Greetings from India
Dear Friends Of The Fransalians,
Greetings and good wishes to you from Mysore, India . It is with great joy and gratitude that I address each one of you through this issue of Agape sent from India . It is the first time that I am writing to you after leaving Rome. Before leaving Rome I had made a visit to our Missions in Chad and Cameroon along with Mr. Bernhard Melchart from Vienna who is a long-time friend and benefactor of our missions. I am grateful to Mr. Bernhard Melchart for readily accepting to write a short report on our visit to the Missions. I am happy to present his report to you here below.
I left Rome on 28th December 2017 and joined our community in Mysore on 1st January 2018. It is indeed a new beginning though I had lived and worked here for 8 years from 1992 to 2000. Now after 17 years of work abroad I have the opportunity to begin again in India. I am asked to set up a new Mission Office here in view of supporting our Missions in India and Africa. The scope and nature of work is almost the same as the work that I was doing in Rome. However a lot more is to be done before the project is full y launched.
VIKASJYOTHI is the name of the new Mission Office established in Mysore. It was formally established on 1st February 2018. The name VIKASJYOTHI derives from the two Sanskrit words: VIKAS and JYOTHI. Vikas means development and Jyothi means light. VIKASJYOTHI is therefore meant to be a Fransalian Resource Centre for Integral Human Development.
Integral Human Development is a positive vision of human growth, the holistic development of the human person, covering all aspects of life: social, economic, political, cultural, personal and spiritual. In keeping with the mission and vision of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales VIKASJYOTHI endeavours to provide service to the most needy people focussing on effective responses to poverty, disease, injustice, and other threats to human wellbeing around the world and more particularly in the developing world. VIKASJYOTHI therefore stands for bringing the light and radiance of integral human development to the lives of people especially to those who remain on the peripheries of society.
Dear Friends of the Fransalians,
I look forward to your continued collaboration and support for this new venture. The ongoing projects of Schuelerpatenschaften and Trinkwasser are already brought under the new office in Mysore. As regards the upcoming projects I shall give you more details in the next issue of Agape. I wish you all a joyous feast of Easter. May the Risen Lord bless you and all your concerns.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Cherukat, MSFS
Fransalian Resource Centre for Intergral Human Development
1052 New KantharajUrs Road
Mysore 570 023
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