The jubilee celebration begun at Hatigaon on 31 August as the Jubilarians arrived at Hatigaon, wherein the Superior General along with the members of the General Council and community accorded them a colourful welcome.
The Jubilarians had a month long programme from 2 August. It began with a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bandel and to the tomb of St. Teresa of Kolkata. They came to Bethel, Barapani on 8 August for the jubilee course and retreat. Sr. Mary Perunilam, the Assistant General while orienting them to the Jubilee Year said, “Jubilee is the time to look to the past with gratitude, to examine and live the present with passion and to look forward to the future with hope.” She challenged them with a question - ‘Is Jesus still your first love?’
Sr. Mary Thadavanl, who was the novice mistress of the silver jubilarians animated them for three days. Her sessions guided them to spend the days of preparation meaningfully as she spoke to them about the healing of emotions that enables contemplation on the Love of God.
Fr. George Lanithottam CMF from Rome dealt with the spirituality of consecrated life and mission. He said, “By our consecrated life we are called to become Christ.” Describing joy as the hallmark of a person who belongs to God he spoke about the need and possibility of a consecrated person to grow from devotionalism to depth and taste, moralism to mysticism, cosmaticism to holism, renunciation to love’s choice, and knowing to loving.
The Jubilarains received another rejuvenating time during the Marian retreat guided by Fr. James Mathew SDB from Kolkata. The main theme that ran through the retreat was the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned the disaster into miracle of love. Dwelling on the role played by Mother Mary and Jesus at Cana, Fr. James reminded the group of the need to be constantly aware of the presence of Jesus and Mary in life.
The group had ample time for reflection and sharing in groups about their experiences of past fifty and twenty-five years of religious life.