Dearest and loving Mother General,
We, your loving daughters from ING come with grateful hearts to greet you on this beautiful solemn occasion of the FMA World Gratitude Day 2013 to be celebrated in Chennai Province. It’s our privilege, honour and blessing to have you with us while the entire FMA world join you in thanking God for the gift of your very life and person. We thank you for leading us forward to greater heights of holiness and the total gift of your life for the cause of young people and we join you in the unique offering of our very life, journeying along with the young people towards the GC XXIII with the theme “Being with the young people today, a home that evangelises.” We are with you to venture into the future with courage, love and enthusiasm to be mystics and prophets that the young are seeking for. Our preparation for this great day and our fidelity in living our vocation is our ‘Thank You’.
Evviva La Madre. Grazie mille! Tanti Auguri!

With daughterly love and affection,
Sr. Elizabeth George FMA and Sisters of ING

Auxilium Provincial House
Christian Basti


Dearest and loving Mother General,
We, your loving daughters from ING come with grateful hearts to greet you on this beautiful solemn occasion of the FMA World Gratitude Day 2013 to be celebrated in Chennai Province. It’s our privilege, honour and blessing to have you with us while the entire FMA world join you in thanking God for the gift of your very life and person. We thank you for leading us forward to greater heights of holiness and the total gift of your life for the cause of young people and we join you in the unique offering of our very life, journeying along with the young people towards the GC XXIII with the theme “Being with the young people today, a home that evangelises.” We are with you to venture into the future with courage, love and enthusiasm to be mystics and prophets that the young are seeking for. Our preparation for this great day and our fidelity in living our vocation is our ‘Thank You’.
Evviva La Madre. Grazie mille! Tanti Auguri!

