Annual meeting of Pastoral Apostolate was held at Bethany Provincialate, Vamanjoor on July 20th 2019. It was started with prayer led by Sr Herita. Sr Cicilia Mendonca the Provincial Superior of Mangalore Province presided over the meeting.
In her opening address she quoted the Founder of Bethany Congregation SD Raymond FC Mascarenhas saying, “Pastoral Minisrty is the Mother of all ministries”.  Accompaniment, Discernment and Integration are the three important factors of this ministry. Quoting St Mathews Gospel 3:13, she said, “Jesus went up to the Mountain and called those whom He wanted”. This shows that Jesus Himself promoted Vocations.
Sr Nandita BS, the resource person dealt on the topic ‘Vocation Promotion’. She brought out the positive and negative aspects, such as, vocation is an invitation to a life of fullness. Family, Prayer, Sacraments are the factors that foster vocations. Crisis of faith, crises of meaning, crises of identity in consecrated life are the negative factors which hinder the vocations. The concrete suggestions were given as guidelines to promote vocations.
Sr Shubha BS, the Province coordinator for Pastoral Apostolate dealt on ‘Home Mission and Bethany Lay Association’. She explained the goals, objectives and outcome of Home Mission and BLA. Some of the group dynamics were presented which could be conducted while conducting BLA meetings.
In the afternoon the reporting session was done. The Action plan for the year 2019-2020 was drawn. Sr Prefilda BS proposed vote of thanks. Sr Ida Janet BS compeered the days programme. The meeting came to an end at 4pm. There were 39 sisters participated from various convents of the Province.
Report by Sr Anitha Nathalia BS
Bethel Convent, Permannur

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