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Population:  1.252 billion
Percent Below Poverty Line: 21.9%

The Mission of Goa and Daman is geared toward providing social and spiritual uplift to the disadvantaged, including tribal communities along the west coast of India. Deep within a country that has made economic leaps and bounds over the past decade, lies tens of thousands of people lacking basic needs.

The needs are vast in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. From missionary sponsorship to infrastructure support for schools and homes for the needy, we have an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of people lacking basic needs.

Explore the tabs to learn more about our many projects in India.

Community Centers: Construction in Progress!

8 Complete, 2 In-Progress, 2 To Go 

The plan starts with construction of community centers for the dozens of tribal villages speckled throughout the Nagar-Haveli area. While tribal villagers live in huts made of mud, these community centers will be the only facility within reach with electricity. The community centers will provide a venue for: missionaries to provide spiritual formation; celebration of Mass and the sacraments; a place for the children to study; families to pool resources, and much more for these villagers. The community center will be the only facility in the village with generators for light and heat, where missionaries will lead families in programs to better their communities and living conditions.

Chauda Community Center - India Community Center in Bildori - India Vasona Community Center - India Karad Community Center - IndiaSindoni Community Center Dedication - India Chikalda Community Center - India Champeapada Community Center - India Community Center in Karasganv - India

Tribal Villages

Deep within a country that has made economic leaps and bounds over the past decade, lies tens of thousands of people lacking basic needs. 

Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a union territory just north of Mumbia on the west coast of India. Occupied by the Portugese until 1954, this once dense forest area has been inhabited by tribals for centuries. Today the tribals make up about 60% of the population. The people here live in mud huts, with no utilities or sanitary water. Most tribal people live on subsistence farming, with the vast majority living "hand to mouth."

Along the west coast of India in the areas of Goa and Daman, tribal villagers and impoverished communities live without running water, electricity, adequate access to medical care and education for their children. Student hostels house hundreds of children without adequate facilities.  Homes to care for the sick and disabled are in disrepair and in need of funding.

The need is great in this area of the world; but so are the hearts of the missionaries leading a concerted effort to lend dignity and spiritual uplift to the many people in need. 

The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, supported by missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, commonly known in India as the "Pilar Fathers," have mapped out a strategy to allow communities to help themselves: a plan for pooling resources and utilities, encouraging family interaction within the villages. 

The plan starts with construction of community centers for the dozens of tribal villages speckled throughout the Nagar-Haveli area. While tribal villagers live in huts made of mud, these community centers will be the only facility within reach where children can study with electricity, and families can meet and help each other, and missionaries can minister. 

Map of Goa and DamanPartnership for Progress

Catholic World Mission has partnered with The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the missionaries of St. Francis Xavier to provide social and spiritual uplift in often forgotten villages along the west coast of India.

Thousands of Indigenous people in more than 70 villages live without basic necessities such as sanitary water, electricity and proper bath facilities. Children are sent away at an early age to live in hostels in order to receive an education. We believe these people of God deserve a more dignified life. 

Everyone can make an impact: The gift of a simple community center can be a temple of hope. And just $20 can provide a month of missionary work in a tribal community. We invite you to explore more about our multi-faceted mission.

The tribal people speak of their gratitude for the community center and testify to the beauty of strong indigenous cultural identification combined with a strong Christian faith:

Chikalda Community Center

Infant Jesus Center

Not long ago the Chikalda Community Centers walls went up! This month we were able to rejoice when the Chikalda Community Center was completed! This community center will serve 200 families in an extremely poor area of India. The Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão visited and blessed the center as part of the initiative of the Mission of Daman. The occasion was joyful! Refreshments were offered to the people, and they held a parade.

People from Chikalda - India Archbishop Neri going to bless the Chikalda Community Center - India Archbishop Neri leaves his blessing n the Chikalda Community Center - India

Future site of the Chikalda Community Center - India
Chikalda - India
A family from Chikalda - India
Future site of the Chikalda Community Center - India
Chikalda thatched chapel - India
Members of the Chikalda community - India
Celebration of of Chikalda Community Center's blessing - India
Parade in celebration of the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri cutting the ribbon at the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Chikalda children enjoying refreshments from the celebration - India
Archbishop Neri and Fr. Constantine enjoying tea in the Chikalda Community Center - India
The Chikalda Community - India

Vasona Community Center

St. John The Baptist Center

Vasona ground blessing - India Vasona ground blessing - Vasona Vasona ground blessing - India

The first completed community center is in the village of Vasona. Missionaries from the order of St. Francis De Sales will be leading programs for social and spiritual uplift in this faith-filled community, where 20 families are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Vasona Community Center Complete - India Children at Community Center Learning - India Children outside the community center - India

Karad Community Center

St. Anthony Center

Constructing Karad - India Constructing Karad - India Constructing Karad - India

The Karad Community Center is complete! They weren't able to get the paint on due to unseasonable rains, but that didn't stop Archbishop Ferrão from blessing the center, nor did it stop the celebration! People from all over Karad came to welcome the Archbishop. Now they have a place to hold community events, school shows, and hold adult education courses in addition to faith-based events.

Constructing Karad - India Celebrating the progress of Karad - India Celebrating the progress of Karad - IndiaKarad Community Center - India Blessing Ceremony Karad - India Archbishop reveals plaque of Karad Community Center - India

Bildori Community Center

Christ the King Center

Ground broken in Bildori - India Bildori Coming Along - India The completed Bildori Chapel - India

In Bildori, Fr. Tony has been leading the missionaries in the build and often traveled across the river to see the progress. Today the community center in Bildori is completed and the people are so thankful they can use this place for worship. The photos in the carousel show the progress from beginning to end. Fr. Tony is also leading the way in the Dudhani Dining Hall and Kitchen build. We are so thankful for his efforts.

See photos of the Bildori Community Center here:

Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
The complete Bildori Community Center - India
Bildori Community Center begining construction - India
Bildori Community Center begining construction - India
Archbishop Ferrão celebrating Mass at Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão celebrating Mass at Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão inside Bildori Community Center - India
Bildori Community Center coming along - India
Bildori Community Center coming along - India
Bildori Community Center begining construction - India
Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
Fr. Tony on his way back fro seeing Bildori progress- India
Fr. Tony inspecting progress of community center Bildori - India

Chauda & Champeapada Community Centers

Locals Fund the Completion of Two Community Centers

When locals heard from the missionaries that other villages were building community centers, they were inspired to build as well! They raised funds locally to build and have a place to celebrate Mass, gather as a community, and study catechesis! We had to share with you how far your donations, love, and prayers are going. See the pictures of their celebration as they blessed the new centers.

Chauda

Welcoming the Archbishop in Chauda - India Welcoming the Archbishop in Chauda - India Archbishop blessing Chauda - IndiaChauda Community Center - India Chauda Community Center - India

Champeapada

Blessing Champeapada Community Center - India Blessing Champeapada Community Center - India Dancers for the Mass Champeapada Community Center - IndiaChampeapada Community Center - India Champeapada Community Center - India Champeapada Community Center - India

Chisda Community Center

St. Joseph Vaz Center

The mission in Murdolpada, Chisda is one of the oldest Mission Stations. Chisda is a very hilly tribal community that has 12 communities in total. Murdolpada is one of the communities within Chisda, with a population of 500 people - about 20 Catholic families. 20 families may sound like a small number, but only 12 Apostles were needed to spread Christianity. Fr. Diniz shares with us that there is great interest in the faith amongst the people. 

Children from Chisda playing - India Fr. Diniz, Pastor in Murdolpada Chisda - India The village Chisda - India

This community of 20 faithful Catholic families is asking for help finishing their community center! This community center in Murdolpada will serve many purposes including as a place for the children to come together for catechesis. The community center will serve as a space for youth meetings, and a place to celebrate Mass. These eager people are already putting in the labor, but the center still needs the wiring for electricity, and will need piped water installed before it is complete.

See the photos of the progress so far:

Karasganv Community Center

St. Joseph Vaz Center

St. Joseph Vaz Community Center in Karasganv - IndiaIn January 2016, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao inaugurated the community center in Karasganv, India. These community centers are grass-roots. The community comes together for a greater purpose--to build a church home--and in turn begins to thrive. The Karasganv community center was completed thanks to the generous donation of a couple who donated the land for it. The Holy Spirit is alive and working to bring the love of Christ into India, and it has been a sight to behold! This would not be possible without the generosity of Catholic World Mission donors and their open hearts! 

See more photos of the Karasganv Community Center below:

The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
Karasganv Community Center - India
Karasganv Community Center - India

Mass with Archbishop Ferrão

On September 8, 2015 Catholic World Mission welcomed Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, India at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Georgia. The Archbishop celebrated Mass for the people of the parish, the Indian community from the sub-continent, and the intentions of Catholic World Mission supporters and benefactors. Nine priests including Monsignor Marren, pastor of All Saints Church, con-celebrated the Mass. They were assisted by 6 deacons. Mass, followed by reception, was attended by over 200 people!

