A new religious congregation for men is to strive for the development of young people in villages of eastern India, says the archbishop of Calcutta.
The Adoration Brothers of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was established in Krishnagar on June 11 when Archbishop Lucas Sirkar accepted five men to join it. Their charism is to pray and to work, he said.
The men, aged between 20 and 27 from Krishnagar diocese, call themselves Sadhan (prayerful or ascetic) Brothers. They will work to train youths in vocational skills such as cattle-rearing, carpentry, farming, welding, pisciculture and driving, said Archbishop Sirkar.
These youths will then be assigned to villages to develop local communities.
The 74-year-old prelate said congregation members will not be able to work full-time in schools and hospitals as they need to spend three-and-half hours in daily prayer and Eucharistic adoration.
Their spirituality will be that of “contemplation in action,” he said.
Archbishop Sirkar is no newcomer to establishing religious congregations. He founded the Adoration Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with six young women, in 1986 when he was bishop of Krishnagar. ts 80 members now work in Krishnagar and Calcutta.
He said the two congregations would not seek pontifical status as they were founded to serve the local Church. They will also be self-supporting and would not rely on the diocese, he said.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata once asked him to have Religious engaged in Eucharistic adoration in each parish. The two congregations are his answer to her request, he said.
Courtesy - Julian Das, Kolkata, UCANews