On September 17, 1950, the first missionary expedition of The Missionary Society with destination to Surat-Gujarat was out. The first community was to be in charge of Surat’s leprosy hospital.
Our communities are in two states: Gujarat y Maharashtra.
“THE BOARDING”. At present we have 198 Adivasi girls of the Rathwa tribe. They all study at the Salesian school, from the 6th to the 12th Std. The sisters, with the support of three teachers, are in charge of it. The aim is to provide girls of this tribe to have access to a complete and integral education. On Sundays all the girls have talks on values, sports, crafts, etc.“SOCIAL WORK IN THE RURAL AREAS”. Following structures that are promoted either by the government or by other institutions. “SELF HELP GROUPS”: they try to teach adivasi women to defend their rights and save money to have more autonomy. “DEFENSE OF THE RIGHTS OF THE FARMERS”: the organization encourages, mutual collaboration and solidarity as means to obtain a legal ownership document of their property.
In the same compound of the Regional House, we have a hostel for young Adivasi (tribal) pre-university girls. At present there are 57 girls, of which 23 are Catholic.SNEHANJALI has always been the Regional House and a house where the sisters of the missions who come from out are received. Since a few years, it has also been the community of the elderly and sick sisters.
BANDRA IS A CITY OF BOMBAY where, over the centuries, the Catholic Church has become an Institution. In 1575 the "Church of St. Andrew" was built, one of the first in Bombay, to which the community of Monteville belongs and in which it participates very actively. The sisters give catechesis, accompany families, apostolate with neighbours, visit them, take communion to those who are sick and elderly; they share parties, joys and also sufferings and illnesses.
Apostolate of help to the school going children. Thrice a week in the afternoons they go to a public school to help children who have difficulty in studying. In the photo we see it with other collaborators of this project that is the initiative of the parish.The apostolate of the Prison consists of visiting once a week a women's reformatory, where the majority are young people who, due to family conflicts, are taken to this institution. This group of the parish tries to give emotional and spiritual support to these young women who only want to leave this place.
MAHAD politically belongs to Raigad district, within the area of Mumbai, the Konkan region of the state of Maharashtra. It is located about 150 km south of the city of Mumbai. The Missionary Society is present in the church of Mahad "San Francis Xavier" since 2012, its missionary activities are basically directed towards the adivasis, called Katkaris. The local church of Mahad is considered "the mission" of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mumbai.The missionary activity of the sisters: The community participates in net-working with C.S.A (Center for Social Action), a diocesan project for the mission of Raigad. It is a collective effort of the local Church to help and promote the Katkari tribe. The sisters also give catechism to the children of the Catholic families that form the Christian community.
FRIENDS OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY IN INDIA
For some years Srs. Devkripa, Mary and Anju are responsible for encouraging the group of Catholics who are part of the “FRIENDS” of the Missionary Society. They meet every month. The sisters organize talks on our spirituality, Constitutions, as well as issues that concern the reality and context of India.
The majority of the members of this group have a very active participation in the parish, they are part of the group of catechesis and missionary animation. All feel a special closeness, affection and relationship with the Missionary Society, but still cannot be called “Laity” of the Society. However, they are within that process of discerning the steps to follow to be a lay member of the Missionary Society.
Our missionary presence in this country, located in Southeast Asia with a Buddhist majority, dates back to 2001, in the Apostolic Prefecture of Kompong Cham. Upon arrival, the first three sisters devoted themselves to learning the local language, Khmer; and then they were destined to the area of Suong where there was a small “chapel”, a sign of Catholic presence. A few baptized people attended the Sunday Eucharist, in fact the sisters dedicated their time to the rural areas of Suong where some families lived in the process of evangelization and christian formation. In this place we were present until the end of 2004.
…thus we began to know cambodia: land of rice fields, dances and art … Place where the celebrations and poverty live together; joy with suffering; the victims of antipersonal mines with hope…
In January 2005 we went to the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang. For a year we stayed in the city of Battambang where the sisters who had just arrived had the opportunity to learn Khmer, to adapt to the environment and also to know the apostolic tasks of the Prefecture, as well as to build up relationship with the different religious congregations and pastoral agents. From Battambang we began to visit and know what would be our future mission place: POIPET.
On January 24, 2006 we arrived at POIPET, full of hope, with few plans and full of desire to give ourselves to the missionary task there. Immediately we took charge of the small Christian community formed by two or three Vietnamese families and a small group of young catechumens. We also started visiting the nearby rural villages where we offered our health services and help for the physically disabled persons.Over the years we had more knowledge of the reality of POIPET and the needs of the people, so our presence was urged to create programs and projects that were signs of the Kingdom of God that opts for the poorest, marginalized and disadvantaged. With hard work and dedication, the Christian community has also been strengthened, today they have their own parish committee, catechists and we also have local collaborators who, under our supervision are the ones who carry out the works. Thanks also to volunteers and benefactors who collaborate with their presence and financial contribution.