Provincials

Created on November 24, 1953, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Province of Shillong has journeyed these years in the grace of God under the leadership of nine courageous women as Provincials.

According to the needs of the time God himself inspired different people to exercise their service of authority in the Province.

MOTHER CATHERINE MANIA

1953-1959 and 1970-1974

Motto: DARE AND HOPE

Even as a child Catherine wanted to be a missionary, going to Africa. One morning she told her friend that she would make her as African and smeared her with wild blackberries juice. The ceremony completed both had a hearty laugh; but what a shock the friend's mother had when she saw her, and what was worse, no amount of scrubbing could take away the stain, till the passage of some days.

Catherine was born on November 18, 1903 at Netro, Vercelli, Italy. Inspite of her mischief, the child grew in faith and piety; she was intelligent and loved reading. She joined the FMA as a Postulant and for her Novitiate she was sent to England. She made her Profession at Cowley on August 5, 1926. Her missionary dream was fulfilled when on January 19, 1929, with Mother Tullia at the head; she joined other six companions, who left Venice to set sail for India.

The North East beckoned Sr. Catherine, now called Mother Mania to start a daring venture, when the Sub-Continent was bifurcated into two Provinces: the Mother Province of Madras and the Daughter Province of Shillong. On the historical date December 10, 1953, Sr. Catherine Mania, the new Provincial, and Sr. Luigina Appiano, the secretary, bade farewell to all that was dear in the South, ready to plunge into a daring enterprize of keeping firm six houses in Assam and the newly founded one of Bandel in W.Bengal, with 45 Sisters. With them came also 2 young women to be the nuclei of the fledging Province. A cardboard box was their archives. Reaching Mawlai on December 26, they had Rs. 123/- which Mother Avio found in Mother Provincial's room, plus Rs. 17/- saving, as someone paid their tickets; thus with Rs. 140/- and an immeasurable trust in Divine Providence the new Province was launched!


She died on January 24, 1983 at Bellefonte. Her love for the poor was too great that she asked for her body to be buried among the people of Pynthorumkhrah at the Parish's Cemetery. This tomb is the most visited place for prayer and silence by Novices and Sisters.

 

MOTHER CESIRA GALLINA

1960-1964

Motto: ALWAYS MORE ALWAYS BETTER

The prominent feature of her provincialship was the masterly management of the Province during the troublesome period of the Chinese invasion.

Not a single sister in the Province can forget, the manly courage and womanly foresight she displayed in tackling the problems so tactfully at an hour when firm decisions and prompt action alone could ensure the safety and continuity of the Province.

 

MOTHER TERESA MERLO

1965-1969

Motto: OBEDIENCE AND PEACE

Veteran as she was in the work of governing, she knew when to launch new enterprises and when to recoup. Infact hers was a period of consolidation and updating.

With her long experience as a pioneer missionary in India she knew how to understand and appreciate the skill and talents of the Sisters and to utilize them for the best purpose of God's glory and the salvation of souls.


MOTHER VIRGINIA MARCHETTI
1975-1981
Motto: ALL FOR THE LORD

Holding the helm of the Province at its prosperous period, she is called upon to steer it through the right path and save it from the shipwreck of slackening of the spirit of the Institute and to open out new horizons in order to cope up with the current demands, both social and ecclesial - a work which she has masterfully dealt with and is engaged in making it ever more efficient.

Erected on November 24, 1953, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Province of Shillong has journeyed these fifty-two years in the grace of God under the leadership of eight courageous women as Provincials.

According to the needs of the time God himself inspired different people to exercise their service of authority in the Province.



SR. MARIE VAZHAPILLY
1981 - 1988
Motto: NOTHING VENTURE, NOTHING GAIN

It was during the last year of her tenure that we celebrated the death centenary of our Father and Founder St. John Bosco. The year 1988 was a year of thanksgiving and rejoicing for the province.


SR. PHILOMENA PRABALANATHAN
1988 - 1994
Motto: I HAVE COME TO SERVE NOT TO BE SERVED

Sr. Philomena a pious, kind, caring, and loving person was very concerned after the well being of Sisters, Teachers and all entrusted to her care. She was interested in educating and training of Sisters for various works. She foresaw the needs of the Sisters and the Province. She was a mother to all.

Her tenure was a time when the Province of Calcutta was bifurcated from the mother Province Shillong. After her term as provincial she joined the Calcutta province and began the pioneering work in Barasat.


SR. IVY D'SOUZA
1994 - 2000
Motto: EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME

Sr. Ivy D'Souza came to North East India - Guwahati as a teacher. She got her vocation when she saw how the missionaries adapted themselves to difficult life especially in the mission house in Tangla.

Sr. Ivy is a very active, capable, intelligent, sociable and zealous person. God has blessed her with good health.

She was ver enthusiastic in organising programmes for oratorians, youth, school students, teachers and past-pupils. She is very optimistic. She encourages the Sisters to be sociable, to leadership and was ver concerned for the personal growth of each sister.

With the end of her term as the provincial of the Shillong province, the province gave birth to another child - Mater Ecclesiae; Province of Guwahati. Presently, Sr. Ivy is the animator of Little Flower Convent, Imphal, Manipur


SR. PHYLLIS BAMON
2000-2006
Motto: FEAR NOT FOR I AM WITH YOU

With the bifurcation of the Province in the Northeastern region into Guwahati Province - Mater Ecclesiae from the then exsisting Shillong Province which encompasses the whole of North East India in the year 2000, Sr. Phyllis took up the service of authority as Provincial with only 12 houses and two new presences. Her motive was to prepare personnel in different fields of education as to ensure effectiveness in the carrying out of the apostolate in the Province.

Sr. Phyllis Bamon was born on December 14, 1950, made her first profession on August 5, 1970 and is still continuing to render her service in fidelity to the constitution and the spirit of our Founders.

SR. ROSA PYNGROPE
2006 - 2012

Motto: DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU

Sr. Rosa Pyngrope took up the Province on August 12, 2006. She was born on May 24, 1958 in a little village of Mawlyngngad, East Khasi HIlls District, Meghalaya; a village dedicated to Mother Mazzarello. As a girl as she studied with the RNDM Sisters at St. Mary's School Shillong but God has His plan for her and directed her to Auxilium Convent Nongthymmai from where she was inspired to become an FMA. She made her profession on August 5, 1982.

Sr. Rosa has been Assistant of the Novices, Superior, Provincial Secretary and now as Provincial strives hard to bring up the Province according to God's design.

On the day of the installation she said, "I depend on the wisdom of the Seniors and the enthusiasm of the young".

SR. ISABELLA SUJA
2012 till date

Motto: FEAR NOT FOR I AM WITH YOU

Sr. Isabella Suja was born on May 23, 1940 in Wahiajer, Jaintia Hills District. Prior to this, she was the Novice Mistress. She has a wide experience in the field of formation. As a young girl she joined the Aspirantate in Bandel.

On the day of Installation, August 11, 2012 she took the helm of the province with a new set of Council Members consisting of both young and old, experienced and new arrivals. Confident in the help of God she aims to bring about integral development in the province.

 
 
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