Little Flower School students perform on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The two-day golden jubilee celebrations of the Catholic diocese of Jamshedpur ended on Sunday with the hope that the Christian community will continue to contribute to the development of education in Jharkhand.
Jamshedpur expects more good institutions like XLRI, Loyola School and XITE from the Catholic community.
Governor Syed Ahmed attended the celebrations, which also saw the presence of Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo, Bishop of Jamshedpur Felix Toppo, other bishops from neighbouring states, MP Ajoy Kumar, MLA (Jamshedpur West) Banna Gupta, vice-president (TQM and shared services) of Tata Steel Anand Sen, educational heads and eminent personalities of the city.
“So many religions together is like a bouquet of flowers, which looks beautiful as a whole but each has its own identity. The Christian community has always believed in love and peace and that is why, it is successful in every work it undertakes. I hope the community will continue to improve the education system,” said the governor.
Cardinal Toppo thanked Tata Steel, saying that Catholic institutions in the city would not have been able to taste success without the company’s co-operation.
Sen, on the other hand, said: “The Jamshedpur diocese was formed in 1962, but the relation between Tata Steel and the Christian community developed much before that. A few years after the formation of Tata Steel, the city got its first Catholic church.”
“The city also hosted personalities like Mother Teresa, who have given us Nirmal Hriday and Shishu Bhavan. We have institutions like Loyola School — considered to be one of the best in the country. We hope that the Jamshedpur diocese will constantly work towards education and employment with Tata Steel’s full support,” he added.
Sen further said that Tata Steel and the Catholic diocese would together conceive projects to promote education in Jamshedpur in the coming days.
Schoolchildren from the city and neighbouring districts put up a colourful cultural show on the occasion. While students of Little Flower School presented a welcome dance, those from Sacred Heart Convent School performed a dance on national integration. Carmel Junior College presented a dance of joy.
Tribal culture also found a place on the stage, thanks to St Mary’s English High School that presented a Nagpuri dance while St John’s School of Sonua, West Singhbhum, put up a performance on Ho marriage rituals.
The governor also awarded scholarships to eight underprivileged students on the occasion.