Hindu Priest – Another Historic First by Georgetown University

Georgetown-UniversityIt was in 1968 Georgetown University became the first Catholic University to hire a rabbi to serve as a chaplain, the a Muslim cleric after three decades, and now it has appointed Pratima Dharm a woman as first Hindu priest.

The Hindu priest is to take care of the religious needs of the Hindu students in the university. This move was warmly welcomed by the Hindu students. The Hindu Chaplain (Priest) will now lead the Hindu Pujas which is attended by about 100 students. The Hindu Priest is also to look at the programs to improve Hindu education and work in coordination with other religious groups of the University.

Pratima Dharm is Trained in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition and endorsed by Chinmaya Mission, Dharm earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey University in Mumbai. A Master’s degree in psychology from Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu.Another Master’s degree in theology from Ashland Seminary, a Christian seminary in Ohio and Michigan.

Medaram Jathara

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