Inter Province On-going Formation Program

The Inter-Province On-going Formation Programme, held from October 15th to October 28th, 2023, at Nirmala Dhyana Sadan in Athvelly-Medchal, Telangana, South India, was a significant gathering for 59 sisters from Asian

provinces (Amravati – 06, Pune – 08 Trichy – 12, Madurai – 12, Sri Lanka -01, Kolkata –  07, Angamaly  04, Guwahati – 08, Tenali – 1). The theme of the program was “Awakening to our call to be Missionary Disciples.”

The Programme was skillfully organized by Sr. Mary Pinto, the Provincial of Amravati, and Sr. Helen Daisy, the Provincial of Tenali. Assisting them in this endeavor were their secretaries, Sisters Lydia and Sunitha. Their dedication and commitment were instrumental in ensuring the success of the program.

The program commenced with a solemn inaugural ceremony. A procession by the participants added a touch of reverence to the occasion. During the procession, one participant from each province carried placards representing their respective provinces followed by a short prayer service. This symbolic gesture symbolized unity and diversity, emphasizing the shared mission of the congregation.

Sr Mary Pinto, Provincial of Amravati welcomed the participants followed by ice breaker activities to foster a sense of community and familiarity among participants. A reflective session led by Fr Edison Fernandes, SDB focusing on individual life journeys and spiritual growth. Fr Luke Rodrigues, SJ, conducted a workshop on discernment and its practical application in daily life.

A day dedicated to relaxation, leisure, and exploration of the local surroundings. This outing aimed to provide a break from the program’s routine and promote a sense of camaraderie among participants.

Sr. Jiji Mathew, SCC led a session on self-management, offering insights into being resourceful, emotional control, and stress. management.

Sr. Saveri Saverimuthu, SCC explored the concept of being a missionary disciple from the life of our founders and the early sisters. She discussed the challenges and opportunities in this role.

The organizing team led a session for the evaluation of the program, providing participants with an opportunity to share their feedback and insights. The program concludes with a closing prayer, marking the end of the Inter-Province On-going Formation Programme.

Sr Bridget Chelladurai

Province of Trichy

Blessing of RAPHA Clinic HCC Centenary Project – Heal @ 10

“The blessing Ceremony of the HCC Centenary Project – Holy Cross College RAPHA Health Centre-Heal @Rs.10 in Collaboration with GVN Hospital, Trichy was on 15th August 2023 Tuesday at Maria Villa Block, Holy Cross College Hostel, Trichy. The Programme began invoking God’s blessings with a Prayer Song, Bible Reading and Prayer by the Sisters of the Cross. Rev. Sr. Dr. Isabella Rajakumari, the Principal welcomed the august gathering and Rev. Sr. Dr. Lourdu Mary Academic Co-ordinator and Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Science shared the significance of RAPHA Project stating that this initiative will help in providing quality healthcare to marginalized communities and break the cycle generational health issues and leading to a brighter future for the individuals and their families.

RAPHA-healthcare infrastructure would act as a frontline defense against health challenges for our own Students, Staff and the larger communities. They can reduce the burden on hospitals by handling less critical cases, allowing hospitals to focus on more complex medical needs. RAPHA would provide cost-effective health care options, especially for those who are uninsured or underinsured. It aims to offer a range of service at a lower cost, making healthcare more accessible to a broader population. Rev. Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, Provincial, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Tiruchirappalli felicitated and appreciated the noble venture which will be functionally useful to address healthcare gaps, improve health outcomes, promote community well-being, reduce disparities, offer affordable care, and contribute to the overall development of a healthy society. It is an investment in the present and future health of the community.

