November 13th 2017 was indeed a milestone in the history of our Congregation. It was on this day 175 years ago that our first Jesus and Mary sisters traveled from Lyon to Agra, filled with passion and zeal to make Jesus and Mary known and loved and spread to St. Claudine’s Charism of Goodness, forgiveness and Reconciliation.
The Eucharist was very meaningfully prepared. As the Bicentenary song was played by the formation groups, sisters were followed by the concelebrants and Fr. Michael Fernandes SDB, the main celebrant.
Mr. Mark welcomed one and all after which we had a power point presentation showing the dangerous and treacherous journey of our first six missionaries who came to Agra to work for the upliftment of the girl child, the poor, the marginalized and to make Jesus and Mary known and loved.
During the homily Fr. Michael, shared very beautifully his reflection on St. Claudine, her life and her Charism and through a meaningful story invited to accept the baton – dare to be different, through our love. Is God calling me? Can I take the baton? Will I complete the score in His beautiful Masterpiece. The inspiring song “How Good God Is” and the recitation of the poem “Called to the Mission” composed by Mr. Concilio Brown RJM (RIP) helped us reflect on our call as one Apostolic Body that St. Claudine so desired. Mr. Tara then thanked all the priests, sisters from the neighboring congregations, the children’s choir, staff, students and parents, and all those present for making the celebration a joyous experience.
The Jubilee cake was then cut after which 200 balloons was released to commemorate this special event. The school conducted different activities for the children of each of the classes, such as coloring, painting pictures of Claudine, book mark with her saying, keeping the theme of the day in mind, the senior students prepared posters on the values of Claudine , forgiveness, compassion, the RJMs missionary work, the bicentenary logo and some even poems on Claudine. It was truly a wonderful day richly blessed with many joys for which we thanked our good God.