Shanti Rani Sisters of Bangladesh celebrate profession, renew vows

Several nuns of the Catechist Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Angels celebrated the anniversary of their profession while others renewed their vows at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Dinajpur on January 6.

Several of the sisters, popularly known as the Shanti Rani Sisters, marked their golden and silver anniversaries. Others took their final professions while new nuns took their first vows.

The congregation aims to raise the "glory of God" and "holiness" for everyone in its evangelization work, which is anchored on the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi.

Sisters Enrica Rozario and Lietiza Costa celebrated their golden jubilee while Sisters Josephina Soren, Sondhi Cruze, and Bina Rozario celebrated their silver jubilee.

The following nuns took their final profession to the congregation: Sisters Dipa Mondol, Emilia Khalko, and Lolita Tirkey.

Sisters Martina Hasda, Provati Toppo, Amita Hembrom, and Cecilia Dewa had their first vows.

Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist while Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi delivered the homily.

"God does not call us for any special quality but God loves us, that is why He calls us for His work. God is the first who loved us, so we need to realize his love in our lives," Bishop Rozario told the nuns.

He reminded the sisters that the religious life "is not always easy and simple."

"In our religious life there are many joy and sorrows. But in the Kingdom of God, joy is waiting for those who dedicate their life for their good work. Life is happy only when one can overcome sorrow," said the prelate.

In her message, Sister Lietiza Costa said "God is constantly expressing His love through our lives and we realized that this is the grace of our religious life and we realized that God is merciful and loving."

"So, today we give thanks for His abundant grace in our life," added the nun.
 
Sister Rebecca Kispotta, superior general of the congregation, said told the sisters that God has chosen them "to serve" and He gave them the strength "to walk in this religious life."

The congregation was founded in 1951 by Italian missionaries Bishop Joseph Obert and Father Ghezzi Francis with Mother Enrichetta Motta as the first formator of the congregation.

The congregation has a total of 164 sisters, with 149 perpetually professed nuns, 15 with temporal vows, seven novices, and 14 aspirant.

The sisters are involved in various pastoral and evangelization activities in the local Church in Bangladesh, including catechesis in rural areas, running schools and dispensaries for the poor, catechetical training centers, hostels, orphanage, and home for handicapped children, among others. - Nikhil Gomez / RVA News