CHAI Commemorates Founder’s 60th Death Anniversary
On 5th May, CHAI commemorated the 60th death anniversary of Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey, its Founder and Servant of God. With the prayer dance, the students of St. Theresa’s College of Nursing invoked God’s blessings. Welcoming the Guests and participants of the event, Rev. Dr. Mathew Abraham highlighted the need to imbibe the spirit of Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey to meet the challenges in today’s health scenario. Lighting the lamp, all present raised their hearts in prayer for God’s grace to put Mary Glowrey at His alter the soonest. Rev. Sr. Deena SCN, CHAI’s President, garlanded the portrait of Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey.
Delivering the key note address, Prof.Dr. Mario Vaz of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, drew special attention to the relevance of Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey to CHAI and its member institutions. Dr. Mario dramatically threaded together the historical sequences in the life of Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey. He began with the life of Agnes McLaren who was her inspiration behind coming to India and to serve thousands of women and children, leaving behind the comforts of life in Australia.
Dr. Mario pointed out the strengths of CHAI healthcare network: compassionate care, pan Indian presence, continuity and reach of network across the country to the remotest corners with focus on primary care and neglected areas (leprosy, TB, palliative care, elderly etc.) and the volunteering work of huge number of committed religious.
Dr. Mario reminded the participants of the emerging challenges: growing dichotomy between mission and practice (need to ‘walk the talk’), decreasing vocations, struggle to reach the poor amidst dwindling resources, rising health costs, legal hurdles, difficulties in keeping abreast of medical advances while upholding Catholic ethics in a plural environment. He reminded the CHAI network members of internal challenges of transcending the culture of ministering in isolation and getting united under a network. They need to withstand the pressures of inappropriate partnerships with external stakeholders (outsourcing), often leading to unethical practices. Emphasis shall be on improving value oriented governance and financial transparency and adherence to the legal requirements.
Rev. Sr. Bhandavi, JMJ led the novena prayer. Rev. Fr. Thomas Vaikathuparampil, CHAI’s 1st Vice-President proposed the vote of thanks. He reiterated that Dr. Mario’s revisit during his address to the life of Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey brought forth all the more the obligation of CHAI and its member institutions to emulate her life to reach the medically unreached in the remotest corners.
After the programme, Dr. Mario had an interaction with the Senior Management Team of CHAI. He offered his expertise, in follow up of the day’s event and in preparation for the platinum jubilee of CHAI, to undertake efforts to chart historically the growth of Catholic healthcare.