Nazareth Sisters ( NS )

Nazareth Sisters Congregation is a religious community for women. It was founded in 1975 by Mar Sebastian Valloppilly, the first Bishop of Tellicherry, Kerala. The members have been called to share God’s redemptive love with all the children of God, following the ideals of the Holy Family.

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The Congregation of the Nazareth Sisters is a religious community for women. It was founded in 1975 by Mar Sebastian Valloppilly, the first Bishop of Tellicherry, Kerala. The members have been called to share God’s redemptive love with all the children of God, following the ideals of the Holy Family.

Personalising and sharing the attitude and lifestyle of the Holy Family at Nazareth.
The Congregation of the Nazareth Sisters is a religious community for women founded in the Syro-Malabar Church. God used great but humble people for unfolding His mysterious ways. Mar Sebastian Valloppilly was one among them. He was instrumental in the foundation and edification of the Congregation. By his apostolic zeal and deep prayer he could discern the wonderful plans of God. And ultimately he made himself available for the fulfillment of His will.During the first phase of Malabar settlement, the young women were very keen to lead a dedicated life; but were denied religious life due to their insufficient education and poor financial background. These circumstances, led the Bishop to found the Congregation of the Nazareth Sisters on the 15th of September 1975. The Bishop was on the lookout for an ideal location for the proposed Nazareth Congregation and ultimately he came across a moderately convenient house in the Santhome Estate, Kunnoth belonging to the Archdiocese of Tellicherry. It was to house the first batch of sisters. There were thirty girls in the first batch, and out of them fourteen received their religious habit from the Bishop Mar Sebastian Valloppilly and made their first profession on the 28th December 1978. Keeping in mind the words of Jesus ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me’(Mt.25:40). The newly professed Nazareth Sisters engaged in catechismal teaching ministry, parish ministry, family apostolate, social work and tailoring classes, sharing the redeeming love of God with others, especially with the less privileged.During its infancy, Late Msgr. Thomas Pazheparambil, Late Msgr. Jacob Varikattu the Vicar General, Rev. Fr. George Kodakanady and Rev. Fr. John Kaniyanpalackal assisted the Bishop in the growth of the Congregation. Sisters of the Sacred Heart Congregation were invited to assist in the formation of the members of the Nazareth Sisters.The first profession of the second batch was held on 8th September 1982. After five years of selfless service, the Sacred Heart Sisters left to return to their own Congregation. The members of Nazareth Sisters became competent enough to manage themselves by that time. In the first general chapter, Sr. Annie Thomas was elected as the Superior General, Sr. Mareena as the Assistant General and Sr. Mercy Thomas as the Procurator. Sr. Rose James was elected as the second Superior General and Sr. Mercy Thomas, Sr. Rosett Jose, Sr. Mariet, Sr. Annie Tom and Sr. Mary Paul were elected as the Superior Generals in the subsequent general chapters. Rev. Sr. Annie Tom is the present Superior General. With the authorization of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Rome, His Grace the Archbishop Mar George Valiamattam raised our community to a Congregation of Eparchial Status on 21st July 2001. It is, indeed, a landmark in the path of the growth of the Congregation.The first house of the Congregation was opened at Palathinkadavu on 30th December 1982. A convent of the congregation was opened in the diocese of Thamarassery at Muthappanpuzha on 20th May 1992. The sisters here are engaged in various apostolic activities. Further, the evangelical zeal of the congregational sisters, to share the spirit of the Gospel with everyone, led to an invitation from the fathers of the Carmalites of Mary Immaculate(CMI), for a mission station to be established in far-flung Kashmir been accepted by the congregation in 1997.  Shortly afterwards, impressed by the unique service the Sisters were providing to the local communities in Kashmir, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Hippolitus  Kunnumkal, the Bishop of Jammu – Srinagar requested our services in his diocese as well.
Family Apostolate

The house of Elizabeth was sanctified by the visitation of our Mother Mary. The goal of our Family apostolate is to glorify God; to impart the peace and love of Jesus, to save souls and to make God known and loved. We visit dysfunctional families around our houses, to help them out to reconcile with God and to bring them up by sharing the love of Jesus.

Parish Ministry

  Our ministry is mostly in the parishes of Syro-Malabar Dioceses. Partaking in the liberating mission of Jesus, it is our special concern to make each parish a community of faith, worship and sharing by giving leadership in organizing prayer meetings and seminars.

Healing Ministry

 Through caring for the sick we transmit the compassionate love of Jesus to them. Running centres of naturopathy is one of our important apostolates. Through these centres we educate the common man about health care; preventive methods; less expensive treatment methods and the preparation use of herbal medicines etc. In our treatment we focus on spiritual as well as mental healing. We are sensitive to the needs of the poor and destitute.

Education apostolate

Running nursery and kindergarten schools is an important apostolate. We instill into the hearts of the children the sense of discipline, honesty and good manners. We help our youth to develop healthy personalities with a value oriented view.

Gospel ministry

The Gospel ministry has to take into account the life situations and problems of men. We must make use of opportunities to give leadership in retreats for the children and grown-ups. We should be aware of our artistic and literary talents to spread the good news of salvation.

Catechetical Ministry

Through catechism we proclaim the Gospel message to build up the community, to lead to prayer and worship and to promote peace and justice. We give special care in preparing the children for the receiving of sacraments, in helping them to choose their vocation etc.  

Prayer ministry

The Holy Family of Nazareth-Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived a prayerful life. Jesus received power and strength from his prayers on the mountain in solitude. Through our prayer we strengthen the works of the missionaries in establishing the Kingdom of God in the hearts of people.