St. Johnís Boyís Hostel

"Suffer little children and forbid them not tocome unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

The great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ has inspired many missionaries to leave their homeland and sail across the great oceans to unknown land where the Word of God did not reach. The Spirit of God, thus inspired the young fathers belonging to the Order of S.S.J.E. to sail to India in the year 1891. Father Revington thus landed in Pune to embark on his mission to propagate the Gospel. In that year there was a great famine in our country and many parents could not afford to feed their children. Under these desperate circumstances they were compelled to part with their loved ones and approached Father Revington to take care of them. Thus the vision of founding Fathers of S.S.J.E. was concretized in the establishment of St. Johnís Mission Boys Hostel.

In the year 1936 Father Wayne and Father Bishop took charge of the hostel. Father Wayne looked after the financial needs and Father Bishop handled the administrative work. The other clergy who offered their dedicated services were Father William, Father Plane, Father Bean, Father Bull, Brother Albert, Father Cotgreve and FatherRangaswamy. The inmates were provided proper education, health care, food and vacational training. Mr. Samuel Henry Daniels served as Supdt of the Hostel from 1931 to 1960.

In the year 1967, S.S.J.E. Fathers returned to England and the management of the hostel was handed over to the Bombay Diocesan Trust Association Pvt. Ltd. Presently the hostel is being run without any financial assistance from outside donor agencies and with a limited number of children. The hostel building although spacious are century old and in dilapidated condition. These needed extensive repairs and Trust had to spend Rs 10 Lakhs to make the premises habitable Children are provided good food & living conditions.

The faith of those who brought the little children to Lord Jesus can still be seen when orphans, destitutes and little boys from broken homes irrespective of their caste and creed find their way to this hostel.

The boaders are enrolled in English & Marathi Medium Schools. Christian children are given complete free education till Std. X . A Managing Committee looks after all their needs. Lt. Col.J.Barla is the Chairman and Miss. F. Inayat. Hon. Secretary who take keen interest in keeping the hostel a real home for the Children.

The Trust incurs about Rs 3 lakhs for running the Hostel every years.



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