With daughterly love and affection,
Sr. Elizabeth George FMA and Sisters of ING

Auxilium Provincial House
Christian Basti
The catholic presence in the North East region started in 1850, but the interest of the missionaries was to find a route to Tibet. Therefore no sustained mission was set by them. Moreover their permanence in the region was short-lived as they were killed in early 1854. Almost two decades latter in 1870, Assam and Bhutan were placed within the apostolic prefecture of Krishnagar and was entrusted to the pastoral care of the foreign missionaries of Milan. In the meantime another reorganization took place within the Catholic church which concluded with the erection of the Apostolic prefecture of Assam in 1889.It was given over to the Salvatorians, who accomplished a tremendous work within a short span of time. Unfortunately all their flourishing work was truncated and brought to a standstill in 1914 due to world war1. Because of their nationality they were put into internment camps and then sent back to their homeland without the possibility of returning. The holy sea then entrusted it to the temporary care of the Belgian Jesuit of nearby Bangal. The impossibility of the Salvatorians return induced the propaganda Fide to entrust the mission to the Salesians of Don Bosco in July in 1921.Thus the first missionaries arrived to take up the heritage left by the Salvatorians in 1922.
At the beginning of the New Year the first missionaries left guided by Fr. Louis Mathias. On reaching Shillong on January 12 1922, great was their emotion and surprise when upon entering the Cathedral, they saw the image of Mary Help of Christians on the left side of the altar. It was as though Our Lady had gone before them. On January 30, 1923 Bishop Mathais was named Apostolic prefect for Assam Manipur and Bhutan. During the same month he immediately wrote to Fr. Rinaldi “I pray you to ask (superior General of the FMA) if we can count on a contingent of Sisters by the end of the year to work in the great valley of Bhramaputra and a little village in the vicinity of Shillong. The houses are almost ready and we are waiting only for a favorable response that we may determine things. They are an absolute necessity if we want our work to be complete. The sisters open the way for us to almost all the families.” La Madre responded that the first six Sisters were ready and hope that they could leave accompanied by Bishop Mederlet, when he next returned to India. The coming of the FM A to the region was preceded by some women religious congregation who had started their presence at different centers with a specific attention to the needs of women and girls.
The six missionaries arrived at Guwahati on 8th December 1923 a significant day in the history of the Salesian mission. At Guwahati the missionaries, seeing the love with which the house had prepared for them, understood how much their presence had been desired. But they saw especially in the joy of the catholic population, who together with the Salesians and the pupils expressed their happiness through song, prayer and the gift of the simplest things made valuable by their gratitude. The sisters immediately set to organize themselves assuming the charge if the different missions. The Sisters began the visits to the villages, opened the oratory, dispensary and mobile clinic.The ultimate aim of the Sisters was always the salvation of souls. Whatever they did carried such an objectives as a final seal. Whether they spoke explicitly about God in the catechetical and religious instructions or assisted the sick, visited families and villages, taught in schools and training centers, looked after the orphans and boarding girls: everything ultimately spun around the axis of da mihi animas.
Right from the dawn f their presence in the region, the FMA collaborated in the mission of the church through a multifaceted service. It covered collaboration in the mission of evangelization through village touring catecheses and education of faith, professional formation of young women and others. The activities directly related to the evangelizing mission included the preparation if the catechumens, administering of Baptism especially in cases of the danger of death. The sister toured the villages far and wide and from many such rounds the returned to the house with children and girls to be educated and formed in accordance to the Christian principles. The tours entailed a lot of sacrifices of various characters requiring them to cover long distances on foot and experiencing hunger and thirst. Yet such difficulties were considered as mere trifles in comparison to the holy joy they experienced in making Christ known.
Health care services
The sisters regularly visited the civil hospital and approached the sick especially the dying, consoled and helped them prepare themselves to face death serenely speaking to them about God and Catholic faith. Their gentle approach and dedicated service were the main reasons for the request of their systemic presence and worked in the hospitals as staff nurses. The horror of war was closely witnessed by the sisters as they came in contact with the innocent people and the sisters shelter them in their houses. Beside the pitiful plight of the refugees, another face of the misery was seen in the suffering of the wounded soldiers, which presented another field of mission for the sisters.
At the time the FMA arrived in the region, education even at a primary level was still a privilege of a few townsfolk who could afford. The situation was worst still as regards the education of girls and women especially of rural areas. The FMA joined hand with the Loreto sisters and the Queen of missions as they furthered the project of education of the girls in the region. In response to the need the sisters opened formals schools for girls making a priority option for those of remote village who would otherwise have no access to education. The schools were principally in the local mediums.

The terrible epidemic of kala-azar and the deathly sting of many other diseases wiped away many adults and the children remain alone. Women constituted a more vulnerable category resulting in a great increase of orphans. The house of the sisters became a home to many orphans brought by the missionaries.

The oratory is one of the typical Salesian style of attracting and animating the young people. So was it for the first FMA who arrived in North East India. They began an oratory after two months of their arrival to the region. The children who frequented it were the young people if the first village visited by the sisters. Language was not a problem in conquering the hearts of the young.
The review of the first years of our presence in Northeast India triggers a challenge to all the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the region. We look to the past to draw inspiration capable of offering us a sure guideline in the continued journey of making Christ known in our region and renew our commitment to become signs and bearers of Gods foreseeing love.

Personal life : -
Language barrier
- Tendency to remain in our own comfort zones
- Lack of missionary courage of Da Mihi Animas.

Community life: -
 Thirst for Da Hihi Animas in our daily life, following the example of our Founders.
 Union with god and offering everything for the love of God and for our neighbour.

 Language barrier:
Not making effort in learning the language of the place so we cannot communicate Christ effectively to the people.
 Due to the influence of modern technologies (internet, TV, mobiles) youngsters have lost the sense of God, so it is a great challenge for is to bring them to a group life where authentic relationships are learned.
 Lack of creativity in the mission field.


