“Mission is the heart of who we are, and love is our driving force.”
We, ten second-year novices with our lamp and oil of zeal, enthusiasm, courage, compassion, readiness, generosity, and love for God and neighbors, left for a two-month mission experience on the second week of October. We were sent to four different places: Vineela, Mariam Murmu, Ranika Toppo, and Sapna Kullu to Sokho, Champulo Hunni Purty, and Mary Tudu to Sangsay, Neha Lakra, and Suchita Hassa Purty to Chaibasa, Noela Tamang and Roshila Dundung to Gumla.
During these two months, we had the opportunity to be part of various ministries, such as pastoral, social, and compassionate ministries. We stayed with families in different villages and experienced a closeness where we could accept them as our own. We had the practical experience of living out our General Assembly mantra 2023- “Tread lightly embracing diversity, interiority, and communion for the mission,” as we were able to embrace and respect the cultures, languages, food habits, and lifestyles of each particular community. We experienced love, care, support, and great hospitality. We could see they were happy with what they had and shared with us generously.
Some of us worked with other Congregations – Missionaries of Charity and Sisters of Destitute. We looked after babies and mentally challenged women. We were also exposed to the stark realities of the different places – liquor addiction among youth, witchcraft, superstition, broken families, early marriage, murders, theft, an atmosphere of fear in villages due to criminal activities, dwindling faith among a new generation of Catholics. We had to deal with our own emotions, like joy, fear, sadness, and anger, when we met the oppressed people and listened to their stories.
In all of these experiences, we found strength in Jesus. The chains of prayers well protected us. We have gained a lot from these experiences. We have learned to take responsibility for ourselves. We have become courageous to face the difficulties of life. We were enriched, encouraged, and emboldened by this experience. We will implement what we learned from this exposure program in our life and mission.
We express our heartfelt appreciation to our Province Leadership Teams and Sister Sushma Bodra for this incredible privilege you have provided for our growth. We thank all our Sisters for their prayerful support.