Our next stop is in Jharkhand, one of the newest State of India. It was a part of Bihar state before the bifurcation. Bihar had a very ancient glorious and colorful history. It was the home State of the Mauryan emperors. The people of this state are tribals belonging to different groups such as uravus , khadiyas, Santhalies, Mundas, each with their own characteristics, features and culture, languages and traditions , Music and dance are very much part of their life. Bihar is an economically backward state. It gets the worst of the cold in the winter, the worst of the heat in the summer and plenty of floods during rainy season. The literacy rate of Bihar is very low. Many poverty and improve the literacy rate.
Dominican bhavan community arrived in Dalmadi in 1995. Dalmadi parish is under the diocese of Gumla. It is fairly a new diocese. Earlier Gumla was part of the Arch diocese of Ranchi. Gumla has a high catholic population . In addition to the extreme poverty and health needs the diocese has to face a very serious problem of the R S S and extremist Hindu group which views very unfavorably the activities of the catholic church on behalf of the poor.
Dalmadi is remote agricultural village 75 kms away from Gumla. None of the modern conveniences such as electricity and telephone have reached there. Transportation facilities are very poor. The people live in constant fear of dacoits.
St.Antony's parish Dalmadi has about 2600 Parishners belonging to 14 neighboring villages.
The presence of the sisters brings hope and courage for the catholic population. The animate all the pastoral activities of the parish along with the parish priest. Yet purpose of the mission is the development of all peoples and their living conditions, through health care , education of the youth and various social services.
They care for the patients who come to the dispensary and when the patients cannot come, the sisters care for them at homes.
Sisters teach in the parish school and special help is given to those who need it. Special attention is given to the youth as they search for direction in life.
In collaboration with the social service programme of the diocese they contribute all their possibilities for the welfare and promotion of the people.Promotion of vocation is a priority for the sisters and they receive the young women who come to see where they live.
The community has a very simple and poor life-style. The lack of conveniences are accepted cheerfully.They share the joys and sorrows, the hopes and anxities of the people being fully aware that it is the Lord himself who have sent them to Dalmadi, even amongst great dangers and fears, they place their confidence in the Lord.
They gather courage and strength from daily Eucharist to accept the risk and the challenges of their mission.The mission speaks for itself. The missionary proclaims the love of the Lord and His justice and mercy, by accepting to be sent where the Lord needs them, the risks and challenges included... Leaving diurdan to embrace the demands of Sainville , is a rality here.