Indian Missionary Society
The Indian Missionary Society – popularly known as IMS – is an indigenous missionary congregation of priests and evangelist brothers mainly working in North India. This congregation was founded by Rev. Father Gasper A. Pinto in the year 1941 in Varanasi, the holy city of Hindus, in Uttar Pradesh, India. The Generalate (head office) of the IMS is in Varanasi. Today the IMS has two provinces (Delhi and Varanasi) and one region (Ranchi). The main charism of the congregation is pioneering evangelization.
IMS - Ranchi Region
The IMS Ranchi Region is an independent unit of the Indian Missionary Society. All the three units of the IMS are independent with regard to financial administration, ministries, recruitment and initial formation of candidates, and establishment of mission centers. The IMS Ranchi Region became an independent unit of this congregation March 19, 2009 and is largely engaged in non-institutional programs. Hence it does not have any income generating institutions.
Our main thrust is building up of basic human communities, which should ultimately transform to basic Christian communities. This is achieved through animation and conscientisation programs, Gospel proclamation, inter-religious dialogue, spiritual discourses, counseling, non-formal education programs, etc. However, the Region gives more priorities to the ministries of faith formation and protecting and preserving the authentic tribal cultures by opening spirituality and development centers. Currently, the Region has nine mission centers.
To share with you about our life and ministry, the Ranchi Region of IMS has taken up these major areas for our immediate attention:
- Empowerment of the existing Christian communities and sharing the word of God with the people of other faiths.
- Empowering the poor and marginalized with a special focus on women and children.
- Education of the poor and marginalized, especially tribal and untouchables.
- Community-based rehabilitation of the disabled children and youngsters.
- Prevention and rehabilitation of alcoholics.
- Social action and advocacy, promoting social harmony by organizing various programs with people of different religions, faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.
Additionally, we work for the rehabilitation of the rag pickers and migrant and domestic workers.
Being a newly formed Region we are in need of financial assistance for formation of students to the priesthood, above projects and to fulfill the manifold needs of the people. We completely depend upon God’s providence and the generosity of our benefactors for the major expenses. We do not have any major income-generating institutions.