HISTORY

Historical Phase


Phase 1 (1952-1973)

In the village of Pattarvilai of Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, on the 15th October 1917 a girl was born as the Fourth child to the devoted Catholic couple named Savarimuthu and Savariyayi. This girl received the baptismal name of Yesuadiyal and was brought up and educated with deep faith and great earnestness. Motivated by an ardent desire to commit herself to service of God and people, Yesuadiyal listened to the invitation of Christ to leave everything and follow Him in the Religious Life. Accordingly she made her Profession in the Congregation of the Augustinians in the year 1935 at Mulagumoodu with a new Religious name of Sr. Scholastica and worked as a teacher for 17 years. She was a model Religious and a source of inspiration to all her companions.

While making her Retreat in the year 1951 Sr. Scholastica heard a special inner call of Christ inviting her to devote herself to Catechetical and charitable apostolate among the poor and downtrodden and to start a new Congregation of Sisters for this purpose. This invitation of Christ continued to urge her, though at first she tried to discard it. She then consulted her spiritual Director Rev. Fr. S. T. Mathias encouraged her to start a new Congregation of Sisters. Most Rev. Agnisamy was the Bishop of Kottar at that time. Fr. Mathias himself approached Bishop Agnisamy and told him about this proposal. Bishop Agnisamy expressed his approval of starting a new congregation but he could not find a priest to help Sr. Scholastica to realize her desire.

Sr. Scholastica did not get discouraged but approached Rev. Fr. Novamony parish priest of Azhagappapuram of Tuticorin Diocese through her own sister Margeret with the desire of starting a new Congregation of sisters. Fr. Novamony was a very spiritual and zealous priest and he asked Sr. Scholastica to make a Novena to St. Joseph while he would approach the Bishop of Tuticorin, Most Rev. Roche, for getting permission.

Accordingly in the year 1952, on the 21st of June, with the permission and blessing of Most Rev. Roche, Bishop of Tuticorin, a new society of sisters, by name Little Sisters of Jesus, was started in Azhagappapuram with Rev. Fr. Novamony as the Director. Sr. Scholastica and her own younger sister Sr. Margaret and three other sisters who were previously member of the Augustinian Congregation along with two other candidates totaling seven persons formed the first community. Rev. Mother Scholastica took responsibility of the Congregation. Sr. Margaret helped her in everything. They engaged themselves in teaching, medical service, and catechetical work. They started an orphanage and taught handicrafts to poor children. Rev. Fr. Novamony helped them in all matters, spiritually and materially.

After the retirement of Bishop Roche, Most Rev. Thomas Fernando became the Bishop of Tuticorin. During this period, the sisters had to face a lot of difficulties and problems. Rev. Fr. Novamony helped them and supported them in all possible ways. In the year 1965 a property was bought for the support of the orphan children in Anakarai, of Tuticorin Diocese with the help of one of the sisters of Mother Scholastica. Because of difficulties which arose in Tuticorin Diocese, the sisters approached Rev. Fr. R. Anthonimuthu who was the parish priest of Kurusady parish of Kottar Diocese, requesting his help and guidance. After consulting Most Rev. Agnisamy his Bishop, Rev. Fr. R. Anthonimuthu gave a place in Kurusady parish for the Little Sisters of Jesus. On 28th October, 1967 a convent was opened there and the sisters did teaching and catechetical work and started an orphanage there.

In the year 1971, Rev. Fr. R. Anthonimuthu was appointed as a Bishop of Vellore, and he came away to Vellore. Rev. Fr. S. T. Mathias was then appointed, by the Bishop as the Director of the sisters.


Phase 2 (1973-1986)

The sisters continued their good apostolate in Azhagappapuram and Kurusady until the year 1977. His Excellency Rt. Rev. Msgr. R. Anthonimuthu, Bishop of Vellore Diocese, in the year 1977, invited the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to come and work in Vellore Diocese among the Hill-tribe people of Javathu Hills, North Arcot District. The sisters were expected to work for the educational, cultural, economical and social development of the Hill-tribe people. With the help of Rev. Bro. A. Thomas SHJ, a convent building was constructed in Athipet. Most. Rev. Luciano storrero, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in India, blessed and opened this convent on 11th October 1977. Very Rev. Fr. Navomani, the first director of this Congregation also was present for this function. The sisters continue their work of education, evangelization and social development in Athipet among the Hill-tribe people ever since.

The Constitution of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, were first briefly drafted by Mother Scholastica right at the beginning of our Pious Union. But in 1977, by the effort of the retired Archbishop of Madurai, Most Rev. Leonard SJ, and with the help of Bro. Thomas SHJ, the Constitutional frame was given to it.

