07/22/2005

Asansol - St Patrick's School

  

Asansol SPS.jpg

On pastoral visit to Asansol parish, archbishop De Souza pays a visit to St Patrick's Senior Cambridge School and meets the I.C.Brothers' staff & parish clergy.

sitting, front row: archb. De Souza, pp. C. Van Exem (bearded) , School Principal I.C.Br. X, back row: second from right: John De Ridder - others: I.C.Brs & 2 diocesan priests.

 

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07/21/2005

Chelidanga Hindi Girls' Sodality of Our Lady

At the Maria Goretti School, Hindi girls would gather once a week for pratical teaching and common prayer. But at the end of a term, outings would allow them to see the countryside.

 

page 38 Sodality a

 

page 38 Sodality c
 
 
page 38 Sodality d
 
page 38 Sodality b

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Chelidanga Girls' Sodality outings at the Griffiths'

 

Maria Goretti HS Girls' Sodality 1963
The IISCo Financial Officer Mr. Griffiths and his wife more than once graciously invited the sodality for tea in their garden in the Burnpur township. Girls were also very fond of taking a stroll along the Hoogly river bank whenever they got a chance to leave their village. 
In attendance: Chaplain John De Ridder

 

page 36 Burnpur Griffiths a

page 38 Burnpur Griffiths b
 

page 38 Burnpur Griffiths c

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07/20/2005

Durgapur ISCo Township: new St Xavier's High School

1 Broad avenues are being drawn for the Durgapur Iron & Steel Works township.
page 34 Durgapur Township a
 
page 34 Durgapur Township b
 
page 34 Durgapur Township c

 

page 34 Durgapur Township d
 
page 36 Durgapur Township b

 

page 33 DurgapurTownship 3 a

 

page 33 DurgapurTownship 3 b

 

page 33 DurgapurTownship 3 d

 
2. Opening day ceremony when the groundplot with a building in construction for the Durgapur St Xavier's HS was handed over to Albert Wautier (center),  the Calcutta provincial, by the Township administrator.
In the background: C. Van Exem, pp et John De Ridder
 
page 36 Durgapur Township c

 

page 36 Durgapur Township d

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Bettiah church & girls'school

A large majority of Catholics in Chelidanga village, Asansol are from Bettiah, Bihar, a prosperous Christian community near Patna. They come to work in the Asansol Railways Yard and the Burnpur plants: the Indian Iron Steel Company (IISCo) and the Burnpur Waggons Factory. But they regularly visit their home town of Bettiah to keep in touch with their cultural roots.
page 25 Asansol Bettiah Church

 

page 25 Bettiah school e

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07/19/2005

Asansol - Chelidanga - St Joseph's Junior High School

 

 

In the Chelidanga village of Asansol Township, the St Joseph's (then Junior) High School caters to the Hindi-speaking community and educates children of several ethnic groups.

 

1. John De Ridder and JHS top class.

page 32 St Josephs HS

 

 

2. JDR ready to bestride his bike.

page 32 St Josephs HS JDR

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07/18/2005

Asansol - St Maria Goretti Hindi Junior High School for Girls

North of the Asansol railway quarters, the village of Chelidanga harbours an important Hindi-speaking community of labourers, natives of Ranchi and Bettiah.

They have secured lucrative jobs in the several local industrial plants: the Railway Maintenance machine tools Sheds, the Burnpur IISCO Steel Plant and the Waggons Factory, and further north of Asansol, even the Chittaranjan Locomotive Factory. Two schools which would in time become full-fledged High Schools with Hindi as medium of instruction, were slowly developed through the years by Robert Drugman, to provide excellent teaching to the avid children of this community: for the girls, the St Maria Goretti HS, entrusted to the Daughters of St Ann, the diocesan congregation, and for the boys, the St Joseph's HS entrusted to layteachers with R. Drugman as headmaster. These schools have enjoyed a remarkable reputation of efficiency and achieved splendid academic results.

 

1. Sister of St Ann teaching an open air class. JDR in the background.

 

page 32 St Maria Goretti HS

 

2. Girls enjoy looking after the convent calf.

 

page 32 St Maria Goretti Calf

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Asansol - Anglo-Indian Schools

Asansol is an important railway link on the Calcutta-Delhi line. In the early days, the railway staff of drivers and maintenance officers belonged mainly to the English speaking Anglo-Indian community which counted many Catholics.

