General Plenary Synaxis
Seventh General Plenary Synaxis will start at 3 pm on 13th April 2013.
The Post centennial Silver Jubilee celebrations including the Final profession will be on 21st November 2013.
Courses and Seminars
A meeting of the Provincial Superiors and Formators will be conducted in the Provincial House of Palakkad, from 3rd – 6th August 2013.
A Seminar for the sisters of mission provinces working in the socio-Pastoral and medical field is planned to be conducted at Delhi Provincial House.
Seminar for the sisters working in Education field (Mission) will be conducted from the evening of 23rd August to 25th in Santhi Dham Indore.
The training of Animators will be in Muttuchira from 15th June to 7th September 2013.
The 30 days retreat for the II year novices (Kerala Provinces) will be in Karukadam, from 1st July to 31st July.
San Thom Province, Eluru
It has decided to conduct the election of the Provincial Superior of San Thom Province, Eluru on 3rd March and the inauguration of the Province on 4th March 2013.
The Juniorate Course in Kerala will begin on Saturday 1st June and at Indore on Friday 21st June 2013.
The Sakalya Course will start on Monday 3rd June 2013.
AFFI Meeting will be held in Bhopal from 14th to 17th Feb.2013.
The concluding ceremony of the Post Centennial Silver Jubilee of FCC will be held by the middle of November 2013.
The Orientation course for the new Provincial Council is in Portiuncula for both the Kerala and other Missionary groups in two batches from 26th – 31st December and 30th Dec.- 5th January 2013.
General Plenary Council
The General Plenary Council is planned to hold on 5th and 6th January 2013
We have to celebrate and gratefully remember 14th December 2012 as it is the 125th Birthday of our Mother F C C. The inauguration of this great jubilee is to be conducted in each house and in each province.
The Examination in preparation for the final profession is on 25th and 26th January 2013.
Provincial Election Synaxis is convened from 5th December onwards. Each community should pray fervently for the success of the Synaxes.
Hearty Congratulations and Prayerful Best wishes to the little sisters who make their First Profession and Vestition in the Month of November.
Sr. Sherin of Vijayawada Province (35 yrs) is called to eternal reward in an accident on 13th September.
The demise of Rev. Fr. Rex who helped us in the Goal Awareness Programme and the 40 Days retreat, was on 22nd June 2012.
The process for the beatification of Servant of God Sr. Rani Maria is progressing. Sr. Vincy Therese (BPL) has submitted the completed ‘Possesio’ to the Relator
Year of Faith
The Year of Faith should be inaugurated in all our communities with suitable programmes on 11th Oct.2012.
St. Alphonsa Region, Rajkot has been officially inaugurated and blessed at the Holy Eucharistic celebration under the auspices of his Excellency Mar Jose Chittooparambil, the Bishop of Rajkot, on the Nativity of Blessed Mother Mary, 8th Sept.2012.
There will be a retreat for the General Animators of Kerala Provinces at CSR, Pariaram near Chalakudy from 8th to 14th Oct. 2012.
A Seminar has been organized for the Principals and sisters of our Special Schools (Kerala Provinces) at Portiuncula from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 13th Oct.2012.
There will be one Education Seminar for the Kerala Provinces at Portiuncula from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on 20th Oct. 2012. All the Head Mistresses of L.P,U.P and High Schools and the Principals of all the Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools are requested to participate in this seminar.
The Annual Meet of Alphonsa Garden 2012 was successfully conducted at St. Ann’s School, Changanassery. 186 children participated in it.
A meeting of the FCC Theological Study Forum was held on Saturday 21st July 2012.
A new branch of FCC with the name St. Alphonsa Region is going to be established with Clare Bhavan, Rajkot as its Head Quarters. The inauguration of the Region will be on 8th Sept.2012, the Feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother.
Open to the Spirit
A book of syllabus for the various stages of formation was published under the title ‘Open to the Spirit’ in 2003. Its revised version will be published on 11th August 2012.
Year of Faith
The ‘Year of Faith’ will start on 11st Oct.2012.