The New Evangelization calls each one of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel” to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to the secularization”.
The New Evangelization is an opportunity, a pilgrimage (journey) to rediscover the joy and confidence of believing in the Triune God and to enthusiastically profess that faith as “a true encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ.
1. To strengthen one’s faith by reading, reflecting, meditating the Word of God and spending quality time with the Lord during the personal prayer moments and to animate the community prayer moments meaningfully with more life, creativity and fervor.
2. To feed oneself with positive thoughts, during the day sharing and talking about positive things.
3. To identify to whom we need to reach out within our community/locality/zone (Good apostolate can be done with the Catholic who are working in the Jesuit building)
4. To identify concrete ways to reach out to those whom we need to evangelize.
5. Make the people to read and share the Word of God during the Family visit.
6. To evangelize and re-evangelize through our visit to the hospitals.
7. Know the culture of the people to whom we are to evangelize.
Thank you,

St. Mary’s Convent
Guwahati-India (ING)

Dearest Mother General,
Miles away but our hearts are united with you and with every Daughter of Mary Help of Christians in love and gratitude. We, your sisters of Guwahati Province come to wish you a very ‘HAPPY FEAST’. The reflection and sharing on our first missionaries filled our hearts with gratitude to God Almighty and Our Blessed Mother for our Institute and we renew our commitment and fidelity. Evviva! La Madre!

Seed of faith sown in our soil yesterday:

The 1st batch of missionaries to North East, India arrived on 8th December 1923. They were Sr. Innocenza Vallino, Sr. Cecilia Da Roit, Sr. Clotilde Appiano, Sr. Maria Bricarello, Sr. Giulia Berra and Sr. Antonieta Rosetti were sent to Assam (North province of the “Crown Colony”)in order to care for the girls and provide them with integral formation and education. Crossing the seven seas and overcoming all odds the six sisters arrived in Assam and disembarked at Pandu safe and sound through the paternal protection of our Heavenly Father and the maternal vigilance of Mary our Mother, on the feast of Immaculate Conception. The courageous sisters put up untold difficulties due to tropical Climate, the new and strange culture, language, food habit, transportation etc with firm faith in the Lord. Ready to make any amount of sacrifices. Their sole aim was to establish and spread the Kingdom of God, their passion for souls. They nurtured vocation and today the North East have grown to three provinces namely Shillong (INS), Kolkatta (INK) and Guwahati (ING) with above 500 sisters. Within 90 years of the FMA presence in the region the vocation have grown. Today, the Guwahati Province have 218 sisters, working in four states Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. The cradle of the six valiant missionaries, the ‘St. Mary’s Convent’ today stand and shines in the city of Guwahati as one of the most sought after for the educational Institutions. We recall and follow the footsteps left by our Missionaries with Gratitude in our hearts and continue the mission with renewed commitment and fidelity to our Charism.
Challenges we encounter in living the faith in the community and the mission.
The challenges we find today are:
- Complexity and diversity of cultures, traditions, languages, religions.
- Lack of deep spirit of faith
- Less committed people
- Comfort seeking
- Individualistic
- Diversity tend to become a threat and not as enrichment.

On the other hand we find sisters enthusiastic, with strong will power to face the challenges. Ready to make sacrifices with ardent desire to spend life for God. We are encouraged to see the growth of local vocation, people are receptive and open to faith and evangelization.

New ways for an evangelization tomorrow:
- Openness to the signs of the time
- Commitment to updating oneself to meet the young.
- To be 100% committed and enthusiastic
- To be creative and daring
- To be broad-minded to the different traditions and groups – diversities.
- To be real missionaries in the footsteps of our first sisters.
- To be able to learn the new languages of the young – new in the methods, new form of presenting the Gospel of Joy
- Through our personal witnessing life.
- To be fully with the young.


In preparation for the celebration of World Gratitude Day 2013
• The seed of Faith sown in your land - yesterday.
We have received the seed of faith through ardent and zealous missionaries from Abroad. Europe and from other parts of India especially from the south. Many fervent and enthusiastic priest and religious had zealously sown the seed of faith through their exemplary life and tireless touring and sacrificing missionary activities to instruct, baptized and visit regularly. Their witnessing life, hard work and interest were inspiring.

