A Short History

INTRODUCTION The code of Canon law at art.578 exhorts the members of the Religious institute to be faithful to their own Patrimony. The same canon describes the Patrimony as the ‘the intention and projects of the Foundress regarding the nature, the end, the character, and the spirit of the Institute as well as its sound traditions’. This patrimony is what constitutes the specific identity of each institute/Congregation. The mind and project of the Founder/Foundress is to be sought in the original inspiration given to the Foundress by the Holy Spirit – hence this mind and project is of God himself who willed to have an Institute born/founded. In other words, God uses human mediation in the person of the FOUNDRESS to accomplish his project and is recognized as such by the Church. Thus in the birth of a Congregation three agents are at work, viz., God, Foundress, and the Church. The inspiration regarding the foundation of the INSTITUTE of URSULINES OF MARY IMMACULATE was communicated to our Foundress, Brigida Morello, through inspirations, intuitions and ‘intellectual visions’. FOUNDRESS AND FOUNDATION

Blessed Mother Brigida Morello

We recognize the Foundress of our Congregation – the URSULINES OF MARY IMMACULATE in the person of Brigida Morello. She was born on 17th June, 1610 in a little town near Rapallo, Italy. From her very early days little Brigida showed an uncommon bent towards religious and pious practices and devoted herself to them with enthusiasm and without reserve. Meditating on the mystery of Christ’s love, as revealed in His Passion and death, she developed a very special devotion to the Crucified Saviour, who became her model not only for her personal life but also the inspiration for the Congregation she was called to found. Her unmistakable identity as a Foundress can be traced to her deep, singular/unique relationship with God, with a newness of life, and unrepeatable, at times inimitable, religious experience endowed with internal harmony. In fact, the Foundress impresses not so much by works and wonders, but by her similarity and union with Christ, which become a source of attraction for others. The charismatic action of the Holy Spirit brought her to a total surrender to God and enabled her to perceive and relive the gospel message in the light of a special aspect of Christ’s personality. It further gave her the capacity to become conscious of her role in the Church to fit into the modality proper to the Church of her time the external expression of her ardour. Thus, through her own maturing in faith and in communion with God, she was able to discern and to give shape to God’s project. In fact, it is after painful trials of various sorts that she finally founded the Institute in 1649, in Piacenza, Italy, in circumstances so different and with limited possibilities for apostolic involvement, compared to today. The nascent Congregation was known as the House of St.Ursulaand was engaged in the integral formation of girls who were admitted to the Boarding. Women at that time found themselves in a situation all too ‘peculiar’ even within the Church of the day. For the only Form of Religious life for women recognized as such in and by the Church was Cloister. Consequently, the activity or apostolate, in today’s language, was very limited and had to be such as to be confined within the convent walls. Besides, the external structure and style of life in the House of St.Ursula resembled largely that of the Cloister, even though the Foundation, in its original inspiration, had not been conceived of as a Cloister. Instead, the members of the House of St.Ursula had to bide time in hopeful expectation of a tomorrow which would offer freedom and better possibilities for apostolic involvement. With what familiarity and ease we speak of the Apostolate of Education today…!

First Vocations from India

MARIA FELIX PADINJAREKUTTE (1998) Born at Madappally in Changanachery diocese on 17th June 1920 and professed on 8th December 1942. She was born as the sixth child of Joseph and Theresa Padinjarekuttu. On 20th February 1939 she came to Cannanore and became the First Indian to join the Ursulines. She pronounced her first vows taking …

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Formation is a progressive growth, a dynamic movement open to constant conversion. Relgious formation has to be based firmly on experience of God in Jesus Christ, through the practise of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. This experience alone will lead to the inner freedom and detachment so necessary to respond authentically to …

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Mother Giovanna Alberoni

Sister Giovanna Saveria Alberoni was born at San Giorgio Piacentino on 1st October 1926, second of three girls. She was baptized Maria Filomena, her pet name was Mariuccia San Giorgio P.no is a small village, but it was lucky to have the Daughters of Charity who ran a Kindergarden school and a laboratory for teaching …

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Mother Louise Margaret

Maria Louise Margaret Thayil Born in an orthodox Hindu family at Cannanore, on 21st November 1909. Her name was Devayani. After obtaining a Teacher’s diploma she was appointed as a teacher. in our fist school at Cannanore, which was meant mainly for orphans and Pulaya children. In 1939, Mother Margaret entrusted the school to her. …

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