An Indian prelate praises Catholic women’s contribution to church and society.
Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur of Raipur, Chhattisgarh, said, “All the good that is happening in the Church is only because of the well-organized women and those interested in the life and activity of the Church.”
He was inaugurating the archdiocesan women’s meet at Raipur on November 23.
The one-day orientation program conducted by the national executive secretary, Sister Fernandes, was designed to create awareness among women of the role of a Catholic woman in the church, society, and family.
All the participants were divided into 16 groups, and each one was given a chance to express themselves in terms of their experiences and expectations about women and their roles in the church.
The session evaluated the Women’s Commission in the respective parishes, and it created positive vibes, to appreciate the good and accept the change to live a more effective and empowered life.
The participants agreed to convince the parish priests to celebrate men’s day on March 19 and youth day on the first Sunday in August.
It was also decided to invite men to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023, to create and celebrate, welcome and accept all members of the church as one family, and experience the trinitarian spirit in the church and daily life.
The women’s meeting began with an hour of adoration and a welcoming ceremony. The leaders from five deaneries, along with diocesan spiritual directors Father Sebastian Poomattam and Sister Deepti Minz, honoured the day’s guests, Archbishop Thakur and Sister Lidwin Fernandes, executive secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India—Commission for Women. - Santosh Digal
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