During the Mass Archbishop Filipe was presented a check in support of the Mission of Daman by Father John Connor, LC and Deacon Rick Medina (President and Executive Director of Catholic World Mission, respectively). We give thanks to the generosity of the Indian community led by Danny and Sharon Sequeira for providing the delicious Indian food for the event. We most especially give thanks to donors of Catholic World Mission for their support of the Mission of Daman.

Four to go...

The Catholic Church in India is faced with persecution every day. Areas that were once Catholic are no longer because of the threat to "reconvert" to their homelands's faith. Many rather stand against the government and are pursuing their faith even more by taking Theology courses and being active participants in evangelization and communion. Your generosity has changed the future of these communities. That is why it is so important to get these community centers off the ground and help secure the land to build the Church up in India.

We urgently need funding for four more Community Centers - will you help?

Community Centers: Construction in Progress!

8 Complete, 2 In-Progress, 2 To Go 

The plan starts with construction of community centers for the dozens of tribal villages speckled throughout the Nagar-Haveli area. While tribal villagers live in huts made of mud, these community centers will be the only facility within reach with electricity. The community centers will provide a venue for: missionaries to provide spiritual formation; celebration of Mass and the sacraments; a place for the children to study; families to pool resources, and much more for these villagers. The community center will be the only facility in the village with generators for light and heat, where missionaries will lead families in programs to better their communities and living conditions.

Chauda Community Center - India Community Center in Bildori - India Vasona Community Center - India Karad Community Center - IndiaSindoni Community Center Dedication - India Chikalda Community Center - India Champeapada Community Center - India Community Center in Karasganv - India

Tribal Villages

Deep within a country that has made economic leaps and bounds over the past decade, lies tens of thousands of people lacking basic needs. 

Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a union territory just north of Mumbia on the west coast of India. Occupied by the Portugese until 1954, this once dense forest area has been inhabited by tribals for centuries. Today the tribals make up about 60% of the population. The people here live in mud huts, with no utilities or sanitary water. Most tribal people live on subsistence farming, with the vast majority living "hand to mouth."

Along the west coast of India in the areas of Goa and Daman, tribal villagers and impoverished communities live without running water, electricity, adequate access to medical care and education for their children. Student hostels house hundreds of children without adequate facilities.  Homes to care for the sick and disabled are in disrepair and in need of funding.

The need is great in this area of the world; but so are the hearts of the missionaries leading a concerted effort to lend dignity and spiritual uplift to the many people in need. 

The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, supported by missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, commonly known in India as the "Pilar Fathers," have mapped out a strategy to allow communities to help themselves: a plan for pooling resources and utilities, encouraging family interaction within the villages. 

The plan starts with construction of community centers for the dozens of tribal villages speckled throughout the Nagar-Haveli area. While tribal villagers live in huts made of mud, these community centers will be the only facility within reach where children can study with electricity, and families can meet and help each other, and missionaries can minister. 

Map of Goa and DamanPartnership for Progress

Catholic World Mission has partnered with The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the missionaries of St. Francis Xavier to provide social and spiritual uplift in often forgotten villages along the west coast of India.

Thousands of Indigenous people in more than 70 villages live without basic necessities such as sanitary water, electricity and proper bath facilities. Children are sent away at an early age to live in hostels in order to receive an education. We believe these people of God deserve a more dignified life. 

Everyone can make an impact: The gift of a simple community center can be a temple of hope. And just $20 can provide a month of missionary work in a tribal community. We invite you to explore more about our multi-faceted mission.

The tribal people speak of their gratitude for the community center and testify to the beauty of strong indigenous cultural identification combined with a strong Christian faith:

Chikalda Community Center

Infant Jesus Center

Not long ago the Chikalda Community Centers walls went up! This month we were able to rejoice when the Chikalda Community Center was completed! This community center will serve 200 families in an extremely poor area of India. The Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão visited and blessed the center as part of the initiative of the Mission of Daman. The occasion was joyful! Refreshments were offered to the people, and they held a parade.

People from Chikalda - India Archbishop Neri going to bless the Chikalda Community Center - India Archbishop Neri leaves his blessing n the Chikalda Community Center - India

Future site of the Chikalda Community Center - India
Chikalda - India
A family from Chikalda - India
Future site of the Chikalda Community Center - India
Chikalda thatched chapel - India
Members of the Chikalda community - India
Celebration of of Chikalda Community Center's blessing - India
Parade in celebration of the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri cutting the ribbon at the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Archbishop Neri blessing the Chikalda Community Center - India
Chikalda children enjoying refreshments from the celebration - India
Archbishop Neri and Fr. Constantine enjoying tea in the Chikalda Community Center - India
The Chikalda Community - India

Vasona Community Center

St. John The Baptist Center

Vasona ground blessing - India Vasona ground blessing - Vasona Vasona ground blessing - India

The first completed community center is in the village of Vasona. Missionaries from the order of St. Francis De Sales will be leading programs for social and spiritual uplift in this faith-filled community, where 20 families are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Vasona Community Center Complete - India Children at Community Center Learning - India Children outside the community center - India

Karad Community Center

St. Anthony Center

Constructing Karad - India Constructing Karad - India Constructing Karad - India

The Karad Community Center is complete! They weren't able to get the paint on due to unseasonable rains, but that didn't stop Archbishop Ferrão from blessing the center, nor did it stop the celebration! People from all over Karad came to welcome the Archbishop. Now they have a place to hold community events, school shows, and hold adult education courses in addition to faith-based events.

Constructing Karad - India Celebrating the progress of Karad - India Celebrating the progress of Karad - IndiaKarad Community Center - India Blessing Ceremony Karad - India Archbishop reveals plaque of Karad Community Center - India

Bildori Community Center

Christ the King Center

Ground broken in Bildori - India Bildori Coming Along - India The completed Bildori Chapel - India

In Bildori, Fr. Tony has been leading the missionaries in the build and often traveled across the river to see the progress. Today the community center in Bildori is completed and the people are so thankful they can use this place for worship. The photos in the carousel show the progress from beginning to end. Fr. Tony is also leading the way in the Dudhani Dining Hall and Kitchen build. We are so thankful for his efforts.

See photos of the Bildori Community Center here:

Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
The complete Bildori Community Center - India
Bildori Community Center begining construction - India
Bildori Community Center begining construction - India
Archbishop Ferrão celebrating Mass at Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão celebrating Mass at Bildori Community Center - India
Archbishop Ferrão inside Bildori Community Center - India
Bildori Community Center coming along - India
Bildori Community Center coming along - India
Bildori Community Center begining construction - India
Archbishop Ferrão blessing Bildori Community Center - India
Fr. Tony on his way back fro seeing Bildori progress- India
Fr. Tony inspecting progress of community center Bildori - India

Chauda & Champeapada Community Centers

Locals Fund the Completion of Two Community Centers

When locals heard from the missionaries that other villages were building community centers, they were inspired to build as well! They raised funds locally to build and have a place to celebrate Mass, gather as a community, and study catechesis! We had to share with you how far your donations, love, and prayers are going. See the pictures of their celebration as they blessed the new centers.

Chauda

Welcoming the Archbishop in Chauda - India Welcoming the Archbishop in Chauda - India Archbishop blessing Chauda - IndiaChauda Community Center - India Chauda Community Center - India

Champeapada

Blessing Champeapada Community Center - India Blessing Champeapada Community Center - India Dancers for the Mass Champeapada Community Center - IndiaChampeapada Community Center - India Champeapada Community Center - India Champeapada Community Center - India

Chisda Community Center

St. Joseph Vaz Center

The mission in Murdolpada, Chisda is one of the oldest Mission Stations. Chisda is a very hilly tribal community that has 12 communities in total. Murdolpada is one of the communities within Chisda, with a population of 500 people - about 20 Catholic families. 20 families may sound like a small number, but only 12 Apostles were needed to spread Christianity. Fr. Diniz shares with us that there is great interest in the faith amongst the people. 

Children from Chisda playing - India Fr. Diniz, Pastor in Murdolpada Chisda - India The village Chisda - India

This community of 20 faithful Catholic families is asking for help finishing their community center! This community center in Murdolpada will serve many purposes including as a place for the children to come together for catechesis. The community center will serve as a space for youth meetings, and a place to celebrate Mass. These eager people are already putting in the labor, but the center still needs the wiring for electricity, and will need piped water installed before it is complete.

