- Educational Institutions
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- On - going Projects
Foundation : October 14, 1984
Founder : Rev. Dr. Jose Kaimlett
Profession of Pioneer Members : February 2, 1985
Pioneer Members : Rev. Dr. Jose Kaimlett, Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt, Rev. Fr. Thomas Alancherry, Rev. Fr. Augustine Kunnakatt, Bros. Thomas Karachira & Jose Ounnukallel
Approval of Constitutions by Vatican : May 5, 1991
Pontifical Right : May 5, 1999
Erection of Provinces : August 2008
Number of Provinces : 4
Total Number of Priests : 348
Deacons : 23
Heralds of Good News is an indigenous Missionary Society, started in India in 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. Right from its inception, the society was sending missionaries to different countries.
Heralds of Good News Missionary Society was founded by Rev. Dr. Jose Kaimlett in 1984 with the approval and blessings of (Late) Rt. Rev. Dr. John Mulagada, Bishop of Eluru. It was in june 1984 that Fr. Jose Kaimlett resigned his charge as the headmaster of St. Ambrose School, Nidadavole and took up the construction of Fr. Jose Memorial Hospital at Vellachinthalagudem. It was during this time that Bishop John gave him the go-ahead to found the Society and allowed him to contact like-minded priests. Fr. Jose Kaimlett thus shared his ideas with some of his friends who evinced interest in the idea. As a preliminary step he called for a meeting of those priests who showed interest in this matter.
This meeting took place at the parish house at Bhimavaram. Those who participated in the meeting were Fr. Jose Kaimlett, Fr. Thomas Alencherry, Fr. Augustine M. PIME, Fr. Peter Puthenkandam CMF and Fr. Mathew Kallikatt. During the course of the discussions some expressed the view that it should be a religious order which has specific Indian characteristics. Finally it was decided that the new foundation would be a missionary society. Of the participants at the meeting, Fr. Thomas Alenchery and Fr. Mathew Kallikatt expressed their willingness to join this new venture. Fr. Jose Kaimlett presented a working paper which became eventually the core of the constitution. Fr. Mathew Kallikatt was entrusted with the work of incorporating the suggestions at the meeting and of comparing the draft with the constitutions of other missionary societies.
When the three of them met together at Denduluru on the occasion of St. Mathew’s Feast, Fr. Mathew Kallikatt had completed this work. The draft document underwent further revisions and additions at the hands of Fr. Jose Kaimlett. This draft constitution was submitted by Fr. Jose Kaimlett to the Bishop John for his approval. Bishop John gave his seal of approval to the constitution on 14th October, 1984.
On 2 December 1984, at the conclusion of Diocesan Retreat, Bishop John presented the matter to the Diocesan Consultors for their deliberation and received their positive nod. As a visible sign of the new Society, the foundation for the Minor Seminary at Kurukkuru was laid by Bishop John, in the presence of many priests and sisters of the dioceses of Vijayawada and Eluru on 12th December, 1984.
In the meantime Fr. K.V. Augustine, Bros. Jose Ounnukallel & Thomas Karachira expressed their wish to join the Society, by which time the Society had taken the name Heralds of Good News. Before the final commitment to the Society, the prospective members were guided by (Late) Rev. Fr. Peter Canicius O.F.M. Cap during the retreat they had at Nirmalagiri shrine.
In the morning of 2nd Feb, 1985, on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Frs. Jose Kaimlett, Thomas Alenchery, K.V. Augustine, Mathew Kallikatt & Bros. Thomas Karachira and Jose Ounnukallel made their final commitment to the Society in the presence of Bishop John in his private chapel. The event was witnessed by Rev. Fr. V. Abraham, Fr. Peter Canisius OFM Cap, and Fr. Peter Puthenkandam CMF. Immediately after the Holy Mass, the members assembled in the Bishop’s office and elected Fr. Jose Kaimlett, the founder, as the first Director General.
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.
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.The present Provincial team headed by Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt was elected during the Provincial Assembly held at the Provincialate from 18th to 20th September 2011. 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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, Andhra Pradesh : 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
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, Andhra Pradesh (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, Andhra Pradesh
2. St. Joseph's School, Jetekedurgapur, Jharkhand
3. Heralds High School, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (Under Construction)
ORPHANAGE & HOSTEL
1. Good News Hostel & Orphanage, Aswaraopet, Andhra Pradesh
2. R. C. Mission Hostel, Insur, Madhya Pradesh
1. Aswaraopet, Andhra Pradesh, Queen of Apostles Church
2. Insur, Madhya Pradesh, Catholic Mission
3. Jetkadurgapur, Jharkhand, St. Joseph's Church
4. Murhu, Jharkhand, R.C. Mission
SOCIAL WORK CENTRES
1. Tailoring Centre, Aswaraopet, Andhra Pradesh
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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