Dr. V. Senthil, M. S. Ortho, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Director, GVN Group of Hospitals, Trichy also rendered the felicitation recollecting the memories of his Grandfather Dr. Viswanthan and father Dr. Jeyapal who have been an instrumental in providing medical services in an age old dispensary called Hosanam Dispensary since the 1970’s along with the commendable service of Rev. Sr. Augusta, Rev. Sr. Mary Jacob and Rev Sr. Amendine. Thus having started as a Dispensary today it has become a Heath Centre to provide significant benefits to both the Students and staff of the College as well as the General Public.

“The HCC RAPHA Clinic with well-equipped infrastructure for initial medical consultation was opened by Rev. Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, Provincial in the presence of Rev. Sr. Lilly Mary David, Mother Superior, Rev. Sr. Dr. Anne Xavier Secretary, Rev Sr. Dr. Isabella Rajakumari, Principal, all other Sisters of the Cross, Staff and Students of the Department of Audiology Speech Language pathology and DMLT. Rev. Fr Msgr. L. Anthuvan, Vicar General, Diocese of Tiruchirappalli recited the blessing prayer and blessed the entire clinic by sprinkling Holy Water.

Dr. Senthil to begin with examined a few students with ailments and prescribed medicines. The Audiological screening was done by the Audiologist and blood typing was performed for those requested by the DMLT Technicians. Dr. R. Sundaresan, Head, Department of Audiology Speech Language pathology thanked everyone who contributed to RAPHA become a reality in the campus of Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli.

Sr Lourdes Arockiasamy
Holy Cross Convent, Fort

Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated Life

Multiculturalism in practice is simply an expression of God’s creativity. We are called unconditionally to embrace the differences among us. A two day session on Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated life was organized for the sisters in the Province of Trichy on 3rd and 5th June 2022 at Fort by Rev. Bro. Dr. Paulraj SG. Montfort Brother of St. Gabriel. He is the Principal of Vidhya Deep College, Bangalore. Refocusing SCC towards a relevant Consecrated Life, focusing on the strength of the Province and appreciative inquiry, Difference is expected, respected and encouraged so that every sister can be productive, innovative and achieve to their fullest potential were dealt on the first day.

The inspirational capsules:
  • Charism based renewal, Redesigning the formation, Learning from our history, Transparency and accountability.
  • Centre your life on Christ, Centre your mission on poor, Return to your Charism.
To Ponder:
  • Every one smiles in the same way, why not same language?
  • Do we carry the structures or the structures carry us?
  • What am I doing that my Province would like me to do more of or less of?
Questions for group discussions:
  • Share about the culture of SCC Congregation. According to you what were the main aspects of the culture around which your Congregation emerged and grew up?
  • What is our Congregation culture? Define its different characteristics?
  • How is our Congregational culture being expressed concretely in the day today life of our sisters in the communities and in the Province of Trichy?

Multiculturalism doesn’t mean numerical but encouraging together and giving space for everyone. All of us are born into a particular culture. We are culturally embedded. Every culture is internally plural.

Need for Inter Cultural Living in Consecrated life:

Sense of belonging based on shared commitment. Commitment to the integrity and wellbeing. Attachment is the root cause for everything. All the members of the province must feel wanted, significant and secure. Differences that are nurtured lead to diversity and diversity that is celebrated is the spring board for creative change within our lives. Follow up actions were drawn for personal, community and at Province level. These two days session was enlightening, inspiring and helped us for our Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated Life

Orientation Program of the First year Juniors

The orientation Program for the First Year Junior sisters was held from 2nd to 13th October 2021. We had the inaugural Mass on 3rd at 7.00 am at Kattupatti near (Viralimalai) by Fr. Sujin OCD and Fr. Antony OCD from Manikandam. The theme for the orientation program was "Miracles happen when God mixes with us". To mark the significance of the day, we planted the Mango saplings in front of the house in responding to the call of Pope Francis "Care for the common home" and the CCROP commission celebrating the season of creation.