The children who are in the ‘Come and See’ are entering Pre-Postulancy on 17th September.
While we are going to celebrate the post-centenary silver jubilee, let us try to be a blessing to the whole world and bless it with our consecrated lives. We are planning to observe an year of chain fasting from July 2012 to December 2013.
Servant of God
Puthenparampil Thommachen is going to be declared a ‘Servant of God’ at Edathua on 29th June 2012.
60 Novices of our Kerala Provinces start 30 days retreat at Konnakkuzhy on 1st July 2012.
The Juniorate period of our Junior Sisters is extended up to nine years.
The annual meeting of the Alphonsa Garden will be held at St. Ann’s High School, Changanassery from 5.30 p.m. on 27th August to 8.00 a.m. on 29th August 2012.
There will be a meeting of the Study Forum of the Kerala provinces at Portiuncula on 21st July 2012.
Programmes are arranged in preparation for the next stage of animation from 5th to 18th August 2012.
Our sisters won the first and second places in the essay competition for the religious and the religious candidates and the power point presentation held by the Syro Malabar Church in connection with the Mission Year. Essay: 1st Sr. Keerthana (Ernakulam), 2nd Sr. Jessin Jose (Mananthavady)
Power Point Presentation : 1st Sr. Litty George (Mananthavady), 2nd Sr. Maria Tresa (Changanassery)
2011- 2012 is the 800th year of St. Clare’s establishment of the Order and entering to the convent.
The meeting of the formators will be conducted at Vijayawada Provincial House from 18th August 6.00 p.m. to 21st Aug.
A meeting of the Vocation Promoters of Kerala will be held from 8th June 6.00 p.m. to 9th June 3.00 p.m. at Portiuncula.
The Meeting of the Staff of Portiuncula and Bangalore will be conducted in Portiuncula on 22nd May
A meeting of the General Animators of Kerala provinces will be held from 14th June.
There will be a joint meeting of the Editorial Board and Contact Persons of Gothampumani and Alphonsa Garden Animators from 28th June to 29th June.
There will be a meeting of the last three batches of the Sakalya Course on 29th and 30th April 2012.
There will be a meeting of the Provincial Secretaries from 9.00 a.m. on 15th April to 16th April 2012.
The Plenary Council Meeting was held at Portiuncula from 9th January to 10th.
After the Plenary Council Meeting there was the celebration of Mission Fest at Portiuncula.
A meeting for the sisters who are engaged in healing ministry, social work and pastoral care in the mission will be conducted from 21st April to 23rd April at Bhopal Provincial House.
Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year from 11th Oct. 2012 to 24th Nov. 2013 as ‘The Year of Faith’.
In connection with the Mission year the joint meeting of the Provincials and the formators will be convened by 18th to 21st August 2012 at Vijayawada Provincial House.
The Provincial Finance Officers are reminded to send the Annual Account before 15th June 2012.
The new directory of the addresses of all our convents is ready.
The changes in the ‘Franciscan Way of Life’ will be effected from 1st May 2012.
The examination on FCC Charism – ‘A Study and Reflection Vol.1’ will be conducted from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. on 18th February.
His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches visited Protiuncula, offered Holy Mass and delivered an inspiring message.
In connection with the Mission Year it is decided to conduct competitions in Essay Writing and Quiz for the Alphonsa Garden Children who have the membership of at least one year.
The examination for the sisters who will be making the Final Profession in 2012 will be conducted at 10.00 a.m. on 27th & 28th January 2012 in the respective Provincial Houses.
125th Birthday of FCC
2012 December 14th is the inauguration of the Post Century Silver Jubilee of FCC.
During Pooja Holidays (from 2nd to 8th Oct.2011) retreat is arranged in 6 centres.
A retreat is arranged for the Provincial Councils of the Kerala Provinces at Karukadam (Kothamangalam) from 4th to 10th Dec.
Charism Study Programme
A guide to study the charism is prepared. There will be four volumes of the book.
An intensive course on Franciscan Spirituality is arranged for the formators at Alphonsa Bhavan, Bangalore from 5th to 15th March 2012. Rev. Fr. Jerry Lobo OFM will lead the course.
