During his visit with the Midwest Jesuits this past fall, Jesuit Fr. Anand Pereira from Kohima in Northeast India sat with John Sealey, the provincial assistant for social and international ministries, to discuss the exciting work of the Jesuits and their collaborators in Kohima. Listen to their conversation below, and learn more about Fr. Pereira's vocation story and his tie to Pope Francis via "Jesuit jargon."
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with Father Anand Pereira, SJ
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The Kohima Jesuits have been "twinned" with the Wisconsin Province Jesuits since 2002, which means they share a special relationship of mutuality and support. Their mission involves "accompanying the marginalized through the service of faith and the promotion of justice, while engaging in dialogue with other cultures and religious traditions." Projects of the Kohima Jesuits are located in primarily rural, mountainous surroundings in the Himalayan hills and valleys between Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Tibet. The Northeast is historically, politically, and ethnically distinct from mainland India, with land, cultures, and languages that are among the most diverse in the world.
The Kohima Jesuits principally focus on several ministries and works: pastoral efforts, education, health care, social research, socioeconomic transformation, diocesan support, and conflict resolution and peace initiatives.
ABOUT FR. ANAND PEREIRA, SJ
Father Anand Pereira, SJ, is currently rector of St. Paul Institute of Education Phesama in Kohima, in addition to serving as regional coordinator for formation and assistant development director for the Kohima Jesuits. He coordinates alumni of various Jesuit institutions, as well as working as a self-health group social apostolate animator. Father Pereira has been a regional consultor since June 2015. After 12 years of Jesuit schooling, he joined the Society of Jesus and was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. He went on to earn a doctor of education at Creighton University.