Bible Week, Bangalore


“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

With this attitude we the young Paulines of the community of Bangalore spent our Diwali holidays, by lighting a small lamp in the hearts of all the parishioners of the Sacred Heart Church. Therefore with faith and enthusiasm we began the family visits from 18th of Oct. The Sacred Heart Church is one of the famous Parishes in Bangalore city; it consists of 2500 Parishioners, who are very active and collaborative in Church activities.

Fr. Martin Kumar is the parish priest of this huge parish, where he works tirelessly knowing the hearts of all the parishioners. He is a very well known friend of our Bangalore community. He and his team were very approachable and co-operative in our mission. We thank them for their collaboration and understanding towards us.

Indeed our visit to all the families in the parish has had a great impact on the lives of the people and we could see and feel how welcoming they were towards us. It was an enriching experience for all of us to know and understand the hearts of the people, specially their life of pain and suffering, stress and depression, loneliness and poverty. Of course, some of the families did not welcome us but it was a unique experience for us to know and understand the attitudes of the people around us. Though some of us did not know the language of the place in order to communicate, our very presence was a blessing to the people whom we encountered with the language of smile best tender looks towards them.

In the 1st week we visited all the families and invited them for the Bible week celebration in the church. In the second week we organized the various programmes for the Parishioners.

We began our Bible week on Mission Sunday with the Holy Eucharist, highlighting the importance of the Bible in our life .We had invited different preachers from other parishes who spoke well on the theme, “growing in faith with the word of God”. His grace Ignatius Pinto presided at the Holy Eucharist at 8.30a.m. At the end of the holy Eucharist we had the releasing of our new 2 MP3’s on Mary.

After the Eucharistic celebration we conducted the Bible Quiz and Bible housie for the Children. There were around 150 children present. In Tamil, we conducted the hour of adoration on Friday and helped them to trust and cling to the Lord always in prayer, for prayer is our strength and our support in life.

We concluded the Bible week on Sunday 27th Oct, highlighting the theme, Bible and family. The priests, who were invited for the celebration of the Eucharist, spoke well and encouraged everyone to build up their family life and their relationships on the word of God which is the foundation of our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

At the end of the Eucharistic celebration the Priests implored God’s blessings upon all of us and upon the holy Bibles that were carried by all the faithful in the Church and the pledge was taken in order to lead and form our Christian life on the word of God and through the word of God which is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ.

We sincerely thank God and all the sisters of our community who gave us this beautiful opportunity to do something for our people, who were in need of our presence, our smiles, our look, our words of encouragement above all the importance of the word of God that we were able to make known to them through our mission of giving Christ to the world without any boundaries and barricades.

May God bless us and all the people of Sacred Heart Church so that we may value the word of God and be transformed in our life as the Lord always wants us to be.     

Sr. Sagaya and Junior Sisters, Bangalore


Blessing and Re-opening of Pauline Book & Media Centre

IMG_7925 Dr. Abdul Kalam says, “The dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is which does not let you sleep”. Yes dear friends, we had a dream and a great desire to make our centre more spacious, more attractive and a place of light and warmth. And this dream didn’t let us sleep until it is accomplished. And today our hearts are full of gratitude to God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us to make this dream a reality.

On 29th September 2013 at 5p.m we had the blessing of our renovated centre by Most Rev. Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara. The ceremony began with the welcoming of the bishop with an aarathi after which Sr. Elsa welcomed the gathering  with the words of our Founder Bl. James Alberione  saying, our Centres must be centres of light  and grace to enlighten  and animate people. It is also a Holy place where the proclamation of the Word is done through various means. Our pre-postulants welcomed the gathering with a melodious welcome song.

Sr MAtilda gives a message to the assemblySr. Matilda D’Souza the M.C of the day made the people aware of the choice we had to make 28 years ago when we were invited by the two bishops i.e Bishop Valerian of Pune and bishop Leobard of Nagpur. We made a choice of leaving behind the 50,000 Catholics and opted to serve the people of Nagpur. It had been indeed a struggle and a journey of faith to bring up to this stage. After the brief introduction we had the lighting of the lamp followed by enthroning and honouring the Word of God.

