CONGREGATION OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY (DM)

Congregation of Daughters of Mary is a Missionary Congregation founded by late Monsignor Joseph Kuzhinjalil in the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, during the early days of the Re-union Movement, in 1938 at Marthandom, Kanyakumari district, with three members, by the paternal blessing and consent of late Archbishop His Grace Mar Ivanios (Servant of God). Mother Mary Kallarackal was the Co-foundress and the first member of the Congregation.

The primary mission of the Congregation is to bring the Good News to the poor and neglected, concentrating in families for their integrated development. The Motto of our Congregation is “That all may be one.” The Congregation was bifurcated in 1987 and was raised to the pontifical status in 1988 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Mary Matha Province is one of the Provinces of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary. Its first mission station was established in the year 1979. His Grace Late Cyril Mar Baselios Catholicos invited ‘The Daughters of Mary’ to commence their mission work within this region at Bathery Diocese in Waynad.

The Mother General Sister Immaculate gave the permission to establish the convent at Myladumpotty on August 1979 in Nilambur District.

Mission houses were established in Kodiambala and Kadaba in Karnataka. Later on these three houses amalgamated to form part of St. Mary’s Province.

Mother Francina ,the Superior General declared the convents in Bathery Diocese on 7th July 2000 as a region with 12 houses  and 62 members.

Mother Felix, the Superior General  declared the Bathery  region as a Vice province on 22nd August 2002 with 16 convents and 76 sisters. Mary Matha vice Province has expanded into three regional zones, Karnataka, Nilambur and Wyanad.

Mother Roseline, the Superior General declared Mary Matha Vice Province as a Province with 19 convents and 95 members on 12th July 2011.The Vice Provincial Superior, Sr Subha Therese is the first Provincial Superior of the Mary Matha Province.

In the fourth Provincial Synaxis conducted on 23rd November 2011, Mother Prathibha was elected as the Provincial Superior.

In the Fifth Provincial Synaxis conducted on 1st February 2015, Sr Subha Therese was elected as the Provincial Superior.

The following are the team members.

Mother Giles D.M (Superior General)

Sr. Deepthi Rose D.M (General Finance Officer)

Sr. Patsy Francis D.M (Assistant General)

Sr. Susan Maria D.M (General Health Councilor)

Sr.Jessy Gladys D.M (Secretary General)

Sr.Mercy Joseph D.M (General Mission Councilor)

Sr.Tresa Mathew D.M (General Socio Mission Councilor)

Publication

Maria Sumam is the publication of Mary Martha Province. We publish in once in a year.

Our Charism

Maria Sumam is the publication of Mary Martha Province. We publish in once in a year.

History of the establishment

The pioneer of Syro Malankara Catholic Church His Grace, the late Archbishop Mar-Ivanios after the historic event of the communion with the Universal Catholic Church in 1930, made an extensive appeal and sought help from the Syro- Malabar and Latin catholic churches by means of clergy and religious personnel for the spiritual benefit of the people. Mar Ivanios visited St.Joseph’s seminary, Aluva and requested assistance of the future priests. So, after his ordination the young, dedicated zealous missionary priest, Fr.Joseph Kuzhinjalil, of the Arch diocese of changanassery born in the village of Pravithanam, Palai in a traditional Syrian Christian family and ordained on 17 December 1933, came to the Arch diocese of Trivandrum with the determination to carry on the mandate of the Divine Master to preach the word of God to the poor and marginalized. The young Fr. Joseph left his hometown, family, friends, native culture and material belongings, with the intention of serving the people of god of the newly erected rite of the Universal church, Syro Malankara Catholic Church.

The pioneer of Syro Malankara Catholic Church His Grace, the late Archbishop Mar-Ivanios after the historic event of the communion with the Universal Catholic Church in 1930, made an extensive appeal and sought help from the Syro- Malabar and Latin catholic churches by means of clergy and religious personnel for the spiritual benefit of the people. Mar Ivanios visited St.Joseph’s seminary, Aluva and requested assistance of the future priests. So, after his ordination the young, dedicated zealous missionary priest, Fr.Joseph Kuzhinjalil, of the Arch diocese of changanassery born in the village of Pravithanam, Palai in a traditional Syrian Christian family and ordained on 17 December 1933, came to the Arch diocese of Trivandrum with the determination to carry on the mandate of the Divine Master to preach the word of God to the poor and marginalized. The young Fr. Joseph left his hometown, family, friends, native culture and material belongings, with the intention of serving the people of god of the newly erected rite of the Universal church, Syro Malankara Catholic Church.

Fr. Joseph resided in a small rented mud hut in the midst of the poor inhabitants. On a rented bicycle he moved around in several villages and visited people and families, giving counseling, praying for the sick and suffering. They started to share their difficulties with him and in return Fr. Joseph shared his faith experience.

