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Church Outsources Prayers to India

15 June, 2004 9:52 AM

'With Roman Catholic clergy in short supply in the United States, Indian priests are picking up some of their work, saying Mass for special intentions, in a sacred if unusual version of outsourcing.'

This is one of the more bizarre stories I've read in the last few days. Here in Australia many companies are outsourcing call centre and IT jobs to India, but I never thought the church would use the strategy.

'American, as well as Canadian and European churches, are sending Mass intentions, or requests for services like those to remember deceased relatives and thanksgiving prayers, to clergy in India....

While most requests are made via mail or personally through traveling clergymen, a significant number arrive via e-mail, a sign that technology is expediting this practice.

In Kerala's churches, memorial and thanksgiving prayers conducted for local residents are said for a donation of 40 rupees (90 cents), whereas a prayer request from the United States typically comes with $5, the Indian priests say.

Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath, the auxiliary bishop of the Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese in Cochin, a port town in Kerala, said his diocese received an average of 350 Mass intentions a month from overseas. Most were passed to needy priests.

In Kerala, where priests earn $45 a month, the money is a welcome supplement, Bishop Adayanthrath said.' Source- NY Times



Mate, my parents have recently arrived priest from India as their parish priest.

Paul Fromont » 15 June, 2004 12:10 PM

A fascinating story. I've put up some comments on my blog, if anyone's interested. Peace, Mark

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Azhar » 19 July, 2004 4:22 PM

Perhaps people can pray that they don't lose their jobs. It seems that executives want to outsource as many jobs as possible.

Gotta cut costs!

CarlosX » 20 September, 2004 7:46 AM

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