little children and forbid them not tocome unto
me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
The great commission of our
Lord Jesus Christ has inspired many missionaries
to leave their homeland and sail across the
great oceans to unknown land where the Word
of God did not reach. The Spirit of God, thus
inspired the young fathers belonging to the
Order of S.S.J.E. to sail to India in the year
1891. Father Revington thus landed in Pune to
embark on his mission to propagate the Gospel.
In that year there was a great famine in our
country and many parents could not afford to
feed their children. Under these desperate circumstances
they were compelled to part with their loved
ones and approached Father Revington to take
care of them. Thus the vision of founding Fathers
of S.S.J.E. was concretized in the establishment
of St. Johnís Mission Boys Hostel.
In the year 1936 Father Wayne
and Father Bishop took charge of the hostel.
Father Wayne looked after the financial needs
and Father Bishop handled the administrative
work. The other clergy who offered their dedicated
services were Father William, Father Plane,
Father Bean, Father Bull, Brother Albert, Father
Cotgreve and FatherRangaswamy. The inmates were
provided proper education, health care, food
and vacational training. Mr. Samuel Henry Daniels
served as Supdt of the Hostel from 1931 to 1960.
In the year 1967, S.S.J.E.
Fathers returned to England and the management
of the hostel was handed over to the Bombay
Diocesan Trust Association Pvt. Ltd. Presently
the hostel is being run without any financial
assistance from outside donor agencies and with
a limited number of children. The hostel building
although spacious are century old and in dilapidated
condition. These needed extensive repairs and
Trust had to spend Rs 10 Lakhs to make the premises
habitable Children are provided good food &
The faith of those who brought
the little children to Lord Jesus can still
be seen when orphans, destitutes and little
boys from broken homes irrespective of their
caste and creed find their way to this hostel.
The boaders are enrolled in
English & Marathi Medium Schools. Christian
children are given complete free education till
Std. X . A Managing Committee looks after all
their needs. Lt. Col.J.Barla is the Chairman
and Miss. F. Inayat. Hon. Secretary who take
keen interest in keeping the hostel a real home
for the Children.
The Trust incurs about Rs 3
lakhs for running the Hostel every years.