• The challenges that your encounter to live faith in community and missions – today
 The growing influence of media culture on the individuals and its adverse impact.
 Work oriented attitude and activism tend to hamper the aspect of faith life or rather neglects faith aspect to certain degree.
 Lack of faith in accepting persons and events in our day to day life.
 Spirit of independence and individualism
 Lack of humility and obedience
 Craze for power and position
 Laxity in religious discipline and community acts.
 Weakening of sense of sin
 Generation gap etc. posed a challenge to the joyous living of the faith in our day to day living.
 Self centeredness rather than Christ centeredness
 Comfort seeking

 Lack of enthusiasm and routine way of carrying out the mission activities
 Negative influence of Media
 Materialistic mentality
 Nuclear family
 Lack of faith formation at home
 Inability to make effective use of the media in the mission to counteract its adverse effects posed a serious challenge to the relevance of our mission.
 Lack of witnessing life
 Lack of endurance and self sacrificing
 Lack of dedication
• The new ways of evangelization – Tomorrow.
 To counteract the negative influence of media by effective use of media in evangelization.
 Pay more attention to Family visits and participation in family events like birthday, marriage.
 Evangelize and strengthen the faith by our witnessing life.
 Give Media Education and Human rights Education to bring about greater awareness.
 Self evangelization through faith filled reading of Word of God and allowing it to challenge our life.

St. Mary’s Convent
Maligaon – Guwahati (ING)

 The seed of faith sown in your land – yesterday
Faith came to our land more than hundred years ago
The early missionaries who introduced faith faced:
- Opposition
- Threats
- Death
- Language barrier
- bad weather
- Struggles
- Hard-work
- Those who received faith were chased out from the village
- But the missionaries never gave up; they continue to share the good news.

 The challenges that we encounter to live faith in community and mission – today
- Taking our faith for granted
- Failing to approach people with love and compassion of Jesus.
Challenges in the Mission
- Difficulty to preach openly
- Language barrier
- Modernity, Urbanization and globalization have brought in their own problems. Migration of youth to urban areas, growing secular outlook, indifference to religion, and materialism resulting in consumerism are some of the consequences which adversely affect family life in our times.
- Families and the youth requiring more organized efforts.
- Pervasive influence of secularization in public life: in the area of politics, economics, social life, education, and media. We seem to be moving in a world in which God and spiritual values have no place.
- Ethnic conflicts, political violence, corruption, challenge to cultural values, rapid deforestation and land alienation

 The new ways of evangelization – tomorrow
- Sharing our faith by witnessing life
- Adult Catechesis
- Family catechesis/visits
- Sharing the Word by being agents of peace and love
- Solidarity with the suffering
- Use of modern technology.
- Communicate the message in an innovative way.
- Organize dramas, skits, role plays, story –telling, narrations, recitations and dances, etc.


Auxilium College Hostel, Jollang – Itanagar (ING)


• The seed of faith was sown only recently. It is in its adolescent stage
• Some daring Catholic missionaries like Prem Bai, Fr. CC Jose and Fr. Kolantime entered the Land inspite of the oppositions from the Government in the early 1990s. Christianity was open only recently
• Inspite of the persecutions the Church was very vibrant as in the days of the early Church
• Initially evangelization was done by the students studying in the Catholic Institutions in the nearby states like Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur received baptism and became missionaries of its state.
• They were opened to faith by receiving Baptism inspite of persecutions and restrictions by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh
• The Salesian Sisters arrived only in the year 2000
• Many became catholics & embraced Christianity just because the Government restricted the people from Christian faith.
• Evangelization was done through education, preaching the Word of God, healing, social work, health care, Christian solidarity and family visits.

