Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross

Holy Cross Convent, Chemperi

Purpose:
Main purpose was to enter into the Archdiocese of Tellicherry for vocation promotion. In the course of time the sisters started hostel for engineering students at the request of Chancellor Rev. Fr.Mathew Chalil.

Socio-cultural background of the place
The people of Chemperi are migrated people. From 1940 onwards farmers mainly, the Roman Catholics of middle Travancore started coming, settling and buying land and forest area for cheaper rates. The people had to go through lots of hardships to fight Malaria and other fateful diseases, escape from wild animals and to survive bad weather. Their Courage, strong will and determination overtook all the adversities. Love, hospitality, cooperation and brotherly concern kept them strong and united in adventurous life. Up to 1950 no medical care was available   to them. Few lost lives due to Malaria. Slowly people started cleaning the jungle and cultivating tapioca, paddy etc. They carried the production overhead up to   30km.  Gradually people made arrangements for communication and conveyances. Most of the settlers were from very good Catholic families. As they settled they formed a Christian community and made a small shed for prayer. Once a while, the Priests and Bishop used to come for mass from Calicut. Later because of the hard work of people, schools and village panchayats were started. Later on when it became a diocese Bishop Mar Sebastian Vallopelly, the patron of the migrates, helped to get their rights in all spheres. Chemperi is now under the diocese of Talacherry, established in 1954 in Kannur district, the first diocese of Syro Malabar of North Malabar. In 1995 it became an Arch diocese. Now people are settled well in this place in all the areas.

Community and areas of apostolate now:
Apostolate: Hostel for students and boarding for tribal children and pastoral work.

There are three sisters in the community and one student candidate. The sisters take care of the hostel. They have 180 girls in the hostel. There are 12 tribal girl children who are taken care of by the sisters and are given free education and boarding. The sisters are actively involved in the parish activities, teach catechism and go for the house visit.