Maria Nivas, Chennai
PROVINCE OF VARANASI
ADDRESS : Maria Nivas convent, 27, Ethiraj samy koil street, Erukkanchery Chennai – 600118.
NO. OF RELIGIOUS : 06
Recognizing the dedicated and generous service of the FSM, the late Rev. Fr. K.P. Joseph, sdb, had an earnest desire to offer one of his schools to the FSM.
Varanasi Province was the beneficiary of this generous offer. So the community of Maria Nivas came into existence on June 1, 2004 at Erukkencherry, North Chennai.
Sr. Limcy, the animator, Sr.Margaret, member of the community and sisters from the Bangalore Province, namely, Srs. Clare Francis, Mary and Annie A.L. rendered their services in the beginning.
Late Rev. Fr. K.P. Joseph was a great educationist and a lover of the poor and the downtrodden. A far-sighted man, he could read the signs of the times for the people of this area who were Burmese refugees living in pathetic conditions.
He spent his entire life relentlessly and without counting the cost, with the sole aim of giving life to these down-hearted masses of people who had to begin their life all over again.
Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School is one such effort, where at present about 2700 students are gaining knowledge through education and excellence.
Apart from running the school, the sisters give free tuition for the poor and slow learners of the locality, train the poor, young women in tailoring, visit families, teach catechism and regularly participate in the Basic Christian Community prayer groups keeping in mind the vision and the mission of our Foundress.
Thanks to the generous and large-hearted gesture of Rev. Fr. K.P. Joseph, the Province is able to stand financially, on its own