Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross

Holy Cross Convent, Neermarga

Purpose:
The purpose was mainly teaching in the parish school, vocation ministry and socio Pastoral work. In1978 took up Medical apostolate. (Dispensary), Mother and child care, etc. They also took up needle work classes for girls who couldn’t attend regular school.

Socio-cultural background:
Neermarga is situated at a distance of 15 Kilometers from Mangalore city.  Though it is not very far from the city, it is deprived of many essential facilities such as proper transport, medical and educational facility.  It is a hilly area and the surface of the land is of laterite stones.

The people are simple and hardworking. They earn their living by cultivating vegetables, paddy, etc. Many people are out of their village for job. Their mother tongue is Konkani.

Community and apostolate now:

Apostolate: English Pre.-Primary, Primary & High School, Kannada High School, Pastoral work, teaching in Parish School
                                                    
There are 8 sisters in the community.  Two sisters teach in Parish school which is aided. Others teach in Kannada Medium aided school from std. VIII to X and in English Medium School upto std. X. Sisters visit regularly homes of parishners and students. They teach   catechism in the parish as well as in the school and are actively involved in all the pious associations and pastoral activities of the parish.