Community of Dominican Sisters
Dominican Sisters of the Presentation being faithful to Mary, Model of fidelity and of gift, the spirit of St. Dominic and the vision of Blessed Marie Poussepin have come forward to answer to the signs of the time in the society to bring families to God and God to the families bringing renewal and commitment. Family is a gift of God and the original cell of the society. Family is the sacred altar of couples where love and life is shared and reaches its fullness. Children are the supreme gift of marriage and the fruit of the moral, spiritual, and supernatural life is extended from parents to children. Youth are the powerhouse of the society. If trained well, their abilities can be used for the growth and development of the society. To help all the families to become like Holy Family of Nazareth where commitment to their vocation as husband and wife is nurtured and valued is the aim of Jeevadhara Family Renewal Centre.
The State in which our first sisters planted the Charism of Blessed Marie Poussepin in Indian Soil. Kerala, a small coastal state with green and lustious vegetation, a land of coconuts and paddy fields, rivers and back waters, a land of festivals and rich cultural heritage welcomed our first sisters in the year 1971. Kuttikad, a Forane Parish which lies below the hilly and forest boundary of Trichur district belongs to the diocese of Irinjalakuda. It is 22 Kms away from the Diocesan headquarters.
Jeevadhara : The stream of life, which began to flow in 1971 continues its journey with ever more enthusiasm to its destiny. Even though the care for the sick was the original project of Jeevadhara, over the years it has evolved. The Charism of Marie Poussepin is kept alive with the same spirit and channeled through various ministries. United in love and strengthened by the Word and Bread the sisters are sent forth to their various ministries.
Following the example of Blessed Marie Poussepin who dedicated herself to educate the poor girls of her time, Jeevadhara opened its doors for young girls who due to financial or other reasons are unable to continue their education. They find a home away from home in Jeevadhara. They continue their study in St. Sebastians’s High School Kuttikad.
Reading the signs of the time and recognizing the call of the Church, community collaborates with the diocese and other congregations in rendering the services to the poor through Apex Voluntary Agency for Rural Development (AVARD), care for the sick through St. James Hospital Chalakudy, Education of the youth through St. George’s High School Pariyaram. Service to the Parish includes teaching of Catechism, animation of Basic Christian Communities and pious associations, family visits, visits to the sick and suffering. Tutoring weaker students of the area, spoken English classes for the youth, family counseling are various ways the community reaches out in service. Community fosters vocation by welcoming young women who are desirous of following the Charism of Blessed Marie Poussepin. Province of India ventured into Family apostolate through Jeevadhara Family Renewal Center. The inauguration was on 28th May, 2005. Family is a gift of God and it is the basic factor of the society. Family is the Altar of Sacrifice of the couples where love and life becomes one. The differences in the personalities of husbands and wives, the difficulties in understanding and accepting one another, lack of vision about the human relationships have brought families into a conflicting atmosphere. Therefore, the love relationships of husbands and wives, their enthusiasm, commitment and stability of the families are at a crucial point. It is our duty to open our eyes to this great need in the society and respond with ever greater love and commitment.
Jeevadhara Family Renewal Center aims at deepening the commitment of couples to each other, to their children and the society thus transforming their families into Holy Family.
The “family” is truly the school of humanity. (Gaudium et spes, 52) as it is the essential agent for evangelization. According to CCC 2204 in a Christian family ecclesial communion is revealed and realized and therefore it can be called a domestic Church. It is a community of faith, hope and love. It is the communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created man out of love also calls him to love-the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman are created for one another. “it is not good that man be alone”. The women “flesh of his flesh” i.e., his counterpart, his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him as a helpmate, a representation of God himself from whom comes our help. They are no longer two, bur one flesh. Family is a gift of God and the original cell of the society. Family is the sacred altar of couples where love and life is shared and reaches its fullness. The personality differences, the wrong impressions of relationship, the influence of mass media, inability to understand and accept one another creates a lot of problems leading to the deterioration the familial relations. It also brings in splitting up of the love relationship of the couples, weakening of their commitment and the unity and the integrity of family is threatened. To help all the families to become like Holy Family of Naratheth where commitment to their vocation as husband and wife is nurtured and valued is the aim of Jeevadhara Family Renewal Centre.
Children are the supreme gift of marriage and the fruit of the moral, spiritual, and supernatural life is extended from parents to children. A person’s personality is developed early years of growth. There for it is very important that the children are formed and moulded in the Christian values. Youth are the powerhouse of the society. Reasoning and questioning are the marks of this stage of growth. If trained well, their abilities can be used for the growth and development of the society. What profit does a man profit, if he gains the whole world and looses his soul. What can he give in return of his soul? (Mt. 16:26). Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life; there is no price one can give to God for it. For the ransom of life is costly and, and can never suffice (Ps. 49: 7& 8). The value and worth of a human soul is very well depicted here. Today’s world gripped by the worldly attractions and pulling is torn apart. Selfishness, individuality, egoism rules the world. One looks at only one’s profit and the other is looked upon as a commodity. Jesus’ view is very different. He sees the persons as the heavenly father’s children. God shared his own very nature with us and later he took our nature to redeem us. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for ones’ friends.
Dominican Sisters of the Presentation is a congregation deeply rooted in the Dominican spirituality founded by Blessed Marie Poussepin under the patronage of Our Lady of the Presentation. To love the fellow human beings and help them to reach God the ultimate goal of any human being through prayer and service is the motto of ours. Through the family renewal and restoration, Jeevadhara Family Renewal Centre achieves this goal. The main focus of our retreat centre is the renewal of families realized through couples’ retreat, youth retreat, children’s retreat, singles& widows’ retreat, Marian retreat, Night vigil etc.
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