Gathering of the Newly Professed Sisters
This year 81 Novices will receive the religious habit and make their First Profession. The vestition and profession will take place from 3rd to 26th Nov. 2011 in different Provinces. There will be a gathering of these newly professed sisters at Portiuncula from 27th evening to 29th November.
Mission Year observance
In order to develop mission awareness there will be competitions in three items for sisters – Mission Quiz, Essay Writing and Power Point Presentation.
It was decided to raise Thucklay into a Province. Thus the First Provincial Election Synaxis will be convened from 9th to 11th May 2011 at San Joe Regional House, Azhakiyamandapam, Thucklay. The election of the Provincial Superior and the Team will be conducted on 11th May 2011. The inauguration of the Province will be on 12th May 2011.
Renewal of the FCC Statutes
A committee was appointed by the General Synaxis to renew the Franciscan Way of Life (FCC Statutes).
Silver Jubilee year of Udayanagar Convent
It was the Silver Jubilee year of Udayanagar Convent where Sr. Rani Maria, the Servant of God lived last. The Jubilee of the Convent and the 16th death anniversary of Sr. Rani Maria were celebrated together at Udayanagar on 25th Feb. 2011.
Bareilly Region was raised to a Province on 17th February 2011.
There will be a retreat directed by Rev. Fr. Reny and team for the sisters who have not completed 10 years after the final profession at Portiuncula from 30th July 2011 to 6th August 2011.
The course in preparation for the final profession will start in Kerala at Konnakuzhy on 5th March and in the mission at Indore on 15th March. The Final Profession at Portiuncula will be at 10.30 am on Saturday 30th April and at Indore 10.30 am on Monday 2nd May. Mar Pauly Kannukadan the Bishop Irinjalakuda will officiate the ceremony at Portiuncula and Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal at Indore.
Juniorate Course in Kerala will be concluded on 2nd March 2011 and in the Mission on 15th March 2011.
There will be a meeting of the FCC Medical Guild for the sisters working in the field of Healing Ministry at Portiuncula from 10.00 am on Saturday 5th March to 1.00 pm on 6th March 2011.
Birth Centenary of St. Alphonsa
The Birth Centenary Day of St. Alphonsa will be on 19th August 2010. As a preparation for the celebration we have already started 100 days prayer in Alphonsa Bhavan, Kudamaloor, the birth place of St. Alphonsa. The celebrations in Portiuncula will be on 7th August with Eucharistic Banquet at 11.00 am followed by fellowship meal and family gathering. The General Council has decided to give ‘Alphonsa Aid Fund’ for 100 poor children - Rs.5000/- for each and ‘Alphonsa Kit’ of one meal for 100 families.
The death Anniversary of Bishop Lavigne falls on 11th July. The First Superior General of Unified FCC, Late Rev. Mother Maurus completes 25 years of her demise on 20th August 2010 and Late Bishop Hippolytus Kunnumkal whose second death anniversary falls on 9th August 2010. We celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsa on 28th July. Let us remember and pray for these to whom our Congregation is very much indebted to.
The Course for the New General Animators will be conducted in Portiuncula form 18th July to 22nd August 2010.
Amid welling up of pious and fond thoughts of Saint Alphonsa as an eternal symbol of love, suffering and compassion, a commemorative coin in her name was released on24th August 2009, in the presence of a sea of faithful and a galaxy of dignitaries.
The event marked the initiation of the year-long birth centenary fete of India’s first woman saint.
Releasing the commemorative coin in Rs 5 denomination bearing the engraving of the saint and declaring the birth centenary celebrations on, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee remarked that the thoughts on Saint Alphonsa’s noble spirit and spiritual strength transcended across religions, geographic borders and all people. Observing that the saint had, in her short life of 36 years, been a fountain of selfless service, compassion and love, the minister said that Bharananganam, where she had lived most part of her life as a nun in the Clarist Order of St Francis of Assisi, now embodies lessons on religious harmony not only for Kerala, but the whole country.