Vision, Mission and Charism of the Congregation, Meditation and contemplation, Spiritual accompaniment and accountability, health and hygiene, Eco Spirituality, Ignatian way and the paradigm of Ignatius, Art of cooking and hospitality, Auto therapy measures and acupressure, Social response in view of COVID 19, Art of accounting and personal auditing were the topics dealt during the programme. The junior sisters had an enriching experience to grow in the spirit of the Congregation and their consecrated life. The program came to an end with the sharing by the participants, evaluation and prayer.

The juniors returned their community with the spirit of enthusiasm to carry on the good work they have begun with the inspirational caption" Holding your hand Lord I take my step".

Sr. Amala SCC

Junior Mistress Province of Trichy


The province of Trichy celebrated the Golden Jubilee of our dear sisters Juliet Soosainathan, Ruby raj, and Borgia Michael with a lot of gravity on 3rd January 2021. The august assembly gathered for the solemn Eucharistic celebration to thank the Almighty for the inestimable gift of their life and precious religious vocation which was indeed a journey of fidelity. Rev. Fr. Michael Raj from St. Paul Seminary was the main celebrant along with four more priests who were the special invitees.

The celebration started with the welcoming of the Province Animator Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj followed by garlanding and the procession accompanied by the little flower girls. They were felicitated by Srs. Julie Kulandaisami, Arockia Mary Soosaimanickam and Dhanamary Manickam. The theme of the celebration was “His goodness shall follow me to the end of my days”. Sr. Juliet thanked the group.

Everyone was excited to see the three kings appearing from far to greet the Jubilarians. They were quite fabulous in their costumes, with the star and message in their hands. We thank the Jubilarians for their generous service to the Congregation in different places to various people. The celebration ended with the cutting of the cake followed by the festive meal. Everything was set right by the systematic plan of Srs. Sathiya Selvi and Amali.

Sr.Arokia Mary, Novitiate

Province of Trichy.

Silver Jubilee Celebration of ‘POWER’ at Viralimalai, Tamilnadu

30th December 2020 marked an awesome day in the history of ‘POWER’ the Social Centre at Viralimalai as it celebrated the 25th year of it’s birth. Jubilee year is a year of thanksgiving to the Almighty God who blessed immensely with showers of light and encouragement to delve into the untrodden paths in creating the space for the last and least in the society.

POWER stands for Participation and Organisation of Women for Empowering Rural India. This social centre was started on 5th July 1995 by Rev. Sr. Josephine Chinnarani, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Province of Trichy, in view of women empowerment among the illiterate and rural women.


The main aim is to organise the rural women to SHG (self-help groups) and make them participate or participant of their own development – economically, socially and culturally. This development includes not only the women but also their children since they are the future citizens of our country. Hence we have study centers for the children in our project area.

The celebrations began with the blessing of newly built Claudine Training Hall by Fr. S. Melchior, the Par ish priest, Viralimalai, and cutting of the Ribbon by Rev. Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the provincial of the province of Trichy. 25 years is not just a stone to cross over rather it has taken lots of hurdles.

The great and awaited events of the Jubilee celebration began by invoking the presence of God with the multi-religious symbols and the lighting of the lamp. The chief guest of the day Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the provincial of the Province of Trichy, the speaker Mrs. S. Sundaravalli the Social activist, the guest of honor Rev. Sr. I. Josephine Chinna Rani, the director of SOC SEAD and the founder of ‘POWER’, Rev.Fr. Paul Mike, the director of IDEAS, Madurai, Rev. Fr. Eugene, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Trichy and Mr.M Palaniyappan, the businessman, Viralimalai were warmly welcomed by Rev. Sr. Jeyarani the Director of POWER. All the invitees were honoured with a shawl and a Momento.

The highlights of the day’s programme were the release of the Silver Jubilee souvenir, screening of a fabulous documentary to the audience, release of the flag for POWER Social Centre and the cash of Rs.1,50,000/- for the education of the poor children handed over to Sr.Jeyarani, the director by the women federation of POWER.

