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Emilie De Vialar
Emilie De Vialar

The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition
were invited to the diocese of Daltanganj
by Bishop George Saupin in 1976.

He sent the Sisters to the village named Kapu,
a sub station under the Mahuadnar Parish
in Palamu District.

Fr. Phil Crotty SJ has played a supportive role
in the founding of this mission.

 

13 Km., away from the parish
with no possibility for vehicular transport, the Sisters daringly accepted this challenge to live
along with the rural Oraon tribal.

They were settled in a small mud house and completely shared
the life style of their neighboring village folks, that is,
no electricity or running water,
even to this day.

The first batch of four Sisters
mastered the language of the tribal
without much difficulty and
became one among the people
whom they served.

The hospitality and warmth of
these tribal people
helped them to settle down soon and
to witness to the
'Incarnation of their foundress in true style.'

 

Today the Sisters have moved
to the next village
where a newly erected
Parish church has been built.

The Sisters have
retained the same simplicity
and life-style even though
a convent has been built
in place of a mud house.

The Sisters teach
in a parish school,
the pastoral work initiated
since the foundation is being continued.

A dispensary has been set up
much to the relief of the people
who have to walk over
12 to 15 Km to reach
the nearest hospital.

 

Heath workers from
different villages are trained
to help the people.

The Sisters accompany
the women
and conduct seminars
for the empowerment of women and children.

 

This mission offers rich foundation base
for young candidates and novices
to enter into the spirit of their foundress
and capture her original charism.

The Jesuits of Hazaribagh province
have unfailingly offered these sisters
their supportive assistance
through all their strains and challenges.

 
Missionary works are very dear to me - Emilie de Vialar

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