Most Rev. Oswald Lewis
Bishop of Jaipur

2018 Easter Message By Most Rev. Oswald Lewis


May Devotion is one of the most popular Marian devotions that expresses our love, affection and faithfulness towards our heavenly Mother. As the month begins, children and adults are filled with joy and enthusiasm to stand before the Grotto to recite the Rosary. Others will gather in the family to recite the family Rosary. Books on May Devotion help us to reflect on the mystery of our salvation and the role of Mother Mary in the mystery of redemption. Each day gives us a new insight into the life of our Mother. Her deep faith in God, acceptance of the will of God, her humility, trust charity, service, availability are the values that stand out before us and urge us to follow. As we all know, May Devotion is basically the devotion of the recitation of the Rosary, during which we reflect on the mysteries of Incarnation, passion, death, Resurrection, Ascension, descent of the Holy Spirit and Assumption that sums up the life of Christ as a human person here on earth.

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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