• Shallow Faith which needs to be deepened as it is sometimes reduced to petty healings
• Some of the people who had been baptized in various Catholic institutions are deviated due to the pressure of their social cultures – polygamy, child marriage, slavery, revenge and Dao culture (knife culture), drinking, gambling, free sex, pre-marital sex, etc.
• Superstitious beliefs and traditional practices of religion especially Donyi Polo (Worship of the Sun and Moon)
• Influences of other religions like Hinduism, revivals, Buddhism, Baptists, etc.
• Low status of women even reduced to the worth of a mithun (State animal of Arunachal) where sometimes women are sold or bought.
• Culture of enjoyment and merry making – eating, drinking and sleeping and no thought for the future life
• Since the government woos them with plenty of money, people do not know the value of money and hard work or sacrifice. They already got the taste of easy money and cozy life style.
• No proper understanding of life and the real meaning of the love of God
• Instruct them to deepen their faith in God
• Catechize them on the meaning and importance of Sacraments
• Rectify all the marriage and instruct the young on the importance of holy marriage
• Bring back the baptized ones who had gone astray
• Evangelize their social culture with the Gospel values especially on the sanctity of marriage, sex and forgiveness
• Give integral education – intellectual, physical, moral, social, emotional and spiritual formation
• Re-evanglize the laps Christians and follow them like a Good Shepherd
• Build a good rapport with the Christian community through friendly & human approach prior to evangelization
• Instruct and empower the young women for they are the moulders of the families and of the society

The seed of faith sown in our land – Yesterday
- Direct evangelization
- Through education
- Health care
- Family visits
- Through the untiring work of the early missionaries
- Through the witnessing life of the priests, religious, catechists, laity proclaimers

The challenges that we encounter in living faith in the community and the mission- today.
- Due to multi religious beliefs
- Difficulty to see the person of Christ within the members of the community
- Comforts of today’s living tend to lead us away from religious values
- The enhancement of modern materialism made the people to divert their belief
- Extreme poverty lead to weaken their faith

The new ways of evangelization – tomorrow
- Social networking
- Frequent and faithful family visits
- Help others to become familiar with the Sacred Scripture and approach the sacraments




1. The seed of faith sown in your land – yesterday.
When Catholic missionaries came, contacted the tea Garden people and villages, and sowed the seed of Faith. The missionaries preached the Gospel and some people were very much interested, and expressed their desire to become Christians. As the years passed by, more number of people embraced Christianity. Christian Churches are established almost in every village and number of Catholic educational Institutions are built, as the seed of Faith is grown. The Catechists and village leaders are grown in number. Priests and Religious increase in number and various Congregations.
2. The challenges that we encounter to live the faith - today
Lack of prayer life,
Lack of Tolerance,
Non- acceptance,
Lack of knowledge
Lack of language,
Lack of Education,
Lack of trained personnel.
Sisters should be dynamic in sharing faith with others.
3. The ways of evangelization – Tomorrow.
Teach the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
Bible classes with new initiative using the means of mass media,
Encourage the reception of the sacraments especially Holy Eucharist and Confession,
Good nights on the Gospel,
Gospel Act out of the Sundays.
Involve women and youth directly in the Parish activities,
Give chance to the youth to learn Bible through different animations with the theme on “BIBLE”.


The seed of faith sown in your land – yesterday.
The first recorded contact with the Gospel that Manipur had was in 1844. A missionary from Dhaka (Bangladesh), namely, Fr. Freycenon came through the Surma Valley all the way upto the Naga Hills. He is said to have baptized two Naga women. Fr. Marcellenus Molz, the Salvatorian Missionary made some contact with the Nagas of Tamlu in 1908. It was after the coronation of Raja Churachand Singh that another Cathloic Missionary was allowed to visit Manipur. By and by many Missionaries made an attempt. Actual evangelization work began in Manipur only after the erection of the new Diocese of Dibrugarh in Assam, 1951 and Msgr. O. Marengo was elected its first Bishop. Fr. Aloysius Ravalico SDB, Bishop’s Secretary was asked to take care of Manipur. Among many missionaries to be remembered were Rev. Fr. Marocchino SDB, Fr. Ravalico SDB, Fr. Wollaston SDB, Bishop Orestes Marengo SDB, Fr. Peter Bianchi SDB, etc. It was Fr. Ravalico who pleaded Mother Catherine Mania, the Provincial to sent FMAs to Imphal “I am not going to move from here untill you promise to send the Sisters to Imphal very soon.” The wish was granted, Sr. Cleofe Fassa FMA and Sr. Cecilia Doyle FMA arrived on the 10th of February 1958 after a stormy flight. They open a school and conducted a very lively oratory and in later years actively participated in the pastoral activities especially during the holidays thus making a great impact on the faith life of Catholic population by touring the villages along with the laity.

