Saturday, February 22, 2020

Retreat for St. Michael's Adoration Monastery, Meymemsingh, Bangladesh

From Dinajpur to Meymemsingh 10 hours journey by road was a unique esperience...the drivers don't  drive but they literally fly...the roads are pretty good but a lot repair work is on but the drivers have no patience,,,,I was literally carrying my heart in mouth....so terrified....and to add to all this is the honking which is never ending...noise pollutions besides the normal air pollution.....
 The country side is beautiful....all green ...paddy cultivation....a lot of ponds for breeding the fish....
 Meymesingh is quite big city....very crowded......the Catholic population is sizeable,.....
 St. Michael's monastery is 82 years old....
 The monastery is quite spacious....
 The garden and surroundings are beautiful

 The long and silent corridors....
 24 young and old sisters, very active and vibrant .....
 Very much interested to study about Franciscan spirituality

 Fr. Jerome D'Souza from the province of St. Fidelis of Lucknow...is their chaplain....he is here for last 12 years....lives in the bishop's house which is just right opposite the Monastery





Thursday, February 20, 2020

Retreat for the St. Clare's Adoration Monastery, Dinajpur ends!!!!!!!

 Exchanging peace and reconciliation with one another.....all smiles after one week's intense retreat....
 Young and old sisters embrace and exchange sisterly warmth to live the Charism
 God loves us as we are so we need to love and accept one another as we are

 what we are before God, nothing more and nothing less....what we are is what God accepts....
 No prentensions in the presence of the Lord

 We are strengthened and renewed by the spirit of Francis and Clare

 All smiles on the face of the sisters and the guide





 Visited a 300 year old Temple....beautiful.....it is circular...on the wall you can see all the deities of Hinduism are depicted...a wonderful temple.....
 A Home parish of one of the priests of the diocese....

 Bishop's House Dinajpur , I was invited for Lunch by the Bishop/.....
 simple but beautiful Cathedral....

 A marian shrine run by the PIME priests.....they have been missionaries in this part of Bangladesh