Madhya Pradesh was originally the largest state in India until November 1, 2000 when the state of Chattisgarh was carved out. Historically it is known as Malwa. The predominant language of the region is Hindi. Due to the rule of Marathas, Marathi is spoken by a substantial number of people. It borders the states Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.The main rail route linking Northern India with Southern India passes through Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh, combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. Bhopal is known as the City of Lakesfor its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is also one of the greenest cities in India.Today it presents a multi-faceted profile with exquisitely laid out parks, gardens and broad avenues. Agriculture is the primary economy of Madhya Pradesh and nearly 80% of the population is rural, which is directly or indirectly depends on agriculture. As most of the state is a high plateau it is very hot and dry in summer.
We set our foot in Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradeshin 2002 with ten students and Fr. Nelson C.P. as their director and Bro. Jerson CP as administrator. After ten years of living in a rented house, we finally moved into a house of our own on 18th Dec 2011.
At present we have sixteen students, hailing from eight differentstates, ten of them pursuing their philosophical studies and six minor seminarians doing their Plus Two. They go to KPRP (Kritu Premelaya Regional Philosophate), a diocesan institute run by the SVD Fathers, for their Philosophical studies. The second and third year philosophy students pursue their secular degree privately. Classes for the same are arranged in BSSS College which they attend after their philosophy lectures in KPRP. The first year students have enrolled their names in IGNOU for the secular degree and their classes are conducted in KPRP. The Plus Two students attend classes at a nearby higher secondary school.
Ourcommunity in Bhopal make the Passionist charism and presence felt in this region through different ministries and activities. Over the last ten years Passionists have served the church in Bhopal through retreats, recollections, sacramental help in parishes and families, prison ministry, youth ministry, CRI initiatives and teaching in KPRP and in other formation houses nearby. Students also make themselves available on weekends to help out in orphanages, centres for mentally challenged and in parishes, besides having one month summer ministry exposure.
Fr. Biju Paliyath (Local Superior and Director of students)
Fr.Titus Chullikattu (Administrator)
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