In Azhagappapuram of Tuticorin Diocese a new convent building was urgently needed for the sisters. This building was constructed in 1977 as a souvenir of the Silver Jubilee of the society which had its beginning in the year 1952. Due to lack of funds, the sisters themselves had to do most of the unskilled work for this building like carrying building materials and helping the masons. "Trust in God" was the motto of the Mother General, Rev. Mother Scholastica, and relying of this Trust in God, the sisters started the convent building with only the pension money of Mother Scholastica and the salary of two sisters. No foreign help was received for this building. Seeing the poverty and selfless service of the sisters a certain Doctor Jesupatham of the neighbouring village volunteered to help the construction work by giving materials in loan basis. The younger sister of Mother Scholastica helped the building work by supplying sand, stones etc. in her own lorry free of charge. In spite of several difficulties and problems, the building work continued and was completed in 1978. Most Rev. Ambrose, Bishop of Tuticorin blessed and opened this convent building in 1978.

Another new convent building and a school named Nirmala Matha Girls Middle School were built in Susainagar, Pathiavaram village of Vellore Diocese and opened on 18th August 1978, for the purpose of educating the rural people and spreading the Gospel message among them. Rev. Bro. A. Thomas SHJ, took great interest in the establishment of this Institution and he acted as Correspondent of this school and due to this persevering efforts the two Institutions at Suasinager and Athipet grew and developed fast. The sisters are continuing their educational, catechetical and medical service in Susainagar successfully.

The congregation was originally known as Little Sisters of Jesus but on 3rd December 1978 the name of the society was changed into Pious Union of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Rev. Fr. S. T. Mathias of Kottar Diocese has been the Spiritual Director of the Pious union and he passed away on 3rd March 1979 at Kurusady. During his time as Director at Kurusady a chapel was built and Tailoring and weaving Institutes were started there. He worked hard even in his old age for the spiritual and temporal growth of the Pious Union.

On 18th September 1979, a new convent was opened in Pandravedu village of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore at the request of the Archbishop Most Rev. R. Arulappa and the sisters are working there for Adult education, social, health and economic development of the people. Another new convent was opened in the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore by Archbishop Most Rev. R. Arulappa in Paramankeni village of 21st March, 1980. Here the sisters are engaged in evangelization work, adult education, medical service etc.

In the same year 1980 a small house was blessed and given to the sisters in Anakarai village of Tuticorin Diocese by the then parish priest Rev. Fr. Cedric Perez for starting a charitable institution for caring for orphans, handicapped and the aged. The sisters are conducting these activities there, especially for handicapped, and also doing Evangelization work. Most Rev. R. Anthonimuthu, Bishop of Vellore, expired on 19th December 1980. After him the Pious Union of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus continues to grow under the loving care and guidance of the Bishop of Vellore, Most Rev. S. Micheal Augustine. The Pious union was in need of a Novitiate. He felt the need and sent a sister for the formation course at Pune.

The Pious Union lost another great benefactor and supporter, when Rev. Bro. A. Thomas SSJ passed away on 25th November 1981. He worked a lot for the growth of the Pious Union especially at Vellore. Rev. Bro. Arulraj SHJ continued to help the Congregation especially at Susainagar and Athipet till his death. The Management of the St. Joseph's English Medium School was entrusted to the Sisters at Susainagar by Bro. Arulraj.

A General Chapter Meeting of the Pious Union was held in the month of May 1982. In that meeting several decisions for the growth of the Pious Union were taken. It was decided to vacate and shift the Azhagappapuram convent and Institutions and handover the property and building to the Diocese of Tuticorin. In order to house the orphan children and the sisters from Azhagappapuram, it was decided to purchase a house and start a school at Patterivilai of Kottar Diocese. Most Rev. Arockiasamy Bishop of Kottar also accepted this proposal. As a result, a house and school were bought at Patterivilai. Then all the furniture and equipments were shifted from Azhagappapuram to Patterivilai. Most. Rev. Arockiasamy Bishop of Kottar blessed this new House and school on 12th May 1982 at Pattarivilai which is now known as Nevisnagar. Meanwhile, the parish priest of Azhagappapuram realized that the shifting of the convent from there to Nevisnagar would affect the strength of St. Joseph's High School at Azhagappapuram and St. George's Elementary School at Thirumoolanagar and he requested the Bishop of Tuticorin to allow the sisters to continue their stay and work in Azhagappapuram. Accordingly the things taken to Nevisnagar were brought back to Azhagappapuram. By the grace of God the convents both at Azhagappapuram and at Navisnagar are doing good service. Nevisnagar has a school and orphanage.

