The newly appointed animators of the communities were given an orientation programme at Hatigaon from 18 to 24 April. At the start of the programme, Sr. Mary Perunilam, the Assistant General welcomed the group and introduced to them the plan and purpose of the meeting. Referring to Don Bosco’s recommendations to Salesian Rectors she stressed on the importance of their leadership role in the communities.
Sr. Philomena Mathew, the Superior General had an interactive session with them, during which she responded to their experiences in the communities and brought to light some of the important points that help in community building. She explained the essential qualities that make a great leader in a practical way with many examples. She also presented to them some of the suggestions to superiors given by different sisters and exhorted them to be authentic and true to their commitment and call.
The group was given inputs by all the General Councillors on different aspects of leadership. They explained the need to understand their role as animators who are able to bring unity and dynamism in the communities. They focused on giving emphasis to prayer life, mutual understanding, sharing, transparency and all other elements that would contribute to the family spirit.
Sr. Mary Thadavanal in her session led them reflect on the actual life situations in the communities and inspired them to take the road leading to harmony and growth. She said, “The duty of the leaders is to help people to experience God’s personal love and grow in that love of God.”
Sr. Jancy Joseph explained to them the need to discover their truest self through the community in which they live and work. Stating that the effectiveness of their mission depends on their connectedness in the community with one another, she said that the role of the superior is to discover dynamism in every person.
Sr. Shiji James brought them the awareness of giving importance for the upkeep of archives and records that falls under the category of permanent documents which are vital and essential. She also explained the need of writing the chronicles well with proper details.