On 18th October 2013, the Provincial Chapter members arrived from different communities of the Province. They were welcomed with great with great joy and cheer by the sisters of Fatima Convent, Kodambakkam.
The Declaration of 11th October 2013 as the International Day of the ‘GIRL CHILD’ to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the World. This year’s day focuses on ‘Innovating for Girls’ Education.’
In a complex society, marked by the rapidity of change, fragmentation and contradiction, we are called to live a relational strategy aimed at energising all to express the prophetic fruitfulness of the Charism (Cf. RIC. Pg.151).
As members of the Provincial Team, entrusted with the task of coordination ‘in’ and ‘for’ the communion supporting the Provincial Council, gathered at Kodambakkam for our first meeting at the start of this academic year 2013-14. We were happy to have our dear Mother Provincial and her Council with us.
“The relief of Syria is impossible without prayers”. When we say prayers, we mean a call to dialogue and refusing the violence and calling for peace. This was the invitation and goal of our prayer on 7th September 2013 given by our Pope Francis, Rector Major and Mother General.
We are the Church of God, in her most genuine, most authentic, most complete and most vibrant expression.
On receiving the invitation of our beloved Holy father Pope Francis we the Auxilium Home inmates spent this day with prayer and fasting for the peace of the world more especially in Syria on the 7th September 2013.
Millions of people throughout the world are responding to Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday for peace in Syria and around the world.
Students of Auxilium Arts and Science as well as B. Ed College were well informed about the situation prevailed in Syria through the you tube presentations of news alive showed to them.
Greetings to you!
We were happy to prepare ourselves spiritually for a month on the theme "Evangelized to Evangelize" to celebrate the Provincial Community Day. The eagerly awaited day dawned on 25th Jan. 2014. The celebration started at the break of the day with all the animators of the communities as we journeyed at 5.45 a.m. from Trichy Novitiate. The well animated Morning Prayer enthused us to praise and thank God for all the copious blessings that the Lord showers on the communities and on the Province.
The school is my second home. The Sisters are friendly loving caring. I like my school because the nature is good. I am free to express myself. The sisters are my second mother. They are guiding me to be good girls. They are not only looking after me but also 1000 students. I am more comfortable with our sisters. I don’t want to be absent from the school because, I like my school and my sisters. They are guiding and teaching me good manners and good values.
Our Lady’s Hr. Sec. School
“Our sisters lay down their lives for us as the Good Shepherd lays down his life for his”.
90 Years are of our sisters’ service is great. It must be written in golden words. The pioneers were the seeds who sowed the spirit of Mornese and valdocco. Their vibration is active and alive. As students we have many things to share. But essential things that I want to express. It is a pleasure and privilege to express.
Garden of Eden: Tanjore Auxilium campus is like a Garden of Eden where God enjoyed his leisure time. So not only Tanjore, all our Salesian sisters’ schools are very beautiful where we get wisdom and knowledge. It is a sweet home.
Orderliness: Everything is in Order. Because God is in order methodic, and systematic. And our Salesian sisters are persons of god in whom I experienced every day the presence of god.
Cooperative management: Blessed are those who are poor because Salesian Sisters ate for the poor. What type of poor? Economically, spiritually poor students are here. The management cooperates with this poor more. In our school and in my class I can see how the poor children are given priority. How well the teachers are interested in weak students. Even though the Students ate non cooperative but the teachers go to their houses and make phone calls to make them study well. In other school I did not find like this. Because Don Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello loved the poor.
Model and modern school: It is a model school for other schools. In our school we have many clubs, and other co curricular troops N.S.S Guides, junior Red Cross and etc. So in each club we have different motives and methods. We learnt to integrate ourselves with everything Gratitude day is a specialty of Salesian sisters. With values we celebrate and wear the virtues. When the urn of Don Bosco came I was much taken up by the life of Don Bosco. In no other convent schools I saw this relics except Salesian Sisters’ schools.
Recreation: “Run, Jump, Yell but do not commit sin”. Yes our play ground is a heaven for me. Being in the boarding, I want to mention about this recreation. We wait to play every day. Hail Don Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello. Because they love games. We youth like to play.
