Declaration of The Indian Province
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In 1970 the Holy Cross Mission in India was given the status of a Province. Sr. M. Sigrid Voggel was the first Provincial of the Indian province. She was assisted by Sr. Johanna Brandstaetter, Sr. Francis Cherian, Sr. Laetitia Pauvath and Sr. Anne Tete as councillors.

By then the Holy Cross province in India spread from Sikkim in the North to Kerala in the South, from West Bengal in the east to Maharashtra in the west. A number of new stations mushroomed in a quick succession in various parts of India under the able and efficient guidance of Sr. M. Sigrid. During her provincialship about 35 new stations were established.

After accomplishing her mission as the provincial Sr. Sigrid handed over the administration to Sr. Julia Erni in 1979. With her simplicity and openness she too contributed her best to the growth of the Indian province. During her period 18 new stations were opened. In 1983 the decision to wear uniform sari as religious dress for the sisters in Indian Province was accepted with a view of better adaptation of Indian culture and effectiveness in apostolate.

We Holy Cross Sisters are proud of Sr. Johanna Brandstaetter the great visionary of our time for her farsightedness and missionary initiatives. She is the founder of Grihini Training Program, presently renamed as Mahila Jagriti Kendra. She will be remembered fondly for her mission at Gholeng, Pathalgoan and spreading the mission in Raigarh Ambikapur Districts.

Holy Cross History in India is incomplete without mentioning the names of our zealous missionaries

Sr. Angelica Widhaber,   Sr. Clotildis Krenmayer   (Barima), Sr. Fidelis Harreiter   (Novice mistress for more than two decades),
Sr. Clarentia Birchler (Junior mistress for more than two decades), Sr. Johanna Brandstaetter, Sr. Elizabeth Brandstaetter,
Sr. Herman Josef, Sr. Josepha Maria, Sr. Eleonora Wettel Sr. Rosaria Heindl, Sr. M. Luzia Grabner, Sr. Magna Maria L,
Sr. Leontina Soler, Sr. Maximilla Muff, Sr. Susanne Jung, Sr. Henrika Schnydrig, Sr. Catherine Luethi, Sr. Isabella Pudderer,
Sr. Hermenegild, Schuler, Sr. Amata Zimmermann, Sr. Adelhelma Lohderger, Sr. Ortwina Stadler, Sr. Claudina Frei,
Sr. Jeroldina Kroiher, Sr. Rosemary Novak, Sr. Caritas Maria Duss, Sr. Edith Lang, Sr. Eleonora Neudert, Sr. Valentiana Sturzl,
Sr. Diomira Malovec, Sr. Edigna Benic, Sr. Angelica Kaufmann, Sr. Edmunda Demian, Sr. Modesta Belohravska, Sr. Michelle Praz,
Sr. Hubert Erard, Sr. Waldtruat Grunenfelder, Sr. Brigitte Eisenring and many more missionaries for their valuable contribution to the Indian Provinces.

Birth of Indian Province - 3rd March 1970

Sr. M. Sigrid Voggel
1970 - 1979
1st Provincial Superior


Her Motto : Widen the space of your tent, lengthen your ropes and make your pegs firm, for you will burst out to the right and left.

Sr. M. Julia Erni
1979 - 1985

Sr. Joseline E. Pauvath
1985 - 1991

1985 is another year of historical importance for the Holy Cross Sisters in India. It marks the handing over of the responsibilities of Indian province into the hands of the First Indian Provincial. On 16th June 1985 Sr. Joseline E. Pauvath was installed as the first Indian Provincial.

In the same year the growing Indian province was reorganized into five regions for an effective administration. The leadership was placed upon the respective regional superiors.

- Central Region
Sr. Joseline Pauvath
- North region
Sr. Ignatius Kumplamthanam
- Madhya Pradesh region
Sr. Johanna Brandstaetter
- West Bengal Region
Sr. Frances Cherian
- South region
Sr. Julia Erni

Branching out into three Provinces:

In 1991 the Indian Province branched out into three provinces.

1. The Central Province consists of South Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. The Provincial house remained at Hazaribag, Sr. Joseline continued as provincial.
2. The South province was erected on 14th September 1991, Bangalore as its provincial house and Sr. Anicet Purayidam as first provincial Superior. It consisted of Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
3. The North East Province was established in Patna on 16th June 1991, Sr. Selma Nalloor as its first Provincial Superior. The Province consisted of - North Bihar, Santhal Region, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh Delhi and Sikkim.