In the year 1982 the creche which was conducted in Azhagappapuram was shifted to Kurusady. This crèche was named Mathias Home. Most Rev. Arockiasamy, Bishop of Kottar Blessed this House. On June 2nd 1982, a new convent was blessed and opened by Most Rev. Arockiasamy, Bishop of Kottar in Mukkalampadu village of Alenvilai Parish of Kottar Diocese. Education of children and Catechetical works are conducted by the sisters there.

A Novitiate House for the sisters was started on 10th May, 1983 at Susainagar of Vellore Diocese. Most Rev. S. Micheal Augustine, Bishop of Vellore came and inaugurated the Novitiate and blessed it. The first batch of 15 sisters started the Novitiate under the guidance of the Novice-Mistress Sr. Philomin Mary, who had taken training in Pune in Spiritual and Religious formation. Some priests appointed by the Bishop also took classes of various subjects for the Novices.

On 19th May 1984 a General Chapter Meeting of the Pious Union was conducted. In this meeting four councilors, one General Secretary and one General Treasurer were elected by vote. In the same year 1984, a new Novitiate building at Rangapuram of Sathuacharry Parish, Vellore, was constructed by the Most Rev. S. Michael Augustine with the help of Rev. Fr. Xavier Paitutharayil, parish priest of Sathuacharry. The paternal concern of our Bishop and the hard work of Rev. Fr. Xavier paitutharayil will ever be remembered by all the sisters. This new Novitiate House was blessed and opened on 13th December 1984 by the Bishop of Vellore. In the year 1985, the sisters were happy to accept back in to the Pious Union Sr. Veronicam who was one of the first members of the Pious Union but later lived separately her religious life at Azhagappapuram. It was a happy re-union in the Pious Union. The temporary vows were taken every year since 1985 at Rangapuram with the permission of Most Rev. S. Michael Augustine, Bishop of Vellore, in the presence of Rev. Fr. A. Nambikairaj, Vicar General. On this occasion, Rev. Mother Scholastica, Councilors, Novice-Mistress and 15 Novices, totaling 22 sisters made their profession. It was a very happy day for the Pious Union. Next year, 1986, the Sisters who had been in the Pious Union for a long time were given intensive training for three months. They too made their profession together with 7 Novices.

For the training of the Novices and for many needs of the sisters, Rev. Fr. K. M. Sebastian of Vellore Diocese had been very helpful. The Nirmala Matha Girls Middle School at Susainagar, Vellore Diocese was raised to a High School in the year 1985. In Tutucorin Diocese at Azhagappapuram an English Medium School was opened thanks to the efforts of the sisters and the encouragement of the parish priest. His Excellency Most. Rev. Amalanathan, Bishop of Tuticorin blessed and opened this new English Medium School at Azhagappapuram.

On 6th August 1986, Rev. Sr. Margaret, the Assistant Mother of the society was suddenly stock with illness and was paralyzed. The whole Congregation was stunned for a while. But she spends her time joyfully in prayer inspite of her inability to speak or move about. Thank God for all His blessings in abundance. His guidance and protection in all the troubles and tribulations were excellent. We are so grateful for everything.


Phase 3 (1987-1997)

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus grew day by day in spreading of God's Kingdom in different places. Due to old age and sickness, Rev. Mother Scholastica, was unable to fulfill her duties as a Mother General satisfactorily. She informed the Bishop of Vellore about her inability and the Bishop delegated Rev. Fr. K. M. Sebastian to Convene a Meeting of the councilors and elect an Assistant Mother General. Accordingly, 26th May 1987, Rev. Sr. Selin Mary was elected by the Councilors as Assistant Mother General. From that date Sr. Selin Mary has been working very zealously for the welfare and growth of the Pious Union.

In the same year 1987, the Pious Union got membership in CRI and Subscription of the novitiate with the help of our Bishop Most Rev. S. Micheal Augustine. The work for upgrading the Congregation as a Diocesan Right was begun in 1988. Fr. G. Ignatius SJ helped us to develop the Constitution in different titles.

The orphanage at Kurusady is very much appreciated by the local people, who as a token of their appreciation, provide clothes and other requirements for the children. A monthly sum of money is also collected and given to the orphanage by the people. It is resolved by the sisters to set aside Rs 10,000/- for the marriage of orphan girls brought up by the Pious Union of Sacred Heart of Jesus. In addition to this amount, donations and gifts from priests, sisters and people are also collected and given to the girls as marriage presents.

For the purpose of giving witness to Christ among the non Christians of Cuddapah Diocese, Andhra Pradesh, the Bishop of Cuddapah Most. Rev. Aruliah invited the sisters to open a convent at Kodur village. A convent was blessed and opened by the Bishop of Cuddapah of 13th December 1987 and the sisters are doing educational service there for the welfare of the people.

