CORPUS CHRISTI PROVINCE – DIMAPUR

Heeding to the instruction of the Lord Jesus after his resurrection “Go, then, to all the peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19-20)  and the mandate given by our Founder “that our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament should always and everywhere be known, loved and adored by all”, the SABS were brave enough to step out of Kerala in the year 1965.

At the invitation of Late Most Rev. Hubert D’Rosario, the then Bishop of Dibrugarh, the challenging step was taken by Christ Raj Province Palai, sending six pioneering members to Hundung in the  state of Manipur accompanied by  Rev. Fr. Sebastian Cherucherry, the Chaplain of Adoration convent Nelliani, a staunch missionary at heart. They left Kerala on 3rd Dec.1965 and reached their destination, the Promised Land on 14th Dec.1965. The second house in the North _ East was opened on 28th February 1967 at Tuensang, Nagaland. The growth of SABS in North – East was slow and steady.

On 29th January 1986.  North East mission was raised to the status of a region and was named as “Corpus Christi Region”. Rev. Mother Delphina, the then Superior General inaugurated the Region at a concelebrated Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the then Archbishop Most Rev. Joseph Mittathany of Imphal and Late Rt. Rev. Abraham Alangimattathil, the then Bishop of Kohima in the presence of many Priests and faithful. Sr. Rose Teresa was appointed as the first Regional Superior.  On 14th June 1998 Corpus Christi Region was declared as a Vice Province by Rev. Mother Thecla, the Superior General of the Congregation at a concelebrated Holy Eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop Jose Mukala, the then Bishop of Kohima Diocese. Mother Jessina was elected as the Provincial Superior of the Corpus Christi Vice-Province.  It was raised to a full pledged Province in 2003.

 

Corpus Christi Province is blessed with 117 perpetually professed and 51 temporary professed Sisters of which 80 Sisters are from the soil of North East. They belong to Adivasi, AO, Khasi, Kom, Konyak, Kuki, Lotha, Monsang, Phom, Poumei, Rabha, Rongmei, Sema, Shantali, Thangkul, Yimchunger and Zou and Rengma  tribes. There are 27 Convents in total, 25 in North East, one in Kerala and one in Germany.

North East comprises of 8 states with 15 Dioceses. We could render our services only in 6 states so far, namely, Agarthala, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland, in the Dioceses of Agarthala, Aizwal, Diphu, Imphal, Itanagar, Jowai. Kohima and Tezpur and Nongstoin. We have a long way to go. Many green pastures are awaiting us to enter in, namely the states of Mizoram and Sikkim.