Social

Social Apostolate:

In order to show that the kingdom of God belonged also to the sinners, outcasts, destitute etc, Jesus showed special love for them. He took always an extra step to bring happiness into their lives as well through miracles and other means. Christian community has to reach out in loving service to the poor, the suffering, the widows, the children etc. because this Agape love is basically a self-giving and sacrificial love which seeks the good of ‘the other’ (Jn. 4:9-10). We receive and experience the richness of the mercy of the Father given through Christ and we become empty by offering this richness to God and sharing this compassion with his people especially the destitute. Let us keep aside everything regarding our security and all about us and bring God and the destitute in our mind. Giving our being and having to them, SD becomes a memorial in the mind of God and of the destitute. We must focus all our attention and care on the destitute. First and foremost the destitute means people who are materially poor along with these who have become poor by getting deprived of their rights, refugees, drug-addicted ones, HIV/AIDS, the victims of terrorism, the suppressed, the oppressed, the suffering and the tortured ones. We should be more alert and dedicated in living our ministry. In terms of policy, thrust and decision we envisage the following

  • SD mission policy promotes home based ministries than caring them in the institutions-making home visits more fruitful
  • Home mission and follow-up programmes
  • Help people to cultivate an optimistic view of life in faith especially in times of trials and      sufferings. (Sickness, unemployment, tragedies etc.)
  • Share the personal God experience with the people
  • Start insertion communities where ever necessary.
  • We strictly follow triple languages – English, Hindi and the local languages. One year for learning English and the local languages during the formation period
  • We use the dress according to the culture of the people
  • We celebrate the festivals like Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Idul- Fitar, Muharam etc. with our people in the villages and make them also participate in the celebrations of our institutions.
    • In order to feel one with the people we join with them in their celebrations of birthdays,       weddings etc., especially with the poor and destitute and people in the villages and slums
    • We make sure that we visit the sick and attend funerals.
    • Jail ministry- rehabilitation work of  those released from prisons
  • Youth Ministry- Help young people to be more honest and truthful
    • Equip young people to become honest citizens who are rooted in their culture, open to other cultures and are capable of interpreting social problems, so as to take responsibility for bringing about transformation in society
    • Accompany youth in contexts of today in their pilgrimage of faith on issues of transcendence, which give meaning to life
  • Empowerment of women: through associations and groups seeking to give them dignity and status as well as education in home skills, life skills and job skills
      • Fraternal fellowship for flat dwellers
  •  Promote self-help groups
    • We care for the physically and mentally challenged: We look after them in the true Christian spirit and educate them in the formal and informal schools
    • We care for rehabilitation of those who suffer from alcohol and drug abuse
  • In the ministry of peace and reconciliation: at home, between communities, ethnic or religious groups in conflict
    • Impart awareness and value consciousness to different sections of the society (pro-life, sex education, terrorism, and fundamentalism), Eco-consciousness
    • Counselling
    • Legal literacy, cyber culture