January 13 – BANGALORE, A MONTFORTIAN CITY
BANGALORE, A MONTFORTIAN CITY
The capital of Kamataka State, Bangalore (more than 4 million inhabitants), the Silicon Valley of India, is also considered as the Indian Rome of Catholics. The city has many university colleges and spiritual centres run by numerous religious Congregations including the three belonging to the Montfortian Family. The Company of Mary went there in 1977 and the Daughters of Wisdom in 1979. This latter held their Council of the Congregation there in April 1999.
The Brothers had reached there a longtime before on 13 January 1910, when the city belonged to the erstwhile Mysore state and was quite small: 175,000 inhabitants including 25,000 Catholics. They .taught there in St Joseph’s College run by the Fathers of the Paris Foreign Missions.
The Brothers returned to Bangalore in 1967 when the Conference of Religious, India (CRI), started there a theological Institute for all religious Brothers, the CRI BrotherIsnstitute_It tookover permanenLchargoef_ the property and buildings two years later and assumed the beautiful name of Vidya Deep (Light of Knowledge) in January 1977. It was often a Brother of St Gabriel who was at its helm.
In 1972, fifteen miles from Bangalore, a building was put up to house the second novitiate for Indian Brothers, named Navajivan. The experiment only lasted for two years and the building was made use of till 1988 by the Little Way Association, directed by Br. Louis Bureau. .
In 1982, the National Council of India started Montfort College. This is not a college in the strict sense but a house · meant for young Brothers during a year of preparation for their perpetual vows.
A new initiative was taken in ·1995 in the form of the Sampurna Institute (Sampurna in Sanskrit means Wholeness), where psychological accompaniment and formation to interior life were provided. Since August 25, 1998 it has been affiliated to the Bangalore University.
Bangalore also became famous for religious congresses. In February 1993, 34 Brothers in charge of formation gathered there from all over the world to participate in a session. In June 1997, 39 Brothers of Asia met there to reflect on the expansion of the Institute in Asia and the Pacific region. From 28 December 1997 to 2 January 1998, 215 members of the Montfortian Family held a Congress there on Montfortian Spirituality.
In 1998, the Brothers opened a new school, Lake View Montfort School, to which a juniorate was added the following year.