Within a short span of time several hundreds of people received baptism and, spiritual centers were established in various remote villages. Administering the sacraments and faith education to the increasing number of people became impossible for him alone. He was restrained to provide effective pastoral care to female members due to the barriers of cultural and religious uninfringeable traditions. He was inspired to start a women religious congregation to assist him in the work of Lord. Three zealous missionaries, two from Syrian Catholic church and one from Malankara Catholic church came forward to accomplish his mission, and they were trained by the Bethany sisters (SIC) of the Malankara Catholic church.
Thus a missionary congregation, named DAUGHTERS OF MARY was founded on 8 May 1938 at Marthandam , with the approval of the late Arch bishop Mar Ivanios and the permission of Pope Pius XI. Mother Mary Kallarackal the co- foundress, Sr.Agnes, and Sr.Theresa were the founding members who initiated a dedicated life of sacrifice, prayer and evangelization among the people of South India, Kanyakumari District. They adopted the Franciscan Spirituality, practicing virtues of poverty, purity, humility and simplicity.

Presence in India and abroad

This congregation has happily grown and extended itself widely so that it is able to exercise its activities in all the dioceses of the Syro Malankara church, extra territorial areas outside Kerala and India also in various dioceses of the Syro Malabar Church, the Latin Church and the Byzantain-Greek Melkite Church.

A prayer house named TABOR at Trivandrum is for spiritual oasis for the members of the Congregation and a house of contemplation named ALVERNA is for those who desire to lead a contemplative life for a short span of time.

Currently the congregation has 904 professed sisters and 167 houses and serving in 37 dioceses in India & abroad. With the request of the local bishops and other religious agencies of various countries, the DM sisters are currently serving in Italy, Germany, Egypt and the United states, involved mainly with health care, pastoral and education ministry.   Recently it extends its wings to Tansania.

Apostolate / Contribution

          Through the tiresome work of the founder father and sisters at Marthandom, the soil was made fertile even to the position of erecting Marthandom as a diocese of the Malankara Catholic Church.

Proclamation of the word of God through various apostolates is our charism. Among the various forms and dimensions of our apostolic ministry, house visiting enjoys a prominent role. Regular visits to the families without seeing the caste and creed is an efficacious means to bring Christ’s presence to the people.

Being the effective instruments in the hands of God, DM sisters involve in education ministry and healing ministry to fulfill the needs and aspirations of the people of different culture, custom and tradition. The congregation runs orphanages, old age homes, palliative care centers, and homes for mentally and physically disabled persons.

Today the members of the DM congregation strive to preserve and follow the charism of the founders, and to fulfill the Divine mandate to preach the word to every person, door to door through House visiting until the glorious coming of the Savior. DM sisters are committed to live the Gospel, maintaining a life of prayer and proclaim the word of God in all the ways.

Founder Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kuzhinjalil
Born 24-5-1903
Priestly Ordination 17-12-1933
Died 23-8-1983
Co- foundress Rev. Mother Mary Kallarackal D.M
Born 17-4-1898
Religious profession 4-6-1940
Died 30-7-1985
Foundation 8 May 1938
Bifurcation 1 May 1987
Pontifical Status 15 October 1988
Provinces 6

PROFORMA

Name of the Congregation CONGREGATION OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY
Name of the Superior General MOTHER GILES MARY D.M
No. & Name of the provinces/Regions 6 PROVINCE
St. Josephs province
St. Marys province
Nirmala province
Kristu Raja province
Mary Matha province
Amala Vice province
Address of the Generalate D.M GENERALATE,
MARIA BHAVAN
KUDAPPANAKUNNU P.O
TRIVANDRUM- 695043, KERALA
Address of the Provinces/Regions St. Josephs province:-
D. M. Provincial House, Marthandam
P.O. Kanyakumari Dt., Tamil Nadu
–629 165,
Email id:- dmconvent@rediffmail.com,
phone no: 04651 272589St. Marys province:-
Convent of the Daughters of Mary,
Pongummoodu, Medical College P.O,
Trivandrum-695011, Kerala,
Email id:- dmstmarysp@gmail.com,
phone no: 0471 2553173Nirmala province:-
D.M Convent, Nirmala Provincial
House, Venniyoor, Vengannoor,
Nellivila P.O, Thiruvananthapuram –
695 523. Kerala. Email id:-
dmnirmala@yahoo.com, phone no:
0471 2481724.Kristu Raja province:-
Kristu Raja Provincialate, Christ Nagar
,Kapurthala P.O, Kanjili Road, Punjab-
144 601. Email id:-
ckckptdmc@yahoo.com, phone no:
01822 225692Mary Matha province:-
Provincial House, Mary Matha D.M
Convent, Sulthan Bathery P.O,
Wayanad 673 592, Kerala .
Email id:- provincialsby@gmail.com,
Phone no: 04936 224642Amala province:-
Amala Sadan , Sawangi
(Meghe),Wardha,MS-442001,
email: amaladm@ymail.com
Ph.no. 07152287791
Number of houses and professed members 167 Houses 917 Professed Sisters
Brief History of the Congregation And Founder attached
Charism of the Congregation Charism
Every member of the Congregation is called to, “be pure and poor, contemplate, witness, and proclaim the Word Incarnate for the Kingdom of God”.
Rite Syro Malankara Catholic Church
Statistics of the Congregation /Province/Region 6 Provinces
Phone No & E-mail 0471-2731280
Superiorgeneraldm @gmail.com