Rekha Kerketta, from the Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand, India, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. With an undergraduate degree in Hindustani classical music and graduate work in religious studies, she has taught Hindi and English in various schools and is a visiting professor in Feminist Theology at the Regional Theologate Jesuit Center, Arunodaya, Ranchi. Presently she is completing a doctorate degree at St. Albert's College, Ranchi, Jharkhand, about dissertation on the role of Christian Kurukh women in the church in Chotanagpur.

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Obstacles overcome, a dream come true

My journey to religious life has had many unique hurdles. I am from an aboriginal tribe called Kurukh and only learned to read and write in sixth grade. We were fortunate to have a government school at the Catholic mission in Hazaribag, 40 kilometers away from our village, but instruction was in Hindi, which I did not speak.