Bishop in his short message appreciated the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul, and thanked the sisters for their dedicated service to the diocese. We thank Sr. Ancy for her message and the team for all the moral and financial support extended to us. We are very grateful Sr.Matilda for all the help and valuable suggestions given to us. At the end of the programme Sr. Nancy proposed the vote of thanks and introduced the membership card.  As a take away gift all were offered a copy of the Hindi N.T. and light refreshment was served. We also offered special discount on books and Bibles on this auspicious day. All were very appreciative of the new set up. Once again we are very grateful to Fr. Luciano and some of the communities for providing us financial help. We are indeed indebted to all of you.

Sr. Nancy D’Souza, Nagpur


I experience God’s active, living presence, leading hands and healing touch in every moment. He lives in me, in my belief, in my heart’s desire, in my thoughts, in my words and in my actions. One of the proofs of it I can say, when my mother was at the point of death, and I said to Jesus,‘ Lord I trust in you and I believe that you will let me see my mother being alive  because you always fulfilled my  heart’s desire  ever sincroveinaie I was very young and if you  wish you can make her well again too. It was his will that my mummy is now completely healed and he will give her a long, long life I believe.

 I was told that she has a very high fevour, infection in the blood, liver and kidneys, swelling of  the heart and the C.T. scan report showed that she has a brain stroke. I was told that doctors have no much hope for her. When I reached the hospital where she was I told her and I asked,  mummy  I am neither a doctor nor a nurse I do not now what you  are going through but I brought Jesus for you and so, do you believe that Jesus will heal you? I understood from her gesture saying yes, and that whole night she slept peacefully, she did not disturb anyone of us. While we were awaiting the vacancy to admit her in the ICCU.

 The very next day of my arrival I called a priest in bishop’s house and informed the condition of my mother, the priest came to the hospital by Jeep within 20 minutes and prayed over her. I saw her much better than the previous day, the following day Priest came with another four priests and prayed over her; meanwhile, my congregation’s sisters were calling from different communities enquiring her condition and also from abroad assuring their support of prayer. The condition of my mother was brighter and brighter day by day. On the third day the assistant Parish priest of Don Bosco Imphal Chingmeirong came to say mass and gave her communion. You believed or not, on the fourth day she began to walk little by little.

 The senior most Doctor on his daily visit to my mum. Kept on telling me that it is a miracle that she is getting alright fast and he says, “to diagnosed such kind of illness takes not less than 18-20 days, for she has so many complications of sicknesses. On the 11th day she was discharged from the hospital. Surprisingly when we took her for MRI test after she had received the Holy Communion, the report was cleared that she has no brain stroked. Thank you Jesus for your love and compassion on her. She is now healed by Jesus physically and spiritually, quite well, doing her normal work, she can eat everything.

  She is also transformed in the sense; her view on religious life is completely changed into positive. She thought that I would not be sent even for her funeral that’s why she always used to object me joining in the convent. I was sent to see her before some of my brothers and a sister who are far away from home. When she came home and getting much better I heard her telling others to send their daughters to the convent, convincing them that sisters would pray for them and they could take good care of their parents at the time of their severe illness etc…

 God works in ways that we cannot see and understand, His ways are so wonderful. I experience God in every moment of my life, every event, every situation and every circumstances of my life. I am deeply grateful to the Trinitarian God, to Sr. Ancy John, Sr. Matilda and councilors,               to Sr. Rosaria and community, and to all my sister of the province for your concern and support of prayer and everything. Thank you and God bless you all.

With deep Gratitude

                                                                                      Sr. Rose.Roveinai DSP

Book Exhibition – Larsen & Toubro, Powai

Unlike other years, this year too we were privileged to have been invited by the HRD department of Larsen and Toubro, for the annual book exhibition. The exhibition was held for two days from 24th Oct -25th Oct 2013. The inauguration was on the 24th Oct at 10 am. At the inaugural function the guest of honor spoke well encouraging people to read books. He said, “ science and technology is rising swiftly while, the reading habit is gradually dying off”. However, he is very positive and hopeful that  the reading habit will never die in spite of the development in technology.

 This is the fifth year of our venture to Book Exhibition L&T. We are grateful to the organizing team for being kind to make us part of the exhibition. Our exposure to a company like this, is an aperture to cater to more and more people thirsting for knowledge. In this way we could widen our horizon of being committed to nourish the mind, strengthen the will and purify the heart. The kind hospitality that Larsen & Toubro extended to us was truly memorable.

