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Conference of Religious Women in India

Sharing our mission with leaders representing 100,000 Religious Sisters in India is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

In January, 2011, Sisters Irene Fernandez, Josita Myladiyil, Rose Kayathinkara and Rowena Miranda attended the 46th Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Religious Women (CRWI) in Kochi, Kerala, India. 450 Sisters in leadership from across India, representing 100,000 Sisters, reflected on the theme, “Our Consecrated Life: Our Mission.” They spoke of their desire for a re-formation and re-orientation for religious congregations.

Our Sisters share, “We were accompanied in different religious houses. The Eucharistic celebrations were in the Syro-Malabar rite, the Syro-Malankara rite and the Latin rite – one on each day. The morning and evening prayers were creatively done.”

In her keynote address, CRWI president Sister Prasanna Thattil, CHF, appealed to attendees to meet the challenges of today, and to seek ways to deepen consecrated life “without compromising the Gospel values in the Indian context.”

The group encouraged inter-congregational collaboration in helping the poor and oppressed, and in safeguarding the dignity and lives of women and children.

At the concluding session, Father Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council, acknowledged the importance of Sisters, saying, “The Religious are the most integral part of the Church…the Church depends on them heavily for everything…and they have great impact not only on the Church, but also on society.”

May 15, 2011