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Mother of Sorrows, Servants of Mary

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HISTORY

A Brief History

It was one of the British colonies. Tamil People arrived with first group of European traders and colonizers. The Portuguese merchants first found their way to India and then to Burma. Along with them entered the first foreign Missionaries – the French Fathers of the foreign Missions of Paris (MEP). They were all afire with missionary zeal for the called for their immediate attention.

 

From the very start the language barrier posed a rather difficult problem. Circumstances seemed to be more favorable for the Tamilians, who easily fraternizes and merged with the Burmese folk around them. Hence the main aim and the first priority of these first missionaries were to concentrate their efforts on the Tamil Catholics.

 

Fr. Chavee at once set up his residence at the Sacred Heart Parish in Kyauktan. He had as his able assistant Rev. Fr. Louis Philip. They promptly saw the need of bringing in some Tamil sisters from India to care for their Tamillian Catholics. A flurry of correspondence followed and Very Rev. Mother Arputha Mary OSM, superior General of the Servites in India responded. A decision was taken with her full council and the first batch of five sisters was dispatched. The servite Convent at Kyauktan was officially opened on 25th March 1924.

 

The Sisters stressed on Education and Evangelization. Vernacular primary Schools and Boarding for both boys and girls were opened up. Slowly they could open the schools and convents in other places. Rev. Mother Madona, in her clear foresight, knew she had to strive for a particular goal- A servite Novitiate. She felt the urgent and pressing need for this. She confided her strong convictions to Bishop Victor Bazin and a few other Tamil Priests.

 

Again a loving gift of God! In 1954 Bishop Victor Bazin purchased a plot in Thingangyun. He very generously donated it for the Novitiate. Finally, the Novitiate came into existence in its own good time.  The first three native candidates were Sr. Louisa, Sr. Alexis and Sr. Celine (now Sr. Celine is in India). From then on it produces some three Novices every year. The first Novice Mistress was Mother Madonna. The friendship and the guiding support of the Salesian Fathers were of immense help to Rev. Mother Madonna and the sisters. They worked hand-in- hand with the Salesians for the uplift of the poor of the whole neglected area. The Sisters particularly benefitted much from the spiritual help and formation afforded by salesians.

 

Already at the time of Rev. Mother Madonna the idea had taken on that the future growth and development of the Congregation would be gratefully enhanced by throwing open the doors to candidates of all ethnic races. With true foresight and the express view of recruiting candidates from among the Karen girls, Mother Madonna tried and opened a House in Lethama on 26th July, 1964.

 

To open a community in Yangon, our sisters collected money by performing concert, and asking donations from our people and finally built this house ( Provincialate )  and blessed in 1963.

 

The 1st April, 1965 turned out to be a very sad distressing day indeed! A terrible and unexpected blow fell on the whole Catholic Church and in particular on the Missions schools. The Government, in one sweeping move, nationalized all private Schools. All our Mission Schools were lost overnight. A further and serious tragedy was the expulsion of all foreign missionaries from the country.

 

There was an emergency meeting held and some major adjustments had to be made. Rev. Mother Assumpta was immediately appointed Regional Superior. The little group of 12 indigenous Sisters left behind. Now, only five are left. Srs Louisa, Lourdes, Baptista,  Alugia  and Alicia

 

In particular, I would like to mention you how the part of this Provincialte building was redeemed.

After the nationalization, when the St. Joseph sisters have no place to stay, the Bishop at that time requested to our sisters to accommodate St. Joseph sisters for a temporary period in this part of the building. Since at that time, our Servite Sisters were few in number, our Sisters generously gave the longer part of the building to St. Joseph Sisters. The temporary pried lasted 30 years. Later, St. Joseph Sisters started claiming the building as their own and treated our Sisters very badly. It was a terrible time for the Sisters. At that time, Fr. Hubert Morns was the prior General and Fr. Bernard Barlow was the Councilor. The matter had to go to Rome. From here, Fr. Singa tried with the paper works and the other side Fr. Barlow tried the matter. After a long time of struggle, we got the whole building back. We can never thank the Curia, for the great help we received through the help of Fr. Hubert Morns, Fr. Bernard Barlow. Many thanks indeed for all your help. 

 

We are working in (30) convents in 8 dioceses and our strength is 152. In addition we have 91 final Professed, 62 Juniors, 7 novices, 13 Candidates and 12  aspirants,  as throughout the whole of Myanmar. We are working mostly in the rural areas according to our Charism  “Compassinate Involvement with the Powerless" means empowering the powerless from the powerlessness.

 

Initially, we were invited by MEP Fathers in 1924 to work with them in their mission with the poor and marginalized. Since then, we have always lived and have been working among the poor both in cities and rural areas. Our main focus is educating the poor in the villages; along with we do help them with their medical need and teach rural hygiene and general cleanliness.

 

* Arrival in Myanmar    – Date         – 25.3.1924

                                      - Place         - Sacred Heart Convent

                                                             Sacred Heart Church

   49, Kyauktan, Hanthawady Dt.

The name of the 4 Sisters - Sr. Nevis Mary

- Sr. Jeya Mary

- Sr. Susai Benedicta

- Sr. Juliath

Mother General              - Mother Aruputha Mary

 

* 1st Reginal Superior    - Sr. Susai Benedict Mary

1.2.1952 – 9.7.1964

Mother General              - Mother Euphracia Mary

 

* 1st Provincial Superior          - Sr. Theresa Mary

14.7.1989 – 9.8.1995

Mother General              - Mother Ladisca Mary

 

LOGO
CHARISM

Charism

- To suffer with those in suffering

- To unite oneself with them in their struggles in life.

- to work for their liberation in solidarity.

