The Congregation endured many trials right from it’s inception but the Divine providence always accompanied the sisters and the “THE LORD TRIES BUT NEVER ABANDONS” the words of Fr.Gregory resonated. The total abandonment to the Divine providence worked wonders in the life of the sisters and the congregation marched to grow. We gratefully celebrated “the grace of the origins” the 150th anniversary of its foundation in the year 2011.
The congregation is of pontifical rank and is affiliated to the great family of the Franciscan friars minor. The charism of the foundation is ‘CONTEMPLATION OF THE PIERCED HEART OF THE CRUCIFIED JESUS AND DRAWS FROM IT THE PROFOUND BENEVOLENCE, REDEMPTIVE LOVE OF APOSTOLIC ZEAL FOR THE HUMANITY’. The charism is expressed through education of the poor girls and charitable assistance to the most needy and direct evangelization.
Today the congregation is spread over 21 countries in 5 continents, a branch of this great family was planted in the soil of India in the year 1976, on 25th of January at Machiliptnam, Andhra Pradesh. At present sisters witness Christ with their presence and services in 8 states of the country by reaching out to the poor and marginalized through schools, hospitals, hostels, homes for the aged and destitute women, giving means and moral support to the waifs, prison ministry, youth ministry and direct proclamation of the gospel.
THE GENERAL HOUSE
Via di Grottarossa, 301
Tel. + 39 06 3325831
Fax +39 06 33258320
Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart
Holy Family Province
St. Clare Convent
Vijayawada - 520010