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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 20th to 23rd August, 2008, elected the provincial team headed by Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt. The province was inaugurated by His Ex. Most Rev. Agnelo Gracias on October 1, 2008 at Heralds College, Chatrapur, Odisha, which is the present Provincialate.
Bifurcation of the Province:
The Province was bifurcated and a new province (St. John Paul II Province) was carved out from the Mother Theresa Province in May 2011. Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt was elected as Provincial of the residual Province during the Provincial Assembly held at the Provincialate from 18th to 20th August 2011. During the Provincial Assembly held at the Provincialate from 17th to 21st August 2014, Rev. Dr. Jose Madapattu was elected as Provincial. The present Provincial Team is headed by Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikatt, elected during the Provincial Assembly held at the Provincialate from 17th to 21st August 2017. The Mother Theresa Province has 73 permanently professed members of which 69 are priests, working in different dioceses in India and abroad.
Mother Theresa Province’s Vision Statement :
The 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”.