HHoly Family Sisters broaden their Apostolic activities
Change of Direction
In the history of the Catholic Church in Jaffna, 1975, was a special year for our Congregation, the echoes of the Vatican Council together with the Holy Year Circular of the bishop and that of our Superior General, halted us and challenged us to evaluate our life’s journey, and that was the birthing of a variety of new directions and changes in the Congregation.
Towards the backward villages
In keeping with their vocation and reading the Signs of the Time many Sisters opted to serve in backward areas. Our Sisters started moving toward these places: Uruthirapuram, Karadipokku, Iranathivu, Talaimannar. From our priority to education, we started moving towards the formation of youth and teaching life skills and we also embarked on new projects like Human development and Land development programmes. In response to the Bishop’s request the Sisters undertook the care of Mentally Retarded children at our Home ‘Ark’ in Uduvil. A Convent we established in Keerisuttan, in the jungle area to work among the displaced people who had come from the South due to the ethnic riots. 15 of our Convents received the orphan children, supported by the Holy Childhood Society and they were assisted in their education and vocational skills. In Mulaithivu, Kilinochchi, Mirusuvil, Parapankandal, bishop assisted to build and renovate the Homes for the orphaned children. ‘Girls Leadership Training’ Centres were opened in Pandaterruppu, Kilinochchi and Parapankandal.
The Island of Iranathivu
The sisters worked very hard to lift them up in every possible way. The school is being run by the Sisters and one could see that their labour was not in vain. The number in school has increased and the parents are delighted to see their children appear for public examinations, The Sisters serve in this island as mother, sister, doctor, teacher, guide and a good companion in times of need. The Sisters and the people are living in solidarity.
The Sisters began a Home for the mentally challenged children between the ages of 5 – 12 years. On 11th September 1975 the foundation was laid for this Home. Two Sisters were sent to be trained in caring and training of these Special Need children. On 2nd February 1978, ‘ARK’ Centre for the children was opened, at first only 12 residential children were admitted (boys and girls) and 8 students from the neighbouring places as day scholars, later more children joined this Centre. The Sisters were conscious about training their helpers to relate and care for these Special needs children with Special Needs.