“I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send,
and who will go for us” Isaiah 6:8
Hearkened by the words of Isaiah the sisters crossed the frontiers in order to make the God known and loved in different parts of the world namely Europe, Asia, Africa, America. We still keep responding generously to the mission in the years to come.
Initial Formation in the province
I year candidates at yercaud
Ist & IInd year pre-novices at ayakudi
Ist IInd year Novices at Trichy
Juniorate is the time of help to become Disciples of Christ. The spirit of the congregation and the charism of the foundress is being rooted in the junior sisters. This helps them to have a deeper awareness in discernment of the inner movement of the spirit. It includes preparation, Experience and evaluation. The personalized formation given to the juniors enables them to have their personal projects to seek out the core spiritual help from the Sisters and Spiritual Directors.
We can’t always venture to build the future. With this attitude we build the future of the young through our educational ministry. Our educational institutions aim not just producing mere learned but try to enlighten the minds of the youth in realizing the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity. Our educational system molds our students to be a better human being by giving human, spiritual animation. Our priority is to serve the poor and the neglected in the society.
Holy cross Hr. Sec. School for the hearing impaired
Holy cross Hr. Sec. School for the hearing impaired was started with 2 students in 1982 has successfully completed 35 years of service to the society. It is recognized by the government. Today the school has 125 students with varying degrees of auditory mal function from pre-KG to Std. XII following regular syllabus of the state board of Tamil Nadu. 15 dedicated special educators are engaged in this service.
The special curriculum includes auditory training, speech therapy both in group and individual. Special coaching in working with computers is undertaken in collaboration with CSC computers. In addition to regular classes we teach tailoring and embroidering. English coaching class is given for the students who have completed Std. XII.
Holy Cross Blossom Opportunity School
Holy cross Blossom Opportunity School is a special school for children with intellectual disabilities, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), slow learners, learning disability, multiple disability, Down syndrome between the age to 18 years. This was founded in 1997 with 5 children. Today we serve more than 120 children.
Early intervention is a half day programme for the children of 0-6 years. The parents accompany the children for every activity in order that they may teach them at home.
The school has a full time physiotherapist, speech therapist who work individually with the children, recommends alternate therapies available at the school such occupational therapy, yoga, swimming, Dance and music therapy, sensory stimulation and integration, speech and sand therapy, play and recreation therapy. Through vocational training, the children are trained to make handicrafts, phenol, soap oil and candle.
NEST school for the children with autism
NEST school for the children with autism was founded in the year 2002 as a Need Based Education Service and Training. It has been centennial gift by St. Joseph’s Anglo Indian Girls Hr. Sec. School at Cantonment to the society at large. We enhance academic intellectual growth of the students by giving psychotherapy, speech therapy, occupation and vocational therapy in order to promote social integration. The children are trained in academic and non-academic skills. The assessment of the child is based on observation of the behavior that occur in the routines of daily lives. The parents, teachers, physicians who have directly observed the Childs behavior are consulter.
“To reveal to all the merciful love of the Father
and the liberating power of the Paschal Mystery”
Treating human being as a whole. The sister nurses are placed in two big communities, various centers like boardings, destitute home and social Centre with HIV patients to care for the sick and the needy. The sisters give Homeopathy treatment to all kinds of illness, in various places at Namakkal, Yercaud and Trichy.
Our sisters participate in the primary mission of organizing small Christian communities, teaching Sunday catechisms, home and hospital visit, distributing communion in the parishes and carrying the Lord to the sick on Sundays. Sisters are trained in this ministry of evangelization and have a deeper study of the Word of God. For the past two years. The sisters were happy and enriched by their stay in a village during summer, accepting all the inconveniences and discomforts joyfully. Besides this in all our communities the sisters are engaged in pastoral work.
The sisters are contributing to the faith formation of children, youth and adults. They are involved in prison ministry, women development programs and organize children’s parliament.
New Dawn is the NGO came to birth on July 2003 at Holy Cross Convent, Namakkal, to cater to the people infected and affected by HIV /AIDS. Later it is extended to Mavureddy and established a full-fledged center.
New Dawn, Home for the children thus take care of the children of the persons infected with HIV/AIDS (But the children are not infected) we also admit pure orphans, street -children, children forced for begging, stranded and children from broken families. We have 40 children under our care. Four of them are doing college studies. Sixteen of them are studying in the Government Higher secondary school, Paramathy. Others are in the primary school. Some of them are under age for schooling (3 to 5 years).
The children are given all round formation. Periodically life oriented courses are conducted for character formation. Regular medical check -up are arranged for the children. Personal care along with counselling facilities are provided in view of sound personality development. Along with academic education they are trained through; life skill-training like Tailoring, Crafts and Computer-operation.
POWER stands for Participation and Organization of Women for Empowering Rural India. This social work Centre was started in 5th July 1995 in view of women empowerment among the illiterate, rural women. The main aim is to organize the rural women is to SHG (self-help groups) and make them participate or participant of their own development – economically socially, culturally. This development includes not only the women but also their children, since they are the future citizens of our country. Hence we also have study Centre for the children in our project area
1. Self Help Groups
2. Empowerment training programs in POWER and in other social work Centre
3. Chalk piece making
5. Computer training program
1. Evening tuition
2. Children Parliament
3. Summer camp
4. Training on Personality development
5. Cultural team
6. Computer Skills training
1. Session on sustainable agriculture
2. Making natural manure (Panja kaviam,meenkaraisal)
3. Tree plantation
4. Giving awareness on Kitchen garden
POORNAA at Palani, Dindigul and Thirupur districts
Implements different empowerment programs for women, children and youth of Dalit, Tribal and Gipsy communities, runs residential school for the Tribal children, advocacy against Human Scavenging.
Vision and Mission
To promote Human Dignity and to build a society of Love, Justice and Equality.
To protect and Promote Environmental Sustainability.
We create an environment to increase and improve the social, economic, political and legal strength of the women, to ensure equal right and to make decisions of their own for their personal benefits as well as for the society.
To combat gender inequality is economic empowerment. Through microfinance loans, livestock gifts, and proper vocational training, women have begun to take charge of their lives and the family income
SOCSEAD (Sisters of the Cross Society for Education Development), the Non-governmental Social Service Organization is established on 26th June 1982 with the motto “To love is to serve is to love”. It serves with great commitment for the welfare of the downtrodden, neglected and marginalized section in the society. The program of SOC SEAD is geared towards enhancing the quality of life of the children, women, youth, aged, disabled and the families in all spheres of life.
Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts
Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme
Family Counselling Centre
Self Help Groups
Hostel for working women
Individual and Community Based Rehabilitation
Home for the Aged
For those who deprived from their family, we have established Holy cross home for the aged at ayakudi. This home functions with the aim of rendering shelter, counseling, medical care recreation and spiritual guidance.
The sisters give way to the destitute called “Shanthi villa” It was opened on 14th July 2007. At present we have 50 women. Men are shifted to St. Joseph’s hospice in Dindigul after giving first aid. They are involved in Handicrafts, Participation in coaching classes, Sewing, gardening, cultural programme, Indoor games and recreation.