They honoured the Pauline Stall as the Best Stall among 26 different Stallslarsenand toubro 2.

Sr Sushma Kullu

They Youngest ones Visit the Elderly…

We the aspirants were sent to our elderly sisters to listen to their vocation story and their mission apostolate in the congregation. We were divided into four groups and each group went to our four sisters to listen to them and to be with them on second Sunday of October and that is Sr. Alice,

Sr. Scolastica, Sr. Maria Theresa and Sr. Paula. It was really a good experience for all of us. We are happy to share with you all about our experience with our elderly sisters who inspire us by their work and their life.

Visit to Sr. Alice

Sr. Alice entered the convent in 1958 and she made her first profession in 1961.When she was

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Aspirants visit Sr Alice

in class V her mother passed away. When she was in 10th Standard she failed, she appeared for the exam again and then she joined the convent, and became  a Daughter of St. Paul. One of her brothers died in 1996 and now she has a brother and a sister. I was inspired when She said that she likes reading; this because I too like reading books about Saints. She is happy that God has given her such a beautiful life and she said that her vocation is a gift from God.

By Sabnam, Jasmin, Saroj, Anusha


Visit to Sr.Scholastica:


Aspirants visit Sr Scholastica

What inspired me is this; if Sr. Scholastica had not joined the convent then the Daughters of St. Paul may not be flourishing as it is now. She left her house ,brothers and sisters to become the apostle of Christ .She give all her life to God, through lots of sufferings and hardships, she met but she did not give up still continue to spread the word of God to the people. Her patience and hard work makes the mission grow and increase day by day. Even now I can see her enthusiasm in the mission for she never sits idle. Above all, she is prayerful; she gives me good example to love God, to be patience, and to do everything for the glory of God. Thank you!

Ranisha Marwein.

After listening  to Sr. Scholatica’s story  I was inspired by her and I am proud of Sr. Scholastic because she is the first sister in our congregation and she told me to always pray the novena and also to Our Lady of glory.

By Sabnam, Priyadarshini

Sr. Scholastica lived in Vile parle (called Villa parlla at that time). It seems her mother promised to God that if she gives birth to a baby girl she would offer to Him. Her mother passed away when she was three years old and from then on her grandparents looked after her. She joined the Daughters of St. Paul in 1951 after her father’s marriage to another woman. She was the first Indian sister and those days there were no sufficient things even to eat.  She was sent to Rome, Italy for her postulancy and novitiate. She was kind though she faced lot of trouble. Sr. Scolastica work very hard and she says that we should not say that we cannot do. If we think or say that we cannot do then we cannot do. So we must always learn to say that we can. I believe that Sr Scholastica  persevered in her vocation up to this stage because she did whatever she could . Like her I must also work very hard. I must persevere if I face trouble I must fight with patience and persevere till the end. I am grateful to Sr. Scolastica for her courage to say yes to God’s call. She said that when they heard that our founder Blessed James Albrione was visiting the community of Mumbai, some of our sisters told her that he may tell Sr. Scolatica  to go home for she has no vocation. Instead our founder told her to stay she has seen our founder and foundress I am very proud of her because she is the first vocation of the daughters of St. Paul from India her love for the Congregation and for me she is the model for my life. Her faith in God was so strong, she was very prayerful.

 By Chanchal,Nirma,Priya Deepti,Snigdha,Manjula,Beena,Marina,Anusha

Visit to Sr. Paola

I was inspired by Sr. Paola because she offered her life for God and our Indian people. When she was asked to return back to Philippines she told her provincial that as she has given her life to India she wants to die also in India. She told me that she was very smart she loves our mission very much and she worked very hard for our apostolate. She makes us laugh, she is still strong and active at her old age , and always has a smiling face. I was also inspired by her sharing how our earlier sister’s  hard work and sacrificed for our congregation. I was touched when she told many problems faced while traveling for our mission from place to place.

She was really a great missionary; it was very hard for all of them she added. In the beginning when she joined there was no house of our own, no food to eat but they were very happy and had great faith in God. She loves our apostolate very much and her mission was very fruitful by their hard work. Every day she could go to the apostolate and praying for our Indian mission and she felt that she was very close to Jesus. They offered whole-heartedly for the congregation. So we also should love our apostolate like our sisters and have great faith in God, surrender our lives to him and to be patience in our sufferings.

