Dorothy Fernandes is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a social activist who has been working in Patna since 1997 with communities on the periphery, with the goal of making their cities inclusive, so that no one is left behind. She also serves as the chairperson of the Women's Commission for the Archdiocese of Patna and is the advisory member of the social wing of the archdiocese – Forum for Social Initiatives.
In a country like India, where women are subjugated, it is urgent to teach young girls to keep their dignity intact and not fall prey to false promises.
The acquittal of Bishop Franco Mulakkal was disappointing to many of us. I feel the need for speaking up in defense of our sisters, and sounding a wake-up call for us as women religious.
It appears that the ones who clean and make our city what it is have no right to live in it, simply because they do not have the means to acquire a piece of land and find shelter. Where do we even begin?
The joy in the air from celebrating the Resurrection was not long-lasting: We began to get news of many religious testing positive for COVID-19. When you lose cherished people, what hurts most is knowing that you'll never hear those voices again.