Year-long-celebrations to mark 160 years of Jesuit Mission
The Jesuits belonging to the German Province and hailing from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, had arrived in western India in 1854 to start pioneering works in education, social work and literature.
The members of the Society of Jesus will launch a year-long celebration on December 3, the feast of St Francis Xavier, to mark the 160th jubilee year of their arrival in Pune, western India.
The Jesuits belonging to the German Province and hailing from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, had arrived in western India in 1854 to start pioneering works in education, social work and literature. They established a large number of institutions in western India, which comprise present Jesuit provinces of Pune, Mumbai, Goa and Gujarat.
The jubilee celebrations will commence with a thanksgiving mass celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Valerian D'Souza of Poona at St Xavier's Church in Pune Camp.
Father Andrew Fernandes, parish priest of St Xavier's Church and Principal of St Vincent's High School, said that a calendar on various Jesuits institutions in Pune province will be released to mark the 160th jubilee year. An exhibition of photographs of veteran Jesuits of Pune province would be organised at the Church premises.
Veteran Jesuits, who worked in Pune province, include former Pune Bishop Henry Doering, Fathers Rudolf Schoch, Alphons Oesch, Matthew Lederle ('Snehasadan' founder), and Herman Bakher, rural development works pioneer in Ahmednagar district.
Pune Jesuit Provincial Father Bhausaheb Sansare said that various activities will be organised to mark the jubilee and to evaluate the Jesuits' role in spiritual and other fields.
The Pune Jesuit province comprises of Pune, Ahmednagar, Beed, Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli districts.
Some of the Jesuits-run city institutions include St Vincent's High and Higher Secondary School, Stephen Niwas youth hostel, St Vincent's College of Commerce, St Joseph's Night High School, all in Pune Camp, Loyola School and Junior College, Pashan, St Joseph's Technical Institute, Swargate, Snehasadan Institute, De Nobili College and Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth on Nagar Road, and Berchman's Training College in Vitthalwadi.
Source: Sakal Times