2022 International Women’s Day at Bethany Sahodaya, Mangaluru
Mangaluru, March 10: Internationalwomen’s day was celebrated at Sahodaya Bethany Seva Kendra, a wing of Bethany Social Service Trust ® Bendur, Mangalore on 10 March2022 in Pushpalaya Hall Bethany Mother House.
Rev Sr Rose Celine the Superior General/ President of Bethany Social service trust ® presided over the function. Mrs Ravathi the Police Inspector from Women’s Police station, Pandeshwar was the resource person. Sr Shanthi Priya the Secretary of Bethany Social Service Trust and Director of Sahodaya inaugurated the program by lighting the diya. Sr Mariette BS and Sr Sandhya BS, General Councillors and trustees of Bethany Social Service Trust were the chief guests, Sr Cleopha the Administrator, Mother House, Sr Anitha Shnathi the Superior of Mother House, Sr Leena D’Costa the program Coordinator, Mrs Sandya the President of Sahodaya Mahila Okkuta were present on the dais.
Mrs Ravathi the Police inspector spoke on the day’s theme ‘Gender EqualityToday for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ by explaining she said that the development of the women talents and abilities help them to get their rights of every woman and development in every walk of life. She shared her life experience and enlightened women on various issues.
As Sr Rose Celine has been re- elected as Superior General by the XVII General chapter of The Congregation of the sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany Mangalore, she will continue to be the President of the Bethany Social Service Trust®. The General Councillors, Sr Shanthi Priya, Sr Mariette, Sr Santhosh Maria, Sr Sandhya and Sr Violet D’Souza, the Procurator General will be the treasurer. On this special occasion the trustees were honored and felicitated by Sr Leena D’Costa the program coordinator. Bethany federation leaders with an appreciation and gratitudeand wished them well for their future endeavors.
Sr Rose Celine in her presidential address appreciated women leaders for the progress they have made in their life, improving their economic status by taking up the self-employment activities, starting small business and receiving the respect and honor in the family and the society. She gave a befitting message and encouraged women to continue to be the agents of change in the challenging world of today. She called on women to appreciate oneself and others as empowered women.
Federation members, domestic workers and Sisters participated in the program. Domestic workers with their prayer dance invoked God’s blessings at the very outset. Students from St Sebastian HPS performed welcome dance. Self-help group women took part in a song. Bethany Junior Sisters felicitated the women with their greeting song. A variety of games were conducted to the women and winners were awarded with attractive prizes.
Mrs Sunitha, the office bearer of the federation welcomed the gathering, Ms Ranjini proposed vote of thanksto all those who were present for the program. Mrs Manjula and Mrs Anita compered the program. Senior editor of Sahodaya MsRonhini, Sahodaya staff, Mrs Nalini Shetty, Federation and SHG members, Sisters and domestic workers were present. All were served breakfast and delicious meal.