Similarly the Bishop of Tanjore, realizing the good apostolate being done by our sisters in other Dioceses, invited our sisters to his diocese also. As a result a new convent was opened in the village called Valispet through the efforts of Rev. Fr. Charles the parish priest of that place. The convent was blessed on 28th December 1987 by the Most Rev. Arockiasamy, Bishop of Tanjore. Educational, catechetical and medical services are performed by the sisters in this place. Another convent was opened at Kappiyarai Parish in Kottar Diocese (Kanyakumari Dt) on 10.06.1989, with the blessings of Rt. Rev. Leon Dharmaraj, the local bishop, for the spiritual and social development of the loving people there under the protection of St. Catherine. Here, our sisters visit people in their homes, share in their joys and sorrows and serve them in various ways, building up BCC (Basic Christian Communities), forming Teams for social upliftment and preparing the people for worship and Sacraments.

A new convent was started in Pudhuppalayam, a substation of Korattampattu Parish in Vellore diocese, on 16.06.1989, to proclaim the Kingdom of God through education. Through the zeal of our spiritual guide, Fr. Sebastian, and with the permission and blessings of the local Bishop, Rt. Rev. Michael Augustine, an English medium school was started. From the beginning, mostly the poor people are its beneficiaries, as our fees are kept very low for their sake. In addition to this education work, our sisters also cultivate good relationship with the people around, confirm the Christians in their faith and do the work of evangelization.

With the permission of the local Ordinary, Fr. Xavier started a High School in Rangapuram in Vellore Diocese for the education of the children of the stone-cutters who are all over the place in this area. On 21.04.1991, he handed over the full responsibility of that school to our sisters as a place to serve. Our sisters visit people in their homes and conduct evening classes for the children in addition to their school work. At present, ("The Home of Hope" for the abandoned / handicapped people which Fr. Lazar Savarimuthu had been conducting, has also been entrusted to the care of our sisters there. They are looking after it very well. Many have profited from this institution: families and individuals have recovered from abandonment and have begun to live with hope and joy because of this.

In God's providence, as described earlier, Most Rev. Michael Augustine, the auxiliary Bishop of Madras-Mylappore, came to take the place of the late Bishop Antony Muthu in Vellore in 1984. He was sympathetic to Mother Scholastica and her Pious Union. Hence with the help of the Bishop, the Novitiate House was built up. When Mother Scholastica fell ill seriously in 1991, Bishop Michael Augustine visited her in the C.M.C Hospital she asked him to appoint someone in her place to take up the leadership. He admired her virtue saying: "You are one in a thousand, Amma, whose greatness the secular world is unaware of, Amma."

On 03.12.1991, on the request of the Foundress herself and with the approval and blessings of our local Bishop, Sr. Selin Mary was formally chosen as General by the sisters in the Chapter meeting. She thus became the first elected Superior General of the Institute and as such worked hard for the next six years. Her pioneering works in many fields made the Congregation's mission to flourish with great success and to spread it in various parts of the country. Besides, with the collaboration of her able team members, she succeeded in dividing the mission of the Congregation in different commissions and for the first time an effective structural setup was put in place to move forward our services in an enduring way, towards the less privileged members of the grass-roots. Under her regime, the Congregation got its full set-up in order. Mother Scholastica, being retired but has been an observer of the growth of the institute in building the Kingdom of God. Rev. Mother Scholastica and Mother Margaret dedicated totally to work more ardently for God and for the people. During her last days of pain and suffering, Mother Scholastica was an edifying model, not only to her sister but to all who visited her.

In Kanjampuram parish in Kottar Diocese, almost on the border of Kerala, a new convent was started on 28.05.1992 with the permission and blessings of the local bishop Rt. Rev. Leon Dharmaraj. In order to strengthen the faith of the people, to promote their standard of education, to help them through handicrafts Fr. Panivanban Vincent generously donated his house and gave some financial support also to our sisters. Here our sisters are conducting an English Medium School. Besides they visit the people in their homes and pray, take part in BCC activities, and prepare them all to take part actively in the liturgy of the Mass. They develop the talents of the boys and girls there and help them to make progress. Their services are very much appreciated.

