"LOVE OF CHRIST URGES US ON" ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI

SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI:

“ Deep experience of God as infinite love and mercy, long hours of prayer and contemplation, profound repentance and voluntary penance. ”

 

HISTORY OF THE PALLOTTINES IN INDIA

Pioneer of Indian Mission

      It was on June 01, 1951, two Pallottine confreres, Fr. Francis Werner Hunold and Fr. Lorenz Scheu from Germany belonging to the Sacred Heart Province arrived in Raipur as missionaries. It was then part of the diocese of Nagpur. On October 1, 1951, Fr. Scheu took charge as the parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church at Byron Bazar, thus initiating the work of the Pallottines in the new mission. In the years that followed it became the cradle of the diocese of Raipur and the sprouting ground for the Society of the Catholic Apostolate in India.

     On February 2, 1952, Fr. Hunold was entrusted with the Kutela Mission. The Kutela mission consisted at that time of a vast area with a radius of more than 50 kilometers. On October 1, 1952, Fr. Hunold was received additional help in the person of Fr. Joseph Strittmatter. He was the third Pallottine missionary to set foot on Indian soil. He was an architect, an engineer, a mason and a carpenter. He came to Kutela during the Holy Week of March 1953. In 1966, Fr. Robert Abele replaced Fr. Hunold as the Parish Priest of Kutela. He was missionary with deep love and concern for his flock. He spent 12 long years in this mission and left lasting impressions. By 1971 there were 12 catechists along with priests looking after 3400 Catholics in 68 different villages and subsequently this mission was made into several independent mission parishes like Basna, Chuhipalli, Pithora and Baloda.

Life in India after 1951

     The official history of the Indian Delegature of the Sacred Heart Province began with the formal installation of Fr. Dr, Lorenz Scheu as the parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Raipur on July 25, 1951. The first Provincial Delegate of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate in India was, by seniority and mission experience, Fr. Scheu, appointed already prior to his departure for India. Since he, as the Superior of the mission, resided in Byron Bazar, adjacent to St. Joseph’s Church, this place also became the residence of the Delegate Superior. With this he, officially, had the responsibility for evangelization in the region entrusted to the Pallottines. He was responsible to the Provincial of the Sacred Heart Province in matters of the Society and in matters pertaining to the mission to the Archdiocese of Nagpur under whose jurisdiction the missionaries were placed until such time when this idea could become an independent entity. This was clearly stated in the letter of the Congregation for the Propagation Faith while allotting the Raipur Mission to the Society.
The infant Delegature had to face many hardships, both external and internal, before it could have any semblance of a vibrant organization. These were met by the missionaries with resolute dedication and unwavering faith in their call to the mission.

June 29, 1988: Indian Region became the Province on the feast of Peter and Paul. Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Tharakunnel became the first provincial of Prabhu Prakash Province

Pallottines After Transformation:-

      The General Assembly issued the Decree of Transformation on the feast of Pentecost, June 3, 2001.  The decree stipulated that the present Prabhu Prakash Province be transformed into three new “Entities” with general territorial circumstances as follows:

 

Entity # 1 – It comprises of states; Delhi, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and the proposed state of Vidarbha. It is assigned the status of Province with the Provincialate at Nagpur. It will also retain the name of the original Province, “Prabhu Prakash”.

Entity # 2 – It includes the states; Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha. It is assigned the status of Autonomous Region with the name “Khrist Jyoti Region”.

Entity # 3 – It consists of states; Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra (excluding Vidarbha), Tamilnadu. It is assigned the status of Province with the name “the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province”.

The decree also laid down that members are to be assigned to the various unites as per their personal choice. Philosophy and Theology will be in common for all Indian confreres. The Pallottine Animation Centre at Nagpur, while owned by the Entity where it is situate, will be a common institution and will be at the service of the Pallottine Family, and the Church in India.

The process of election of the Administrations for the various entities began in August 2001. The new Administrations took office on January 6, 2002.

Pallottines up to 2015

       After the Transformation, the three units grew in numbers. Today there are 380 Fathers and Brothers serving in abroad (46 countries) and in India.
In reading the signs of the time the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers are involved in various apostolate such as parish ministry, lay animation, preaching and conducting retreats, education ministry, evangelization among the non-Christians, boarding’s for the poor and marginalized children, printing press, rehabilitation Centre’s for street children, houses for differently abled children, social and leprosy Centre, AIDS rehabilitation Centre and tailoring Centre etc. They are serving nearly thirteen states in India.
They contribute to the formation of clergy and religious through our Pradeepa Pallotti Institute of Philosophy and Religion at Assagao, Goa and Prabodhana, Pallottine Centre for Theological and Missionary Formation at Kalawadi Gate, Mysore. Besides, through their houses for retreat, pastoral and research Centers, the Pallottines have animated laity, clergy and religious for the mission of the Church by promoting SCC’s and organizing various seminars of leadership programs.

 

 


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