Angel Home inaugurated in Dimapur


Dimapur, October 9: The blessing and inauguration of the Rehabilitation Centre named “Angel Home” added another feature to the services that the Catholic Church, Diocese of Kohima renders to the people of Nagaland.
Angel Home is a day care centre (to begin with) for those people who are differently abled. It is situated at Signal Angami Village and is run by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of Angels (FSMA).
It has been a long felt need to have a full fledged care centre for those children who are differently abled (disabled or handicapped in the traditional terms). The Catholic Church runs such centers in different part of the country.
Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, the bishop of Kohima, has been exploring possibilities of having such a centre in Nagaland as well since Nagaland has many children with different types of differently abled people, who due to their inability in one area do not get an opportunity to develop their abilities in other areas of their life.
The Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of Angels, who collaborate in the mission of the Church in three parishes in Nagaland (Kidima, Khusam and Atoizu) came forward to build and run such a centre in Dimapur.
Rev. Sr. Cyrilla FSMA, the Superior General of the Congregation inaugurated the building by cutting the ribbon and lighting the lamp along with Sr. Samina, the Provincial Superior and Bishop James Thoppil. The Bishop then said the prayer of blessing and blessed the new house and celebrated the Holy Eucharist, which was followed by a short felicitation program and common meal.
The occasion was blessed by the presence of Rev. Sr. Cyrilla, the Superior General along with Rev. Sr. Joanna, the Vice General Superior and their councillors, Rev. Sr. Samina, the Provincial Superior with her councillors, many FSMA Sisters working in Nagaland and Assam, many Sisters and Fathers from in and around Dimpur and the village representatives and invitees.
The Bishop in his homily said that the Angel home will manifest to the people in the periphery, the least and lost, and to the society at large a loving, the caring, compassionate and serving face of God, who does not abandon but equip those with differently abled to discover and perfect hidden abilities in them. The whole program was anchored by Rev. Sr. Tejhonu.
Presently the Angel home will function only as day care centre for people who are differently abled. Gradually it may extend residential and full time care. Those who are interested may contact Sr. Riya.
(Page News Service)