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Out Reach Programmes

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Mary ward hostel

An effective move on the part of the Sisters was a home-visiting programme to outlying mission stations, as well as to nearby families. In 1985, the Mary Ward Hostel was started with a view of helping a small number of college students who came from remote and economically disadvantaged rural tribal homes. They studied in local colleges within easy reach of Loreto. Faith formation and Apostolic involvement were important parts of the programme.

Laitkor : Sister Marina Bastian

In 1994, Sr. Marina Bastian took over as the Principal of the school in Shillong. While she was here, she was inspired to work in the village apostolate which took her to Laitkor, a neighbouring village.Shillong made history when Loreto opened its new Mission house in the village of Laitkor. The Mission house was formally blessed on 23rd July 1997 by Fr. Richard of CKC.Sr. Marina the Pioneer in this village Apostolate did enormous work for the people, some of which are :

  • A coaching class for girls and drop-outs who were trying to do the Class X exam.
  • A school in Nongkremvillage.
  • A feeding programme for approx. 200 children.
  • Catechism classes and prayer meetings.
The people of Laitkor speak of her with great affection and gratitude for her dedicated service which was a labour of love for Marina. Unfortunately, Sr. Marina Bastian fell ill and finally left for her Heavenly reward on 12th August 2005.May her soul rest in peace.

Other Village Apostolates

With the guidance of the then Mission Superior, Sr. Celine Pinto, a number of out-reach programmes were started under the banner of Loreto Convent, Shillong.

In October 1994, in the village of Umphyrnai Sr. Euphemia Fernandes started a self-help centre cum sewing class for women, evening coaching classes for students and a pre-school. Besides these rural apostolates, she conducted In-Service Teacher Training Programmes in the schools of Meghalaya and the North East. In Weiloi, Sr. Euphemia helped to build up a chapel and also initiated the education of the village children.

Sr. Regina Thami set up a health care centre to cater to the needs of the villagers in and around Umphyrnai. She was later transferred to Darjeeling.

The teachers and students of Loreto school regularly went to Lumher in the evenings to help the village children in their studies.

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