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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”.



Our Mission Activities:

To promote better and more efficient apostolate in Northern region of India, our province decided to spread its activities to North and North East India where the presence of missionaries are very much needed.

  • Formation Programme
  • Care for the Children
  • Education
  • Care for the Poor
  • Youth Ministry
  • Care for the Aged
  • Prison Ministry

The states of India to which Mother Theresa Province has extended its ministries:

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Today the members of Mother Theresa Province are working in 10 dioceses in India to be more fruitful by trying their very best to contribute towards the growth of Catholic Church. The Province is actively involving in the following activities in order to realize the vision of the Province.

 Presence in the Dioceses and the Ministries in India

  • Berhampur, Odisha : Provincialate, Formation House and Pastoral Ministry
  • Bangaigoan, Assam : Pastoral  Ministry and Community College (Proposed)
  • Dumka, Jharkhand :  Education and Pastoral Ministry
  • Jaipur :  Education and Pastoral Ministry
  • Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh : Pastoral Ministry and Hostel
  • Jhansi : Formation House, Education and Catholic Information Centre
  • Khammam, Telangana State : Pastoral Ministry, Health Care, Educational Ministries, Social Development Activities, Tailoring Centre, Orphanage and Hostel
  • Nagpur, Maharashtra : Prison Ministry under CBCI
  • Ranchi, Jharkhand : Pastoral Ministry, Legal Aid and Youth Ministry
  • Simdega, Jharkhand : Education and Pastoral Ministry

 The Overseas Dioceses where Mother Theresa Province is Present

  • Australia : Broken Bay, Bunbury, Rockhampton
  • Canada : Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
  • Italy : Ancona, Ariano-Irpino-Lacedonia, Ascoli Piceno, Fano, Genova, Nola, Tricarico
  • New Zealand : Palmerston North
  • USA : Fort Worth, Gallup, Lexington, Wheeling - Charleston







MAJOR SEMINARIES (For all Provinces together)

  1. St. Joseph’s Major Seminary, Khammam, Telangana State (Institute of Theology)
  2. St. John’s Major Seminary, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Institute of Philosophy)
  3. Heralds Spiritual Orientation Centre, Kurukkuru, Andhra Pradesh

MINOR SEMINARIES (of Mother Theresa Province)

  1. Heralds College, Chatrapur, Odisha
  2. Heralds College, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (Under Construction)


  1. Good News School, Aswaraopet, Telangana State
  2. St. Joseph's School, Jetekedurgapur, Jharkhand
  3. Heralds High School, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh 


  1. Good News Hostel & Orphanage, Aswaraopet, Telangana State
  2. R. C. Mission Hostel, Insur, Madhya Pradesh


  1. Aswaraopet, Telangana State, Queen of Apostles Church
  2. Insur, Madhya Pradesh, Catholic Mission
  3. Jetkadurgapur, Jharkhand, St. Joseph's Church
  4. Murhu, Jharkhand, R.C. Mission


  1. Tailoring Centre, Aswaraopet, Telangana State
  2. Youth Ministry, Ranchi, Jharkhand


  1. Heralds College, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
  2. Heralds School, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Catholic Information Centre, Jhansi, Uttarpradesh
  4. Community College, Bongaigaon, Assam



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