We invite you to state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated in the South - Eastern tip of Indian peninsula. It is boardered by the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Tamil Nadu has a very ancient history that goes back to 6000 years. The state represents the nucleus of Dravidian Culture in India. It is very rich in ancient temples with lofty towers and other architectural monuments. Rivers, deep and lovely woods with wild life sanctuaries are added attractions to the state.
Tamil Nadu is the birth place of Bharathanatyam - a classical form of dance. It is a land of handlooms and silk textiles especially of Kanchipuram silk. It is a land of deep expressions, rituals, traditions and celebrations. Tamil Nadu has a high literacy rate of 70%. Adult education programme of Tamil Nadu has won the international recognition. In spite of the raised standard of living, in the state, the rural areas continue to remain poor.
Dominican sisters of the Presentation were invited to render services to the poor and marginalized people of Soganur in the diocese of Vellore. Soganur is 145 kms North of Vellore, the diocesan head quarters. Soganur is 95 kms away from Chennai.
Total area of the Salai Mission in which Soganur is included is 120 kms. The Catholic Population is 900. Mission is spread out in several villages. Salai Mission is the realization of the Vision of Fr. Dr. Gabriel Mathias. He had done the ground work for this mission before the sisters arrived in Soganur on 3rd July 2001. They will lived in the Presbytery until the convent was built in 2005.
In collaboration with the priest who is responsible for the mission sisters work for the evangelization and development of the people.
The sisters go to the families for Rosary two days a week and other days they have it in the Church. They go to Janakapuram, Sholingar, Nandiveduthangal Sub-stations for the Mass, Catechism Class, visit of the families every week. Including Soganur, the sisters have four mission stations to look after. Strikes, Bundhs and Dharna are all common in India. Very often poor people have to suffer having no bus or other conveniences. So the sisters often had to walk or sit behind somebody’s bicycle to reach the mission stations and offer their services.
They have formed an association of Mothers called “Mathusangam” in Soganur and had meetings every month. They discussed many things and the sisters gave them direction for their life and mission as a woman, as a mother, as a wife in their families and in the society.
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