Seventy-five years ago, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began their first foreign mission. To celebrate our presence in India, we will follow the journey of our Pioneer Sisters. Over the next year, you will read the story of how six SCNs traveled from Nazareth, Kentucky, to set up a hospital and serve those in need in one of the poorest regions of a newly independent India.
Our story begins more than a year before the departure of our Sisters for India, with a letter written by Mother Ann Sebastian, dated May 7, 1946:
“And now for the atomic bomb! We are entering foreign missions. The Patna District of India! The Jesuit Bishop of Patna, Most Reverend B. J. Sullivan has asked us to build and operate a hospital in Mokama Mission, Patna, for which purpose he has secured thirty-seven acres of land adjoining the Jesuit Mission.
In 1947, we expect to send at least six sisters to open a dispensary and to do catechetical work. Bishop Sullivan believes that we will later see our way to open a central grade and high school in Mokama. He even offers us a leper home in time, provided we are interested. The leper work, he says, is vast and most inviting.”
In our next installment, we will meet the six Sisters chosen to take on this great new adventure.