The citizens of Kerala are still working to recover from the aftermath of the most devastating flood the state has experienced in almost a century. The flooding triggered landslides, collapsed buildings and bridges, trapped entire families inside their demolished homes, and damaged over 6,200 miles of roads. More than one million people have been displaced by the flooding, many seeking shelter in relief camps, and an estimated 445 have died.
One of the first things we learned about the Pervaiz family was how seriously they take the Faith. Despite their unbelievably difficult circumstances, they do everything in their power to frequent the sacraments as a family.
Over 400 mothers and children pass through St. Francis Emmaus Center every year. They arrive at the hostel with the guarantee of safety, compassion, nutritious meals, and the best healthcare in the region.
There are many difficulties that come along with running a school and helping the needy, but there are always additional struggles that no one can predict. Earlier this month, heavy flooding hit Trivandrum (the capital of Kerala, a southern Indian state) and forced the school at GPLSI to close.
St. Bryce Missions care for and encourage mothers from all walks of life. They don’t believe that these women ‘just shouldn’t have children’ because they may need help along the way; instead, they provide assistance for these families wherever they need it, and celebrate every single child as a gift from God.
School starts up again at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary on September 8th, but it isn’t the hustle and bustle usually associated with ‘back to school’ days. The first week or so consists of Recollection, silence, conferences, a five-day retreat for the first year students, and Manualia (manual labor) for the older seminarians. It’s only after all of these things are completed that classes may begin.