dance by Srs Edline and Vavinei Rita. The M.C. then gave a short history of the Daughters of St Paul in New Delhi and the present apostolate they are carrying out. This was followed by a 12 minute Documentary on the Daughters of St Paul which made clear to all, who these ‘Media Sisters’ are! The Logo of Intertwined flames was also explained with the help of a powerpoint, and the animated version constantly played as the backdrop. Bishop Kuriakose B.K. of the SyroMalabar Diocese (Delhi-Faridabad Eparchy) who was also present for the programme gave an inspiring message on the constant use of the media in our lives and how he too is constantly dependent on it to carry out his apostolic duties. After this the Sisters of the DSP community sang a centenary anthem, “Rejoice and Celebrate” prepared by Sr Helen dsp, accompanied by the keyboard which was played by, Ms Vanessa Pinto (Sr Helen’s grandniece) who had also trained the choir along with Sr Vavinei. No programme is complete without an expression of gratitude for all that has been accomplished.
Sr Prema Maria, the superior of the community did the needful and thanked all those who had helped in some way or the other. The Grace before meals, prayed by newly appointed Parish Priest, Rev. Fr Arthur Pinto, was followed by a sumptuous meal. Every family, priest and religious community went back happy and with a memento which included some Pauline publications and a Souvenir prepared specially for the occasion. We are grateful to God for his faithfulness to us in the past 100 years and to all those who joined in our celebration of the same.
Sr Joeyanna , New Delhi