Striving to stand by the motto ‘Service to God and humanity’ Nagaland Catholic Women Association (NCWA) stepped into 25 years of its formation. The first day of the three-day jubilant 25th anniversary celebration of NCWA at Holy Cross Dimapur on Friday witnessed the participation of more than 1500 Naga Catholic women from different parishes and regions of the state.
The inaugural session was held with Rev. Fr. Neisalhou Carlus, Vicar General, Kohima Diocese as chief guest.
Speaking on the theme of the 25th anniversary celebration ‘Go into the whole world and preach the gospel’, Rev. Fr. Carlus said evangelism was sharing the Good News of Christ in building God’s Kingdom who created the world. He also said God as the first evangelizer fulfilled His mission through His work and to continue the mission He chose the 12 apostles. He asserted it was by virtue of Baptism that every Christians have to carry out the missionary work and bring transformation, paving the way to peace.
The General Vicar further said to evangelize, one should witness life and proclaim the word of God through action not only by mere proclamation of the Good News of Christ. Stating people could not share the light unless they have light in them, Rev. Fr. Carlus asserted the evangelizer must at first be evangelized in order to transform and give the light to others.
Rev. Fr. Carlus also encouraged the church not to ignore the social issues hampering the society and see to the needs of the members.
Calling upon the delegates to reaffirm the faith and spread the Gospel, Rev, Fr. Carlus said it was through firm faith, fidelity to gospel, having Christian quality, respectful approach, openness to God, sincerity and finding suitable way to preach the Gospel that evangelism work could be carried out.
Earlier, the inaugural session open started with the blessing of jubilee candle by Rev. Fr. O.C Abraham, Spiritual director of NCWA followed by lighting of 25 candles by the office bearers of NCWA.
In the programme, welcome address was delivered by Celina Lea, president, NCWA, special song by the choir of the inaugural session, Lotha Catholic Women Association and Caroline and closing prayer was pronounced by Lhouzeü Lucy, founder NCWA.
The second day of the celebration would be held with Sr. Lily Francis, secretary, Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI) for Women Commission.