See the photos of the progress so far:

Karasganv Community Center

St. Joseph Vaz Center

St. Joseph Vaz Community Center in Karasganv - IndiaIn January 2016, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao inaugurated the community center in Karasganv, India. These community centers are grass-roots. The community comes together for a greater purpose--to build a church home--and in turn begins to thrive. The Karasganv community center was completed thanks to the generous donation of a couple who donated the land for it. The Holy Spirit is alive and working to bring the love of Christ into India, and it has been a sight to behold! This would not be possible without the generosity of Catholic World Mission donors and their open hearts! 

See more photos of the Karasganv Community Center below:

The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
The inauguration of the Karasganv Community Center - India
Karasganv Community Center - India
Karasganv Community Center - India

Mass with Archbishop Ferrão

On September 8, 2015 Catholic World Mission welcomed Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, India at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Georgia. The Archbishop celebrated Mass for the people of the parish, the Indian community from the sub-continent, and the intentions of Catholic World Mission supporters and benefactors. Nine priests including Monsignor Marren, pastor of All Saints Church, con-celebrated the Mass. They were assisted by 6 deacons. Mass, followed by reception, was attended by over 200 people!

During the Mass Archbishop Filipe was presented a check in support of the Mission of Daman by Father John Connor, LC and Deacon Rick Medina (President and Executive Director of Catholic World Mission, respectively). We give thanks to the generosity of the Indian community led by Danny and Sharon Sequeira for providing the delicious Indian food for the event. We most especially give thanks to donors of Catholic World Mission for their support of the Mission of Daman.

Four to go...

The Catholic Church in India is faced with persecution every day. Areas that were once Catholic are no longer because of the threat to "reconvert" to their homelands's faith. Many rather stand against the government and are pursuing their faith even more by taking Theology courses and being active participants in evangelization and communion. Your generosity has changed the future of these communities. That is why it is so important to get these community centers off the ground and help secure the land to build the Church up in India.

We urgently need funding for four more Community Centers - will you help?

Thambipuram, India

Their Story

They are labeled ‘dalits,’ – born into the caste segregated system in India where tradition and history deem them ‘lowest class of this segregated system. These people are fighting to escape the social stratification and make better lives for themselves.

Over one-hundred years ago 18 families from Elenapatti, India converted to Christianity to escape the oppressing social stratification and moved to a small remote village called Thambipuram to practice their faith in peace. In the beginning they built a small thatched shed to celebrate Mass in, but it was destroyed by a hurricane. 

People of Thambipuram, India

 The People

The people are extremely poor coolies and farmers – unskilled laborers doing whatever they can to provide for their families. They rely on the monsoons to collect rainwater for crops and clean drinking water for the entire year.

"If the monsoon season fails there is great suffering," Fr. Joseph explained. "Really, it is a big challenge for the people to live their daily lives. But they have great faith which gives them the strength to live day to day."

They live in standards below what any American could ever imagine. During the rainy season, they still celebrate Mass outside in the dirt. They make no excuses to not attend Mass – to them Mass is a lifeline and a beacon of hope. Father Joseph Rayappan travels over 45 minutes over unpaved road to reach Thambipuram. He shared with us, "The roads are bad and I do much praying on the drive, but to see how many people come to the Mass warms my heart."

Today there are over 90 Christian families with 160 children in Thambipuram.

Rev. Arul Aviru celebrating Mass in Thambipuram - India Thambipuram - India People of Thambipuram attending Mass outdoors - India

"We Never Give Up Our Faith"

Antonyraj has a wife and three children and lives in the village of Thambipuram. He is a leader in the village, and has committed his life to the welfare of the people. To hear him talk about what the church will mean is both heartbreaking and inspiring:

"We are all farmers and we are all poor and mostly illiterate. With the help of Fr. Joseph a few of our children are going to schools. But since we are Christians, we are not eligible to get scholarships from the government.
Even though our poverty is a barrier for economic growth, we never give up on our faith in Jesus. By witnessing and experiencing our faith life, Fr. Joseph is trying to build a church.
I can tell you… even though we are dalit (low caste) by birth, we are higher than high caste in faith and spiritual life. We live for the liturgy and we receive everything from God by our prayers. So in order to experience the presence of Jesus who is present in the Eucharist, we beg you to help financially to have our own church in my village. Thank you so much"

Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India

Mr. AntonyrajLetter by Mr. Antonyraj  

Greetings, I live in the village Thambipuram, a mission of Avudaipoigai parish in the diocese of Sivagangai. My name is Antonyraj. My village has a history of 115 years. The people of my village are 'Dalith'. Since the people of my village are illiterate and living under poverty, we cannot educate our children. We are all farmers. Only few people have their own land (very little) and others work as daily coolies. With the help of our pastor and bishop, a few children are going to school to get their education. Since we are Christians, we are not eligible to get scholarships from the Government for education but the Dalith of Hindu religion are eligible to get scholarships.  Even though our poverty is a barrier for our economic growth, we never give up our faith and we have strong faith in Jesus. By witnessing and experiencing our faith life, our pastor is trying to build a church. Since we are poor and could not build the church, I request you to help financially to build our church.

Original letter from Mr. Antonyraj written in Tamil  - Thambipuram, IndiaI am the president of this uratchi. By seeing my commitment, I am elected by the people as president for the second time. As I do my ministry as president, I give importance to my spiritual life. Since we are Christian Dalith, we are not provided even the basic facilities by the government. There is a little town nearby four kilometres from my village; we are surrounded by frorest area (means government lands with only Eucalyptus trees). There is no schools, dispensaries, hospitals in my village. Since there is no proper roads, it is very difficult for us to get our education, medical treatment etc. Since the underground water source is salty, we don't have good drinking water. I want to tell you one thing: even though we are Dalith (low caste) by birth, we are higher than the high caste people in faith and spiritual life.  We are interested in the liturgy and we receive everything from God by our prayers. So in order to experience the presence of Jesus who is present in the Eucharist, we beg you to help financially to have our own church in my village. Thanks. Yours sincerely, Antonyraj.

Michalammal Letter by Michalammal

Praise the Lord

Original letter from Michalammal, written in Tamil - Thambipuram, IndiaMy name is Michalammal. I am 95 years old. I am living in this village from my birth. Since I never been to school, I am illiterate and I don't know how to read and write. My granddaughter writes this whatever I say. I have four children and 11 grandchildren. I live with my children and grandchildren. We are Dalith Catholics. In the beginning we had a small thatched shed as church and lived without electricity. Our parish center is 28 kilometres from our village. So we could travel to our parish for Sunday liturgy. Now our bishop had established a new parish Avudaipoigai which 15 kilometres away from my village. Our new pastor comes and fulfills our need by offering mass once a week. Your help will nourish our spiritual life and to grow in our faith. And it will also help us to experience the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We are and will be grateful to you for your financial help. Thanks. Yours sincerely, Michalammal

The People Have Taken the First Step

 Thambipuram community standing before the sand for their new church - India Thambipuram community standing before the bricks for their new church - India Thambipuram community standing before the sand for their new church - India

These families in Thambipuram – materially poor but rich-in-faith – families, living in a remote, poverty-stricken village and facing incredible hardship, have taken up a beginning collection of $5,833. They pulled together what little money they have to support the construction of their future church. Their thirst for the Eucharist is tangible. They have already bought the sand and the bricks, and are now waiting on the rest of the funding. They are praying for enough donations to come in so they are able to construct the church. The people of Thambipuram are putting their faith into action by taking the first steps towards their church. With your help today they can finish construction and see the church through completion.

The Harvest Festival

These photos of the community in Thambipuram are sure to brighten your day! Families came together for their annual harvest festival to share the first fruits of their crops. Fr. Arul Joseph Rayappan shares more:

"Every year in January, we celebrate harvest festival (we call pongal Vila). Each family brings rice (the first fruits from their land) and cooks the rice with some spices in a common place and they share with each other." 

Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India

 Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India

Easter Sunday 2016:

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The parish of Thambipuram celebrated the resurrection with joy and hope. For the Easter Mass the locals built a thatched shed to provide shade during the Mass, celebrated by Fr. Joseph Rayappan. The villagers were incredibly grateful for the gift of being able to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. For them, the resurrection of Jesus means more than we can imagine – it is what enabled the Thambipuram people to leave the caste system; giving them dignity and hope. 

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The Thambipuram Church under construction - IndiaNovember 2016

Construction is coming along in Thambipuram, India! It's been so amazing to watch the community come together to help build the first church in their village! From laying the foundation for the church, to raising what little money they could offer between the community and joining the Catholic World Mission family in on the fundraising, we are just around the corner from its completion. Today the chapel stands erect in their village. It is a welcoming sight. The whole community looks forward to when they can paint the church, have an altar, candles, crucifix, and seating inside. For now though, it stands without. Wind carries dirt through the cut outs for the windows, and animals can freely enter until we are able to raise enough funds for their humble community.

