History of Missionaries of Jesus

   “Missionaries of Jesus”, a Pious Society of Religious Women, was founded by His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap, Bishop of Jullundur, with the support of the entire presbyterium of the Diocese. A decree erecting the Pious Society was issued on 3rd July 1993. The first batch of candidates was accepted by  Bishop Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap., on the 12th of July 1993 and were accommodated at 27 the Mall, Jalandhar Cantt. with Rev. Sr. Elizabeth Kallingakudiyil SABS as their Superior. On 8th September 1993 on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Patroness of the Diocese of Jullundur, the first batch of candidates entered in the first stage of Religious life and this day is celebrated as the foundation day of our Congregation. The first members made their first Profession on 22nd April 1998 and their Perpetual Profession was made on 26th April 2003.

    Ever since, the Society has seen steady growth, by the grace of God and the constant vigilance and guidance of our Founder Father. There has been a rapid increase in local vocations to religious life as this Pious Society has been enthusiastically welcomed by the local Church in Punjab. With its motto – “Love Jesus, Surrender to Jesus and Proclaim Jesus” – the members of this Society are tirelessly involved in manifold mission activities through which the Gospel message is proclaimed. We thank the Lord for all the blessings showered upon us.

   The Constitution and the Directory of the Society, were prepared by His  Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap, with the assistance of Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Kattuthara, Rev. Jose Palakuzha and Rev. George Thomas Pennaparampil for the use of its members. They were revised with the assistance of Rev. Fr. Jose Sebastian Thekkumcherikkunnel in 2005, and were approved and published by the General Chapter held from 22nd to 23rd June 2005. His  Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap, through a decree on 3rd July, 2005, approved the Constitution and the Directory.

   The first General Chapter of the Missionaries of Jesus took place on 23rd June 2004 at St. Mary’s Convent, Bhogpur. Rt. Rev. Dr. Symphorian Keeprath, the Bishop of Jalandhar and Founder of the Congregation presided over the first General Chapter. Rev. Mother Elizabeth Kallingakuduyil SABS, our former novice mistress, Rev. Mother Immaculate DM, Provincial of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary and Rev. Sr. Ans Maria Ambattu SABS were the moderators of the Chapter. Rev. Sr. Ranit Pallasseril MJ was appointed as the Superior General and Rev. Sr. Mariett Sandhu MJ was appointed as the Assistant General. At the time of the First General Chapter the Congregation had 47 Sisters including 11 finally professed and 36 Sisters who made their temporary profession. At that time we had 9 houses including the mission home in Kuravilangad, Kerala.  As per the  decision made by the General Chapter, a request was made to His  Lordship, Bishop Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap, to raise our Society into a Religious Institute of the Diocesan Right. His  Lordship graciously applied to the Apostolic See seeking Nihil Obstat as part of the process of canonical requirement.

   His  Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, succeeding as the Bishop of Jullundur, continued to have for the “Missionaries of Jesus” the paternal love and care of his predecessor. The First  Chapter for the election of the Superior General was held on 15th to 19th June 2007. Rt. Rev. Dr. Anil Jose Thomas Couto, Bishop of Jalandhar, Rev. Fr. Martin OFM Cap., and Rev. Sr. Elizabeth Pattamparambil SABS were the coordinators of the Chapter. Rev. Sr. Ranit Pallasseril MJ was unanimously elected as the Superior General of the Missionaries of Jesus.

   His  Lordship followed up the request of Bishop Symphorian Keeprath with a recommendation to the Apostolic See, to have this Pious Society raised to a Religious Institute of the Diocesan Right. After obtaining the Nihil Obstat from the Sacred Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, Vide Prot. N. 5174/06 dated 14 January 2008, His Lordship Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Bishop of Jalandhar, decreed the Establishment and erection of the “Missionaries of Jesus” as a Religious Institute of the Diocesan Right, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Priestly Ordination of our beloved founder Bishop Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap., on the 30th of March 2008. The Constitution of the Missionaries of Jesus was amended as per the “OBSERVATIONS ON THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE “MISSIONARIES OF JESUS” (Diocese of Jullundur)” suggested by the Sacred Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples dated 14th January, 2008 and approved by His  Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Anil Joseph Thomas Couto on the 30th of March 2008 through another decree.

   The Congregation has continued to grow under the guidance of the Bishop of Jalandhar and two more convents were established in the Diocese. At Nangal (2009) Sisters serve the Nursery School run by the OCD Fathers and Assist at the Parish. At Srawan, Gurdaspur (2011) the Sisters formed a new community under Gurdaspur Parish to engage in direct village apostolate. The three members visit the families teaching and organizing Self-Help Groups.

   The Congregation has taken a new venture to spread the charism of the Congregation by going to the Diocese of Bhagalpur under the patronage of His Excellency Bishop Kurian Valiakandathil on 13-01-2013. Our Sisters are serving the pastoral centre and in the educational field in two stations, namely,  Pakartalla and Poreyahat, Bihar.

   Presently the Congregation is spread  to five Dioceses: Jalandhar and Bhagalpur in North India and Palai, Thalassery and Kannur in Kerala. There are 55 finally professed members, 20 temporarily professed and 5 Novices.