Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:30

Welcome to Guntur…

Written by  Jewell Start, General President
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jewellarrivesindia 350I’m in Guntur, India, and in a few hours will attend the Chrism Mass at the historic Infant Jesus Cathedral in Phirangipuram, India, where Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ will be declared a ‘Servant of God’ by the Most Rev. Dr. Gali Bali, Bishop of Guntur.  Accompanying me is Fr Dan Strickland MGL.

We arrived in Hyderabad on Monday 26th March after a very long flight, and spent a lovely night with the sisters of the Society of Jesus Mary Joseph (JMJ).  The following morning, they gave us a tour of Hyderabad which was fascinating.  We then to flew to an airport near Guntur, where we were met and brought back to the JMJ Provincial House.  We were then greeted with a wonderful traditional Indian welcoming ceremony.

After our evening meal, the JMJ sisters gave us a tour through their museum.  This morning, we were taken to Guntur city itself, and shown through St Joseph's Hospital including the original dispensary where Mary worked, the pharmacy where Sr Peter Julian (another Australian woman) dispensed medicines and so on.  We then went to the Church where Mary had prayed each day, and saw the statue of the Sacred Heart that had greeted her upon her arrival in Guntur in 1920. We also saw the quarters where she had lived. We were truly ‘walking in her footsteps’.

One of the loveliest experiences so far has been meeting a few of the older JMJ sisters who personally knew Dr Sr Mary Glowrey.  In particular, the first Indian sister to become a JMJ Provincial Superior, Sister Ignatius, who knew Mary very well and as such, was able to share some wonderful stories about her—very human kind of stories which help to reveal more of who Mary Glowrey really was as a person.  Sister Ignatius is 86.
The JMJ sisters have graciously arranged for us to fly to Bangalore tomorrow, so that we might visit Mary's grave.

We invite you to join us in prayer for the progress of the cause of Dr Sr Mary Glowrey.