Good Morning and good night thoughts: Only in Salesian sisters house I found this Prayer, singing, dancing, are our talents. There are many means to put out our talents. This year icon is “The Good Shepherd and the motto is love never gives up”. So I found my good shepherds here who never gives up and live for young girls alone with love. I am proud to be a cheerful student of Auxilium Tanjore. I will imitate the pioneers.
Std X B1
Auxilium Girls Hr. Sec. School, Thanjavur
It is with sentiments of joy and gratitude to God that I extend my hearty felicitations, best wishes and prayers on the occasion of 90 years of FMA presence in India.
I feel very proud and happy to study in Our Lady’s Nursery and Primary School. My heart overwhelms with gratitude when I think of my sisters and teachers who are dedicated, committed and hardworking. They are lovable, gentle and amiable. I am formed and educated in a family atmosphere that enabled me to be intellectually enlightened, spiritually profound, emotionally balanced, socially committed, and morally responsible for better humanity.
Kudos, to the moulders of my life, my sisters and teachers.
N.Iswarya - Std.V.
Our Lady's Nursery and Primary School
As a higher secondary student, one often realizes, that there is not much time left before one passes out of school. That causes one to recollect one's growing period in school. That's exactly what happened to me half way through the 11th year, and having studied in this school for the past 12 years, I had a lot to look back to.
To be frank, I'm not a believer of God. But I was taught otherwise. I was taught not only to trust that there exists a God, but also to give myself entirely over to him and believe that he will take care of my problems. To me that sounded like hard doing, devoting one's entire life to someone I've never met. But I guess years of listening to gospel readings and good morning talks got through to me. When in trouble, and when I had no one to turn to, I ended up turning to God. I guess, by that, I was trusting in him to bear at least half of my burden which cleared my mind enough for me to concentrate on the rest of my problems. I found it easier to believe in a God than not to believe in one. Life has been simpler ever since. And I have none to owe my gratitude for that revelation to than to the sisters in this school.
When it comes to schooling experiences, I guess mine is not very different from those of the others except for the fact that I had sisters to guide me through life. During my years in this school, I realized that almost every happening; every game, every sport, every debate, every camp, every test; was aimed at fundamentally strengthening my friendships and my belief in myself. I did more than just learn stuff from these interactions, I met new people and I learned to get along with them. My communicating skills, as a result, flourished and my faith solidified. Over the years, I have also come to realize that school is just another place I can call home, with the sisters, the teachers and all the other students being nothing but an extension of my family.
Many a times I have wondered, Why Fatima? Why not some place much closer to home as I have always had commuting problems. When asked, my parents have always given me the same reply, " You need discipline as much as you do knowledge." It didn't make much sense back then, but after all these years, I finally see the truth behind these words.
All in all, I will ever remain grateful to this school for shaping me into the person I have become today and for playing a major part in some of the most amazing years of my life.
Fatima Mat. Hr. Sec. School
Chennai 600 024
The tremendous change in the educational system of India has greatly been attributed to the six Salesian sisters who sowed the Salesian seeds in the Indian soil. The vision of St. John Bosco and St. MaryMazzarello, founder and co-foundress of the Salesian family are supportive and evergreen. Their mission to educate the young especially the poorer sections of the society is a legacy alive unto this date. Their act of shouldering the responsibility in forming the youth has contributed much for the social transformation in India. We owe our allegiance to the Salesian sisters who have been responsible in channelizing and motivating the young people to become good citizens of the country. In this .com era the challenges of personality development and formation of true social being have gained equal grounds with academic strength with Salesian strategy. Responsibility, uprightness, sincerity have secured their abode at the micro and macro-level, industrial sector and profoundly at the service sector. The motto of St. John Bosco –Da mihi animas: Give me souls and take away the rest, has led to the establishment of impressive hallmark in the Indian society. The youth are strongly self-motivated to exercise their principles and make a positive impact in their work places. The Salesian sisters have been successful moulders who produce individuals with definite principles to sustain the society against the society which succumbs to darkness. The mission of the Salesian sisters for 90 years in the province of India can be acknowledged and applauded unto this date.