October 3, 2012
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: The Marianists in India
For more than 30 years, the Marianists have been helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people create a better life through education.
By Jan D. Dixon
In March 1979, after hours of agonizing discussions, a group of Marianists gathered for prayer in a chapel in St. Louis. The question that brought them to their knees: Was God calling them to serve in India? Mission work in other parts of the world also begged for attention, and if the answer to go to India was “yes,” it would mean an enormous financial and personal commitment. It also would require a leap of faith.
There were many reasons to say “no.” But one fact stood above the rest: India is home to one-third of the poorest people on the planet.