Lissy Maruthanakuzhy is a member of the worldwide Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul, founded in Italy by Blessed James Alberione in 1915, and is committed to proclaiming Christ through social communications. She directs a bookshop, Pauline Book & Media Centre, managed by her congregation at Panaji, capital of Goa, a western Indian state. For eight years she was the editor of Pauline Publications in Mumbai. She was a correspondent for South Asian Religious News and Union of Catholic Asian News before becoming a correspondent of Matters India. She also contributes to local periodicals.
We had found excuses, justifying our way of living in the midst of people yet away from them. Then, we began our new project in September, and every family welcomed us with much joy and spent time in conversation with us.
Every person who walks in brings new experiences and realizations. Youth, consecrated persons, parents, wives, husbands, street vendors — all remind me of the value of a God-centered person's availability.
"God leads me from one mission to another," says the Franciscan Hospitaller Sister of the Immaculate Conception. That path has included ministry to leprosy patients, drug addicts and prisoners.
Mumbai, India - With the help of volunteers from Our Lady of Health Parish, Minor Carmelites of Charity sisters manage the Marian House of Charity, which serves 29 residents with mental and physical disabilities in the suburb of Versova. "Our children are abandoned by relatives who found it difficult to take care of them. We give them a home and treat them as part of our family."