There are 10 Jesuit communities in the Province, spread over the two dioceses of Daltonganj and Hazaribag. Of these only one is purely an educational apostolate. The others are mixed ministries. Our priests are in eleven parishes or inchoative parishes. Four of these are Jesuit parishes. Over the years the Province has started or manned nine parishes and handed them over to the diocesan clergy.
Of the 65 Jesuits in active ministry 42 are in the educational ministries, in the two colleges, or in the 12 high schools and 12 middle schools. The Province provides some level or other of education to 26,502 young people.
Thirty Jesuits are in the socio-pastoral field. The members of the Prerana community are part time in social work and part time in pastoral works.
Thirteen of our men are in formation work. The two in the house for candidates also teach in St Robert's high school. Of the four in the pre-novitiate, one is PCF and another vocation promoter, and one is often engaged in retreat work. While we seem to have sufficient numbers for the future, the preparation for the future and the quality of many of our men leaves much to be desired.
In our education work 48 Sisters are engaged in our schools and in the two colleges, and 24 work alongside the Jesuits in the socio-pastoral field.
Our priests in pastoral work place a high value on the collaboration of "the parish Sisters", who are not infrequently more effective than the priests in grass-roots pastoral work, especially among women.
The Province supports 9 Health Centres attached to our parishes or schools, where 17 nurse Sisters are working. The Sisters work part time in the dispensaries and spend time also touring villages.
In addition, a number of our priests are regularly engaged in spiritual ministries to Sisters' communities and their formation houses. This service provided for the religious Sisters is based not just on neighbourliness, but on the conviction that wherever we can contribute to the religious and apostolic formation of the Sisters the better will be the collaborative effort we are committed to.
Although the Sisters are good co-workers, and occupy positions of administration in some schools, they experience that some of our priests do not treat the Sisters as collaborators, and tend to want to dominate them.
Where Sisters are engaged in our schools they are paid according to their qualifications on a par with lay staff. They live in their own communities, and are provided living quarters only where no community is near.
There is 825 lay staff in our educational institutions, among whom the male/ female ratio is roughly even.