01/08/2014, 00.00
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Missionaries of the Immaculate from India to Brazil, courageous examples of a life dedicated to the Gospel

by Benigna Menezes*
In Vijayawada , Andhra Pradesh, Sr. Shiji Joseph and Sister Sunitha Pamula have been mandated by the Apostolic Administrator Msgr. Govindu Joji . The two sisters have a theological education and have received a Crucifix , the symbol of their new mission in South America. Bishop invites them to be "fires that kindle the flame of faith".

Vijayawada ( AsiaNews) - The world today needs the example of courageous people who dedicate their lives "entirely in the Gospel" and the missionary task entrusted to every Christian. This was stated by Msgr. Govindu Joji , apostolic administrator of Vijayawada , in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh , addressing two sisters of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (PIME ), who on January 4 were mandated on mission to Latin America , a continent of origin of Pope Francis, and more specifically the south of Brazil. The ceremony was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Vijayawada , and it was an opportunity for the profession of perpetual vows for five other sisters , who want to devote their lives to Christ and to work for the evangelization of the nations , according to the charism proposed by the congregation to which they belong .

The two religious set to leave for South America are Sr. Shiji Joseph, originally from Kerala with theological studies in Rome , and Sr. Sunitha Pamula , a native of Vijayawada , with a background in theology, studied in Bangalore. Both received the crucifix , the symbol of their promise to testify to the Word in the context of their mission.

During the Mass , the bishop invited the religious to ignite the flame ( of faith ) in the world , and prepare for their missionary journey. During his homily , Msgr. Govindu Joji also asked parents to pray for their children so that they can "feel the support of God" in their work . "If the flame of grace does not burn - explained the bishop - it will be difficult to survive in the religious family ."

The women religious therefore signed a document agreeing to follow Christ, which they later showed to hundreds of people, including relatives and faithful, who attended the mass . The church was decorated with phrases of the Gospel , decorations and signs of celebration, while the parish choir sang hymns and songs in praise of God. Finally, the sisters received the ring a symbol of loyalty and commitment to the Lord, and to the proclamation of the Gospel.

Sister Marina , provincial superior of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, received the promise on behalf of the Superior General in Rome. The nun welcomed the "courageous" decision , embracing her sisters in a " warm hug " . Afterwards , family and acquaintances shared the moment of celebration through a convivial lunch at Nirmala High School, followed by a final exchange of greetings and congratulations.

* Mission of the Immaculate Conception , a congregation of women religious linked to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME ) .


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