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History of the Province

On 12th November 1934 five Italian missionaries with dauntless courage and determination landed in the Indian soil and gave birth to the first branch of the Congregation in the mission land.

The Congregation began to flourish in India when a good number of dedicated young women joined the pioneer band imbibing their zeal and enthusiasm to spread the kingdom of God through various apostolic activities. 

Erection of the Sacred Heart Province: 1988

As the Ursuline presence spread far and wide, it became difficult for a single Provincial to reach out to the number of Convents spread out in India. So the growing Congregation was organized into three Provinces in the year 1988 for a more effective administration. This was the birth of the Central Province.  

The name ‘Central Province’ was re-christened as ‘Sacred Heart Province’ in the year 2014. 

The Sacred Heart Province of the Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate functions with its head-quarters/Provincialate at 26 Davis Road, Bangalore.

The Province geographically extends to six states in India – Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Kerala, and two missionary branches in Tanzania, the African continent and United Kingdom, the European continent having 31 communities.

                           Karnataka         – 9

                           Goa                    – 3

                           Maharashtra      – 8

                           Odisha               – 1

                           Jharkhand         – 1

                           Kerela                – 1 

                           Tanzania            – 7

                           UK                      – 1 

The Province maintains its rhythm of growth both in membership and apostolic activities. The sisters are engaged in various services reaching out to the people through the educational, healing, and socio-pastoral ministries, prison ministry and rehabilitation of girl children and women.

Ursuline presence is both in the rural and urban contexts through institutional and non-institutional services. We run and manage hospitals, schools of various types and levels mostly in the urban settings, while in the rural set up, we conduct non-formal and adult education, self-help programmes etc. We also involve in the Parish activities like teaching Catechism, organising BCC and family visits.

The precious heritage left  by the Foundress, consists in doing everything for  the greater glory of God and the good of the neighbour, living daily life in the context of a community, marked by mutual love and charity.