The first 10 members committed themselves to Jesus through three vows obedience, chastity and poverty, in the congregation of Snehagiri Missionary Sisters at the Boys Town Chapel before the Patron Mar. Sebastian Vayalil on 11th May 1971. Thus the foundation stone of Snehagiri was laid. The seeds of the new community has sprouted and grown into a large tree within years and Snehagiri started her new missions in and around Pala, in and out Kerala and in abroad within few years. The growth and development of our Religious community during the last 49 years has been praiseworthy.
After the splendid service of 25 years, the Silver Jubilee of Snehagiri Community was celebrated in the year 1993-’94. Our revised constitution and statutes was approved by the Diocesan curia on 20 October 1994. As a reward to our humble service and constant prayers of the sisters, on 24th November 1994, the community of Snehagiri Missionary Sisters is raised to the status of an Eparchial Congregation in the Syro-Malabar Church.
Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, the Bishop of Palai on 1st March 2006 graciously permitted the snehagiri sisters to initiate the process of raising the Congregation to the Major Archiepiscopal Status. Our revised Statutes and Directives were approved by the Major Archiepiscopal curia on 15 August 2006. On 3rd September 2006, the Snehagiri Missionary Sisters are raised in to the Status of Major Archiepiscopal Congregation by His Beatitude Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church. The 11th General Synaxis took place in the Generalate of Palai on 2nd to 9th March 2008. On 3rd March, 2008, the Congregation is structurally divided in to three Provinces namely, St. Thomas Province Pala, St. Mary’s Province Kothamanglam and St. Joseph’s Province, Malabar. In 2014 Snehathma Mission Region also formed.
The tree of Snehagiri sprouted and branched out to the lap of Malabar area. The synaxis of Snahagiri Missionary Sisters (1988) decided to extend our service in North Kerala or the erstwhile Malabar districts. The increase of vocation in Snehagiri from Malabar also was another reason for the coming of Snehagiri Sisters in this area.
St Joseph Province, Pariyaram, of the third province of Snehagiri missionary Sisters officially erected by the extraordinary General Synaxis on 2007as a Region and elected Rev Sr Amala SMS the Regional Superior. And officially inaugurated on 2nd March 2008 as a Province. The province is spread in the dioceses, Thalassery, Thamarassery, Manathavady, Palakkad and Mandya Mission in Karnataka State. Thereafter 4 Provincial Chapters were held. Rev Sr Pushpa SMS was the first Provincial Superior of the St Joseph Province Malabar. She was elected for the second term of the three years. The next two provincial Synaxis, Rev Sr Reji SMS was elected as the Provincial. Different provincial teams headed by these efficient Provincials, guided the province according to the wonderful plan of the Almighty God.
The charism of Snehagiri sprouted and extended in Malabar Province. . The apostolate of this province is the upliftment of the least section of the society by running Homes for the destitute, Social work, Parish work, Education, and the sisters are rendering wonderful services in various Ecclesial services etc. A large number of sisters are dedicated themselves in the service of the poor. This Province has 5 Old Age Home, 2 Homes for children, and 2 Special School. There are 15 convents in St. Joseph Province.
The presence and activities of sisters in the province could bring radical improvements in educational, cultural and social aspects of various villages in Kerala and Karnataka. The province celebrates its Province Day on 1st of May. At present the province has 93 members in 15 Communities and in houses of abroad. By honoring all the previous Provincial Superiors and thanking the Lord with ardent love and gratitude, we owe to God the almighty for the successful journey of this province which continues.