We are in India since 1904

Society of JESUS MARY JOSEPH Hyderabad Province
  • JMJ Provincelate,

  • Somajiguda, Hyderabad

  • 08:00 - 6:00

  • Monday to Saturday

Education

The seven Dutch Missionary Pioneer Sisters arrived in India on 24th Feb 1904 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The beginnings of the society of JMJ Education edifice dates back to June 1904. With a few children from the villages, the sisters started a small Lower Elementary School. Though the sisters were full of enthusiasm the children were the least interested in learning. They were more comfortable with carefree village life than to sit in a class room and learn. Perhaps this must have been a quite disappointing experience to the sisters, but as daughters of Fr. Mathias Wolff `they were not disheartened and tried to find some other means to attract the children and parents. The sisters started keeping children with them. This was the beginning of the boarding schools in the society of JMJ, India. Gradually sisters won the confidence of the people and more girls started coming to our schools and boardings from villages. There was a slow and steady growth in the strength of the school.

Sisters Stanislas Terwindt

The leader and the animator of the pioneers, gives an account of the nursing work of the sisters:” from 4.30p.m. to 6.30 p.m. we attend on the patients in our verandah which we use as dispensary. If only you could have a look at the scene of the sick, you will see the crippled, the blind, the deaf and dumb, lepers, Muslims and Hindus and all castes and creeds represented. These simple people seem to put great trust in “Ammagaru’s” (native sisters not yet admitted to the Soc. of J.M.J.) and their medicine. From far and near they come to us thinking that we can cure them of every disease. People come covered all over with ghastly wounds and even lepers want to have their wounds dressed.

VISION – MISSION (Third Millennium)

  • We shall commit ourselves to the goals of Christian Education – to form the human person to fullness of life.
  • We shall witness in our lives and apostolate to divine, human and    universal values.
  • We shall have genuine concern for all dimensions of life of the poorest of the poor.
  • We shall focus our attention on vocational and job – oriented courses.
  • We shall have as our thrust – to establish Rehabilitation Homes for the handicapped, the impaired, the under – privileged and to Non – Formal Education.
  • We shall reach the remote corners of India where is genuine need and distress.

Objectives

  • To embody Christian values in our teaching and life more consciously.
  • To be human and humane like Jesus, our Guru, who was so human and Humane in his ministry.
  • To have at heart to work more earnestly for the integral formation of    human person.
  • To be realistic in our preferential option for the poorest of the poor – the lowest, the last and the least.
  • To have a right hierarchy of values – moral, religious, social, national etc.
  • To caltivate an appropriate attitude towards our lay co-workers-recognize their professional and personal qualifications-which often are superior to us religious.

The Humble Beginnings:

Guntur town in the state of Andhra Pradesh has carved a niche for itself in the history of the society of J.M.J. India. It was in this small town that the first heroic group of seven Dutch J.M.J. pioneer missionary sisters set foot on 24th Feb 1904 , beyond 100 years ago :They woke up as it were , the small  sleeping town where there was no medical aid and no education worth mentioning. The pioneers were urged, inspired, motivated and guided by the love and charity of Christ. Their sole desire, ambition and thirst was to reach the unreachable and help the helpless and work for the kingdom of God.

From the start the pioneer’s focus was on medical apostolate. In 1905 a small dispensary was set up and the sisters started visiting the homes of the poor. This was simple and humble beginning of Health Care Apostolate of the Society of J.M.J. in India. Our sisters started the work of mercy to the best of their ability, treating the sick with immense love and compassion. Though they were not conversant with the local language (Telugu) and the customs and practices of the people, they always had a nod or a sweet smile and an understanding, sympathetic look which wrought wonders. It is startling to reckon that within a month the sick found their way to the sisters and sisters in their turn were the refuge of the sick and the suffering.