A new convent was started in Bhakrapet in Cuddapha Diocese (Andhra) on 30. 06 1992, at the request of the local bishop, Rt. Rev. Arulayya to do evangelization, social service, tailoring training for women and other such works there. The village folk there are very backward in their education, economic condition and faith-level. They are scattered in far off places. In order to meet them, the sisters sometimes had to walk long distances. Yet they met the people, formed women's guilds and promoted savings, with the help of the Diocesan Social Service Society. They have undertaken mother-child welfare schemes and thus promote betterment of the health of the people. They also conduct tailoring training classes and thus work for the promotion of many young women. Our sisters give the people social awareness and thus enable them to benefit all the helps of the Government and the Diocese. They have begun to save and their life is fast improving. Evangelization work is done here in a wonderful way and our sisters go to many villages where Jesus is not known and through video and audio tapes, make his love known to them. They train the faithful to grow in their Gospel knowledge and deepen their faith life through prayer meetings and thus help them to live their lives happily. They have bought some musical instruments and with these the people are able to involve themselves in liturgy with great joy in the Lord. They bring together people of various religions to celebrate Feasts like Christmas, Deepavali etc. and thus promote religious harmony among them. Many people, together with our Bishop and Priests, are helping us to serve these in an area where our sisters have to learn a new language.

At Murasangodu, Mother of Carmel Church Parish in Kottar diocese a convent was opened on 02.01.1993, accepting the invitation of the local bishop Rt. Rev. Leon Dharmaraj, in order to improve the school and also to look after the orphanage there. A new house was bought for our sisters to stay. Our sisters together with the works mentioned above, look after the church, teach catechism classes and involve themselves in BCC activities. All are happy to see the improvement that has come about after the arrival of our sisters who also do some social work. Two girls from this place have joined our Congregation and bring honor to it by their dedicated, cheerful ministries.

In Kamplar, a substation of Vizhunthayampalam parish in Kottar diocese, a new house was started on 01.05.1993 to do evangelization, social work and education, with the permission and blessings of the local bishop, Rt. Rev. Leon Dharmaraj when Fr. Lucas was the parish Priest, Mr. Chinnappan's family bore all the expenses for our House and also provided us with a Fixed Deposit of Rs 50,000. Others also presented the new House with things it needed. Here many services are done like evangelization, BCC activities. Catechism classes, Pious Associations, youth Association, Preparation for liturgical celebrations, children's welfare etc. In order to promote the economic situation of the people, women's welfare and widows Rehabilitation groups have been formed by our sisters. Thus people got many benefits and some got even houses built for them. There has been growth in faith too: some vocations are already budding. The Church is now always open and people often pay visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Evening classes are conducted for the children. Evening prayers are said in the church. Now the sisters are also looking after the Collage Hostel and helping the young girls there.

A new convent was started by the blessings of the local bishop, Rt. Rev. Remigius himself at Kalathil Vendranpet ( K.V. PET) in Kumbakonam diocese for education, social service and evangelization. Our sisters work in the school in the nearby village and help to raise its educational standard. In the beginning there was not much of social work, but evangelization was done to some extent. But now all our works including health care are done well. Sisters relate themselves well with the simple and the poor; share with them in their joys and sorrows and raise the hearts of many by their social work with God's grace.

With the permission and blessings of the local bishop, Rt. Rev. Irudayaraj, due to efforts of Fr. Berchmans, a new convent was started in Agarakkattu, a substation of Thenkasi parish in Palayamkottai diocese on 25.05.1993. Here education, evangelization, social work, technical training in particular have been taken up by our sisters. Priests and people support them much. Due to the efforts of the sisters, this village is becoming almost 100% literate. Through women's guilds and through the Diocesan Social Service Society, with the collaboration of all, many are benefitting: got drinking water facilities, more than eleven widows got houses of their own. Through Tailoring Course, some 35 young women are earning their livelihood. Some general souls are already thinking of offering themselves to the service of God and of the people.

With the invitation and permission of Rt. Rev. Amalanathan, the local bishop, a new convent was started at the village of Chettivilai in Tuticorin diocese on 26.10.1994. Here our sisters are working hard to improve the standard of education of the people: so much so, now children by themselves can prepare all that is needed for Holy Mass; they have got training in various arts and have even won some prizes; they are improving in their spiritual life too. In order to improve the education, an orphanage has been started there: those who are weak in studies are helped and have thus improved a lot. One religious vocation has already blossomed from this village, which is under the protection of Mary (Manal Matha and Alankara Matha).

A new convent was started on the invitation of the Bishop of Trichy Rt. Rev. Gabriel and due to the efforts of the Parish Priest, Fr. Jeyaraj, on 23.05.1994, in the village called Kuttathu Avarampatti in Trichy diocese, for the purpose of doing education work, evangelization, health-care and social work. Our sisters through their educational work, have brought about great progress among the students; through evangelization, they have promoted union with God; and through health-care, they have made the people experience God's love. Here the people are fully involved: they help the sisters and one another at any time. After the sisters had come, there is not even one child who has not been to school. To raise the standard of education our sisters have started a nursery school there now. Two girls have become religious sisters from this village.

