Nuns revise 200-year-old constitution
Sisters of Charity of St. Anne are holding a general chapter in Spain to revise their constitution
The Sisters of Charity of St. Anne (schsa), founded some two centuries ago, are currently holding an “extraordinary general chapter” in Zaragoza, Spain to revise their constitution and make it relevant to the modern times.
Eight Indians are among the 52 participants attending the chapter, said Sister Lucy, the provincial of the Mother Pabla Bescos or North India Province.
Every province has held a “deep study of the constitution’ as a preparation for the “rare chapter” remarked Sister Yovanna, the superior of Role mission. She said such a detailed study of the constitution was a first time experience.
Seeing the laxity in a Catholic in Zaragoza, Spain, diocesan in serving the abandoned sick, Father John Bonal, found the congregation on Dec 28, 1804, along with Mother Maria Rafols, an ordinary working lady.
They constituted a group of men to serve men and women to serve women. But the Brothers’ group gradually died out. The women’s group, under Mother Maria Rafols flourished and became a Pontifical congregation.
The nuns charism is to serve the “most poorest and needy” and take a special the vow of hospitality promising “to attend to any kind of people, anywhere.”
With 2,345 nuns, the congregation works in 33 countries in five continents. Their headquarters is based in Zaragoza, Spain.
Their first Indian house in 1951 was opened in at Nadiad, Gujarat. The congregation now has two Indian provinces: Mother Pabla Bescos or North India Province and the South Indian Province of Father John Bonal, with nearly 400 professed Indian nuns.
The 182 nuns of the 28 houses in the North Indian Province are working in the dioceses of Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Gandhi Nagar, Baroda, Raipur, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Ajmer, Bhagalpur and Delhi.
Source: Report by Francis Maria Britto