Continue to light up the lives of deprived and needy through your service and shower the world with love and compassion, was the advice the Superior General of Salesian Sisters, Rev Sr Yvonne Reungoat, gave to the Salesian Sisters across the country on the occasion of the World Feast of Gratitude festival organised at the Auxilium College on Friday.
Addressing students, Salesian priests and the general public of the Fort City, the teacher-turned spiritual head of the Salesian movement, while appreciating the good work done by the sisters said, “The first group of six Salesian sisters who began their Godly work in the country would not have dreamt of such progress of this movement.” She urged youth to think of their mentors’ hard work, dedication and treat it as a guiding spirit to proceed to the new world with confidence.
Expressing happiness that the Salesian movement had taken strong roots in Tamil Nadu, she wanted the movement to spread the light of love and compassion to the people of this State.
The spiritual leader pointed out that the huge kuthuvilakku she had lighted here had its wick made from threads brought from 84 Salesian provinces across the world. This is therefore a festival of light, and an occasion to light up the world, she said, amidst cheers from audience.
“Let us commit on this day to express our love, happiness, confidence and support to the needy,” she added.
The Mother also released a souvenir, books and a CD on the occasion.
Sr Magnificat Soosai, province of Chennai, in her address, pointed out that the occasion was to recognise and remember the service of the 14,000 plus Salesian sisters who started their mission in India some 90 years ago. College principal Sr Eugine Fathima, in her welcome address, described the occasion as an unforgettable day in the history of the college.A cultural show was also staged by the students.