Your gift today will put the finishing touches on the Thambipuram Chapel! Give now to help them welcome Jesus into his permanent home in their community.

Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India

Give NowTheir Need

Their biggest dream is to celebrate Mass somewhere with dignity and when they heard Catholic World Mission, a US based non-profit would help they raised $5,833 among themselves to help build the structure. Their main thirst is to receive Holy Communion so they are eager to attend Mass.

Father Joseph Rayappan, who ministers to the village, has asked Catholic World Mission to help make this church a reality and we have much work to do. The estimated cost is $33,000. Giving to build this church is like giving directly to Jesus as He desires to give His true presence to all people, especially the marginalized!

People of Thambipuram - India Thambipuram's Future Chapel - India Children from Thambipuram - India

This new church will be a place of daily worship and Holy Mass with Eucharistic adoration. It will house Sunday catechism for the children, and prayer meetings. Fr. Joseph is already envisioning village meetings at the church, and youth group meetings. The church will become the center of life in the village, a place where help can be shared among the families in most desperate need, and education and hope will be dispensed with love to the children.

Will you help fulfill their thirst for Holy Communion, today?

Their Story

They are labeled ‘dalits,’ – born into the caste segregated system in India where tradition and history deem them ‘lowest class of this segregated system. These people are fighting to escape the social stratification and make better lives for themselves.

Over one-hundred years ago 18 families from Elenapatti, India converted to Christianity to escape the oppressing social stratification and moved to a small remote village called Thambipuram to practice their faith in peace. In the beginning they built a small thatched shed to celebrate Mass in, but it was destroyed by a hurricane. 

People of Thambipuram, India

 The People

The people are extremely poor coolies and farmers – unskilled laborers doing whatever they can to provide for their families. They rely on the monsoons to collect rainwater for crops and clean drinking water for the entire year.

"If the monsoon season fails there is great suffering," Fr. Joseph explained. "Really, it is a big challenge for the people to live their daily lives. But they have great faith which gives them the strength to live day to day."

They live in standards below what any American could ever imagine. During the rainy season, they still celebrate Mass outside in the dirt. They make no excuses to not attend Mass – to them Mass is a lifeline and a beacon of hope. Father Joseph Rayappan travels over 45 minutes over unpaved road to reach Thambipuram. He shared with us, "The roads are bad and I do much praying on the drive, but to see how many people come to the Mass warms my heart."

Today there are over 90 Christian families with 160 children in Thambipuram.

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"We Never Give Up Our Faith"

Antonyraj has a wife and three children and lives in the village of Thambipuram. He is a leader in the village, and has committed his life to the welfare of the people. To hear him talk about what the church will mean is both heartbreaking and inspiring:

"We are all farmers and we are all poor and mostly illiterate. With the help of Fr. Joseph a few of our children are going to schools. But since we are Christians, we are not eligible to get scholarships from the government.
Even though our poverty is a barrier for economic growth, we never give up on our faith in Jesus. By witnessing and experiencing our faith life, Fr. Joseph is trying to build a church.
I can tell you… even though we are dalit (low caste) by birth, we are higher than high caste in faith and spiritual life. We live for the liturgy and we receive everything from God by our prayers. So in order to experience the presence of Jesus who is present in the Eucharist, we beg you to help financially to have our own church in my village. Thank you so much"

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Mr. AntonyrajLetter by Mr. Antonyraj  

Greetings, I live in the village Thambipuram, a mission of Avudaipoigai parish in the diocese of Sivagangai. My name is Antonyraj. My village has a history of 115 years. The people of my village are 'Dalith'. Since the people of my village are illiterate and living under poverty, we cannot educate our children. We are all farmers. Only few people have their own land (very little) and others work as daily coolies. With the help of our pastor and bishop, a few children are going to school to get their education. Since we are Christians, we are not eligible to get scholarships from the Government for education but the Dalith of Hindu religion are eligible to get scholarships.  Even though our poverty is a barrier for our economic growth, we never give up our faith and we have strong faith in Jesus. By witnessing and experiencing our faith life, our pastor is trying to build a church. Since we are poor and could not build the church, I request you to help financially to build our church.

Original letter from Mr. Antonyraj written in Tamil  - Thambipuram, IndiaI am the president of this uratchi. By seeing my commitment, I am elected by the people as president for the second time. As I do my ministry as president, I give importance to my spiritual life. Since we are Christian Dalith, we are not provided even the basic facilities by the government. There is a little town nearby four kilometres from my village; we are surrounded by frorest area (means government lands with only Eucalyptus trees). There is no schools, dispensaries, hospitals in my village. Since there is no proper roads, it is very difficult for us to get our education, medical treatment etc. Since the underground water source is salty, we don't have good drinking water. I want to tell you one thing: even though we are Dalith (low caste) by birth, we are higher than the high caste people in faith and spiritual life.  We are interested in the liturgy and we receive everything from God by our prayers. So in order to experience the presence of Jesus who is present in the Eucharist, we beg you to help financially to have our own church in my village. Thanks. Yours sincerely, Antonyraj.

Michalammal Letter by Michalammal

Praise the Lord

Original letter from Michalammal, written in Tamil - Thambipuram, IndiaMy name is Michalammal. I am 95 years old. I am living in this village from my birth. Since I never been to school, I am illiterate and I don't know how to read and write. My granddaughter writes this whatever I say. I have four children and 11 grandchildren. I live with my children and grandchildren. We are Dalith Catholics. In the beginning we had a small thatched shed as church and lived without electricity. Our parish center is 28 kilometres from our village. So we could travel to our parish for Sunday liturgy. Now our bishop had established a new parish Avudaipoigai which 15 kilometres away from my village. Our new pastor comes and fulfills our need by offering mass once a week. Your help will nourish our spiritual life and to grow in our faith. And it will also help us to experience the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We are and will be grateful to you for your financial help. Thanks. Yours sincerely, Michalammal

The People Have Taken the First Step

 Thambipuram community standing before the sand for their new church - India Thambipuram community standing before the bricks for their new church - India Thambipuram community standing before the sand for their new church - India

These families in Thambipuram – materially poor but rich-in-faith – families, living in a remote, poverty-stricken village and facing incredible hardship, have taken up a beginning collection of $5,833. They pulled together what little money they have to support the construction of their future church. Their thirst for the Eucharist is tangible. They have already bought the sand and the bricks, and are now waiting on the rest of the funding. They are praying for enough donations to come in so they are able to construct the church. The people of Thambipuram are putting their faith into action by taking the first steps towards their church. With your help today they can finish construction and see the church through completion.

The Harvest Festival

These photos of the community in Thambipuram are sure to brighten your day! Families came together for their annual harvest festival to share the first fruits of their crops. Fr. Arul Joseph Rayappan shares more:

"Every year in January, we celebrate harvest festival (we call pongal Vila). Each family brings rice (the first fruits from their land) and cooks the rice with some spices in a common place and they share with each other." 

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 Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India Harvest Festival - Thambipuram, India

Easter Sunday 2016:

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The parish of Thambipuram celebrated the resurrection with joy and hope. For the Easter Mass the locals built a thatched shed to provide shade during the Mass, celebrated by Fr. Joseph Rayappan. The villagers were incredibly grateful for the gift of being able to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. For them, the resurrection of Jesus means more than we can imagine – it is what enabled the Thambipuram people to leave the caste system; giving them dignity and hope. 

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The Thambipuram Church under construction - IndiaNovember 2016

Construction is coming along in Thambipuram, India! It's been so amazing to watch the community come together to help build the first church in their village! From laying the foundation for the church, to raising what little money they could offer between the community and joining the Catholic World Mission family in on the fundraising, we are just around the corner from its completion. Today the chapel stands erect in their village. It is a welcoming sight. The whole community looks forward to when they can paint the church, have an altar, candles, crucifix, and seating inside. For now though, it stands without. Wind carries dirt through the cut outs for the windows, and animals can freely enter until we are able to raise enough funds for their humble community.

Your gift today will put the finishing touches on the Thambipuram Chapel! Give now to help them welcome Jesus into his permanent home in their community.

Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India
Construction of the Thambipuram church underway - India

Give NowTheir Need

Their biggest dream is to celebrate Mass somewhere with dignity and when they heard Catholic World Mission, a US based non-profit would help they raised $5,833 among themselves to help build the structure. Their main thirst is to receive Holy Communion so they are eager to attend Mass.

Father Joseph Rayappan, who ministers to the village, has asked Catholic World Mission to help make this church a reality and we have much work to do. The estimated cost is $33,000. Giving to build this church is like giving directly to Jesus as He desires to give His true presence to all people, especially the marginalized!