A new convent was started in Kothapalli Mitta in Cuddapha Diocese on 11.06.1995, on the invitation of the local bishop, Rt. Rev. Arulayya, for the spiritual, educational and economical promotion of the people, due to the efforts of Fr. Soosai Antony. Our sisters bore witness to the Kingdom first through social work like mother and child welfare and also through evangelization. They procured some loan facilities to improve the economic conditions of the people. By tailoring centre, they enabled many young women to earn a little more. They were running a Hospital to improve the health of the people, especially of the children. This was possible, only with the support of the local bishop. Rt. Rev. Prakash Pullavarappu and the hard work and cooperation of Fr. James and Fr. John. Now, at present our sisters were not doing their service there. They left the house in the month of January 2006.

A new convent was started in Mathapuram in Kumbakonam diocese, at the invitation of the local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Remigius, on 13. 06. 1996, in order to promote education and evangelization of the people, who live there under the protection of Our Lady of Lourdes. We are happy that our sisters have really raised the education and deepened the faith of the people there. Through their nursery school, the young kids are from childhood picking up good habits. Fr. Soosainathan has helped our sisters much. They are sharing the joys and sorrows of the people and teach them catechism, as well as various fine arts.

A new convent was started in Vellakulam in Tanjore diocese, on 01. 06. 1997, with the permission and blessings of the local bishop, to do evangelization and social work for the people there and all around it, who live under the protection of St. Ignatius. Here our sisters are conducting an English Medium school very effectively. The local people have been very generous: they gave the land and erected the buildings for us as their donation. Besides education, our sisters are deepening their faith and prayer-life, and are encouraging the people to work hard with trust in God and in themselves.

When we were trying to get the Roman approval of our Union as a religious institute in 1991, Fr. Felix George, a canonist of Kottar Diocese, worked day and night for two weeks with great patience and sacrifice, and revised these. These were sent to Rome. But they wanted some more documents. So, Most Rev. Michael Augustine, as bishop of Vellore and even later as Archbishop of Pondy, Cuddalore, got all the documents needed to be sent to Rome, including the letters of no-objection from the local ordinaries of the places where our sisters were working. This was on 09.03.1992. Finally, the required permission was given by Rome on 29.09.1992. Yet, due to some technical difficulties, the official erection of our Union as a religious institute was delayed.

In the meanwhile, in spite of special care, on 12.10.1993 Mother Scholastica had jubilantly gone to her eternal reward. On 14.10.1993, her body was given very great respect and was buried in the midst of all our sisters and weeping children in Rangapuram, Vellore Diocese at the back side of the Novitiate. She is already in the kingdom and is ever praying for its spread here on earth through her beloved daughters and collaborators.

Rt. Rev. Chinnappan SDB, the then bishop of Vellore, now the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, who issued the Decree of Erection of our Union as a Religious Institute on 11.02.1994, on the feast of our Lady of Lourdes, and our Congregation grew fast all over. The sisters thank and praise the Sacred Heart of Jesus for His merciful love and care given all the past years to the members of the Pious Union of Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Phase 4 (1997-2009)

On 03.12.1997, the second General chapter elected Sr. Thangapushpam as the next Superior General of the Congregation. Her untiring and selfless service made a great impact in the following years. The growth of the Congregation was faster than anyone can imagine and it was during her tenure the Congregation had the privilege of broadening its mission even towards the occidental world of the West. The great works which she rendered during her first six years got her re-elected for another consecutive term. Especially during her second term in office, she had to lead the Congregation through turbulent and testing times, but she silently succeeded in everything and moved forward in every mission of the Congregation with excellence and genuine care and interest for its members.

A new house was started in Pondicherry on 25.04.1998, on the invitation of the local ordinary, Most Rev. Michael Augustine, to look after the elderly priests staying in the Emmaus House there. In addition to this, some other work in the Archbishop's House has been entrusted to us, all of which our sisters are doing to the satisfaction of all. This house has enabled five of our sisters to finish their B.Ed. studies. After finishing the contract we did not renew the contract and our sisters left the house in the month of April 2003. From May 1998, the home for the handicapped at Narkarunai Nagar Rangapuram, was entrusted to our congregation.

A new convent was started in Muthuvedu village near the famous Kanchipuram city in the then Archdiocese of Chennai-Mylapore, but now in the new Chenglepet diocese, on 30. 05. 1998, on the invitation of the local ordinary, Most Rev. Aruldoss James, with the help of Fr. Cyril O.M.I. Here our sisters are doing their educational work well. In addition they help the people to grow in their faith life and to take part actively in the sacred liturgy. Through catechism they promote union with God. Through BCC, they work for the progress of individuals, communities and society in general. A new convent was started in Sathampatti Parish in Trichy diocese, with the permission and blessings of the local Ordinary, Rt. Rev. Gabriel, and with the help of Fr. Soosai. Here our sisters are carrying on their work of education, health care and evangelization. They visit the homes of the people and cultivate good relationships with all. In addition to their pastoral concerns, our sisters help the children to improve in their studies too. Some seeds of gook vocations are already sprouting among them. From 15.07.1998, our Nirmala High School for girls in Pathiavaram was raised to Higher Secondary School. A hostel and an orphanage buildings too were erected.

