Women have "a quite special aptitude in passing on the faith, so much so that Jesus himself appealed to it in the work of evangelisation. That is what happened to the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at Jacob's well" (EA 45). There should be greater opportunities for women to render their service in the Church. Women should be more effectively involved in the consultative and participatory structures at the parish, deanery and diocesan level. Their abilities and services should be fully appreciated in health care, in education, in building community and in peace making. The presence of women in the Church's mission of love and service contributes greatly to bringing the compassionate Jesus, the healer and reconciler to especially the poor and the marginalized.
As per the mind of Christ and of the Church, to form men women, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led as integrated and committed persons for the spread of the Kingdom of God in the Diocese of Shimoga.
In order to continue the evangelizing missin of the Church, entrusted to it by Christ, to strive towards a holistic formation, to be witnesses to the Risen Lord so as bring Christ to the world by responding to the signs of time.
To have authentic priests and religious who are deeply rooted in the Word of God in the Indian context, and in the cultural and traditional realities of Karanataka.
DIRECTOR AND MEMBERS
Sr. Winnifred Mascarenhas
: 'CHAITANYA', SMSSS
Alkola Circle, Sagar Road
Shimoga - 577 205
: 08182 - 251135
MINISTRY OF WOMEN
There is much to be done to destroy that unjust and deleterious mentality which considers the human being as a thing, as an object to buy and sell, as an instrument of pleasure only. Women themselves, for the most part, are the prime victims of such a mentality. "Vigorous and incisive pastoral action must be taken to overcome these forms of discrimination so that the image of God that shines in all human beings without exception may be fully respected" (FC 24). As an expression of her mission, the Church must stand firmly against all forms of discrimination and abuse of women. The dignity of women, gravely wounded in public esteem must be restored by creating awareness about human rights. "Acknowledging the personal dignity of women is the first step towards promotion of their full participation in Church life as well as in social life" (CL 49).
Women are taking an increasingly active part in social life. It is also very important that they participate more widely in the various fields of the Church's apostolate (AA 9). The witness of women contributes greatly towards nourishing the faith of Christian communities. It is necessary that the Church recognise all the gifts of men and women and put them to use.
Commission Action Plan
Every parish is to have a Women's Organisation to have a united, enlightened, faith filled, committed and empowered women community. The Organisation should take initiative to tackle various issues and problems concerning women at the parish level.
Every parish in the Diocese is to organise every year – International Women's Day (March 8), Girl Child Day (September 8), Day of Elimination of Violence against Women
(November 25) and Women's Spiritual Day (December 8) to create awareness of the dignity and role of women.
Every effort should be made to avoid any sort of discrimination against women in our consultative and participatory structures at the parish, deanery and diocesan level.
Programmes are to be chalked out to empower women. To protect women's rights women's associations at the parish level are to be organised. There should be gender sensitivity and study of women's issues in our educational system and Christian formation.
Women and girls should enjoy better health and nutrition and protect themselves against all forms of exploitation and injustice, serving as leaders in civic and social organisations. TheChurch has the responsibility of denouncing evils such as rape, dowry and all types of violence against women.
Widows in our parishes need to be identified, encouraged and helped to be economically self-reliant.
Women should be encouraged to tap the facilities given by Women and Child Welfare Ministry, Minority Commission of the government and other similar government organisations.
Our goal should be to provide gainful employment and better quality of life for illiterate women who are below poverty line through income generation activities and self-employment so that they begin to control and own productive resources. A Vocational Training Centre at the diocesan level for girls must be set up.
The Diocese should come up with a Counselling Centre, Legal Aid Centre and Crisis Centre for women. This Centre must collaborate with the Counselling Centre for Youth and Family.
The Diocese needs to build a hostel for girls for their higher education.
The Photo Gallery of Commission's Activities
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large1.jpg
Bishop's House, Diocese of Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large2.jpg
Mahila Sangha, SMSSS, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large3.jpg
Our Lady of Health, Hariha - The Diocesan Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large4.jpg
St. Thomas Church, Davanagere Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large5.jpg
SMSSS, Shimoga Multipurpose Social Servie Society Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large6.jpg
Don Bosco Church, Chitradurga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large7.jpg
St. Anthony's Church, Shanthinagar, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large8.jpg
World Famous Falls, Jog Falls, Shimoga District Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large9.jpg
Christ the King Church, Jog Falls Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large10.jpg
Declaration of Hariha Shrine as the Shrine of the Diocese Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large11.jpg
Faithful Praying at Harihar Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large12.jpg