Khrist Jyothi Province Celebrates Its Feast!
“I PLEAD WITH YOU- NEVER, EVER GIVE UP ON HOPE, NEVER DOUBT, NEVER TIRE, NEVER BECOME DISCOURAGED. BE NOT AFRAID!
ST. JOHN PAUL II
7 November • Raipur, India
Khrist Jyothi Province
A Brief Timeline…
25 July 1951: German missionary Fr. Lorenz Scheu was appointed Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Raipur
2 February 1952: Fr. Hunold was entrusted to the Kutela Mission
March 1953: Fr. Joseph Strittmatter- carpenter and engineer- came to assist the missionaries; in which the foundation found its strength!
However, such strength did not mean its construction was free of winds and stormy weather. In 1954, the Fathers were advised to abandon the mission and return home. The missionaries refused; for any project in service of God and His people will eventually succeed. Ill-health still continued to strike, and after two arduous years, the Australian Pallottines came and gave health and new life. The transcendence in the succeeding years is the fruit which we now see today:
12 priests were ordained in 2018 alone, amongst the Province’s 14 homes for children, 23 schools, and 82 Pallottine Fathers and Brothers.
Education, no doubt, is among the greatest achievements of the Province. St. Vincent Pallotti college has received awards in both education and athletics, becoming a very well reputable educational institution in the area. As per the younger students, there are over 20,000! All educated under the guidance of our Pallottine family and teachers. Surely our most holy Founder, mystic, apostle, and teacher of the youth, is well pleased!
Its commitment to the social apostolate of the latter- its hostels for the children from the villages, an the pastoral care of lepers and their children- bring special blessings upon the Province. Thus, if the past is beautiful, the future is even brighter. Khrist Jyothi means the Light of Christ, and hence it celebrates its feast on the national feast, Diwali; the festival of Lights. The aim must be always to let the light of Christ shine illuming the shades of social, moral and spiritual imperfection, following the tradition of the great Indian sages.
May we keep this ever-flourishing Province in our prayers, so that it may continue for God and His flock through the intercession of our beloved St. Vincent. On behalf of the Rector General and Friends of We Are A Mission, we wish you a Happy Feast!