People of Thambipuram - India Thambipuram's Future Chapel - India Children from Thambipuram - India

This new church will be a place of daily worship and Holy Mass with Eucharistic adoration. It will house Sunday catechism for the children, and prayer meetings. Fr. Joseph is already envisioning village meetings at the church, and youth group meetings. The church will become the center of life in the village, a place where help can be shared among the families in most desperate need, and education and hope will be dispensed with love to the children.

Will you help fulfill their thirst for Holy Communion, today?

Mission in Porvorim

Porvorim Center

In 1957, the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was established to serve the growing Catholic population of 625,000 people on the west coast of India. Over 600 priests have served the areas of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli in the 169 parishes there. However, with time the priests serving them have retired, and others are ailing. Without family to provide and care for them they have requested our assistance in bringing a Clergy Home for the ailing and retiring priest community in Porvorim. Already, the center there has a hospital for the sick, a chapel for prayer and celebrating mass, and a convent for the sisters. 

Archbishop Ferrão blessing the ground before the new center is built - India

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão pictured center in front of construction of the clergy home - IndiaPorvorim Clergy Home

A family in Porvorim, Bardez Goa has already come forward and donated a small house and plot for the deserving priest community. Their generosity, and yours, will give men dedicated to serving Jesus Christ a place to rest after countless years of service to the Church in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Once completed, the Clergy Home will serve over 20 senior citizen priests and provide space for a small staff to care for them.

The land donated for the construction of the Clergy Home was cleared in October of 2015. Only a year later, we can see how far your generosity has gone to construct this new Home. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão can be seen blessing the ground with fellow priest Fr. Valeriano Vaz, and stepping in to survey the progress. The building will have three levels and include a chapel, kitchen, bathrooms, as well as over 20 rooms to accommodate the retiring and ailing priests from the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman!

See more photos of the construction here:

Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India

Give NowYour generosity and support is still needed in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman to finish constructing and furnishing a home for ailing and retiring priests! After countless years of dedicated service to the community our priestly brothers in Christ need a safe place to rest before entering the Kingdom of God. Your generous gift today builds a home for eternal life. 

Give now to build a place for priests to rest their heads.

Porvorim Center

In 1957, the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was established to serve the growing Catholic population of 625,000 people on the west coast of India. Over 600 priests have served the areas of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli in the 169 parishes there. However, with time the priests serving them have retired, and others are ailing. Without family to provide and care for them they have requested our assistance in bringing a Clergy Home for the ailing and retiring priest community in Porvorim. Already, the center there has a hospital for the sick, a chapel for prayer and celebrating mass, and a convent for the sisters. 

Archbishop Ferrão blessing the ground before the new center is built - India

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão pictured center in front of construction of the clergy home - IndiaPorvorim Clergy Home

A family in Porvorim, Bardez Goa has already come forward and donated a small house and plot for the deserving priest community. Their generosity, and yours, will give men dedicated to serving Jesus Christ a place to rest after countless years of service to the Church in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Once completed, the Clergy Home will serve over 20 senior citizen priests and provide space for a small staff to care for them.

The land donated for the construction of the Clergy Home was cleared in October of 2015. Only a year later, we can see how far your generosity has gone to construct this new Home. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão can be seen blessing the ground with fellow priest Fr. Valeriano Vaz, and stepping in to survey the progress. The building will have three levels and include a chapel, kitchen, bathrooms, as well as over 20 rooms to accommodate the retiring and ailing priests from the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman!

See more photos of the construction here:

Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India
Clergy Home Construction - Porvorim, India

Give NowYour generosity and support is still needed in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman to finish constructing and furnishing a home for ailing and retiring priests! After countless years of dedicated service to the community our priestly brothers in Christ need a safe place to rest before entering the Kingdom of God. Your generous gift today builds a home for eternal life. 

Give now to build a place for priests to rest their heads.

Children

The Children of India

Twenty percent of the world’s children live in India and about 11% of those children ages 0-14 are laborers. Priests like Fr. Seby and Fr. Tony fight for the rights of the children, and keep them out of harm’s way. You can support their work by exploring the tabs, and giving generously to their mission.

Children from Dudhani singing the rosary - India

The priest and school principal below speaks of his own foundation as a child in the school in Dudhani.

Dudhani, India

Dudhani Children272 children are schooled and housed in a sparse hostel. Away from their parents, they study 7 days a week with limited furniture, and without a cafeteria, they now finally have a place to bathe. The children in Dudhani are no strangers to hunger. The children are left at Dudhani for most of the year, and go home to see their parents only once.

Their parents work long hours and entrust their children to the missionary priests of St. Francis Xavier because they will get better care in school, and it prevents them from "roaming with the cows" in their free time which is very dangerous for them to do. "Roaming with the cows," means that the children go off into the woods to look for basic needs, the priests and Catholic World Mission want to give them a safe place to be where all their basic needs met. 

Children in Dudhani waiting for food - India Children in Dudhani - India celebrating Mass in Dudhani - India 

Rosarys

Dudhani, India

Christ's mother Mary is a powerful intercessor. When word got out that children were chanting the rosary daily but did not actually have rosaries, ladies from Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Georiga got busy making rosaries for the children in India. 424 rosaries were donated for the children to carry instruments of prayer. The Sisters of Franciscan Hospitallers of Christ the King pass out rosaries to the girls and boys from both the children's hostel and high school hostel, and lead them in singing the rosary. 

Rosaries Rosaries Child praying Rosary Dudhani - India 

Dudhani, India - Dining Hall: Complete!

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão came to bless the dining hall and kitchen for the children as well as say Mass on the feast of Our Lady of the Hills! 20,000 people came from all over the community to celebrate the build of the dining hall and kitchen for the children. It was a joyous occasion. Mass was held, the facility was blessed as well as many children. Everyone also climbed "the hill" that day. The hill is where many people have seen an apparition of Our Lady, and have since climbed the hill on her feast day every year. The children of Dudhani often pray the rosary on the top of the hill, and many people have experienced healing there. It was a blessed occasion for all.

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Bathrooms: Complete

With the support of CWM donors, we have been able to construct the bathroom facilities for the children. They have gone from having nothing, to having a functional bathroom to use and bathe! Thank you for all your support.

Bathroom Bricks laid. Phase two of bathroom build. Tile goes up, and bricks are waterproofed. Phase three. Tiles are complete and bathroom is painted a bright blue.

Fr Tony dress as Santa Fr Tony with the Children Crib for Jesus

Dudhani, India

For Christmas in 2014, Fr. Tony reached out to us asking to help create the most blessed Christmas for the Children of Dudhani. He wanted to serve apples and chicken in addition to the meager lentils they would normally eat. In Dudhani, India Christmas was celebrated with Fr. Tony - the caretaker for the children. He dressed as an American Santa. To celebrate the birth of Christ, the children went caroling and sang traditional Christmas songs. The children also enacted the journey of the wisemen to Nazareth to see the Christ Jesus. There was much joy that day, the children were well fed, and there was lots of laughter. (Largely due to Fr. Tony's costume!) 

Dudhani girls preparing for dance - India Director Rick Medina in Dudhani - India Dudhani Celebration - India

Christmas Miracle 2014 to 2015

Christmas in Dudhani 2014For the past two years we have asked for your help to bring a Christmas Miracle to children in India. You have surpassed our expectations and brought tangible joy to the children living in hostels away from their parents. In 2014 we celebrated Christmas with the children in Dudhani who, incredibly grateful, praised God a little louder that day offering thanks to God and prayed for all those generous people that helped them.

This year requests came from even more schools for their children to also have a decent meal to celebrate the birth of Christ. The four schools have over 1,500 children in total and on Christmas Day gave the children a meal of chicken and apples. This humble meal to us is a godsend for them. A generous supporter also came forward so the children could enjoy a small Christmas gift: at the school in Khanwel the children enjoyed their sweet gift of chocolate and a blanket! See photos of the celebration in 2015 below from Khanwel, Chisda, Dudhani, and Shelt.

Christmas Miracle '15 - Chisda Murdolpda
Christmas Miracle '15 - Chisda Murdolpda
Christmas Miracle '15 - Chisda Murdolpda
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Shelt
Christmas Miracle '15 - Shelt
Christmas Miracle '15 - Shelt

Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - IndiaChristmas Miracle in 2016!

You have surpassed all expectations to bring love and support again this year to the children in India! Your generosity let 2,827 children experience Christ in Christmas! These children live far away from their parents for most of the year, only visiting for a few weekends – all because their parents must work constantly to provide for their children. Your generosity went to giving the children the wonderful gift of chicken and apples to supplement their regular meal of watered down peas on Christmas day. In addition, the children received a small gift of a blanket. You went even further above and beyond in your giving: there was even left over to purchase the children ice cream!

