Blog Posts for "India"

Gather Around the Table

Some nights the Friars choose to go out for dinner. On this evening we shared pizza and kebabs! Fr. Ed Foley, in his class on the Sacraments, explained the deep significance of the table ministry of Jesus Christ. If we break open our Bibles, we see that so many of the pivotal moments in the life of Jesus happened within the context of a meal. The multiplication of the loaves and fishes, the sinful woman washing the feet of Jesus, and indeed the aptly named Last Supper all serve as examples of Jesus' table ministry. This ministry continues today in...

Back to School

Students gathered at an outdoor assembly. Finally, at long last, I found myself arriving at St. Paul’s Academy, the school where I would be engaging in my teaching ministry for the next ten weeks. The Friars had been very considerate in preparing for my arrival, and I was shown to a simple, yet very comfortable room. Perhaps most humbling of all was the fact that they had installed a small air conditioning unit in my room, aware that the hottest days of Summer were yet to come, and also aware that I might not yet be accustomed to...

Head for the Hills!

Part of Mussoorie from a distance. As I mentioned at the end of my previous blog, I soon left the Jyoti Niketan Minor Seminary in Masuri for the city of Mussoorie, located at the base of the Himalayas. This was the site of the first Novitiate in Northern India, founded by the Tuscany Capuchins, who first helped implant the Capuchin Order in Northern India. They founded a school there, which today operates as St. George’s Academy, a well-known school that is now managed by the Brothers of Saint Patrick. The Capuchins retained both St. Francis Monastery and the...

A Trip to the Hospital

Surgical bay at Holy Cross Hospital While staying here at the Minor Seminary, I had the opportunity to walk next door and visit the Holy Cross Sisters, and see their incredibly impressive ministry, the Holy Cross Hospital, here in Masuri. The Hospital caters mostly to women who are in labor, providing a safe and sanitary place for women in this notably poor area to give birth. The sisters work in the hospital, along with their support staff. One sister is trained as a doctor, serving as an OBGYN and assisting in the deliveries. Many of the other sisters are trained...

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