The Union of Catholic Asian News sat down with the new head of the Missionaries of Charity Brothers last week.
Here's a little bit of the interview:
Although aging members and a sense of uncertainty challenges his congregation, the brothers will continue to serve the poorest of the poor as shown by their co-founder Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, he says.
Brother Roberts was elected the new head of the MC Brothers during the congregation’s general chapter held in Kolkata Nov. 15- Dec. 7 for a six-year term.
In the following interview, he shares about his life and plans for the congregation he now heads.
ucanews.com: Why did you join the MC Brothers?
BROTHER DAVID ROBERTS: I always wanted to work with the handicapped. When I was a child, the plight of the mentally challenged shook me. I still recall the joy of being able to help a little boy with no hands work with a computer. He now has a family and work.
When I was 7, Mother Teresa visited our school in Kolkata. I remember running to my mother asking her for money to give to “Mother Teresa and her ‘leopards.’” Back then, I did not know what a leper was.
I obtained a master’s degree in social work from Loyola College, Chennai. In 1981, the year of the handicapped, I got a training scholarship to Japan for the caring of the mentally challenged. I had gone to see the Jesuit’s way of life. After returning from Japan I went to the MC home for the dying in Kolkata. I was shocked by the working conditions there. Every day I thought of leaving the place but God in His mercy and goodness kept me there, as I later joined the congregation.
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