SUPPORT FOR CATECHISTS IN THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY
Despite the disadvantaged situation for the villagers of Miao, situated in northeastern India, the people are optimistic and happy to be alive; especially the Christians. This diocese has spread out its missionary work across 22 parishes. According to Msgr. Pallipparambil globalization was unable to satisfy the people’s thirst for the Word of God. “Here, God gratified us with numerous people who welcome Him. We are growing. Chapels have appeared in certain villages.
Additional priests and sisters have joined with us; and the laypeople are more active than ever, especially since the crisis,” shares Msgr. Pallipparambil, before adding: “We are a Church of laypeople.” The rapid growth of the diocese is in large part due to the commitment of its 150 catechists.
The bishop hopes that the tireless work of these catechists will lead more and more people to God. Until now, the catechists have met once a month to share, pray and create projects together. These meetings are excellent and the catechists are very committed. Most of the time, they are volunteers and receive but a small salary.
For this reason Msgr. Pallipparambil has asked us to provide them with continual and regular training as well as an introduction to theology. Aid to the Church in Need has granted his wish with $5,700.