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Heralds of Good News is a Missionary Society of Apostolic Life, started in Eluru diocese, India on 14 October 1984; it became an Institute of Pontifical Right on May 5, 1999. The specific aim of the Society is the promotion of vocations to priesthood, the training of seminarians and the supply of zealous and hardworking missionaries to the dioceses in India and abroad which experience a shortage of priests due to the lack of local vocations.
As part of reorganization of the Society, three provinces including the Mother Theresa Province, were erected in August, 2008. The First Provincial Assembly, which took place from 20 to 23 August, 2008, elected Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt as the First Provincial Superior of the Province and his Council. It was inaugurated by His Ex. Most Rev. Agnelo Gracias on October 1, 2008 at Heralds of Good News, Chatrapur, Odisha, which is head office of the Province.
Bifurcation of the Province:
The Province was bifurcated and a new province (Blessed John Paul II Province) was carved out from Mother Theresa Province. After the bifurcation the Mother Theresa Province has 72 permanently professed members of which 69 are priests working in different Dioceses in India and abroad.Then Provincial team headed by Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt was elected during the Provincial Assembly held at the Provincialate from 18th to 20th September 2011. The present Provincial team is headed by Rev. Dr. Jose Madappattu HGN was elected during the Provincial Assembly held at the Provincialate from 17th to 21st August 2014. Mother Theresa Province is entrusted with the special mandate of expanding our mission in North India, besides catering to the dioceses abroad which ask for its priests.
Mother Theresa Province’s Vision Statement :
The area covered by the Province is vast and varied in the language and culture. So our vision statement is “To live our call as Heralds with Apostolic availability, adaptability and openness, relying on divine providence and the intercession of our Heavenly Patrons and in imitation of our Provincial Patron’s Love for the poor and the needy”.