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THE BIRTH OF DMI

I was a missionary Priest of “Oblates of Mary Immaculate” (OMI). I was offered to go as a missionary to a place “Pandravedu” a remote village in Tamil Nadu, which is considered to be a hostile environment for the Gospel, further no one is will to go there. In the year 1981 there were not enough training, to equip a missionary with proper resources and tool which is essential for him to work in a mission field. Eventually I was struggling in all areas, at this juncture a group of religious a group of sisters who volunteered to serve the mission, and be a helping hand to me as well, also left the mission field within couple of weeks, due to the nature of the mission field....more...

THE JOURNEY OF DMI

On 29th January 1984 just 10 hours of the declaration of the Society, I was shown a piece of property. And in the middle of it was a huge mango tree! Even though it was not the season for mangoes, I prayed like Gideon prayed in the Book of Judges of the Old Testament, that God should give me a sign to confirm, weather it is His Will by showing me a mango on the tree. Standing under the mango tree I found a huge mango. I brought it down with a stone in a single throw. In the early days of my ministry, a couple of girls who has completed their higher secondary education joined the Society to serve the Lord and simultaneously pursuing for their higher education. more...

THE MOTO OF DMI

The Moto of the society is to “Love God is to serve the poor to become fully human and fully alive” which was later modified as “Loving God in serving the poor to be fully human and fully alive”.

THE SISTERS OF DMI

In the year 1987 a group of twelve members made their first commitment on 12th May 1987, after going through various levels and stages during their formation period. Their training includes not only spiritual and religious life but also in community integrated, with the people of the area in part - taking in their daily events of planting, weeding, harvesting and cooking. more...

THE BIRTH OF MMI

Looking back into the humble beginnings of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate a Priestly Society founded by me; I made DMI as the Co-founding society of MMI. It means specifically the founding group members who stood strongly behind me in founding the Society. Today the MMIs have grown a strong Society of 400 members and more.

THE MISSION OF DMI IN INDIA

The DMI’s involved initially in 10 villages in and around Keechalam, responding to various needs of women and children. Our first mission outside Madras Archdiocese was opened in our neighboring State called Andhra Pradesh in the year 1988. It was started with a mission to help the tribal’s in Kodai Hills with the invitation of the Jesuit fathers, introduced by FR. C. AMAL RAJ S. J. Mrs. Brigitte Meuer along with the mission committee of the St. Katharina’s parish in Aachen Germany continued to be our partners in building up of the missionary life of DMI. Mrs. Maria Krutz continued to support us with various programmes. DMI was given a boost in the arm when MISEREOR started supporting DMI in a very small way in the year 1989. more...

THE MISSION OF DMI IN AFRICA

The birth of the 21st century brought in new challenges to the world and to the Church. So our orientation of formation of our DMIs and MMIs were to face the larger challenges of the world, such as Right to have food, Global Warming, Genetic Engineering, De-forestation, Nano-Technology, Ozone Depletion, Globalization along with already involved in developmental areas. The Society felt that our missionaries should be well qualified to face these challenges of the world and the Church. So we began to educate our members not only in spirituality and social work but also in Science and technology to help the church the world. I view it as the hand of God that the DMIs have grown and spread far and wide in countries like Tanzania, Zambia and Brazil. Ours is the first Engineering College in the private sector in the country of Tanzania. The DMIs and MMIs plan to open New World of Ideas to these countries.

THE STRATEGIES OF DMI

Our method of working for the upliftment of the poor, is classified in to two parts; “Giving fish” when they are hungry and providing net to and training them to catch their own fish. “The sustainable development of the poor who are trained to sustain themselves” so, we not only taught them to catch fish and sustain themselves, but also “we trained them to trade it”. Today we are in the mode of making them the models. We train them “to teach others to catch, to sustain, to trade and also to teach others. more...

THE FUTURE OF DMI

The future of DMI also depends upon our ability to involve in Mass Media and communication along with latest technology. Having this in mind we have entered into a partnership with the Cardinal of Dar Es Salaam in the T.V. Tumani programme. This T.V Channel in a way is the brain child of the DMIs and their collaborators. DMIs also plan to involve in other such programme that the message of socio – pastoral efforts of the DMI and MMI may reach out to large number of poor and the needy. Through our various ministries, I want the DMIs and MMIs to be meaningfully present in the spiritual, social, educational and every other aspects of human development. They should find the world and beyond; the Kingdom of God, where Peace and Joy will always prevail for one and all.

THE BIRTH OF COLLABORATORS

I have always believed that the involvement of the lay people in the active ministry of the missionary church is more important than or equally important like recruiting celibate priests or sisters. That is one of the reasons when I registered the official Society of DMI with the government of Tamil Nadu in 1984; I added the name “Collaborators, with Daughters of Mary Immaculate”. So it is our duty to collaborate with our Redeemer Christ in bringing in more collaborators to His Mission. In a way I recognize Tanzania as our collaborators mission as they went and prepared the way for the sisters and priests.






 

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