See photos of the celebration in 2016 below from Khanwel, Dapadda, and Dudhani:

Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India

Veluganv, India children with JeepsVeluganv, India

In Veluganv, Fr. Pavin runs a hostel for young girls and boys who would otherwise be on the streets. Their parents work most of the year, and have no one to take care of them otherwise. You recently helped donated a jeepney to this remote village. To have reliable transportation means the world to the children in Veluganv, which is 12 miles from the nearest hospital on unpaved, rough roads.

Village in Veluganv with a new jeepney - India Village in Veluganv blessing new jeepney - India Village in Veluganv with a new jeepney to take children to the hospital - India

Only with your help can we bring a smile to these needy children in India!

Please help us provide the children with: 

  1. Reliable Jeep: A lifeline to bring sick children to clinics and to deliver life-saving medical supplies to the children in Khanwel. A reliable jeep will serve the needs of 500 children.
  2. New School Flooring & Electrical Wiring: serves over 600 students in the village of Sindoni.

Will you bring the hope to these needy children today?

The Children of India

Twenty percent of the world’s children live in India and about 11% of those children ages 0-14 are laborers. Priests like Fr. Seby and Fr. Tony fight for the rights of the children, and keep them out of harm’s way. You can support their work by exploring the tabs, and giving generously to their mission.

Children from Dudhani singing the rosary - India

The priest and school principal below speaks of his own foundation as a child in the school in Dudhani.

Dudhani, India

Dudhani Children272 children are schooled and housed in a sparse hostel. Away from their parents, they study 7 days a week with limited furniture, and without a cafeteria, they now finally have a place to bathe. The children in Dudhani are no strangers to hunger. The children are left at Dudhani for most of the year, and go home to see their parents only once.

Their parents work long hours and entrust their children to the missionary priests of St. Francis Xavier because they will get better care in school, and it prevents them from "roaming with the cows" in their free time which is very dangerous for them to do. "Roaming with the cows," means that the children go off into the woods to look for basic needs, the priests and Catholic World Mission want to give them a safe place to be where all their basic needs met. 

Children in Dudhani waiting for food - India Children in Dudhani - India celebrating Mass in Dudhani - India 

Rosarys

Dudhani, India

Christ's mother Mary is a powerful intercessor. When word got out that children were chanting the rosary daily but did not actually have rosaries, ladies from Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Georiga got busy making rosaries for the children in India. 424 rosaries were donated for the children to carry instruments of prayer. The Sisters of Franciscan Hospitallers of Christ the King pass out rosaries to the girls and boys from both the children's hostel and high school hostel, and lead them in singing the rosary. 

Rosaries Rosaries Child praying Rosary Dudhani - India 

Dudhani, India - Dining Hall: Complete!

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão came to bless the dining hall and kitchen for the children as well as say Mass on the feast of Our Lady of the Hills! 20,000 people came from all over the community to celebrate the build of the dining hall and kitchen for the children. It was a joyous occasion. Mass was held, the facility was blessed as well as many children. Everyone also climbed "the hill" that day. The hill is where many people have seen an apparition of Our Lady, and have since climbed the hill on her feast day every year. The children of Dudhani often pray the rosary on the top of the hill, and many people have experienced healing there. It was a blessed occasion for all.

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Bathrooms: Complete

With the support of CWM donors, we have been able to construct the bathroom facilities for the children. They have gone from having nothing, to having a functional bathroom to use and bathe! Thank you for all your support.

Bathroom Bricks laid. Phase two of bathroom build. Tile goes up, and bricks are waterproofed. Phase three. Tiles are complete and bathroom is painted a bright blue.

Fr Tony dress as Santa Fr Tony with the Children Crib for Jesus

Dudhani, India

For Christmas in 2014, Fr. Tony reached out to us asking to help create the most blessed Christmas for the Children of Dudhani. He wanted to serve apples and chicken in addition to the meager lentils they would normally eat. In Dudhani, India Christmas was celebrated with Fr. Tony - the caretaker for the children. He dressed as an American Santa. To celebrate the birth of Christ, the children went caroling and sang traditional Christmas songs. The children also enacted the journey of the wisemen to Nazareth to see the Christ Jesus. There was much joy that day, the children were well fed, and there was lots of laughter. (Largely due to Fr. Tony's costume!) 

Dudhani girls preparing for dance - India Director Rick Medina in Dudhani - India Dudhani Celebration - India

Christmas Miracle 2014 to 2015

Christmas in Dudhani 2014For the past two years we have asked for your help to bring a Christmas Miracle to children in India. You have surpassed our expectations and brought tangible joy to the children living in hostels away from their parents. In 2014 we celebrated Christmas with the children in Dudhani who, incredibly grateful, praised God a little louder that day offering thanks to God and prayed for all those generous people that helped them.

This year requests came from even more schools for their children to also have a decent meal to celebrate the birth of Christ. The four schools have over 1,500 children in total and on Christmas Day gave the children a meal of chicken and apples. This humble meal to us is a godsend for them. A generous supporter also came forward so the children could enjoy a small Christmas gift: at the school in Khanwel the children enjoyed their sweet gift of chocolate and a blanket! See photos of the celebration in 2015 below from Khanwel, Chisda, Dudhani, and Shelt.

Christmas Miracle '15 - Chisda Murdolpda
Christmas Miracle '15 - Chisda Murdolpda
Christmas Miracle '15 - Chisda Murdolpda
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Dudhani
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Khanwel
Christmas Miracle '15 - Shelt
Christmas Miracle '15 - Shelt
Christmas Miracle '15 - Shelt

Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - IndiaChristmas Miracle in 2016!

You have surpassed all expectations to bring love and support again this year to the children in India! Your generosity let 2,827 children experience Christ in Christmas! These children live far away from their parents for most of the year, only visiting for a few weekends – all because their parents must work constantly to provide for their children. Your generosity went to giving the children the wonderful gift of chicken and apples to supplement their regular meal of watered down peas on Christmas day. In addition, the children received a small gift of a blanket. You went even further above and beyond in your giving: there was even left over to purchase the children ice cream!

See photos of the celebration in 2016 below from Khanwel, Dapadda, and Dudhani:

Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Khanwel - India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dapadda- India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India
Christmas Miracle in Dudhani - India

Veluganv, India children with JeepsVeluganv, India

In Veluganv, Fr. Pavin runs a hostel for young girls and boys who would otherwise be on the streets. Their parents work most of the year, and have no one to take care of them otherwise. You recently helped donated a jeepney to this remote village. To have reliable transportation means the world to the children in Veluganv, which is 12 miles from the nearest hospital on unpaved, rough roads.

Village in Veluganv with a new jeepney - India Village in Veluganv blessing new jeepney - India Village in Veluganv with a new jeepney to take children to the hospital - India

Only with your help can we bring a smile to these needy children in India!

Please help us provide the children with: 

  1. Reliable Jeep: A lifeline to bring sick children to clinics and to deliver life-saving medical supplies to the children in Khanwel. A reliable jeep will serve the needs of 500 children.
  2. New School Flooring & Electrical Wiring: serves over 600 students in the village of Sindoni.

Will you bring the hope to these needy children today?

Pastoral Institute of Laity Formation

Formation of the Laity

In India, it is important now more than ever for the faith to explode and show the faithfulness of the Lord, Jesus Christ. There are many Christians being persecuted in the name of cleansing. We stand against this persuction and the killings, and support programs that transcend the love of the Gospel.

Pastoral Institute of Laity Formation - India

Theological and Pastoral Formation Institute

Thanks to generous CWM donors, we've been able to support the formation of the current 93 laity participating in the two year formation program. The laity will be trained by priests at the Pastoral Institute and will spread the faith to the people in their home parishes in Goa, India.

Garden at the institute Priests at the Institute Building at the institute Pastoral Institute Sign

Formation Curriculum | Objectives, and Cost.

The course was designed as one two-year formation program. The length of the program makes it a serious endeavor. The demand for the class is high, and this year they will be running two courses simultaneously. 

During the past seven months, the group has grown in the knowledge of faith, fellowship, and in their prayer lives. Seven of the laity share their testimonies under discretion for fear of risking their lives and those of their families from people and entities who do not believe in freedom of religion. For this reason we have hidden their names from their letters.

Pastoral Institute of Laity Formation - India Laity in class Laity at Mass

 

Testimonies

Seven of the laity share their written testimonies under discretion for fear of risking their lives and those of their families from people and entities who do not believe in freedom of religion. For this reason we have hidden their names from their letters.

Pastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity Testimony

 

Give NowJust $50 per year can sponsor local laity from the parishes in Goa to enter a 2 year formation program in order to be able to spread the faith to their home parishes.

To continue supporting authentically Catholic evangelization in India consider giving now.

Formation of the Laity

In India, it is important now more than ever for the faith to explode and show the faithfulness of the Lord, Jesus Christ. There are many Christians being persecuted in the name of cleansing. We stand against this persuction and the killings, and support programs that transcend the love of the Gospel.

