Much is written of the need for “institution building” to develop the skills and attitudes that are needed for constructive social work among the poor, and Father Bogaert contributed significantly to this literature. More important, he played a major part in the establishment and evolution of three important institutions: the Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar, and the Xavier Institute of Development Action and Service in Jabalpur. He was working on the same task at the Xavier Institute for Social Action in Raipur when he died. Few men can claim to have built even one institution; he built three.
Father Michael was one person of whom one can say with confidence that he left behind nothing but good.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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