In the summer of 2018, we reached out to our mission friends to support our MSCs and local parishes in Kerala, India, where the worst flooding in almost a century caused untold devastation. Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc across the state, and the MSC Kerala House suffered from severe water damage.
Fr Richard Suresh MSC has been in touch from Kerala to update us on the ongoing repair work in the Sacred Heart Seminary in Kanjoor. “Painting work, roofing work, and pathway repair has been going on,” he writes. “It is very difficult to get workers in Kerala, as there are many, many houses that need workers to carry out repairs. We have not yet been able to finish the repairs as we had planned, due to the lack of workers available, but we are still working on it.”
The flooding hit Kerala in August 2018, killing hundreds and forcing millions to flee from their homes. Cars, livestock, homes, and businesses were washed away in the deluge.
The Sacred Heart Seminary in Kerala was severely affected due to its close proximity to the River Periyar, and is currently undergoing the repairs outlined by Fr Richard. At the seminary, MSC students journey together on the path to priesthood, and the house serves as a local foundation for parish outreach and ministry. The repair works are essential to ensure the safety and security of the MSC community in Kerala, allowing them to continue their vital work in aiding local families who have suffered terrible losses in the floods.
“Thank you for all your support, concern, and love towards our Indian MSC community,” writes Fr Richard. “Please keep us in your prayers, and we assure you that you are in our prayers also.”
Read more about the damage caused by the Kerala floods
in a letter from Indian Union Secretary Fr Syam Kumar MSC.