Pastoral Institute of Laity Formation - India

Theological and Pastoral Formation Institute

Thanks to generous CWM donors, we've been able to support the formation of the current 93 laity participating in the two year formation program. The laity will be trained by priests at the Pastoral Institute and will spread the faith to the people in their home parishes in Goa, India.

Garden at the institute Priests at the Institute Building at the institute Pastoral Institute Sign

Formation Curriculum | Objectives, and Cost.

The course was designed as one two-year formation program. The length of the program makes it a serious endeavor. The demand for the class is high, and this year they will be running two courses simultaneously. 

During the past seven months, the group has grown in the knowledge of faith, fellowship, and in their prayer lives. Seven of the laity share their testimonies under discretion for fear of risking their lives and those of their families from people and entities who do not believe in freedom of religion. For this reason we have hidden their names from their letters.

Pastoral Institute of Laity Formation - India Laity in class Laity at Mass

 

Testimonies

Seven of the laity share their written testimonies under discretion for fear of risking their lives and those of their families from people and entities who do not believe in freedom of religion. For this reason we have hidden their names from their letters.

Pastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity TestimonyPastoral Laity Testimony

 

Give NowJust $50 per year can sponsor local laity from the parishes in Goa to enter a 2 year formation program in order to be able to spread the faith to their home parishes.

To continue supporting authentically Catholic evangelization in India consider giving now.

Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales Seminary

Seminarians

Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales 

The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales live humbly while studying the priesthood. These men studied for years without proper electricity, would walk miles to share their studies and evangelizing in the Archdiocese of Goa & Daman, and hand pick rice for their meals.

Now thanks to your help things are a little easier there. 

You helped the missionaries by bringing electricity so they could continue their studies at night. You bought bicycles so they could reach more people in the archdiocese. And thanks be to God, you gave them a tractor! Read more about each story below.

Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales - India Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales - India Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales - India St. Francis de Sales Institute - India

Bicycles

22 new bicycles have been purchased to support the missionary priests of St. Francis De Sales. These bicycles will prevent the seminarians from having to the walk many miles through the mountains to continue their education and faith formation. After these seminarians become priests they will be sent all over the world to serve within the Church, including the many villages of the Mission of Goa and Daman.

Old Bicycles New Bicycles

Electricity

We are thankful for all the help we receive from our donors! Because of you we are able to support the St. Francis de Sales seminary. You have made it possible for these future priests to continue their studies after dark with the new installation: reliable electricity. The seminary offered Mass for Catholic World Mission on Christmas day and continue to pray for our family. Keep checking back for updates!

Seminarian Electricity at Seminary - India Seminary

Rice harvested by seminarians - IndiaThe Tractor

Life in the seminary is not all glory. You might never know about their poverty, and their plight. At Catholic World Mission we want to share with you an impactful story about the seminarians of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS).

The seminarians at MSFS are very poor, but blessed by God. They work hard and long hours to subsidize the cost of the seminary. The seminarians run a small farm where they grow rice, all their food, and raise pigs and chickens. Every year they produce enough for them and more to sell locally.

For years the seminarians have done all the work by hand. Recently, they asked for our help in buying a tractor. The tractor would help the seminarians work faster, harvest more land, and provide for more seminarians. With joy we are thankful to have fulfilled their request with the help of our donors! 

Tractor used by seminarians - India Tractor used by seminarians - India

Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina pictured center in white with the MSFS Seminarians - IndiaA Roof & 75 Years Young!

MSFS celebrates their 75th anniversary this year! Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s trip to India this year brought him back to the seminary; there he was able to meet with the community once again and assess the needs of the seminarians, so the Catholic World Mission family can better serve them. Over the course of his visit Deacon Rick was introduced to the needs of the community and many of the seminarians. Today, the seminary is in need of many repairs and still has desks that were built in the 1950’s! The seminarians came to study at the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales seminary from as close as Goa, and as far as Tanzania. They shared their gratitude to the Catholic World Mission family for helping purchase the community a tractor and most recently helping reconstruct the roof over the building.

Your selflessness to the MSFS seminary in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has helped the seminarians literally have a safe roof over their heads! The seminarians are incredibly grateful for your support and include Catholic World Mission and its donors in their nightly rosary.

To continue supporting the seminarians in India, become a monthly donor of $75 or more! This generous donation provides healthcare for the young men studying to become priests, their books, and classes while they work to offset the cost of feeding the community by farming their land. Every gift counts towards the good formation of priests!

Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS Seminarians breaking from harvesting for lunch - India
MSFS Seminarians breaking from harvesting for lunch - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS roof complete! - India
MSFS roof complete! - India


Just $80 per month or $960 per year can sponsor the formation of a seminarian to tend to the spiritual needs of tribal villagers. 

Will you support a seminarian in India today?

Seminarians

Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales 

The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales live humbly while studying the priesthood. These men studied for years without proper electricity, would walk miles to share their studies and evangelizing in the Archdiocese of Goa & Daman, and hand pick rice for their meals.

Now thanks to your help things are a little easier there. 

You helped the missionaries by bringing electricity so they could continue their studies at night. You bought bicycles so they could reach more people in the archdiocese. And thanks be to God, you gave them a tractor! Read more about each story below.

Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales - India Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales - India Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales - India St. Francis de Sales Institute - India

Bicycles

22 new bicycles have been purchased to support the missionary priests of St. Francis De Sales. These bicycles will prevent the seminarians from having to the walk many miles through the mountains to continue their education and faith formation. After these seminarians become priests they will be sent all over the world to serve within the Church, including the many villages of the Mission of Goa and Daman.

Old Bicycles New Bicycles

Electricity

We are thankful for all the help we receive from our donors! Because of you we are able to support the St. Francis de Sales seminary. You have made it possible for these future priests to continue their studies after dark with the new installation: reliable electricity. The seminary offered Mass for Catholic World Mission on Christmas day and continue to pray for our family. Keep checking back for updates!

Seminarian Electricity at Seminary - India Seminary

Rice harvested by seminarians - IndiaThe Tractor

Life in the seminary is not all glory. You might never know about their poverty, and their plight. At Catholic World Mission we want to share with you an impactful story about the seminarians of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS).

The seminarians at MSFS are very poor, but blessed by God. They work hard and long hours to subsidize the cost of the seminary. The seminarians run a small farm where they grow rice, all their food, and raise pigs and chickens. Every year they produce enough for them and more to sell locally.

For years the seminarians have done all the work by hand. Recently, they asked for our help in buying a tractor. The tractor would help the seminarians work faster, harvest more land, and provide for more seminarians. With joy we are thankful to have fulfilled their request with the help of our donors! 

Tractor used by seminarians - India Tractor used by seminarians - India

Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina pictured center in white with the MSFS Seminarians - IndiaA Roof & 75 Years Young!

MSFS celebrates their 75th anniversary this year! Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s trip to India this year brought him back to the seminary; there he was able to meet with the community once again and assess the needs of the seminarians, so the Catholic World Mission family can better serve them. Over the course of his visit Deacon Rick was introduced to the needs of the community and many of the seminarians. Today, the seminary is in need of many repairs and still has desks that were built in the 1950’s! The seminarians came to study at the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales seminary from as close as Goa, and as far as Tanzania. They shared their gratitude to the Catholic World Mission family for helping purchase the community a tractor and most recently helping reconstruct the roof over the building.

Your selflessness to the MSFS seminary in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has helped the seminarians literally have a safe roof over their heads! The seminarians are incredibly grateful for your support and include Catholic World Mission and its donors in their nightly rosary.

To continue supporting the seminarians in India, become a monthly donor of $75 or more! This generous donation provides healthcare for the young men studying to become priests, their books, and classes while they work to offset the cost of feeding the community by farming their land. Every gift counts towards the good formation of priests!

Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
Executive Director, Deacon Rick Medina’s harvesting wheat with the MSFS Seminarians - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS Seminarians breaking from harvesting for lunch - India
MSFS Seminarians breaking from harvesting for lunch - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS' roof under construction - India
MSFS roof complete! - India
MSFS roof complete! - India


Just $80 per month or $960 per year can sponsor the formation of a seminarian to tend to the spiritual needs of tribal villagers. 

Will you support a seminarian in India today?

Little Way Messengers

Priestly Formation

The mission of The Little Way Messengers is to form future priests to spread God’s message of love and salvation throughout the world. Father Selvaraj aims to achieve this through establishing a religious order and seminary in southern India to form zealous missionary priests and train them in various cultures and languages to be sent to the four corners of the world where there is a shortage of priests under the patronage of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower.  