The Children of POWER entertained the audience with their colourful cultural performance like Kummi, kolattam, Thappattam, songs, dances and skit on the theme ‘love one another’. The jubilee celebration ended with distribution of coconut saplings to 1200 women. May the silver bells continue to ring in the minds and hearts of the poor and the downtrodden of the society through POWER to witness the Golden years.


The province meet of the province of Tiruchirappalli for 2018 -19 was held on July 27, 2019. The day began with invoking the presence of God with a meaningful and inspiring prayer by the sisters of Namakkal community.

Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, Provincial Superior, set the tone for the day with a cordial welcome with a thought provoking inaugural address.  It was delightful to see the newly professed sisters becoming the stars of the day during the opening ceremony with the colourful welcome as they take part in the province assembly for the first time.

The Province Report was presented by Sr. Regie Chinnappan, Provincial Secretary through video presentation followed by Bursar’s Report by Sr.Vimala Singarayar, Provincial Bursar through powerpoint presentation. Various commission Reports were presented by coordinators of each commission through Video and Power Point presentations. The timely intervention of the sisters with their appreciation and comments after the report of each commission was enriching and enlightening.

Mr. Jinna gave a talk on “Personal Health Care” through one-touch therapy, using which diseases can be cured without taking drugs. He shared his experiences through video clippings of different stages of patients getting cured through his one touch therapy.

The Junior sisters kept the congregation alive and active with their Action Songs and Quiz from Family Annals by the MCs (Sr.Amutha and Sr.Dhanam Mary) of the day.

To cap it all, Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj addressed the gathering again. In her address she appreciated the sisters for their tireless commitment and hard work in living the patrimony of the Congregation and for carrying out the ministries entrusted to them with utmost care. The areas we need to look into also were highlighted and brought into notice. Sr. Jyothi thanked the sisters for the arrangements made to make the day meaningful.

The Holy Cross Anthem, which is dear to the heart of each member of the Congregation, was sung at the close of the Province meet.



The celebration of the 10 years of successful completion of the annual meet of Lay Associates (2008-2018) was conducted on 10th March 2019, from 9.00am to 4.00pm at Sophie’s Hall, Holy Cross College, Trichy. There were 110 Lay Associates from 13 Units.

The first session began with a meaningful prayer in which the significance of milestones and the activities of the yester years (2008-2018) were brought out by the Butterworth Unit. Followed by an hour of reflection shared by Rev.Sr.Mary Johnsi Amaldas on the topic “Joyful Witnesses of Christ’s Mission” and 19 God’s abundant graces from the book of Hosea”.

There was a group sharing on the obstacles in reading the Word of God followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration was celebrated by Reverend Father Marianus Isaac for the milestones as God had travelled with our lay associates during ten long years. During the Eucharistic celebration 14 Lay Associates renewed their promises.

We had the presentation of Annual Reports followed by felicitation. Our provincial Rev.Sr.Jyothi Selvaraj and the golden Jubilarians – the President Mr & Mrs.Joseph Raj Rosebel were honoured. The day came to an end with the Unit wise photo session.

Sr.Amalorpavam Louis, Co ordinator, Commission for Lay Associates


Annual Meet of the Holy Cross Lay Associates was held on 17th Sep. 2017, at Holy Cross College, Fort, Trichy. 102 lay associates attended the meeting. The day was inaugurated with the Holy Eucharist Celebrated by Rev.Fr.Micheal John SJ. with the significant liturgy prepared by the members of three units – Cantonment, Plani and Namakkal.

The elected office bearers were presented and their duties were delivered to the group in the presence of Sr.Savari Savarimuthu, the provincial councillor in charge of the commission for lay associates.

The theme of the day was “குடும்ப வாழ்வில் மகிழ்வும், மனநிறைவும்”. Rev.Fr.Micheal John SJ. animated the group on the theme of the day and cocluded with the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The session came to an end with the fellowship meal.