A Brief History Of Pavanatma Province

The Congregation of the Holy Family, originated in the land of Kerala, Thrissur District, Puthenchira, undivided Archdiocese of Thrissur, at present in the diocese of Irinjalakuda,was founded by Bl. Mariam Thresia in 1914. Servant of God, Joseph Vithayathil, is the co-founder of the Congregation. The Congregation spread to different parts of the world including four continents, Asia, Europe, N. America & Africa.

The division of the Congregation into three Provinces - Pavanatma , Navajyothi, and Marian was in 1978. Rev.Sr. Beatrice, the Regional Superior became the first Provincial. Mission houses in U.P. and M.P became part of the Pavanatma Province. In 1985 Pavanatma mission region was formed. In 1991 it was raised to the status of province. Rev. Sr. Annie Palathingal, the Regional Superior, became the first Provincial of Santhidhara Vice Province.

According to the direction given in the general synaxis of 1979 the province paid more attention to family apostolate. In the same year the Province extended its apostolate activities to the Arch - diocese of Ernakulam by starting the first house for direct family apostolate at Cochin. In the year 1998, a region was formed in Ernakulam with its head quarters in Aluva. The General Synaxis 2000 raised Ernakulam region to the status of province with the name Jeevodaya. 113 sisters from Pavanatma Province opted for Jeevodaya Province. The province was erected on 28th November 2000.

In 1987, the Platinum Jubilee Year of CHF, we started a convent in a rented building in Aynavaram, Chennai. A suitable plot of land was purchased in Keelkattlai to start a convent and a school in 1990. Today it has grown into a Higher secondary school having a strength of more than 3000 students. Giving thrust to the felt need of the society, another convent was started in Gourivakkam, Chennai in the year 2002. At present we run a home for the poor and abandoned old women called Mariam Thresia Illam, a hostel for the youth and a family counselling centre attached to the convent. We have started an insertion community with four sisters at Velachary, Chennai in February 2011, as part of city evangelization.

After the Pavanatma mission region became Santhidhara Province, Pavanatma stepped in with new missionary zeal to the Dioceses of Indore in 1996 and started two communities - one in Prerna Sadan, in the Diocese pastoral centre and the other in Bajana , in Ratlam District, which at present is part of the newly formed Jhabuva Diocese. In Prerna Sadan our sisters are helping in pastoral work and in Bajana, a very remote and backward area, sisters are involved in educational apostulate. On 3rd July 2000, a third community was formed in Indore City, at Carmal nivas, a building belonging to the Diocese. The sisters there are doing family apostolate and giving counselling help to the needy. Later the service at Prerna Sadan was terminated as per the agreement and we opened a new convent in Pipliyakumar in the same year.

It was in 2000, the Maha Jubilee year of Christu Jayanthi,Pavanatma turned its attention to the Dioecese of Palai. There we have begun three houses for direct family apostolate - Holy family Convent Monipally( 26th May 2001) and Holy Family Convent Santhipuram ( 26th May 2001) and Holy Family Convent Kondadu (24th Jan.2006). On 7th December 2002 ‘Mariam Thresia Bhavan’- a home for the abandoned old women was adjoined to the Holy family Convent Monipally. The other house is in Kondadu (24th Jan.2006).

At present Pavanatma Province has 1 first grade college in Irinjalakuda affiliated to the University of Calicut, conducting a number of post graduate and graduate courses including Resesrch Centers. We are running 2 Parallel Colleges, 1 Hospital, 1 School of Nursing, 3 Higher Secondary Schools, 4 High School, 6 UP schools, 10 LP schools, 2 KG schools, 10 Nursery schools, 1 Printing Press, 2 Hostels, 1 School Physically challenged, 1 for mentally retarded, 6 Counselling Centers,3 Social Centers and 1 Homeo Clinic. Our sisters are also rendering help in a number of diocesan centers like Vidhya Jyothi Irinjlakuda, AVARD Chalakudy , Navachaithanya Aloor, Sanjo Sadan Anandapuram , Mala Jesus Training College. Kallettumkara PACS,Chalakudy St. James Hospital and St. James Medical Academy and Pastoral Centre in Pala and Indore.

The present Provincial superior is Sr. Elsy Kokkatt. Vicar Provincial Sr. Annie Joseph, councillors Sr. Rosmy Joseph, Sr. Usha Akkara, and Sr. Resmi. Sr. Dhanya is the auditor. Sr. Rose Grace the treasurer and Sr. Mary Lit, the secretary. The total number of sisters in the province is 419 (390 senior sisters and 29 junior sisters).36 Convents- 8 DFA Houses and one insertion Community.