St Johns Province Kanjirapally

History

The diocese of Kanjirapally was erected on Feb.26, 1977, with His Excellency Mar Joseph Powathil as its first Bishop. In order to work for the overall development of the diocese the bishop found that he needed the total co-operation and service of the sisters. This idea was communicated to our sisters and they considered the matter with due importance.

The extra-ordinary Provincial chapter held at Rita Bhavan, Koothrapally in July 1977, unanimously felt the need for bifurcation of the province of Changanacherry. The chapter presided by Rev. Mother Alphonsus Maria, the Superior General elected Mother Maria Therese as its first Provincial on Jan.14, 1978. St. John’s Province of Kanjirapally was officially erected on Feb.11, 1978 with 150 sisters in 11 convents and in 1 residence.

To keep pace with the fast progress of the diocese, the province felt an urge to reach into remote areas to witness the Eucharistic Lord and to lighten the people with the true light. Other major congregations like Carmelites, Clarists and the Sacred Heart also had erected their own provinces. Properties were bought, convents were built and communities were settled in different parishes in response to the needs and necessities. The Perpetual Adoration Chapel and  the Novitiate House are at Kappadu. The Formation House for candidates is at Podimattom. The Provincial House is built at Kunnumbhagam.

The Province having passed through all its initial stress and strain, continuous its steady but slow growth all through these years. It has now 325 members. By the grace of God the province is now calmly flourishing under the patronage of Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirappally, and the Auxiliar Bishop, Mar Jose Pulickal.

Responding to the signs of the times, yet holding on firmly to the charism of the congregation and being faithful to the traditional apostolic activities, the sisters take up new fields of challenge. We pray that the Holy Eucharist is blessed always and we be blessed by the Holy Eucharist and be enlightened by the Holy Founder and the co-foundress.

Mission

Gorakhpur – U.P  :- In 1988, sisters started to work in the Diocese of Gorakhpur. They are engaged in the teaching apostolate and social service.

Chanda – Maharashtra :- The sisters began their service in the Diocese of Chanda in 1997.

Nepal :-   In collaboration with the CST Fathers, the sisters  joined to work in their school in 1993. Three sisters in 1996 volunteered to serve the Nepalee victims who were affected by AIDS or STD. The sisters help them to come out of their inhuman existence being disowned by the family, rejected by the society and despised by everybody.

Germany :- In 1987, sisters went to Germany for the first time to work over there. They render their service in old age home. They help the sick and the aged, to deepen their faith, strengthen their hope, to trust in the Eucharistic Lord and to seek the joy of eternal life.

Switzerland :- The sisters extended their service to Switzerland in 1991 to work with mentally challenged people. Our sisters there share the all pervading love and kindness which they try to learn and gain from “Him  who is humble and gentle in spirit” (Mt. 11:29)

Italy :- As members of the community of Cenacle, Generalate, the sisters from Kanjirappally render their service in Rome.

Tanzania – Africa : – Having been aware of the charism, the sisters were ready to go to Africa. In 2002, five sisters, together moved to Tanzania and started their service in the diocese of Madunga, in Manyara region.