ST. XAVIER'S PROVINCE

Department of Social Work


Social apostolate is the continuation of the ministry of Jesus; his reaching out to the poor, the sick and the marginalized through miracles, assuring presence and challenging actions were the sign as well as the reality of the imminent Kingdom of God as revealed in the Gospels. It shall become a way of spirituality for us as required by our Constitutions: ‘God is in reality experienced by men in the concreteness of their daily lives, their needs and aspirations, and their actual fellowship as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father.’ Like Christ, we too are sent into this real world to preach the good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives and liberty to the oppressed (Lk. 4:18). Hence, action for justice and participation in the transformation of the world is a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel.

As a welcoming community, we begin our social apostolate among our neighbours; for, we are called to look into the concrete life situations of our fellowmen for a deeper personal God-experience. So, we begin with an intensive and affectionate involvement in the problem-ridden life of our neighbours. The concept of extended community that we have developed includes all people in our neighbourhood, who are to be accepted and treated as part of our community by way of developing Christian fellowship. Our involvement in these communities also becomecatalysts of wider social development.

When we are called upon to undertake, for the sake of apostolate and the welfare of the people socio-cultural, economic and such other activities, we keep in mind our basic objective in them, namely, making the presence of the kingdom of God in those areas concretely felt.