Mission to the West

Mission to the West

Seihon Ministries from Kerala, India

It is amazing to be taken up into the Indian mission to the West. We are the beneficiaries of the ‘Ministry to Priests’ wing of the Seihon ministries from Kerala in India. The Seihon ministry has members scattered all over the English dioceses and they come together every month numbering up to 3000 at a convention centre in Birmingham. What is special is that the whole community is involved in this multi-pronged ministry: they reach out to the youth, sick, to children, to childless couples, to alcoholics. Not only do they stress catechesis but also the healing side of the gospel.

I have seen the way Indian missionaries have filled Churches in East Africa with their popular retreats, pilgrimages and vigils. I am happy that they are now launching their 'mission to the West' here.

They seem to have a pull on the young people through their director Fr. Sojji. They belong to different rites: principally the Syro-Malabar and the Latin rite. There is a great feeling of inclusivity in their outreach. England has benefitted from foreign missionaries at different periods down through its history. Now we seem to be witnessing the contribution of India/ Kerala to our Catholic way of life.

The Vianney Mission to Priests – one of the Seihon ministries – have invited me to join them on their pilgrimage retreat to Ars and Paray-le-Monial in France from 5th until 8th September.

James D. Fanning mhm

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