Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross

Holy Cross Convent, Madurai

Purpose:
The main purpose was to keep the new recruits and to give them some background to religious life. They could also be given chance to complete their higher secondary Education.

Socio-cultural background:
Madurai is the temple city of Tamil Nadu which is known for its rich cultural and religious heritage. We belong to the parish which is run by the Redemptorist fathers. There are four congregations in the parish. The convent is surrounded by middle income group of people who are mostly employees and small business people. Some catholic families are also there in the vicinity.The sisters of St.Joseph’s of Lyon’s has an autonomous college for women at a distance of 2 kilometers. Some of our sisters are sent there for their higher education. Students from there and other educational institutes come for hostel accommodation to us.

Community and apostolate now:
Apostolate: Hostel, study house, social, and pastoral

There are four sisters in the community. The present apostolate is to take care of the hostel girls, run tailoring institute, and involve in pastoral work such as attending Small Christian Community prayer meetings and visit the families and teach catechism.

Two of the sisters are doing their degree studies.