FMI foundation in India
Dec. 2, 2006
Srs. Marie Joëlle Bec, superior general in Rome, Franca Zonta (Italy), Juliana Hong (Korea), Columba Yu (Korea) and Teresa Ferre (Spain). I assume the Photograph was taken by Sister Laura Lemming. NOTE: The Korean Sisters arrived a day later.
The founding Sisters arrived in Delhi and continued to Ranchi.
In Ranchi, before claiming our luggage, we saw a hand greeting us. It was Sr. Laura Leming, our Sister from the United States, who came from Bangalore to Ranchi to welcome us... She returns to the United States on December 12.
With Sister Laura were two Brothers who offered us leis; one for Sr. Teresa, one for Sr. Marie Joëlle, and one for me (Sr. Franca Zonta from Italy) as a welcome from the Marianist Sisters of Ranchi.
Our new residence was the house of the Ursuline Sisters who gave us a marvelous welcome..(Edited: Newsletter #1 from the Ranchi Community, December 6, 2006.)
195th Anniversary of FMI
May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, marked the 195 anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary (FMI) and also a major historical event for the life of the FMI’s mission to India: the pronouncement of first vows by Renna Kerketta and Chameli Tiru as Daughters of Mary Immaculate. Both Daughters had many members of their families present, along with other friends from their villages and from their apostolic activities where they had served.
At 7:30 PM people began to move towards the chapel to be seated for the arrival of the procession that included tribal dancers, the soon-to-be professed Sisters, and he con-celebrants.
Father Iggie’s homily touched on the historical importance of the day for the Indian Family of Mary, stressing how happy a family feels when its membership is finally complete as it had on this day of vows of these two Indian sisters.
Father also paid tribute to the four Marianist Sisters who laid the foundation for this important day: Sisters Franca Zonta, Teresa Ferre, Juliana Hong, and Columba Yu, pioneers from 2006 when their first community was established.
An Indian vow day would not be complete without a formal program of songs, skits, and dances. For the most part the FMI novices and pre-novices provided the very creative presentations in all three of the above.
Traditional dancing, essential at any tribal gathering, rounded off this historical day.Chronical of May 25th edited.