In the fall of 2006, I had the wonderful privilege of being the Marianist Sister who was in Ranchi, India to welcome our first community of Marianist Sisters in India. It was truly a thrilling moment for me! I had just finished up a semester of teaching at the Marianist College in Bangalore in South India and traveled north to visit the Marianist Novitiate in Ranchi so I could be there to welcome the sisters. Seeing them come through the doors of the Ranchi airport was watching the history of the Marianist family unfold. I could hear Adele saying “Let us be willing to go to the ends of the earth…!” Here were four sisters from three countries who were willing to leave homes and ministries to develop the FMI foundation in India. I was moved to tears.
How all this will unfold in the coming months and years is very much dependent on grace and the circumstances of life that we FMI’s will encounter along the way in India. But it’s clear to me that it’s a blessing that now the Marianist Family is more “complete” in India – having three branches represented – the Society of Mary, the lay Marianists who exist both in south and north and now the Sisters. It’s always been my belief that we are at our best as a family when we are able to collaborate in carrying on Mary’s mission. For a week – while I was still in India and before Sr. Marie Joelle, our Superior General returned to Rome – there were six Marianist Sisters from five countries in India. For me that was a lived expression of the global embrace of the Marianist family and it was absolutely thrilling to be a part of it!