“With the Lord, a thousand years is like a day (2 Peter 3:8). Forty years is but a twinkling of an eye in God’s time, but it’s a long time by human reckoning; especially when we consider all that has gone into the making of the Daughters of the Church in India.
The long cherished dream of Mother Maria Oliva Bonaldo, the Foundress, to establish the Daughters of the Church in India was realized through the person of Sr. Silvana Termignone who was equipped with two weapons, the Word of God-All things are possible with God (Mk. 10:27) – and her untiring spirit of good will and total abandonment to the plan of God. After a decayed of nomadic life of struggles, doubts, hardships, uncertainties, suspense it was on this day, that year of 1978 the Daughters of the Church pitched their tent at 80 Bull Temple Road, Bangalore. Thanks to the late Bishop of Bellary who was the parish priest of St. Joseph’s church who played a vital role finding a house for the Daughters of the Church in Basavanagudi to fulfil the conditions placed by the bishop of Bangalore in order to give his approval to be in the diocese.
From then on, the divine providence has shielded us, awesome faithfulness of the Lord has accompanied us, allowing us to go through moments of progress and regress, doubts and uncertainties thanks to the undying spirit, the selfless giving of our pioneer sisters, Cicily, Leela, Alice, Tresa and Annie and the constant support and guidance of our Superiors General and their teams, delegate superiors and their teams, bishops, priests, religious brothers, sisters, friends, well-wishers who have stood with us, supported and sustained our historic journey of having taken the road less travelled.
Our story is not very magnificent, we are not very numerous, we have no great achievements to boast of or established ourselves far and wide but we have tried to be rooted in the charism and to reinterpret the charism as per the needs of the time. Since the beginning this house has been a home to many: bishops, priests both secular and religious, people, both rich and poor, elite and common, illiterate and learned, healthy and sick especially leprosy patients, a centre for discussion, reflection and study for inter-cultural, inter-religious, inter-denominational, inter-linguistic groups. Thanks to the culture of inclusiveness and openness lived and taught by our pioneers.
Thanks be to God for all that has been. May the good Lord continue to shower upon us the Daughters of the Church his choicest blessings, through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, so that we may continue our mission here on earth following the example and spirit of our mother Foundress, Mother Maria Oliva Bonaldo, and the saintly Sr. Silvana, the undaunted missionary, who served India with much zeal, love, dedication, courage and determination.
May the Lord’s favour be with us always.