About Us



Fr.Pierre Paul Blanck, inspired by the love for God and His people, founded the Congregation of the sisters of St. Joseph of “Saint-Marc”, in the year 1845, in France. Fr.Pierre envisaged this community as a group of sisters with great love for the Holy Eucharist and enthusiasm for the service of the poor and suffering. The Charism of our Congregation is Perpetual Adoration of the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament and education of the children and taking care of poor and sick.

The motto of our Congregation is “Worship to service and service to worship”. The Eucharistic Worship leads the members to fraternal service. The Eucharistic mystery constitutes the central nucleus of the spirituality of the sisters of St. Joseph.

Having been inspired by the Holy Spirit and unquenched thirst for prayer, Solitude and apostolic service, the first group of girls from Kerala joined the Congregation in the year 1965 in France. After almost a decade of their life in the Congregation and after having trained spiritually and professionally, the sisters from India expressed their desire to the Superior General to extend the work of the Congregation to India. The long cherished desire was granted by Mother Marie Sophie, the Superior General of the Congregation .Meanwhile Sr.Marie Daniele and Sr.Mary Antony reached our motherland in search of a suitable location to begin a community.

They contacted the Late Cardinal Mar Joseph Parekattil of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese and Late Archbishop Mar Antony Padiyara of Changanacherry Archdiocese. It was with great joy that Mar Antony Padiyara invited the sisters to open a house in his Archdiocese. A plot of land was bought on 17th December1976 at Puthussery, near Thriruvalla. In the following year on 14th of June, the foundation stone for the first house was laid by Mar Antony Padiyara .On 8th November 1977 Mar Antony Padiyara Blessed and inaugurated the house though the building was incomplete and on 18th March 1978 the Blessing of the chapel took place and the Divine Liturgy was celebrated.

Meanwhile His Grace Mar Gratian Mundadan of Bijnor Diocese welcomed the sisters to start a house in his diocese. Far away from the noise and conflicts of the world Vijo Bhavan was established at foot hills of Himalayas. The sisters drawing inspiration from the great tradition of our Motherland and strengthened by prayer and remaining true to the spirit of the Founder serve selflessly the poor and the suffering in this area.

The need for starting a formation house for the candidates was a felt need of the time and the sisters decided to begin their religious formation in Kerala. In 1980 the first group of Aspirants aiming to lead a committed religious began their religious formation at Puthussery in Thiruvalla. In 1984, this first batch made their first profession. At present the Novitiate training is done at Puthussery.

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Sanjo Bhavan, another important house of SJSM Congregation in Kerala is situated at Vengoor in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. It had a humble beginning with a small house along with three acres of land and it was Blessed by Late Bishop Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikari, the Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly on 19th March 1985.On 4th February1986, another community was begun at Thiruhrudayakunnu. In 1987, the convent at Changanacherry was begun for the purpose of formation of the candidates. The candidates attend the courses offered at Amala Theological Centre. Mar Joseph Powathil, the Archbishop of Changanacherry Diocese blessed the house on 2nd May 1987.The sisters extended their pastoral and missionary work to Andhra Pradesh in 1990. We started a community-Sijo Bhavan in Bhimadole in the diocese of Eluru on 3rd march 1990.

In 1992 the sisters went to Nagina in Utter Pradesh to work in the school managed by CMI fathers and they stayed in a rented house. After ten years this community was shifted to a newly constructed building which was blessed by His grace Mar Gratian Mundadan on 5th November 2002.Josco Bhavan at Bakarpur in the diocese of Bijnor was started on 4th May 1994.This community was shifted to Timarpur in the year 1998.

For some years Sanjo Bhavan at Vengoor functioned also as the regional house of the Congregation. Realizing importance of a separate house the Regional administration shifted its office to the present house on 3rd July 1994. In 1995 our Congregation got authorization to be Pontifical. The need for mission experience was felt very much by the sisters especially during the formative years. Thus a community at Nimbuchaour in the diocese of Bijnor was started in 1997 mainly to accommodate the postulants for their mission exposure. They also render their service in the pastoral centre of Bijnor diocese. In 1997 yet another community was started at Dhule in the diocese of Kalyan in Maharashtra . Sisters render their service at Chavara School run by CMI fathers of Dhule Mission.

‘Jeeva’ School for the mentally challenged and physically disabled children was started at Madackal, Cherthala on 26th April 1999. A new house was built and blessed in the year 2001 for the community and for the service of mentally challenged and physically disabled children. The house at Enikepadu begun in 2002 in the diocese of Vijayavada serves as a house for formation, transit and study.

The house at Gadarpur begun in 2004 in the diocese of Bareli and sisters render their service at St.Mary’s school run by CMI fathers. Another house started at Ohio in 2004 in USA and sisters engaged in healing ministry.2005 is a blessed year for the Sanjo Province that four new communities in different diocese were added to it. They are St.Joseph convent at Aratuvazhy in Changanacherry Archdiocese, St.Joseph Convent at Mechira in Irinjalakuda Diocese, St.Joseph convent at Vaniyapara in Thalassery diocese and a transit house at Delhi in Delhi Arch Diocese. A convent was started at Adanki in Guntur Diocese in Andhra Pradesh in 2007 and sisters render their services in St. joseph’s school run by SVD fathers.In the same year as a new venture in Marthandam – Malankara Diocese a community was started at Mekode,Thiruvananthapuram. In 2009 three more communities were added to Sanjo Province. Santhi Nivas convent at Sankuvarapadu in Guntur Diocese Andhra Pradesh, Alphonsa Bhavan convent in Aurangabad in Aurangabad Diocese and San Jose convent Cavite City in Philippines. The convent at Cavite City mainly aims at the formation of candidates in Philippines. A community was erected in New York in America in 2011, a residence for sisters working in the hospitals. Another house started at San Carlos City in Philippines for the purpose of formation in 2011.