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Centenary celebrations for SABS

Chief guest Neiba Konyak, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources, Sports and land Revenue during the SABS Centenary celebration at Dimapur on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Sept 20:
Published on 21 Sep. 2008 12:51 AM IST
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The religious congregation of the Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (SABS), Corpus Christi Province, Dimapur celebrated the centenary of its founding on Saturday at St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Dimapur. The occasion was celebrated with much delight and enthusiasm as 'a year of thanksgiving' for the manifold blessings God has showered upon the congregation. More than a thousand of people including priests and sisters participated in the solemn Eucharist concelebration presided over by Most Rev Dominic Lumon DD, Archbishop of Imphal along with Most Rev. Joseph Mittathany DD, Archbishop Emerites of Imphal, Rt. Rev. Jose Mukala DD, Bishop of Kohima, Rt. Rev. John Thomas DD, Bishop of Itanagar, and Rt. Rev. Vincent Kympat DD, Bishop of Jowai. The Bishop of Kohima, Rt. Rev. Jose Mukala DD in his sermon called upon the ministry to proclaim the rich time spent in the Blessed Sacrament and to enlighten the true words of God and share in His redemption. He also reiterated the experience of people who have found peace in the Blessed Sacrament and urged the congregation to spend their whole life with thanksgiving to God. He said "God in his goodness gave his love" adding to share and testify God's love with one another. To mark the celebration, a cultural programme was organized with Neiba Konyak, MLA, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources, Sports and land Revenue as chief guest and Lovitoli Awomi, EAC, Dimapur as guest of honuor. Addressing the occasion, Neiba expressed gratitude to the institution for their service rendered in spiritual and educational fields. He said even remote areas like Tuensang has benefited the service contribution by SABS where Christian doctrine of moral dignity and value has been taught to the people. Meanwhile the chief guest has donated a sum of Rs. 30,000 to the Congregation and also Rs. 2 lakhs for the development of St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Dimapur. The exquisitely performance of cultural items like cast down you golden crown, sweet melody, rhythmic steps, sare jaga me teri, Bihu dance, Rongmei dance and pom pom dance captivated thousands of audience. It may be mentioned that religious congregation for women of the SABS was founded by the servant of God, Thomas Kurialacherry an ardent devotee of the Holy Eucharist and he shared his charism with Mother Mary Francisca De Chantal, the co-founder. The tiny seed planted in the year 1908 in Kerala is now blessed with 4,500 sisters working in different parts of the world. Corpus Christi Province of Dimapur covers the entire North-East Region which has been spread out in the states of Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya with 22 houses and 110 sisters working in six diocese of the North-East India.

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