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Women show the way forward for church
Two congregations in Patna have set a new example of the participative ChurchThe ritual of coming together as partners.
- Malini Manjaly, Patna
- February 23, 2011
The Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN)Â jointly manage the Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna, capital of the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
The MMS sisters started the hospital in 1939.
The congregations celebrated the 10th anniversary of their partnership on February 21 at a ceremony attenededÂ by more than 90 women Religious, major superiors and Archbishop William Dâ€™Souza of Patna
The two congregationsÂ joined forces in 2000 and five years laterÂ became equal partners in the management and administration of the hospital.
â€śAfter Vatican II, the Church envisaged a participative ChurchÂ around the world and you have realized it as partners in Godâ€™s mission,â€ť said Archbishop Dâ€™Souza.
He said that such partnerships will help build communities.
The prelate said the hallmark of partnerships is to reach out, branch out, and to open services to all people.
MMS provincial Sister Irene Fernandez said â€śonly women congregations can doÂ this and live this paschal mystery.â€ť
Former administrator of the hospital Sister Joan Matheikal called the partnershipÂ Â a "first in the history of Indian Church.â€ť
The 300-bed hospital has a day-care ward for poor patients. It also offers nursing and para-medical courses and has a community-care centre for HIV/AIDS patients.
The hospital has 530 employees and 191 studentsÂ onÂ several courses.
SCN provincial Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam said, â€śwe strive to be women who live our spirituality with a passion for possibilities.â€ť
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