India: Serving Migrant Families & Youth with Joy

Rani Padayattil ASC

In the heart of the vibrant Archdiocese of Bangalore, Sr. Jessie D’Souza ASC serves as the Joint Secretary for the Migration Commission, weaving a tapestry of support for migrant families and youth from diverse backgrounds. This heartfelt journey takes us through the enriching experiences of working with communities ranging from the North and Northeast parts of India, the tribal villages of Orissa and Jharkhand, to the culturally rich Nepalese, Assamese, Manipuri, and African communities.

The joy of this work lies in the intricate threads of diversity that come together to form a beautiful fabric of unity. Engaging with tribal communities from Orissa and Jharkhand brings a profound understanding of their unique traditions and challenges.

Beyond the practicalities of migration, pastoral care becomes a guiding light for those navigating the complexities of adapting to a new life. The Archdiocese’s commitment to spiritual support fosters a sense of belonging and solace. Through prayer services, counseling, and community engagement, the Migration Commission extends a compassionate hand to those in need, providing a sanctuary for spiritual growth amidst migration challenges.

The Adorers prioritize Family Counseling, which strengthens the core of society. Migrant families often face unique challenges as they strive to maintain the cohesion of their family units. The Migration Commission offers tailored family counseling services. Addressing cultural adaptation, communication, and identity issues, these counseling sessions become a cornerstone in building resilient and harmonious migrant families.

On December 17, 2023, an event was organized for these migrants at the Aradhana campus of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The festivities commenced with an enchanting entrance procession dance, setting the tone for a meaningful Eucharistic celebration. The atmosphere resonated with joy as participants engaged in an offertory dance procession, symbolizing unity and gratitude. As the day unfolded, the program embraced diverse activities, including a vibrant cultural program that showcased the rich tapestry of traditions within the migrant community. Games added an element of excitement, fostering a spirit of camaraderie among attendees.

The celebration’s highlight was a sumptuous lunch, allowing everyone to share food, stories, and laughter. The sense of community and togetherness was palpable throughout the event. This pre-Christmas celebration at Aradhana Convent was a testament to the power of community, cultural exchange, and the universal spirit of joy, love, respect, and hope.

The joy of working with migrant families and youth from diverse backgrounds in the Archdiocese of Bangalore is a testament to the power of compassion, collaboration, and harmony in diversity. Thus, we strive to illuminate the path toward a brighter future for all.

Sr. Rani Padayattil ASC