By Beena, Sabnam, Anita, Anusha

Sr. Paola’s mother died 4months after her birth, so she faced lot of problems in her life and study. When she was working in the convent, God called her to work for His people and she responded .She lived such a beautiful life and she inspired me when she said that she will face lot of difficulties and sadness but I will follow Jesus.

Aspirants Visit Sr Paola

Aspirants Visit Sr Paola

By Anupa

Sr. Paola asked me why I like our apostolate I told her that I like our apostolate because in this apostolate we do different work everyday. We need to do with concentration because if we make a mistake then all those who read our books will read a thing, that’s why we do the work with much prayer and concentration .Sr.Paula told me to say Rosary even when we went up and down the stare without thinking useless thoughts, do good to others that they may live happily.

By Irma and Ancila

After the first profession, Sr.Paola asked the superior to send to the country where there are pluralistic religions and she was sent to India the beginning when she came to India she has to work very hard. she like to meet people and talk to them about our mission. She told us that when we go out to sell books ‘you all must talk to them about our mission and the important of reading books because they will forget to read so you should never forget to speak about it. When Sr. Paola went for holidays her provincial asked to remain in Philippines but she refused and told her that she would love to die in India because she had spent all her younger days for the people of India.

By Anusaya

 Visit to Sr.Maria Theresa

She joined the Congregation in1959. She is from Mangalore (Kundapur), she joined the congregation after her 10th Standard she is 77 years old. Now she is sick but everyday early in the morning she gets up and joining us for prayer. Sr. Maria Theresa is a very prayerful person, She says, all the four mysteries of Rosaries every day, also makes so many nice rosaries. She said that she also likes cooking, I was inspired by her sharing that she would pray rosary while she was going up and down the stairs when she was in formation like me instead of making useless noise and thinking useless thoughts. She told us to do good to others that they may live happily. She was kept in the for two years in the kitchen and four years in the studio. That means whatever work you get do with love and happiness. After meeting her I am very happy because she told us that nothing is impossible for us, if we want, we can do any work for Jesus and she said never forget to thank Jesus. We need to have courage to say yes, this is the only way we can serve God. I like her ways of doing apostolate and prayer. I like this congregation because I love you Jesus.

Supritha and Pinky

Sr. Maria Theresa inspired me when she said that she went home for holidays after 8 years of joining the convent, she told us that first of all you have to pray well and come close to our mother Mary if you want to become a good Daughter of St. Paul. Day and night we need to say the Rosary she told us that whatever work you do though it may be small or big you must do with happiness and be happy what you do. I was inspired by her way of life and the hard work that she does. I realized that without hard work we cannot succeed in life and whatever we do we must do for Jesus, everything for God and offer to him. In our life we will face many difficulties and problems but we must be ready to fight for it.

By Prishila

Sr. Maria Theresa told us that for a religious prayer life is very important. We have to be very honest with the Lord .During your adult people might go here and there without having in life but we should not do like that way. We have to be courageous in answering his call and we have to think only Jesus and we have to be happy always. This is the only way we can serve God; I was inspired by these words.
By Sabita

Sr. Maria is a prayerful person, when she finished her first profession she was put in charge of cooking in the kitchen for two years. She likes apostolate and those days there were no machine, so they had to work very hard and do well in everything. But now days there are machines and also helpers but still we need to work hard and with love in the apostolate. She told us that Rosary prayer is very important for our life, that’s why we need to pray Rosary everytime.One of her intelligence work is to making a beautiful rosary and giving others to pray even though she is sick and old. I do wish to learn to make Rosary as she does.

By Susanna Pais




CHAI Celebrates  its 70th birthday on 29 July

CHAI is a charitable, voluntary, non-profit Catholic Christian organization working for the promotion of physical, psychological, social and spiritual health of all people irrespective of caste, creed and sex, rendering service, education and research.

