The Institute of Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (SMMI) is born from the society of the Daughters of St. Francis De Sales of which it is the missionary branch. This society was founded in Paris on 15 October 1872, by the Abbe’ Henri Chaumont and Madam Carre De Malberg to live by and spread evangelical charity in the world. From the very first years of the society, the founder had awakened among the members a missionary enthusiasm which expressed itself in a guild of fervent prayer on behalf of non Christian women.
Founders: Fr. Henri Chaumont and Madam Carre de Malberg
Provincial: Sr. Elizabeth SMMI
Convent of Mary Immaculate
Near the District Court
Nagpur 440 001
(0712) 2524819, (P) 2529377
ASHANIKETAN CONVENT, Bhiloda
The house was opened on 12th January 1967. Rev. Fr. Espasa SJ invited the SMMI Sisters with the permission of the then Bishop Rt. Rev. Edwin Pinto SJ. The aim of the House was integral evangelization of the Adivasi people with special emphasis on women and girls. Sisters began their work by visiting the villages, staying with them, catechizing them. As the need arose they started the boarding and the Gruhini course for girls. Later on a dispensary was opened with emphasis on mother and child health programme. Today we have a boarding with 250 girls, and 25 girls in the Gruhini course. We have a dispensary with daily attendance of 60-70 patients. We work in 40 villages of the Bhiloda Taluka for the development and empowerment of women. Sisters also teach in their Girls’ Boarding and in St. Xavier’s School. We are actively involved in the parish activities and pastoral work.
House started: 12 January 1967
Sabarkantha District 383 245
Community: Sr. Karuna (Superior)
Sr. Annie Jose
Sr. Pushpa Patelia
Apostolates: Education, Girls’ Hostel, Tailoring and Needle work, Socio – Pastoral
Health Care and Youth activities.
JEEVAN DHARA CONVENT, Himmatnagar
Himmatnagar was a substation of Bhiloda Parish. On 18th July 1999 Bishop Stanislaus Fernandes SJ, Bishop of Ahmedabad invited the SMMI Sisters to Himmatnagar. Sr. Joel, the Provincial accepted the invitation. The purpose of opening this mission was to collaborate in Socio-Pastoral and medical activities and the education apostolate of the Parish and to undertake ministries proper to the Congregation.
House started : 18th July 1999
Jeevandhara SMMI Convent
Nr. New R.T.O
Sabarkantha District 383 220
Community: Sr. Rita John (Superior, education)
Sr. Maria Josepha (Social apostolate)
Sr.Alice Mary (Social apostolate)
Sr. Susheela (Pastoral apostolate)
Apostolates: Pastoral, Education, Social work (training village health workers, forming SHGs and Credit Societies, and conducting short courses on Needle work, chalk making etc).