The first ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in India was on the southern banks of the Ganges river in the city of Mokama. SCNs first began their ministries here more than six decades ago. Ministries on campus include a hospital, hostels, and a nursing school.
On the first Sunday in February the Shrine Feast of the Mother of Divine Grace takes place in Mokama just outside of the SCN Convent. Thousands of villagers from all around the state of Bihar, the Archdioceses of Patna and Ranchi, and even farther parts of India and Nepal, visit the holy shrine to pray to Holy Mary of Mokama.
People make the pilgrimage with aspirations of healing. The morning of the Shrine Feast a healing mass is held by the Most Rev. Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J., followed by a procession around the shrine.
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.