The grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee celebration of the MSMHC was held on 9 November 2017 Hatigaon with a solemn thanksgiving Holy Mass presided over by the Rector Major Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime,the tenth successor of Don Bosco. Being the concluding day of the four-day long missionary symposium, a large number of Sisters and novices were present.
A colourful welcome accorded to the Rector Major by the sisters, novices and the students of Little Flower filled the atmosphere with joy and delight. He was overwhelmed to see the huge number of MSMHC Sisters and the Novices; and the cultural extravaganza by the students which displayed the splendour and grandeur of the region.
Addressing the Sisters, the Rector Major spoke to them of the need to become powerful witnesses of Jesus and reminded them of their call as missionaries to venture out to the areas where people long for the Gospel. He also emphasized on the need to live close to the poor and those in the periphery.
A short felicitation was arranged after the Holy Eucharist to honour the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime. Sr. Philomena Mathew, the Superior General extended a warm welcome on behalf of the entire congregation and thanked him for his great support, especially for his presence on the occasion of the platinum jubilee of the congregation. She recalled with gratitude the salesians who fostered the congregation in its initial days and placed on record their valuable contributions towards its growth.
During the programme, Sr. Philomena Mathew, Superior General and all the six Provincials and the Italian Delegation Superior cladded the Rector Major with various traditional costumes symbolizing the multi-cultural facet of India.
Another significant moment of the occasion was the releasing of the book, “In Pursuit of Living the Mandate”, a special publication edited by Sr. Shiji James and Sr. Irene Zosiami, brought out to commemorate the platinum jubilee year of the Congregation.
The closing ceremony of platinum jubilee was held immediately after the felicitation programme. The yearlong celebration came to a close as the Rector Major lowered the jubilee flagwhich was hoisted in front of the Generalate house.
The event was participated by the major superiors of Salesian family: Fr. VM Thomas SDB, Provincial of Guwahati, Fr. George Maliekal SDB of Shillong, Fr. Nestor Guria, Sr. Elizabeth George FMA of Guwahati and Sr. Jancy Francis SMI of Guwahati and other important dignitaries.
The jubilee year was indeed a time of blessing; it was an opportune time for the MSMHC to ponder over the past bygone seventy-five years. Founded on 24 October 1942 at Guwahati it has the tale of a wonderful history. It’s testing time of the founding years and the period of struggles have been the time that it experienced God’s providential care. The Congregation kept growing since its inception and has launched out to many areas of Church’s mission.