The Ursuline nuns working in India marked the 200 years of their congregation at Gumla, Jharkhand, with religious fervor. Bishops, priests, nuns and lay people from the eastern Indian state joined the May 12-13 celebrations. Father John Lambertz founded the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk in Belgium in 1818. Tildonk is a small village in Brussels. The congregation expanded to other parts of Europe and Indonesia. Today they minister in Belgium, Canada, India, the United States, the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire and most recently Guyana.

As reported by, Sister Pratima Minj of Gumla province remarked that “As we mark the 200 years of the founding of the congregation, it is a time for thanksgiving and renewing of our commitment to serve the church and society.”

Sisters work in a palliative care center, organize health camps for the people of rural areas and conduct health awareness programs for the caretakers of the patients in the hospitals. They also take care of mental health patients through counseling, prayers and sacraments. The nuns also work among prisoners.