A new convent was started in the village of Kanankadu (Viluppuram Dt) in Pondy-Cuddalore Archdiocese, with the permission and blessings of the local ordinary Most Rev. Michael Augustine, on 25.05.1999, with the effort of Fr. Immanuel. Here, the faith level of the people was already good. After the arrival of our sisters, the standard of education also has gone up. The children made progress in folk and fine arts too. The liturgical and festive celebrations are conducted now in an active and meaningful way. Cultural programs with many competitions of speech, song etc are arranged for the children which all enjoy and congratulate. BCC have been started and are working well. The involvement of the people for common good is really great. As the education standard improved, the primary school there has now become a Middle School and may even become a High School in the future. Our sisters go to the substations also, visit people and prepare them for liturgical celebrations. They conduct special competitions on the Bible during the Bible week to spread the knowledge of the Word of God still more.

A new convent was started in Avvdaiyar Kovil that includes Manickavasagar Kovil in Tanjore diocese, on 02.06.1999, on the invitation of the local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Arockiasamy and with the help of Fr. Charles, for the purpose of doing education and evangelization work. Here already same progress has been made in education in general and in computer education in particular. The evangelization work is just picking up. On 07.06. 1999 at Pandraveedu the Sacred Heart High School was started.

Our Generalate in Rangapuram, in Vellore diocese, did not have a separate Secretariat House of its own until 11.06.1999. Finally God willed to remedy this situation. So many people of good will contributed to the coming up of this new house. The former Genaral, Sr. selin Mary had laid the foundation for it on 11.02.1998, the anniversary day of the Erection of our Congregation. In the following year, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, God willed that our Bishop of Vellore, Rt. Rev. Chinnappa would bless this House for us on 11. 06. 1999.

The land for this House was donated to us by the Diocese and many good people, even from abroad, have helped to build it. It was to serve as the Mother House for all the sisters of the Congregation to come together for evaluating our ministries, cultivating better relationships with one another and getting on-going formation through seminars etc. but at the moment, because of the lack of sufficient water supply in this place, we are not able to have such gatherings there: we are waiting for better times when God's grace and the down-pour of rain would remedy the situation. This part was formerly called Shenganatham: but this has been re-named as Ithaya Nagar.

K.Udaiyanppatti is near Manapparai in Trichy diocese. Here on 26.06 1999 a new convent was started on the invitation of the local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Gabriel and with the help of the Parish Priest, Fr. Selvaraj, in order to improve the education level and the faith-life of the people. After the arrival of our sisters there, children have made progress in studied and in arts. The spiritual life of the people too has improved by the good relationships our sisters cultivated with them. They share in their joys and sorrows and prepare them well for liturgical and sacramental celebrations. The parish priests and others of good will are encouraging and helping our sisters there.

From July 1999 on, the management and responsibility of St. Xavier's High School at Pattervilai has been entrusted to our Congregation. On 03.12.1999, 5.5 cents of land were bought for our Congregation in Golden George Nagar in Chennai and the foundation stone for our convent was blessed and laid there by Rev. Fr. Sebastian. On 12.05.2000, the Silver Jubilee of Srs . L. Mary, A. Alphonse and Little was celebrated with Holy Mass at Alagai.

A new house was started in Golden George Nagar under the protection of the Holy Trinity near Koyambedu in Chennai. Mylapore Archdiocese on 13.06.2000, on the invitation of the local ordinary, Most Rev. Aruldoss James and with the help of Fr Sebastian, for doing evangelization and general and technical education work there. As expected, after the arrival of our sisters, both education and handicrafts are flourishing. Our sisters visit the people in their homes and cultivate good relationships with all. The Christians in this area are generously helping our sisters and they in their turn help for their betterment by their good words.

A new convent was started in Arochia Matha Street, in Dindigul city in Trichy diocese, on the invitation of the then local Ordinary Rt. Rev. Gabriel, and with the help of Fr. Soosai, to do education, social work, health care, promotion of spiritual life and BCC. Now our sisters are engaged in these ministries: BCC have been started; children are improving in studies and in artistic talents too. Our sisters are cultivating good relationships with the people and share in their joys and sorrows.