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Logo for the 70th anniversary of CHAI
Prepared by Sr Helen Albuquerque fsp

The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) with its motto “Love of Christ Compels usis completing 7o years of its service to the Nation. It is one of the world’s largest non-governmental organization in the health sector. CHAI upholds its commitment to bring health for all. Founded in 1943 by Sr. Mary Glowrey, an Australian sister-doctor, CHAI  is today one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Adopting Community Health as its focus, CHAI has been successfully implementing community health interventions throughout India. CHAI has an expansive base of over 3,410 Member Institutions (MIs) including 484 large hospitals, more than 2000 medium as well as small hospitals and health centres, 121diocesan social service societies, 27 Nursing schools and 52 Leprosy centers. CHAI’s massive network comprises 11 Regional Units, 1000 sister-doctors, 25,000 sister-nurses and 10,000 plus para- professionals who effectively render succor and support to the needy and the poor.

Vision : Commitment to bring ‘health for all’. It views health as a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being, and not merely the absence of sickness. People are assured of clean air, water and environment, they do not suffer from any preventable disease, are able to manage their health needs, are able to control the forces which cause ill health,  enjoy dignity and equality and are partners in decisions that affect them, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or economic status, and respect human life and hold and nurture it to grow into its fullness.

Mission :  In order to realize the vision, CHAI endeavours to Promote COMMUNITY HEALTH, understood as a process of enabling the people, especially the poor and the marginalized, to be collectively responsible to attain and maintain their health and demand health as a right, and ensure availability of health care of reasonable quality at reasonable cost. Control communicable diseases as they cause a huge public health burden as well as take a heavy toll of  human life in the country; Provide relief to disaster victims in the country and bring the affected to normal level of functioning. Ensure relief and rehabilitation to persons with disabilities.

Goal: “Together We Create  a Healthy World!

Goal: “Together We Create  a Healthy W

You’ve Got to face Life… respond to it

joyce0002Every great story, every hero, every inspiring moment is born out of adversity and perseverance. Conflicts and battles are the stuff of myth and legend, and we love these stories because, we can relate to them. Our personal and work lives are filled with mini-versions of this type of drama: Pushing through; overcoming obstacles.
Fighting: I am not talking about fighting in a vicious, mean way, but rather in a way that says, “I am responsible for myself. No one else can do it for me.”
Let us think of our lives as epic battles. There are those who will roll up their sleeves and take it head on. Others find themselves caught in the middle with no choice but to stand up for themselves. Then there are those who observe life happening all around them, choosing to shrink back in fear, always remaining spectators or are just happy watching the fun and following the sheep fold in order to remain secure.
Every time I faced a transition in life, some sort of struggle invariably followed. At certain points, I became uneasy, unsettled, like the bottom was going to fall out and my life was about to roll out in scattered pieces onto the floor. During these times, a part of me always wanted to run to the comfort and familiarity of negative thinking – ‘catastrophizing’ the future, convincing myself of the worst possible scenarios as they played out in my head.
It’s okay to indulge in the downward spiral – for a time. For a spell. Perhaps that part is necessary for survival, as if it were the pre-phase of fighting through; a strict requirement necessary for coming to grips with the reality of the situation. But once you’ve sufficiently festered in the mire, it’s time to get a grip, and get going.
Here is where you must be prepared to fight. Some of us may not sit well with the idea of a good fight. However, anything worthwhile, anything good and true, whether for yourself or for the greater world around you, is going to involve a slugfest of sorts. Growth and progress do not happen by chance or by accident, whether it is your career, your health, or your mission. Even when you have a plan – a good plan! It will take a great deal of determination and unpleasant effort to move it forward. You will run into resistance. You will have multiple setbacks.
There will be strong, intimidating forces whose shadows loom large over you. The voices in your head will make you crazy. But know this: Every great leader grows through adversity and persistence. Stephen Snyder, author of “Leadership and the Art of Struggle,” says this: “A leader with a growth mind-set is consciously aware that ability is not innate and unchangeable but instead a malleable quality that can continuously be augmented through practice and persistence…You seek out new learning opportunities by pursuing challenging assignments instead of taking safer and easier routes.”
In other words, you are not stuck unless you choose to be.
If you’re not facing or responding to something, you’re not growing. Playing it safe is never a path to growth or fulfillment, to finding your true potential. The question, then, becomes this: what is going on deep within your soul? What kind of convictions have you gathered? What are you made of way down there? Lift up your head and take a good look at the ominous darkness staring you down. Will you crumble, or face it? The answer is: face it! Face it, with all you’ve got. Draw strength from God and trust Him for the outcome. Believe it or not, He’s given you this opportunity in the first place.