Catholic schools were therefore founded to cater to their children's educational needs. Thanks to the easy journeying facilities afforded by the railways, youngsters from all-over North India, Nepal and neighbouring Burma, eagerly joined one of these two boarding-schools for boys, the St Patrick's Senior Cambridge School (250) and the St Vincent's Training School (200), both entrusted to the Irish Christian Brothers.

 

page 31 Asansol St Vincents a
 

 

page 31 Asansol St Vincents b

 

page 31 Asansol St Vincents c

 

 

 

page 31 Asansol St Vincents d

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07/16/2005

Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Our Lady of Lourdes grotto - Asansol

Asansol Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Our Lady of Lourdes grotto

 

At Asansol, an important railway township for engine drivers and maintenance staff, this pretty church building was erected by the then British railway company running the Calcutta-Delhi line. British bricks were conveniently imported from Great Britain...

After Independence, the British company was incorporated into the Indian Ministry of Railways and the church building handed over to the Calcutta Archdiocese, with attached owner's rights and maintenance obligations. When the Burdwan diocese was erected, the Asansol Sacred Heart Church became its cathedral and the Asansol presbytery became Bishop's House.

 

 

 

page 29 Asansol church a
 

 

page 29 Asansol church b

 

page 29 Asansol grotto c

 

 

 

page 29 Asansol grotto d
 
 
 

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07/14/2005

Asansol Church & Presbytery

1. Celest Van Exem, dean & pp. in the Sacred Heart Church compound with Anglo-Indian girls sodality.

 

page 27 Asansol CVE girls

 

 

2. Archbishop Dyer (center) at the Asansol presbytery with (from left): Eardley C. Mc Donald, Robert Drugman, Celest Van Exem, Justin Maloney (Kulti), John De Ridder.

page 27 Asansol Dyer
 
3. Asansol: girls on the swing in the church compound.
 
27 Asansol swing
 
 
 
 

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07/12/2005

Asansol - Chelidanga

1. Archbishop Dyer visiting Chelidanga village together with Fr. Celest Van Exem pp.

 

page 26 Dyer Chelidanga

 

2. John De Ridder,  chaplain of Young Christian Workers section.

 

page 26 Chelidanga YCW section

 

3. The Daughters of Saint Ann, in charge of St Maria Goretti HS, with chaplain JDR, assistant vicar. Mother Margaret-Mary (second from left front row) to be elected first Superior General when the Congregation obtained Pontifical rank status in later years.

 

page 26Chelidanga Daughters of St Ann

 


4. Chelidanga Girls Sodality with Sister Margaret-Mary and chaplain JDR.

 

page 26 Chelidanga Girls Sodality

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Asansol 1959

1. John De Ridder, Burnpur - Chelidanga

 

page 25 Asansol JDR 1959

 

 

2. Emiel Roeland, parish priest Asansol, dean Burdwan.

 

page 25 Asansol E Roelant c

 

3. Yvon de Steenhault, holding Bonzo, the fierce parish bull-terrier.

 

page 25 Asansol Y de Steen b

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Tivoli Park on the Bihar border

 

 

Chelidanga Boys Sodality outing in Bihar

1. Halt on the lake bank - the BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) bike is at its best.

 

page 24 Asansol Tivoli a

 

2. Asansol - entering Fr. Roelant's "lawns of the presbytery"...

 

page 24 Asansol Tivoli b

3. Brief stop on the road side.

 

page 24 Asansol Tivoli c

 

4. Boys taking their turn in the saddle.

 

page 24 Asansol Tivoli d

 

5. Keen motor cyclists in the making...

 

page 24 Asansol Tivoli e
 

 Outing in Durgapur : Chelidanga boys on the rooftop newly completed at SXHS

page 27 Chelidanga excursion Durgapur

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Kulti on the Grand Trunk Road - Waggons Factory Township

 

1. At Kulti, Burnpur Waggons Factory employees bungalows. At the D'Souzas with the Maloneys.

 

page 23 Kulti a

 

2. Sanctoria Hospital Chaplain's bungalow.

 

page 23 Kulti b

 

3. Robert Drugman's motor cycle on loan - John De Ridder in the saddle.

 

page 23 Kulti c

 

4. Flower gardens in bloom.

 

page 23 Kulti d

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