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Through a gift of the Holy Spirit and the direct intervention of Mary, St. John Bosco founded our Institute on August 5, 1872 as a response of salvation to the profound hopes of young girls.
He endowed it with a spiritual heritage that had its inspiration in the charity of Christ the Good Shepherd, and the maternal solicitude of Mary gave witness to a “LOVE THAT ENCOUNTERS CHRIST IN THE YOUNG”and imparted to it a strong missionary impulse.
1877 saw the first expansion of the Sisters work outside Europe and India welcomed the first Sisters in 1922.
14,116 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or as more popularly known, Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco’s continue to be the perpetual and living monument of Don Bosco’s gratitude to the Mother of God, the Help of Christians, to whom we own all that we have and are. She is the Mother, Teacher and Guide, always and forever the same.
The Superior General who is the centre of unity and communion governs the Institute. The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are present in 86 nations all over the world and every member lives the sense of belonging to the Institute, enriching it with the diverse forms of living and inculturating the Charism.
North East is a home for hundreds of tribes, speaking many dialects, following diverse customs, practising indigenous faiths, living in the odd villages perched on the hill tops and valleys, enjoying the nature’s richness and abundance.
The Salesian Sisters set foot in Northeast India way back in the year 1923 at Guwahati. Today, the Salesian Sisters working in the northeastern region is divided into two Provinces – The Immaculate Heart Province of Shillong (1953) and the Mater Ecclesiae Province of Guwahati (2000).
Assam: Umswai, Kabuganj
Meghalaya: Bellefonte, Nongthymmai, Mawlai, FMA-OUWC Jowai, Lamyrsiang, Mawkyndeng Sutnga Nongstoin, Rambrai, Rangblang, Umdang Saiden, Mawkyrdep, Mawtnum, Chapahati, Garobadha, Tura, Salmanpara
Mizoram: Vairengte, Aizawl, Kawnpui
Tripura: Bishramganj, Nandan Nagar
The Immaculate Heart Province of Shillong has its headquarter at Auxilium Convent, Nongthymmai and works in 23 presences in the seven dioceses of North East – Shillong, Jowai, Nongstoin, Tura, Diphu, Aizawl and Agartala. These houses are within the four states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.
The Province has reached its Golden Years of service in 2003. The Jubilee year was marked with different activities and the climax was the conclusion of the Jubilee year with the visit of Sr. Antonia Colombo; the Superior General from Rome.