26 July, 2021

A Lady With A Mission

Dr Katakshamma becomes Asia’s first lady Bishop

A Lady With A Mission
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations
Jeremiah 1:5

COME October 27 and India, nay Asia, will have its first woman bishop. The Reverend Dr Katakshamma will be consecrated as Bishop of the Good Samaritan Evangelical Lutheran Church, Badhachalam, a well known temple-town on the banks of the river Godavari in the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. This soft-spoken sexagenarian describes her new role as "a great honour to be entrusted by God with the task of serving the poor and the needy". And she brings the confidence of a self-made woman to her new job, along with an awareness of its challenges.

From pastor of Arakur (a small town in Khammam) to Bishop of Badhachalam, Dr Katakshamma has indeed come a long way. Many eyebrows were raised when the news of her appointment broke out in the local press; and the Christian community’s reactions were less than lukewarm. The only kind of statement that was made was a rather cynical—"this is not possible among Catholics, for...

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