Tessy Jacob is a member of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. She is Indian in nationality, with an interest in evangelization through mass media. She is the joint secretary of the Indian Catholic Press Association and serves as the communication coordinator of her home province. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral research studies in media and communication from Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.
Religious sisters continue to serve in hospitals, amid the threat of the pandemic. Many of them endure persecution as well. Yet these sisters, called for the service of God and humanity, persevere.
A sister may be in charge of the kitchen, or a farm, or secretarial work, or in charge of a house, or even just praying for others: Even then, essentially all are missionaries.
Recently, the recollection of one of my past experiences made me ponder over the figure of the father in the parable of the prodigal son — and his father. What does true reconciliation look like?
Catholic nuns as media persons are a rare sight in India. This was driven home to me recently. I was the only woman in a six-member crew of a Catholic television channel that went to cover a charismatic prayer meeting in a northern Indian town.