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RUGUDISAI, Sa’rana Catholic Church

Estd. :

2000

Patron :

 

Address :

Sa’rana Catholic Church,
Rugudisai, P.O. Tarmakant,
Dist. Keonjhar, Pin : 758018
Phone :

Gram Panchayat :

Tarmakant

Catholic families :

33

No. of Catholics :

168

No. of Substations :

6
Narsinghpur,
Kunu,
Chandipos,
Kunuda,
Kusumdih,
Borda,

Parish Priest :

Fr. Jojo Vaidyakaran

Associate Pastor :

Nil

No. of Catechists :

1

Religious insitutions :

Nil

Educational insitutions :

School

Socio-welfare activities :

Nil

Health Care :

Nil

Pious associations :

Nil

History of the Parish :
Rugudisai Mission was started by the Late Fr. George Rathpally of the Balasore diocese sometime in 1990. It is in the Banspal Block 50 KM west of Keonjhar town. Rugudisai was not his first choice. It was Narsinghpur, 24Km North East of Rugudisai where some catholic families originally from Bordore (Chaibasa parish in those doays) settled down there somtime during independence. In 1985 they approached Fr. John Deeney S.J. to look after their pastoral needs.. Fr. John contacted Fr. Shilanand Kamath SVD of Pal Lahara parish if he could undertake that work. He reported that Narsinghpur was not only far away but also even its accessibility was difficult. Later Fr. John did make a flying visit to Keonjhar and Joda Parish. But it was Fr. George Rathapally who took interest to go there. He started a school there in 1987. However some local activists as they feared Missionary influence put an objection. So the Narsinghpur Mission failed.

Fr. George did not give up. He came donw to Nuasia- Kdaodih, a neighbouring village of Rugudisai, where some catholic Munda families originally from Gumla district settled down there in the sixties. About this time, in Rugudisai, there was a man with a vision, Shri Goma Munda, who noticed that without education the Ho-Munda children were growing up like monkeys. He welcomed Fr. George and offered a piece of land to start his Mission and take care of the education of the children.

So the rugudisai Mission started in 1990 with a school. The first teacher Shri Golden Barla could not carry on due to the poor salary. Later in 1992 Shri Kishore Topno from Nuagaon, Bursuan parish, joined the staff. Encouraged by his father-inlaw he kept his patience and remained loyal to this day. In addition, he was the only educated person who faithfully maintained all the records since the beginning.

Shri Goma Munda was a man without guile, but not so his people. They made various false and superstitious allegations to get rid of the Missionary presence, but the vigilance police cleared up all the cases quickly.

Jesuit invited : In the year 1997 Fr. George died. It was then that Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil CM of Balasore diocese requested the then Fr. Provincial Fr. Charlie Pereira S.J. to take up Rugudisai Mission. Sometime in May 2000 Fr. Charlie, Fr. John Sumburi and deacon Joseph Surin made a quick visit to Keonjhar parish and on the spot visit to Rugudisai to orient themselve. In the evening the three were happy to say YES to Rugudisai Mission. The VG Fr. Jacob Kallupurakal was dilighted.

Finally on July 1st 2000 Fr. John Sumbrui S.J., accompanied by Fr. Mike Thanaraj S.J. and diocesan Fr. Benedict Minz, and escorted by the Balasore VG Fr. Jacob Kallupurakal arrived in Rugudisai. Besides the local catholics, the Officer of the nearby Police Station at Nayakote, Shri BK Singh and his team wre present to receive them.

Security Concern : In those days Shri Ashok Meena was the Collector & District Magistrate. He invited the pastros of all denominations on 29th July 2000 to have a discussion on their security matter. The collector said that if he were to follow strictly the instructions from above, he could not allow them to go to the villages but he said he won’t stop them because he knew that despite the insecurity and other inconveniences they would reach out to the poor and serve them. But his earnest request was : Please co-operate with the administration.

In October 2000 a deacon Joseph Surin joined the community. he made a tour to all mass centres and preached the gospel. he was ordained in January 2001. As a new priest he travelled to parishes and preached the retreats to the parishners. But he was transferred soon.

The parents wre more concerned about the education of their children. At their urgent plea, the Jesuits agreed to take over the school and run it for their children. the parents were so overjoyed that they themselves built a school house of five class room in their own occupied land. Thus the school was revived and given a new name : Loyola School, Rugudisai in July 2001.

The number of children increased considerably. In the mean time the Jesuits were looking for a piece of govt land to establish a school. However the District Inspector of Schools had been kind enough to regularise the admission by giving a sort of affiliation to a nearby Govt. UGUP school Kushakala. Accordingly the sub-Inspector of School and Kushakala UGUP Schhol had been very generous to help out the children by providing question papers for the exams and issuing certificates for their further studies.

By the year 2005 they could not acquire the piece of land. So the School could not get the NOC from the government. Consequently the School found the problem of getting text books, conducting exams and issuing certificates. The parents and the teachers approached the Dist. Project Co.ordinator for SSA and the Collector cum Dist. Magistrate for help.They got the answer : there is no such provision from the government for the private schools. The parents were socked and forced to admit their children in the govt. School. Automatically Loyola School closed in Sept., 2005.

The parents as well as the Jesuits have not given up their hope. By the time this history is wirtten, they have located a piece of land in the village Nuasai-Kadodih. The process is on to register the land. But still a big challenge lies ahead.

Missionary work needs patience and perseverance.

 

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