Mission Centers

Currently, the IMS Ranchi Region has nine mission/service centers including Prerna Sadan, the administrative house at Ranchi and the Gasper Prerna Sadan, the minor seminary of the Region at Sitagarh, Hazaribagh. Most of the mission centers are concentrated in tribal areas of Jharkhand State.

In the near future, the Region has definite plans to start and expand its missions and service centers in the Indian states of West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa, giving priorities to this deprived section of people. Homes of many ethnic tribal communities, the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh are the mission territories of the IMS Ranchi Region.

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Prerna Sadan, Regional House, Ranchi

Prerna Sadan is the regional administrative house in Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand State. Ranchi is situated eastward about1,334 km from New Delhi. Located on about one-fourth acre of land, It is the office and residence of administrative personnel of the Region, and common meetings of the members are held here.

In addition to aged and sick members staying in this house, other ministries include proclamation of the Word of God, healing, counseling individuals and families, daily adoration, sacrament of reconciliation, and visiting the sick.

Spiritual Renewal, Latehar
Spiritual Renewal, Latehar
Participants at Spiritual Renewal, Latehar
Participants at Spiritual Renewal, Latehar

Catholic Ashram, Latehar

The IMS mission at Latehar is in the Catholic Diocese of Daltonganj. Latehar is a district in Jharkhand State. It is about 115 km from Ranchi.

The tribal are the majority of the community in the area. Our mission thrust is to build up the basic human communities which should ultimately transform to basic Christian communities. This is achieved through animation and conscientization programs, proclamation of the Word of God, inter-religious dialogue, spiritual discourses, counseling. Presently, the apostolic activities running here are:

  • Pastoral ministries for catholic families such as house visits, administration of sacraments in the church, families and villages, celebration of holy mass in villages, retreats/recollections, etc.
  • Regular monthly meetings of parish associations for men, women and youth.
  • Regular catechetical classes for children.
  • Retreats and spiritual renewal programs.
  • Pastoral ministries in district jail.
  • Education ministry.
  • Our members render their services in hospitals, homes for the aged, convents, etc.

Future plans for the area include a center for handicapped children, computer coaching center for youth, hostel for poor children, and youth ministry.
 

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Holy Family Church, Rahargora

The IMS mission at Rahargora is in the Catholic diocese of Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur is a district in Jharkhand State. It is about 150 kms east of Ranchi. Surrounded by mountains and forests, Jamshedpur is an industrial city where Tata group produces various items like cars, trucks, steel cement, etc.

People in this area belong to different tribal communities and are very poor and backward. They are mostly daily wagers. This mission takes care of the spiritual and pastoral need of the tribal factory workers. We also have a school for up to 7th standard for poor children. Currently, the apostolic activities running here are:

  • Regular catechetical classes for children.
  • Regular monthly meetings of parish associations for men, women and youth.
  • House blessing during Easter season.
  • Prayer service in villages during advent in preparation for Christmas.
  • Education ministry.
  • Pastoral ministries for Catholic families such as house visits, administration of sacraments in the church, families and villages, celebration of holy mass in villages, retreats/recollections, etc.

Future plans for this area include construction of a church, a house for priests, a community hall, additional classrooms for the school, youth center, and a computer training center.

Spiritual Renewal, Sidrol
Spiritual Renewal, Sidrol
Spiritual Renewal, Sidrol
Spiritual Renewal, Sidrol

St. Paul’s Church, Sidrol

The IMS mission at Rahargora is in the Catholic diocese of Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur is a district in Jharkhand State. It is about 140 kms from Ranchi. Located in a very undeveloped and backward area, the people belong to different tribal communities and are very poor.  Currently, the apostolic activities running here are:

  • Regular catechetical classes for children.
  • Regular monthly meetings of parish associations for men, women and youth.
  • Retreats and spiritual renewal programs.
  • Education ministry.
  • Pastoral ministries for Catholic families such as house visits, administration of sacraments in the church, families and villages, celebration of holy mass in villages, retreats/recollections, etc.
  • Our members render their services in hospitals, homes for the aged, convents, etc.
  • Hostel for the poor tribal children.

Future plans for this area include construction of a church, rectory, school building, computer training center, English language coaching center, hostel and classrooms for the handicapped children.
 

Teacher Appreciation, St. Mary's School
Teacher Appreciation, St. Mary's School
Children's Program at St. Mary's School
Children's Program at St. Mary's School
Children's Program, St. Mary's School
Children's Program, St. Mary's School

St. Mary’s School and Prayer Center, Sisai

The IMS mission at Sisai is in the Catholic diocese of Gumla. Gumla is a district in Jharkhand State. Sisai is about 60 kms from Ranchi.

Most of the areas of the district of Gumla are underdeveloped due to poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, lack of developmental works, ill health, corruption, political rivalry and other reasons. Agriculture is their only sustenance, and their very small holdings are not good for farming. With little means of irrigation, they depend fully on rain for cultivation, which is irregular and unpredictable.

