Nagaland Catholic Women’s Association (NCWA) organized three-day seminar on women empowerment from June 25-27at Mount Tabor Retreat House, Jotsoma-Kohima.
Speaking on the topic “empowerment of women for peace and development” Dr. Rose Mary Dzüvichü emphasized that women should recognize and fight for their rights. Women play a key role in peace building politically, socially and economically, she added.
Dwelling on the theme “the importance of confession and the power of absolution” Rev. Fr. Vimedo said that sin can be forgiven by priests in the name of God. According to him women are a priority and key to human family and the Kingdom of God.
Rita Chaya deliberated on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) gender policy for empowerment of catholic women highlighting the importance of gender equality and giving prominent roles to women in the church.
Addressing the assembly on women’s health Rev. Sr. Rita Miasalhou said, “Healthy women give birth to healthy children. Since our health is in our hands we should, as far as possible, eat organic food and be very careful when it comes to medication without proper prescription. Rev. Fr. Abe presented a paper on the “Mystery of the Eucharist and the Faith of the Catholics.
During the seminar the NCWA came up with concrete plans for 2016: to organize retreat/seminar at parish-level for women/men and youth; to recommend to the diocese of Kohima to form a committee on gender policy and to create awareness for clean elections.
Apart from the above mentioned resource persons, Rev. Fr. L. John spoke on the significance of Eucharistic Adoration. He said there are three types of prayers: vocal prayer, meditation and contemplation. The Thanksgiving Eucharist on the concluding day was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Solomon Vizo and Rev. Fr. Peter Salew sdb.