ဒုကၡသည္ႏွင့္အတူကြယ္ မွ်ေဝလို႔ ခံစားမယ္

အထီးက်န္မ်ားႏွင့္အတူကြယ္ အေဖာ္ျပဳေနပါမယ္

နိမ့္က်ဘဝရံႈးသူကြယ္ ျမင့္လို႔တင္ပါမယ္

VISION

Servite Spiritulity

Service (အေစခံျခင္း)

Marian orientation to Spiritual life                                                

(မယ္ေတာ္ကို ေရွးရႈ႔ေသာ ဝိညာဥ္ေရး)

Community life (အဖြဲ႔အစည္းသက္တာ)

 

Spirit

(I) Modelling ourselves on the beautiful image of Mary

The beautiful image of Mary entails:

(a)        Intimacy with God

(b)        Total commitment to fulfill the saving will of God

(c)        Zealous involvement with the suffering and oppressed.

(d)        Compassionate involvement with the suffering and oppressed.

(e)        Hard work done in humility.

(II) The attitude that suffering is essential for growth and liberation.

(III) Manifesting in us the power of resurrection.

(IV) Dialogic community united in sisterly friendship.

၁။ အမိမယ္ေတာ္ကဲ့သို႔ ဘုရားရွင္ႏွင့္ ရင္းႏွီးစြာေနထိုင္ၿပီး အသင္းေတာ္ႀကီးတိုးတက္ရန္ အဘက္ဘက္မွ ႀကိဳးစားျခင္းျဖင့္ ဖိႏွိပ္ခံ ဒုကၡေရာက္သူမ်ားအေပၚ ေမတၱာထားကာ ႏွိပ္ခ်ျခင္းျဖင့္ အပင္ပန္းခံလ်က္ ဘဝကို အပ္ႏွံျခင္း။

၂။ ႀကီးထြားမႈႏွင့္ လြတ္လပ္မႈအတြက္ ဒုကၡရွိရမည္ဟူေသာ စိတ္ဓါတ္။

၃။ ရွင္ျပန္ထေျမာက္ျခင္း၏ တန္ခိုး ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔၌ ရွိေၾကာင္းေဖာ္ျပျခင္း။

၄။ တစ္ဦးႏွင့္တစ္ဦး ညီအစ္မအရင္းသဖြယ္ ရင္းႏွီးမႈျဖင့္ တည္ေဆာက္ထားေသာ အဖဲြ႔အစည္း။

 

MISSION

Our main apostolate here is Parish ministry; teaching catechism for the youth and children, assisting in liturgical celebrations by organizing  and leading the singing, holding regular meetings for mothers and the youth of the Parish. We also do apostolate such as healing the sick with reflexology, running dispensaries in the remote villages where the people have no access to hospitals or clinic etc. We teach seminarians who have to sit for the Entrance Exam as our chief apostolate .We take care of the Orphans and boarding children. Teaching nursery and English classes. Visit to the sick and poor.

 

Houses were started and when

1.     Yangon                23.8.1962

2.     Annisakhan                   14.8.2007

3.     Aunglan               19.3.1982

4.     Bago                     11.2.1971

5.     Bambwe               10.2.2007

6.     Bogalay                7.10.1997

7.     Dalla                    16.7.2005

8.     Dawbon               25.4.2008

9.     Dedaye                 30.10.1997

10.                        Hton-Bo-Quay     29.6.1994

11.                        Kalay                             28.1.2003

12.                        Khayan                7.10.1997

13.                        Kyaiklat               27.3.1929

14.                        Kyayktan             25.3.1924

15.                        Lasalette               5.5.1984

16.                        Lashio                  19.1.1995

17.                        Lethama               23.7.1949

18.                        Mandalay             5.5.2012

19.                        Minsu                            6.9.2003

20.                        Nga Yoke Kone    17.5.2015

21.                        Novitiate              3.7.1959

22.                        Payagone              25.4.1990

23.                        Phruso                  8.2.2002

24.                        Prayer House       29.6.1976

25.                        St. Mary’s Home 31.5.1999

26.                        Tamu                    7.7.2012

27.                        Thahton               18.6.2012

28.                        Thanlyin               26.7.1954

29.                        Thingangyun        3.7.1955

30.                        Thonekyaing        11.10.1997

31.                        Thongwa              14.10.1980

32.                        Tuithang               20.4.2012

33.                        Yewin                   5.8.1990

34.                        Wa Yone Seik      1.1.2017

35.                        Australia              15.9.2012

MADONA PROVINCE

MYANMAR

HOUSE ACCORDING TO THE DIOCEASE

2019

YANGON                        19 Convents   ………………………… 102 Sisters

HPA-AN                 2 Convents     …………………………    6 Sisters

PATHEIN               1 Convent       …………………………    4 Sisters

LASHIO                 3 Convents     …………………………  11 Sisters

MANDALAY           2 Convents     …………………………    8 Sisters

PYAY                      2 Convents     …………………………    6 Sisters

LOIKAW                 2 Convents     …………………………    6 Sisters

KALAY                   3 Convents     …………………………  11 Sisters

AUSTRALIA           1 Convent       …………………………    4 Sisters

PHILIPPINES        Mission           …………………………    1 Sister

Italy                       Mission           ………………………...    2 Sisters

India                      Study              …………………………    2 Sisters

TOTAL   NUMBER       36 Convents   …………………………163 Sisters

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STATISTICS OF SISTERS, NOVICES, CANDIDATES

AND

ORPHANS IN THE MADONA PROVINCE

FINAL PROFESSED        ……………………………………..              123 Sisters

JUNIORS                        ……………………………………..                40 Sisters

NOVICES                        ……………………………………..                  3 Sisters

CANDIDATES                 ……………………………………..                  2

ASPIRANTS                    ……………………………………..                13

ORPHANS                       ……………………………………..              123 Children

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