13 The Heart and Soul of JM Mission - Sr. Gerard Paul RJM

posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:49 AM ]
(‘Jesus and Mary’ on the closing of the Bicentenary Year 1818-2018)

At this moment in time, on the completion of the bi-centennial celebrations on October 6, 2018, and at the closing of this historic event, one experiences some nostalgic moments. Stepping back in time, to the year 1842, we have recounted with awe and wonder, this journey of our first Missionary Pioneers. On leaving our Motherland France, and venturing into the unknown, we can trace a parallel in our history with that of the Israelites leaving Egypt for the Promised Land. "We come, Land of our Hope…we come…"

It was no small deal spending forty days and forty nights journeying towards the "Land of Promise", straddling hills and plains, sailing seas and rivers, trudging through blazing deserts, encountering the hazards of travel, braving many a cruel storm, the inclemencies of the weather, and no less physical discomforts. They "counted all things as naught except for the call of the Master," having set their eyes on the distant shores of this incredible "Port of Promise" - INDIA.

Now, after 200 years of toiling in the vineyard, having sent our roots deep down into the virgin soil of this Promised land, we have relished and experienced its multi- faceted life and multi-cultural complexion.

With "humble pride" (not a pat on the back!), we can acknowledge that we have been seriously engaged in making Jesus and Mary known and loved, in and through our Mission of Education.