July 5 – IN GOA AND MAHARASHTRA
IN GOA AND MAHARASHTRA
The Province of Central India is mainly present in Andhra Pradesh (21 communities in 1999). It expanded to other states only in 1981: on 7 June to Goa and on 5 July to Maharashtra.
The territory of Goa, former Portuguese colony, evangelised by St Francis Xavier, counts about a million inhabitants, one third of whom are Catholic – a high percentage for India. A priest from Goa visited the Boys’ Town in Hyderabad and wished to have a similar work for the orphans of his town. Thus was born the St Joseph’s home to which was added a secondary school: its good functioning won it the national award for aid to children. In 1998, about 25 km away from this home was born a technical school at Corlim meant for deprived children was founded.
Maharashtra (330,000 km2) couiits morethan 80 million inhabitants incl ding almost 13 million in the gigantic capital of Bombay (now Mumbai). It was in the south of the State at Ballarsha (or Ballarpur), in a part where Telugu is spoken, that the Brothers reached first to found a technical school. They were invited there by some Kerala priests who had come to learn the local language at St Gabriel’s School in Kazipet (Andhra Pradesh). A second school was opened in Ballarsha in 1995: Montfort Hr. Sec. School.
In 1996, two other schools were taken charge of in the north of the State: St In 1997, after Madras and Tura, Anthony’s High School at Nagpur, where teaching is done in Hindi, and a school for the aboriginals at Amaravathi.
Gabrielite India opened its third Institution for the deaf at Mumbai the Deaf and AphasiC. The Brothers (Bombay), St Stephen’s High School for continued indirectly the work of a couple who had started a private Institution for about thirty pupils at the city centre in 1957. Thinking of serving more of them, they had then bought a land and constructed buildings there. Never occupied, these buildings were handed over the diocese, which called in the Brothers. In 1999 there were 60 pupils. In 1999, a school was opened in the diocese of Nagpur, at Garotola, for the education of tribal children.