Sr. Justine Gitanjali Senapati is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Annecy. Since 2014, she has served at the United Nations as the representative for the Congregations of St. Joseph, which includes 30 global independent congregations.
I joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy, whose charism — "Loving God and neighbor without distinction" — attracted me. My understanding of "neighbor" grew deeper working with the poor, the Dalits, and other marginalized people during my initial period of religious life and ministry. I found Jesus in them through ministries in education and religious formation.
A recent report submitted to the U.N. details the repression of religious minorities in India. For me, it revives painful memories of perhaps the biggest attack on India's Christian community in 300 years, violence that occurred in my native district of Kandhamal.