Most Rev. Oswald Lewis
Bishop of Jaipur

2018 Easter Message By Most Rev. Oswald Lewis

Shepherd’s Voice : SEPTEMBER 2018

Come September, all eyes are on 8th September. Hurriedly all mark their diaries, for it is a day of celebration, a day of commemoration. Who can forget his/her mother’s birthday? Yes, none will forget. Children surround their mother on her birthday, expressing their utmost love with flowers and gifts. They appreciate the sacrifice made by their mother and they remember suffering she has undergone for their sake. The mother in turn plants a sweet kiss on their cheek.

There is much more joy and devotion while celebrating the birthday of Mother Mary. Preceded by a Novena, preparation for nine days, all children of Mary gather around her with great devotion, for she is the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, Mother of all of us. On 3rd March 2018, Pope Francis declared Mary, as the Mother of the Church. He just endorsed what was declared earlier by Pope Paul VI, at the end of the third session of the Second Vatican Council. It was Vatican II that discovered the title “Mary, the Mother of the Church.” The last chapter of its Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, was devoted to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Mother of the Church. It is the crowing chapter of Lumen Gentium as Pope Paul VI said. “As we all know, the Council dedicated to Our Lady the whole of the eighth chapter of the great Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. Thus placing at the summit, as it were, of this stupendous doctrinal edifice the sweet and luminous figure of Mary.”

Brief History

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a complete all season destination created in pink stone. Jaipur derives its name from Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a prince, soldier and astronomer, who built the city in 1721 in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu tradition on architecture.

The first Christian presence in Jaipur goes back to the time of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur. In 1728 Father Emmanuel de Figuredo accompanied by a lay man Pedro de Silva, who later settled down in Jaipur, came to Jaipur at the invitation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The Maharaja gifted a piece of land and contributed generously for building of Sacred Heart Church at Ghat Gate in 1871.

The first resident priest of Jaipur was Fr. Conrad OFM Cap. In 1890 Rajputana and Malwa Missions were created separating them from Agra Diocese and in 1891 this new mission was made into an Apostolic Prefecture appointing Fr. Bertram OFM Cap., as the first Prefect of the new Prefecture. To start with there were five priests and five stations namely Bandikui, Nasirabad, Jaipur, Neemuch and Mhow.

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