Holy Family Secular Group Jaffna
In 1973, the General Council of the Apostolic Group came on a visit to Sri Lanka from Rome to meet the recruits of the Secular Group. They were Sr. Marie Paule Chauvin, Srs. Mary Slaven, Madeline Blais and Melanie Fernando. The Provincial at that time was Sr. Eulalie Gabriel.
At that time there were 30 who aspired to life this way of life but only three turned up to meet the General Council. Sr. Justina Kanapathy, introduced the Group and the General Council members briefed them about the Secular Group and its way of life. Sr. Helen A’Kattar was put in charge of their formation.
On 29th June 1977, Miss Parmeswary Kandiah made her First Commitment.
On 15th August 1977 Miss Benedicta Andresupillai made her First Commitment.
On 17th February 1978, Miss Concenciamma Nicholapillai made her first Commitment.
While they were in Retreat guided by Sr. Justina Kanapathy, for the 2nd time Sr. Mary Slaven, Madeleine Blais and Sr. Pushpam (Silveria) met them at the Retreat House. In 1979 Fr. Rajaretnam preached a Retreat at the ‘Ark’, Uduvil, the members of the Colombo Province met at Uduvil and Sr. Helen was with us.
In 1980 Benedicta attended the Secular meeting at the Holy Family Generalate in Rome. Miss Maria Rosa Mirabell was elected as Superior General of the Secular Group with her Councillors.
The first General Assembly was held in Martillac in August 1986 and the following members participated: Miss Prameswar Kandiah, Miss Pathmasekari Mariaretnam, Miss Benedicta Andresupillai .
In 1988, the following members participated in the Formation Session: Miss Benedicta Andresupillai, Miss Imelda Swakimpillai and Miss Concenciamma Nicholapillai.
The second General Assembly in 1991, the participants were: Miss Benedicta Andresupillai, Miss Pathmasekari Mariaretnam, Gnanamalar Saminathar.
In 2010, General Assembly the following members participated- Miss Benedicta Andresupillai, Miss Arulsothy Denis and Miss Gnanamalar Kanagaratnam.
As General Councillor of the Secular Group, Miss Benedicata Andresupillai has participated in Council meetings in Rome, South Africa and Martillac. We had our Annual Retreat from 17th -22nd August and Sr. Bonaventine Bastian was our animator for 2010 and 2011. Study Sessions were conducted thrice a year, before the war we had it together but during the war in Jaffna and Vavuniya.
Every first Saturday of the month they meet for a day of recollection in a c onvenient place like Jaffna, Madhu, Mannar and Vavuniya.
The following sisters have journeyed with them 1973 to this day Srs. Helen A’Kattar, Jusitna Kanapathy, Pushpam Gnanapragasam, Carmelita Ambrose, Martha Joseph, Virigini Croos, Arul Mathesupillai, Ancilla James, Yolande Mathias and Bonaventine Bastian and still they continue help us with recruitment of new members, animation and encourage us and journey with us to this day. At present the there are 10 Finally committed, 1 Temporary Commitment, 2 in Formation. The Miss Pathmasekari Mariaretnam is responsible for the Jaffna Group.