Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Dream- Fr.A.Moonnu

A Dream- Fr.A.Moonnu

Xavier Green School,                                                             Waghodia Road,  ANKHOL,P.O.   
Vadodara
         
 On the morning of June 1st, 2014, I was walking hurriedly to the Baroda railway station. On the   road side, just opposite to our Rosary school, [Vadodara, Gujarat, India] I saw something that halted my steps for few moments. On a mat spread on the ground, was a beautiful baby, a replica of Baby Jesus in Egypt. A little girl, certainly much younger than Mother Mary in Egypt, was fondly mothering the tiny one. Their parents, I guessed, must have gone to find casual labour.
 Such scenes of the children of the migrant workers flash across  my mind most frequently  ever since I came to Khatamba. Almost every morning at sun rise, I take a walk on the highway. I see the migrant families with the little ones sleeping on the road side or under the over bridge. Once I counted eighty families under the bridge. In such occasions, I look at them all, pray for them and bless them. We have in our XAVIER GREEN SCHOOL two hundred such children attending classes from K.G. to X in the OPEN SCHOOL.
 In Gujarat, the vicissitude of migrant labourers, do not seem to be as acute as in Kerala. There every month at least fifteen migrant workers commit suicide out of despair. Recently, a body of a migrant worker was fished out of my relative’s well and there was no one  to claim for it.    
 I have not heard of any such tragic incident in Gujarat. Yet, I suggest that ministry among the migrant casual labourers be made a prime programme of the Gujarat Jesuit Province and of the Gujarat Catholic Church.
 Our immediate target group should be the numerous replicas of the “Child Jesus of Egypt” found in all the cities of vibrant Gujarat. An initial important step is that the city Communities take note of their presence, become aware that those are our own little brothers and sisters, and, seek ways and means of educating them. In earlier days Fr. Joe Braganza and Fr. Erviti had given us some example and methodology. At present Fr. Jolly Nadukudyil has organized the Xavier Green School in Khatamba.
 Those who are inspired must go into it in the old missionary style and start the work, knowing that God provides for His work. Br. Alu and I started Hingoria just that way. Some thirty years ago, there was only a small mud walled chapel in the village plot. That shanty structure served as our weekly Mass centre, hostel, class room and later, the convent for the Little Daughters.
 Though we did not have enough money in those years, as St. Joseph did not leave Jesus in Egypt uncared; we continued to care the new mission at Hingoria. Within six months, Felli Seth, a Parsee gentleman, gifted us a large property and  we have today the parish, the hostel, and the school. Soon Mr. Patel was ready to sell the adjoining land to build a convent and a girls’ hostel. I mention this, in order to tell you not to wait for resources and for much planning.
Today my wish is to start a small boarding for the children of migrant workers.  The children of the migrant workers will never see a school unless we take  initiative. The initiative taken by Fr.Jolly to run XAVIER GREEN SCHOOL of Khatamba  is indeed a very special one.
             May THE HOLY FAMILY OF EGYPT guide us.
                                  A.M.D.G.                       
Fr.Anthony Moonnu, S.J.                     
Xavier Green School,                                                             Waghodia Road,  ANKHOL,P.O.   
Vadodara
 Gujarat, 390 019, India                                              
E-Mail<moonnu@jesuits.net>
 Mob. O9879804971      
Migrant worker's children after the school




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