Aruguvilai is a village near the place where St. Francis Xavier ministered in Kottar diocese. Here with the invitation of the local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Leon Dharmaraj and with the help of Fr. Dominic, a new convent was started on 26.05 2001 for evangelization and social work, for improving the education of the people, for preparing them well for liturgical worship etc. Here with the cooperation of the people, our sisters have set up BCC and women's guilds to improve their living standard. They help the very poor to pursue their studies without any hitch: they conduct evening classes to promote their educational standard. To improve the spiritual life of the people there, our sisters spread the devotion to the Sacred Heart, promote the consecration of families to the Divine Heart and thus to make people accept Jesus as their King and to establish His Kingdom, encourage reading of book containing daily thoughts vitalizing our trust in Jesus, exhort people to recite their family rosary and inspire and train them to conduct prayer and worship by themselves. God and the parish priest are helping our sisters a lot in these ministries. The local people too contribute their time, energy, manual labour and donation to help us. By cultivating small-savings schemes, under the inspiration of our sisters, the people are now able to get government concessions and helps and are thus improving their economic condition. Besides they are given Leadership Training developing their various talents so that they can manage their responsibilities on their own.

In the village of Panavilai in Kottar diocese, people are living under the protection of the Redeemer of the World. Here, on the invitation of the local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Leon Dharmaraj, and with the help of the Parish Priest, Fr. Lucas and of the Parishioners, a new convent was started on 03. 06. 2001 for evangelization social and health-care. Our sisters are doing these works well. They are setting up BCC and guide them, teaching catechism, preparing the people for sacraments, cultivating good relationships with them by frequent visits to them and sharing in their joys and sorrows. Thus they are witnessing to God's Kingdom there.

A new convent was started in the village of Rayappanpatti in Madurai Archdiocese, with the permission and blessings of the local ordinary, Most Rev. Arokiasamy. In order to meet the need of our trainees there, some 4.5 acres of land have been bought. Besides doing their education work well, our sisters visit the people, cultivate good relationships with them, share in their joys and sorrows. They take active part in the parish activities, teach catechism, conduct choir classes, do pastoral ministry in the substations of the parish, improve the standard of education by evening classes, and encourage the children to excel in fine arts too. Our sisters are indeed very much indebted to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart who work there and who help us in various ways.

A new convent was started in a very backward area of Oddanchathram in Trichy diocese on 21.04.2002. The parish priest Fr. John Peter, took great interest in getting this house started: the local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Antony Devota gave his permission and blessings. Here, our sisters are doing education work, trying to help of the children even by evening classes. To promote the spiritual life of the people, they teach them catechism and conduct prayer services for them. They find the task uphill but they doing it.

Our sisters were asked by the local ordinary of Pune diocese, Rt. Rev. Valerian D'Souza to do words of charity from the "Charity Home" in Pune for the handicapped and the mentally retarded. So, under the guidance of Fr. Felix SVD our sisters have begun to help these helpless children there from 30.06.2002. We are glad to see that, through their loving service, the people are discovering the tender love of the Sacred Heart on Jesus. But in the month of April 2006 our sisters left the house.

A new convent was started at Castes Franco Parish in San Miniato diocese in Italy on 26.08 2002. This parish has given the church many saints. The local ordinary, Rt. Rev. Eduardo Ricci gave his permission and blessings for it; and Fr. Vasco Migliarini helped us in this. Here our sisters are doing education and evangelization work; they are teaching catechism and preparing the people for liturgical services etc. The chairman, Mr. Marco Posarelli is a great support to them in all their ministries. We are glad to note that the parish priest and the people too are looking after our sisters with love and concern.

In the diocese of Vellore, on the invitation and blessings of the local ordinary Most Rev. Chinnappa, we opened a community at Thachampady on 25.05.2003, for doing educational, evangelization and social development ministries. Our sisters are doing their service effectively. We opened a boarding for poor children of the nearby villages to promote their education and to help them for the betterment of their lives. Helping the widows for their livelihood, encouraging the small saving scheme, through women forum helping them to get the Government facilities, women empowerment program, etc are some of our activities to develop this area.

Kamarajapuram is a small village near Pallavaram in the diocese of Chenglepet. On the invitation of the Local Ordinary we opened a community on 15.06.2003 for doing educational, medical, evangelization and social ministries. We started an English Medium School and it was upgraded till 10th standard. Most of the people are living on coolly works and by breaking stones. Hence we are giving education without any profit motive. People in the village are very happy about this. Otherwise their children cannot study in English Medium School in the commercial and competitive world.


Phase 5 (2009 - ......)

Our present Superior General, Sr.Annammal was elected on 03, December 2009. Being a visionary and an efficient communicator, she is able to look beyond and understand the challenges of our mission in today's fast growing world. Her aspirations to build our Congregation in pace with other international ones is constantly seen in all her programs and projects. No doubt, by her able leadership we will be able to see great transformations in our future mission and vision.