Little Way Messengers blessing the grounds for their seminary - India Little Way Messengers in Mass - India Constructing the Little Way Mesengers Seminary - India Fr. Selvaraj standing proudly at the Little Way Messengers Seminary - India 

 

The Little Way

Fr. Selvaraj with seminariansThis order specifically emphasizes evangelization and martyrdom. By going into both Catholic and Non-Catholic areas of need, they wish to spread God’s word to a diverse spectrum of communities, with the United States as its first area of interest. Furthermore, they wish to stress constant availability of priests and seminarians to the lay people. Father Selvaraj also states there is a strong emphasis on convincing the heart to “do all for the sake of the salvation of souls”. With that said, they are willing to die for the faith. The Little Flower philosophy and teachings highlight physical, intellectual, and spiritual discipline. With the word “seminary” stemming from the word “seed”, they wish to treat it as a place of key formation and major development and growth.

Holy Ground

Fr. SelvarajLWM LWM LWM

Through the life savings of Father Selvaraj, 5.5 acres of land was secured for the project. An entrance and administrators building has been built, and with the help of donors, the foundation laid for the seminary. As the 34th most expensive place to live, such accomplishments are amazing. By December 2014, they completed the classrooms, dormitories, the dining hall and kitchen. All donation amounts help this project. Future goals to come in the next five years include more accommodation space for seminarians, a functioning chapel, a vehicle to transport seminarians to classes, and much more! The Little Way Messengers also convey that all benefactors and their families will be prayed for during daily masses and prayers

Fr. Selvaraj's Calling

Fr. Selvaraj and motor bikeFather Balappa Selvaraj knows first-hand the blessings and protection received from the Little Flower herself, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. What he didn’t know was that this same saint would eventually guide his vocation and ambitions years later. Father Selvaraj was born in Bangalore, India in the state of Karnataka.  With 65 million people in the state, only 2% of the population is Christian.

At age 23, he was a young seminarian, well on his way to living out his faith. He had already completed three years of minor seminary, three years of philosophy and one year of theological study. It was during this time of intense training that he suffered a life-threatening injury from a motorbike accident. Originally taken to St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital, the young Brother Selvaraj fell into a coma. Doctors predicted a less than 10% chance of survival from the accident. His superior, Bishop Rajappa, from the Diocese of Kurnool, requested the Sisters of the cloistered Carmelite order pray for Father’s healing through the “Novena of the Little Flower.”  Additionally, Bishop Rajappa celebrated Holy Mass every day in the cloistered convent chapel. He took the precious blood to the government hospital, where Father lay unconscious, pouring the blood of Jesus into his injured mouth. Bishop Rajappa promised the sisters that if the seminarian were to recover from the coma, he would hold firm on his intention to establish a Little Way association, with this young man as one of his first seminarians.

LWM Construction LWM Construction

 After eight days of prayer and to the doctor’s disbelief, the young man regained consciousness. Further intentions soon led to his complete recovery and allowed for his ordination shortly after. Bishop Rajappa then began to set the foundations for The Little Way Missioners, planning to send Father Selvaraj to the United States to finish his doctorate in philosophy. 

Although the Bishop died shortly thereafter, Father was able to finish his studies in the U.S. with the help of Bishop Moreno and Father Albert Jowdy in Atlanta. Father Selvaraj went on to serve in several parishes and hold the position of Chief Advocate in the Metropolitan Tribunal in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. With the Bishop’s promise still burning and close to his heart, Father Selvaraj wished to follow up on his intention. The Little Flower’s model of spirituality and sacrificial life had a tremendous impact for Father Selvaraj. Nearly 30 years later, the dream finally received the opportunity to become reality through a meeting with Bishop T. Anthony Swamy, who also shared the same vision of building a seminary in Bangalore. With the permission of Archbishop Wilton Gregory from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and patronage of Bishop T. Anthony Swamy of the Chikmagalur Diocese of south India, the project was launched. Archbishop Gregory granted Father Selvaraj five years leave to develop, grow, and establish The Little Way Messengers. Archbishop Gregory fully supports this mission and stated, “For the benefit of the universal Church, I allow you to go.”

LWM LWM LWM

Little Way Seminary

Little Way Messengers Seminary Dorm Little Way Messengers Seminary - laying tile Little Way Messengers Seminary Chapel 

Priestly Formation

The mission of The Little Way Messengers is to form future priests to spread God’s message of love and salvation throughout the world. Father Selvaraj aims to achieve this through establishing a religious order and seminary in southern India to form zealous missionary priests and train them in various cultures and languages to be sent to the four corners of the world where there is a shortage of priests under the patronage of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower.  

Little Way Messengers blessing the grounds for their seminary - India Little Way Messengers in Mass - India Constructing the Little Way Mesengers Seminary - India Fr. Selvaraj standing proudly at the Little Way Messengers Seminary - India 

 

The Little Way

Fr. Selvaraj with seminariansThis order specifically emphasizes evangelization and martyrdom. By going into both Catholic and Non-Catholic areas of need, they wish to spread God’s word to a diverse spectrum of communities, with the United States as its first area of interest. Furthermore, they wish to stress constant availability of priests and seminarians to the lay people. Father Selvaraj also states there is a strong emphasis on convincing the heart to “do all for the sake of the salvation of souls”. With that said, they are willing to die for the faith. The Little Flower philosophy and teachings highlight physical, intellectual, and spiritual discipline. With the word “seminary” stemming from the word “seed”, they wish to treat it as a place of key formation and major development and growth.

Holy Ground

Fr. SelvarajLWM LWM LWM

Through the life savings of Father Selvaraj, 5.5 acres of land was secured for the project. An entrance and administrators building has been built, and with the help of donors, the foundation laid for the seminary. As the 34th most expensive place to live, such accomplishments are amazing. By December 2014, they completed the classrooms, dormitories, the dining hall and kitchen. All donation amounts help this project. Future goals to come in the next five years include more accommodation space for seminarians, a functioning chapel, a vehicle to transport seminarians to classes, and much more! The Little Way Messengers also convey that all benefactors and their families will be prayed for during daily masses and prayers

Fr. Selvaraj's Calling

Fr. Selvaraj and motor bikeFather Balappa Selvaraj knows first-hand the blessings and protection received from the Little Flower herself, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. What he didn’t know was that this same saint would eventually guide his vocation and ambitions years later. Father Selvaraj was born in Bangalore, India in the state of Karnataka.  With 65 million people in the state, only 2% of the population is Christian.

At age 23, he was a young seminarian, well on his way to living out his faith. He had already completed three years of minor seminary, three years of philosophy and one year of theological study. It was during this time of intense training that he suffered a life-threatening injury from a motorbike accident. Originally taken to St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital, the young Brother Selvaraj fell into a coma. Doctors predicted a less than 10% chance of survival from the accident. His superior, Bishop Rajappa, from the Diocese of Kurnool, requested the Sisters of the cloistered Carmelite order pray for Father’s healing through the “Novena of the Little Flower.”  Additionally, Bishop Rajappa celebrated Holy Mass every day in the cloistered convent chapel. He took the precious blood to the government hospital, where Father lay unconscious, pouring the blood of Jesus into his injured mouth. Bishop Rajappa promised the sisters that if the seminarian were to recover from the coma, he would hold firm on his intention to establish a Little Way association, with this young man as one of his first seminarians.

LWM Construction LWM Construction

 After eight days of prayer and to the doctor’s disbelief, the young man regained consciousness. Further intentions soon led to his complete recovery and allowed for his ordination shortly after. Bishop Rajappa then began to set the foundations for The Little Way Missioners, planning to send Father Selvaraj to the United States to finish his doctorate in philosophy. 

Although the Bishop died shortly thereafter, Father was able to finish his studies in the U.S. with the help of Bishop Moreno and Father Albert Jowdy in Atlanta. Father Selvaraj went on to serve in several parishes and hold the position of Chief Advocate in the Metropolitan Tribunal in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. With the Bishop’s promise still burning and close to his heart, Father Selvaraj wished to follow up on his intention. The Little Flower’s model of spirituality and sacrificial life had a tremendous impact for Father Selvaraj. Nearly 30 years later, the dream finally received the opportunity to become reality through a meeting with Bishop T. Anthony Swamy, who also shared the same vision of building a seminary in Bangalore. With the permission of Archbishop Wilton Gregory from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and patronage of Bishop T. Anthony Swamy of the Chikmagalur Diocese of south India, the project was launched. Archbishop Gregory granted Father Selvaraj five years leave to develop, grow, and establish The Little Way Messengers. Archbishop Gregory fully supports this mission and stated, “For the benefit of the universal Church, I allow you to go.”

LWM LWM LWM

Little Way Seminary

Little Way Messengers Seminary Dorm Little Way Messengers Seminary - laying tile Little Way Messengers Seminary Chapel