Though the government made efforts to reach primary education to every village, it was done shabbily; sufficient funds were not timely and did not reach the beneficiaries. An insufficient number of teachers were employed and they were not paid regularly. As a result, in many of the government-run schools the teachers are less than required and education suffers.

Most of the local communities are of different tribal, the scheduled castes and the backward classes. Because of the socio-religious and economic problems of this area, many become alcoholics, they are unorganized and have no savings of any sort. Mostly unskilled laborers, they collect firewood from the forest to sell at a very low price. The literacy rate is very low and they are prey to many superstitions and unhealthy practices.

Currently, the center runs the following apostolic activities:

  • A day-long intensive prayer service is conducted regularly for laity on first Sunday of every month. The prayer service includes, fasting, preaching the Word of God, celebration of sacrament of reconciliation, witnessing and sharing of experiences by the participants, holy mass and healing prayer.
  • A day-long intensive prayer service is conducted for students on the last Sunday of every month. The prayer service for students includes the same activities as said above.
  • A day-long intensive prayer service is conducted for couples, broken families and parents on the second Sunday of every month. The prayer service for this group also includes similar activities as mentioned above.
  • A day-long intensive prayer service is conducted for alcoholics on the third Sunday of every month. This prayer service includes the same activities as said above.
  • Three-day residential annual retreats for boys and girls separately.
  • Spiritual counseling for individuals and families.
  • Education ministry for orphans and poor children. Currently, 20 children are staying in the hostel and doing their studies. All their expenses are met by the Regional house.
  • Pastoral ministries for catholic families such as house visits, administration of sacraments to sick and suffering in families, hospital and villages, etc.

 

Gaspar Prerna Sadan, Sitargarh
Gaspar Prerna Sadan, Sitargarh

Gaspar Prerna Sadan, Sitargarh, Hazaribag

This minor seminary is named Gaspar Prerna Sadan, meaning house of people taking inspiration from Rev. Father Gaspar, the founder of the IMS. The seminary is at Sitargarh some 7 km away from Hazaribag City. Hazaribag is a Catholic diocese and a district in Jharkhand State. Hazaribag is about 95 km from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand. Ranchi is situated eastward about 1,334 km from New Delhi, the national capital of India.

Donated to the Ranchi Region by the Jesuit Province of Hazaribag, this minor seminary opened in July 2011 with eight students at Koderma mission of the IMS and shifted to Sitagarh, Hazaribag when the building construction was completed.

During the last four academic years, 30 candidates in three levels of initial training are studying for the priesthood. Training includes both Hindi and English languages, the Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, history of the IMS, etc. All of the students come from different tribal communities. When the next academic session begins in July 2016, at least 15 new candidates are expected, bringing the total number of staff and students in the seminary to 48.

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St. George’s English Medium School, Amravati

The IMS Ranchi Region manages St. George’s English Medium School, which is in the district and Catholic diocese of Amravati in Maharashtra State. Located about 10 km from the city, the school is in a growing stage and is currently up to 10th standard. More than 600 students are getting a quality education in the school.

In addition to the education ministry, IMS members are also involved in pastoral ministry of the diocese.

Future plan include construction of a hostel for the tribal children, a center for handicapped children, and a residence for nuns.

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Mother of Sorrow Church, Mundagaon

The IMS mission at Mundagaon is in the Catholic diocese of Rourkela. It is about 95 km away from Rourkela in a very remote area where the people are educationally, socially and economically backward. They are deprived of basic facilities such as hospitals, water, electricity, schools. etc. The majority of the people are tribals of different groups. 

Presently, the apostolic activities running in this mission are:

  • Pastoral ministries for catholic families such as house visits, administration of sacraments to sick and suffering in families, hospital and villages, etc.
  • Regular monthly meetings of parish associations for men, women and youth.
  • Regular catechetical classes for children.
  • Education ministry.
  • Hostel with poor facilities for the poor tribal children.

Future plans include construction of additional classrooms in the school building, construction of a church, a boundary wall, a new hostel and a center for spirituality.
 

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Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh

In an attempt to fulfill the spiritual needs of this area, two Ranchi Region members are staying in a rented house as they get established. Each of them is busy conducting retreats, daily Eucharistic adoration, proclaiming the Word of God in Charismatic retreats and reaching out to the far and near parishes. Additionally, they do counseling and healing ministry.

Future plans include purchase of land, construction of a rectory and center for spirituality.

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Gobrigarha, Bolba, Simdega

By the request of the Bishop of Simdega Diocese, the IMS Ranchi Region is procuring land to work for the overall development of the people of this area. Totally rural, the nearest town is around 40 km away. Therefore, the people are deprived of quality education, medical facilities, pastoral care, etc.  

Future plans include construction of a school for the village children, building a parish to take care of the pastoral needs of the people, construction of a vocational training institute for unemployed youth, construction of a hostel for poor children, and construction of a hospital for the poor people.