|A missionary during his work at an orphanage.|
October 5, 2010. Calcutta, India. This past August, a group
of Italian Regnum Christi members and Mission Youth participants from
the province of Caserta traveled to Calcutta, India for their
second mission assisting Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Legionary priests
Fr Miguel Cavallé and Arquímedes Sánchez accompanied the group.
in the Bengala region, is one of the poorest and
most overpopulated cities in the world.
Mass, then mission
The missionaries began
their day at 4:55 a.m. with Mass at the Mother
House of the Missionaries of Charity, along with about 100
volunteers and 150 sisters from the community. The fervor of
the religious sisters and the volunteers showed the deeply Christian
and supernatural spirit moving them to give themselves to the
poorest of the poor.
After breakfast, the missionaries and volunteers prayed
together and went out to the centers where they offered
a helping hand. The Mission Youth volunteers worked in three
places: Daya Dan, Kalighat, and Nabo Jibon.
|The missionaries organize an activity at the Nalanda Vidyapeeth orphanage.|
Daya Dan is
a center run by the sisters that hosts about 50
boys and girls with mental and physical disabilities. There, the
volunteers cleaned the house and washed clothing, made beds, fed
the children, and organized the games.
Another group helped in
Nabo Jibon, also directed by the Missionaries of Charity. This
center was for adults, youth, and children with serious physical
and mental disabilities. Thanks to a donation that the missionaries
offered to the sisters, they were able to hand out
clothing and food for the 100 poorest people in a
city close to Calcutta.
A third group of missionaries worked
in Kalighat, where the sisters take in the sick and
dying from the streets of Calcutta. The missionaries also helped
this center with money they had fundraised in their activities
held throughout the year.
Fueling up on prayer
After their morning of
|Fr Miguel Cavallé, LC, with Fr Xavier Raj, the founder of the Nalanda Vidyapeeth orphanage.|
work, the missionaries returned to their residence at 12:30 p.m.
In the afternoons, they had an hour of adoration before
the Blessed Sacrament in the Mother House, followed by Eucharistic
benediction. Every day, they prayed and entrusted their apostolic work
at Mother Teresa’s tomb.
The missionaries dedicated half of their afternoons
to helping in the Nalanda Vidyapeeth orphanage, located on the
outskirts of Calcutta. This orphanage, directed by Fr Xavier Raj,
an Indian priest from the congregation of the Missionaries of
the Word, holds about 350 boys and girls. It is
divided into four houses, and other buildings are currently under
construction for the handicapped and for the professional formation of
adolescents. The missionaries helped organize games and recreational activities, and
also offered a donation for the construction of a well
and a water purifier in one of the orphanage houses.
The money had been fundraised for this purpose during a
concert organized in the Villaggio dei Ragazzi (Boys’ Town) this
The missionaries were also able to attend a Mass
in the Mother House chapel where Mother Teresa’s tomb is
located. In the city of Delhi, they visited a center
for handicapped adults and orphaned children, directed by Fr Ravindrajain,
founder of a young congregation called Compassionate Missionaries. The Mission
Youth volunteers committed themselves to fundraising for the formation of
this congregation’s seminarians.
After this moving experience, the youth confirmed their
decision to continue organizing annual missions to India. They also
committed to continue fundraising during the year so that they
can keep supporting the various apostolic projects underway in India,
at the service of the poorest of the poor.