Some years after the original mission was set up in Calcutta, in response to a call from the Bishop, Brothers were sent to a rice-growing area east of the city, to care for a neglected group of village Christians. In 1902, because pastoral work could not be carried on by men alone, a Sisterhood was formed at Barisal under the guidance of Father Strong. Later a branch house was formed at Jobarpar, thirty miles north of Barisal.
At Barisal the Mission runs boarding schools, Christian students hostels, St Annes Medical Centre, an orphanage and a Primary School.
In 1970, a Bangladeshi Sisterhood was formed in Jobarpar, the Christa Sevika Sangha. The Sevikas supervise boys and girls hostels and a play-centre for small children, help in St Gabriels School and supervise St. Marys Home in Barisal.
A Bangladeshi Brotherhood of St. Paul was also formed in 2003.
Sister Agnes has had to undergo an operation. She is now in recovery and we would encourage all our supporters to include her in their prayers. As many of you will know, hse has been the "nightingale" of Jobarpar for many years, singing before prayers every day and playing various musical instruments to accompany the Sisters worship as well as in other churches when she visited them. Her music making will be much missed while she is in recovery and unable to perform.
News and recent happenings at the mission in Bangladesh is published regularly. You can read some of the latest letters in the section "Newsletter". (click here)
There are a number of specific projects that the Oxford Mission is sponsoring in the country. For further information and an opportunity to contribute to a specific programme (click here).
If you wish to contact either the mission at Barisal or Jobarpar you can write to the addresses given in the Contact section (click here) or send an e-mail using the form below:
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