The SCNs organized this Republic Day celebration held in one of their ministry sites in Delhi. Children performed dances and gave speeches about solidarity and community. The celebration began with the national anthem and raising of the flag by the local police chief. The program concluded with a speech about community pride from Agnes Tudu, SCN, and the singing of We Are Many Parts by all of the children in attendance.

From the slums to the city center to India gate, I could certainly see the countries pride in all parts of Delhi that I visited this day.

Today I have traveled to Ranchi by plane. A view of the Himalayan mountains was present from the air.

Nazareth convent lies in Ranchi, the capitol city of Jharkhand. Pre-novice SCNs stay here while they continue their studies nearby. A home and program for domestic workers will also be opening on the grounds in May.

Nearby, I visited two other holy grounds. Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, founded in 1917 by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, have an ashram just across the road from Nazareth Convent. Here, modern educational methods are combined with yoga training.

I then visited with Father Joseph Pinto at St. Albert’s College, also nearby to Nazareth Convent. This country is truly rich in spirituality.


Spalding Hurst

Spalding Hurst is the communications specialist with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. He is currently traveling with the SCNs throughout India — learning first hand about their ministry work, helping to connect through technology the global SCN Community, and recording the stories of the Sisters in India.

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