The challenges that we encounter to live the faith – TODAY

  1. Unemployment
  2. Abuse of drugs
  3. Negative influence of drugs
  4. Loss of sense of sin
  5. Low morality
  6. Inability to cope up with the changing world.
  7. Broken families
  8. Competitive spirit leading to individualism
  9. Trend of survival of the fittest
  10. Craze for money, money power mentality
  11. Loss of the sense of God, of sense of spirit of sacrifice
  12. Lack of a father and a mother – homosextual made legal
  13. Parents – work oriented and alcoholics. No time to be with children which leads to moral degradation in children as well.

The ways of evangelization – TOMORROW

  1. Empower the BCC groups
  2. Give importance to Catechism and moral education in the School
  3. Ways and methods to be implemented to strengthen family union - moral education
  4. Give priority to parents and students counselling
  5. Family visits with better approach
  6. Sunday Schools to be animated in a creative way


St. Joseph’s Convent,
 Tezpur, Assam – ING

The Past:
Tezpur is beautiful town situated on the bank of mighty river Brahmaputra. The Catholic faith was first brought by Jesuit missionaries then by the Salvadorian missionaries. Some Catholics from Chotanagpur, then in Bihar were brought as catechists by the missionaries to care of the faith Adivasi Catholic people.
It was on June 1, 1932 Fr. A. Ravalico and Fr. Alessi two great Salesian missionaries accompanied by Mgr. Mathias. At their arrival in Tezpur Fr. Ravalico and Fr. Alessi stayed in a rented house and immediately began their work of evangelization with admirable zeal and enthusiasm. Fr. Alessi and Fr. Ravalico had been out in the villages touring for 225 days in this first year at Tezpur. As a result of it the number of Catholics increased to 48 communities, 33 of which had chapels. The same chapels served as schools during the week days. There were 16 permanent Catechists and 17 acting Catechists. Within a few years of the start of Tezpur mission the number of Catholics increased three fold. The priests, religious and catechists continued the work of evangelization vigorously through schools, village visits, regular touring, catechism classes, marriage training classes and oratories in different parts of the diocese.
On March 25, 1936 three first Italian fma missionaries arrived at Tezpur by steamer. They were Sr. Innocenza Vallino, Sr. Severina Schiappareli and Sr. Maria Rossini. These three missionaries too began their missionary activities as soon as they were in this historical land. In spite of the initial difficulties such as poverty, inconveniences and language problems they began immediately the work of evangelization in earnest. They started with a small Hindi medium school and toured regularly the villages in order to strengthen their faith. Even today we continue to follow our Catholics and help them to strengthen their faith through religious instructions, preaching and teaching. Every community a sister is dedicated to pastoral work.

The Challenges of our Mission at Present:
Poverty is one of the main challenges , Illiteracy,
Drinking, alcoholism and drug addiction
Insurgency, Ethnic problems,  Multi-lingual, religious fanaticism
Lack of witnessing life on the part of Christians and religious.
Many denominations

New ways of Evangelization tomorrow:
Educational work
Developmental work, health care and humanitarian out reach etc.
Catechesis and Faith formation by using modern technologies such as communication media. TV, VDO etc. for faith formation.
Regular Catechism classes in the villages as well as in our educational institutions and through studies of Bible in a deeper manner.
By Net working with other religious congregations and by joint venture for follow up pastoral works
By taking care of the Christian families through regular Family visits and Couples for Christ programs and by forming Small Christian Community in order to help them to strengthen their faith.