Soon, in September 1948, a second batch of seven
arrived, and they - priests and scholastics from Maryland - kept on coming
until the last Jesuit in 1969 arrived; a total of 65 Jesuits enthusiastically
embraced the ministry in the newly formed Jamshedpur Province.
In 1982, the JCI (today, JCSA - the Jesuit Conference
of South Asia), assigned Orissa (now Odisha) to Jamshedpur Province. Three
priests arrived in Bhubaneswar in 1984 and in 1985 they purchased the Loyola
Bhavan residence which now serves as the house of the Regional Superior.
In the same year, the Archbishop entrusted to the
Society the administration of St Paul’s Minor Seminary and the Human Life
Centre. The latter had started in 1981 under the leadership of a Sacred Heart
priest. The Province’s desire to expand and the Chief Minister’s appeal for “an
XLRI type institution” bore fruits in the creation of the Xavier Institute of
Management in 1987; which later on, in 2013, becomes the first Jesuit
University in India - XIM University.
The Jamshedpur Province fondly celebrates the 75
graceful years during which God has blessed it with Jesuits and lay who are
willing and available for the mission. The Province remains ever grateful for
the apostolic boldness and spiritual heritage the Belgian and Maryland
Provinces have bequeathed to Jamshedpur: the seed they sowed, 75 years ago, has
now become a gigantic tree.
The Jubilee theme ‘Moved by Grace’, with three sub-themes - Remember the Past, Rejoice
at the Present, Reimagine the
Future - recalls the abundant blessings received over these years. The
story of the Jamshedpur Province is a testament to the power of faith in
action. It is a story of courage and sacrifice, of love and compassion, and of
God’s grace at work in the world.
For all that has been: Thanks.
all that is to come: Amen.