MOTHER THERESA and CHRISTA SHARAN ASHRAM !
you are working
for the development of the poor. Mother Theresa is also working for the
poor. Well, what is the difference between your work and that of Mother
Theresa?" The University faculty asked me when I was studying in Nova
Scotia, Canada. I humbly responded;. "If my work succeeds, India will have
no need of a Mother Theresa. But, as of now, it needs a few thousands of
THE OTHER SHEEP:
I have been now a priest for forty eight years. I have served in parishes,
schools, and other insinuations, as Pastor, Chaplain, Teacher, Diocesan
Director with various portfolios.. But, something always disturbed me. In
all the above capacities, I served mostly the Catholics. "I have OTHER
SHEEP too, to whom I must go." These wordsof Christ disturbed me.
What about these that did not know of
Christ's love for them? What about the thousands and thousands of
illiterate, ignorant, called' low caste, untouchable, unhealthy, oppressed
people, especially exploited Women and Children? Are not these the poor,
Christ speaks of EVANGELISING? "The gospel is preached to the poor"
means preaching the Good News. But...
What is good news to the
oppressed, the hungry, the sick, the ignorant, the illiterate and the weak
and the homeless???……but liberation, food,
literacy, empowerment and
Inspired by Christ, moved by the utter poverty of these people, fired by the
glaring example of Blessed Mother Theresa, with the kind approval of my
bishop, I left the comfort and security of my parish rectory, the joy of
teaching smart boys and girls in schools and colleges, the happiness of
being surrounded and loved by the parishioners, and dived into the deep
ocean of poverty of every kind, physical, moral, social, financial and
spiritual, to help the helpless to help themselves.
To fulfill my mission, with a band of like minded people concerned for the
poor, I registered the Sri Christa Sharan Social Development Society for
Evangelising the poor through social development and named it SRI
CHRISTA SHARAN. Christa Sharan means, 'In the service of Christ' and
"Christ at your service." Both are relevant.
HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT: The Sri Christa
Sharan Society has been rendering in the past 29 years, selfless service to
the most marginalized people, especially oppressed women and children.. It
has been helping people with education in health, child care, maternal care,
herbal and native medicine, yoga, literacy, savings, agriculture,
horticulture, forestry, watershed development and management, animal
husbandry, poultry farming, vermicluture, organic farming and very
importantly, self esteem and self image specially in women. With help from
people of good will, it has helped the poor with potable water facility,
housing, a goat, a sheep, a cow or bull, a few rabbits, etc.,
Msgr. Coady of Canada had said: 'Give
a man a fish; he would live for a day. But teach him to fish. He will live
all his life.' We do not believe in doling out. We believe in developing the
skills and capacities of a person and empowering her/him to be Self
thinking, Self reliant, Self deciding and Self governing.
DEVELOPMENT, OUR LAY MISSIONARY SISTERS:
A community, especially a rural community can be educated
only through women. "Educate a man, and a man is educated. Educate a
woman, and a family is educated," goes an English saying. To educate
women, women are the fittest. This is why this great, but hard work of
Evangelisation through social development, has been carried on for the past
28 years, in 60 villages, the people of which had never heard of Christ,
before we went there ,by a band of selfless, lay , young women for
the love of Christ. Some of these have served for 23 long years. Some have
joined other organisations, or become nuns, or have got married and are
rendering great service in their parishes. There is still a band of these
Lay Women Apostles, who neither want to get married, nor become nuns, but
want to serve the poor all their life, remaining single for the love
of Christ. Soon, it will be such bands of lay women apostles, I feel,
that will have to carry on the work of Christ and His Church, as we may have
very few priests and nuns as is already happening in the West.
In these villages, where hardly any child, especially a girl child, went to
school, we motivated them to go. From 5 to 10% that were attending school,
now the number has gone to 80%, and we are proud to say that even the
percentage of girls going to school has risen from 2 to 5% to 60 to 70%.
Praise the Lord! Yet, there was the need for a really good school,
especially for the village children. With great difficulty, we have started
one. under the Sri Guru Christa Sharan Trust (Rgd), a branch of Christa
Sharan. God be praised.! The name of the school is SRI GURU CHRISTA
GOD, YOU AND
CHRISTA SHARAN :It is only with your
generous help, that Christa Sharan Society and Guru Sharan Trust can survive
and do the work of Evangelisation through Social Development. It is only you
that can help our School, our Village development Work and our LAY
MISSIONARY SISTERS to survive and work. Didn't our dear Lord say; "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me,'? It
is for these Women Apostles and their great work for Christ's poor, and the
infant school that I seek your help.. These Women Apostles may one day
be a MOVEMENT FOR CHRIST and be a congregation of Lay Women Missionaries!
Wouldn't you help?
I know there are too many
demands on your slender pockets. Hence I hesitate to ask for help. Yet, it
is only you that can help this very very special and tough work for God's
poor. He will be your DEBTOR and will repay you a thousand fold.!
God love you! Do not hesitate to donate even very small amounts. All will be
great in the eyes of God and our hearts.
Every morning and evening,
you will be remembered in our prayer and Holy Mass in our Ashram. Do
not hesitate to ask us for prayers in your special needs, difficulties,
illness, tensions and problems. In turn, I request your prayer
for me and my Mission, as well as our Missionary Sisters. Thank you.
With Love and Blessings,
Guruji (Rev. Fr.) Joe Mary
Contact us through phone or
e-mail. Phone: Office 00-91-8267- 255714 Ashram & Telefax 00-91-8267-255623
Any contribution can be made
to: Christasharan Social Development Society or Sri Gurusharan Charitable
Trust, BIRUR 577 116, Chikmagalur Dt. India.
|Bank Acc. Nos:
54020521326 (1480 old No.)
54020521462 (Old No. 4799)
Kindly write the correct
and full address of the Bank, as the
State Bank of Mysore, BIRUR, 577 116, India
Our costs are as follows:
|A Social Development Worker; (8)
||US $ 100 P.M.
||US $ 1200 Per Annum
|A Staff Member in our School (12)
||US $ 120 P.M.
||US $ 1440 Per Annum
||US $ 20 P.M.
||US $ 240 Per Annum
Some of you might be interested in donating in kind or cash a particular item. We need furniture (Benches, Desks, Tables for the school), Lab equipment, education-equipment like a camcorder, computer machines for students, Tv. Set., Black and white boards for the class rooms, Over head projector, Projector, etc.
We are in great and urgent need of financial help for the construction of the school. May be, a few of you might donate a class room that might cost Ind. Rs One Lakh ( Us. $ 2250) The class room will be named after the donor. The names of those contributing Us.$600 or equivalent will be displayed on the school walls.