The Society of Nirmala Dasi Sisters community was founded by
Rt. Rev. Joseph Kundukulam and his co-founder Msgr. Joseph Vilangadan
Mar. Joseph Kundukulam
(Our Beloved Founder)
Born : 26/09/1917 Ordination : 20/12/1942 Episcopal Consecration : 16-08-1970 1st Metropolitan Archbishop of Thrissur
Archdiocese :21-08-1995 Death : 26/04/1998
of Nirmala Dasi Sisters was founded by late Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph
Kundukulam, the first Archbishop of Thrissur in 1971. It was at
Pullazhy, a small village 6 kilometers west to Thrissur town. He was
also known as the ‘Father of the poor’. St. Christina’s Home which was
started by Fr. Joseph Kundukulam in1965 for the unwedded mothers and
their infants in the diocese of Thrissur. This Home, by the providence
of God, happened to be the first house of our society.
Joseph Vilangadan D.C.L.
(Our Beloved Co-Founder)
Ordination : 07-12-1954
Domestic Prelate : 07-05-1992
Death : 09-10-2011
Fr. Joseph Vilangadan was appointed
as the first director of Christina’s Home. There were some young ladies
who served these mothers. Holy spirit inspired them to plant a seed for
the girls who have dedicated their lives to serve the women and the
babies. They were eagerly waiting for the divine call to religious life.
These girls constantly requested Fr. Joseph Kundukulam and shared
their wishes to dedicate themselves and to lead a life only for the
service of God and His people
At that time C.M.C sisters were
managing the house and guiding them. There were no sufficient sisters
who could spare themselves to look after the babies and care for the
ladies who are in a desperate situation. They were mentally very weak.
It was a felt need to wipe off their tears since their hardships and
bitterness of their experiences are too much for them to bear.
They were suffering a lot by the
negligence from their own parents and relatives. The stigma in the
society, the ill treatment of their beloveds, makes them more humiliated
and thrown out.
Extending a helping hand to give them
consolation, a touch of concern was needed to them. Fr. Joseph thought
that this could be provided by such dedicated young ladies. A force
within him leads him to step into such an opening away to these ladies.
He shared the idea with Fr. Joseph Vilangadan. Hand in hand they worked
for their aim and proceeded.
Many Struggles and trials they have faced and
overcome. Their guiding light was the crucified
Christ. They knelt before the Blessed sacrament
to ask His graces to lead the flock to the good
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