Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross

Holy Cross Convent, Khullen

Purpose

We the Holy cross Sisters were invited through Fr. John E Pouvath MSFS with the consent of his provincial and the Bishop of Imphal. Faith formation, Evangelization, to impart good education and to give medical care in the remote villages was the purpose.

Socio-Cultural background
The sisters reside in two villages namely Thingba Khunou and Thingba Khullen. The people of this area belong to Naga Pomai Tribe. The pomai is one of the oldest Naga Tribe living in a contiguous area in the Northern border of Manipur and Southern border of Nagaland state.

Population in Thingba Khullen: 2750 Families
[Baptists: 280 Families, Catholics: 135 Families]

Population in Thingba Khunou: 1500 Families
[Baptists: 124 Families, Catholics: 70 Families]

Every village has its own chief to decide over the affairs of the villages. He is assisted by a council of elders from different clans of the villages. Each village has their own constitution. Baptists and Catholics live here. No other Religion is in our areas. Baptists came to this area in 1950’s and Catholics in 1961. The Pomai Tribe follow a set of uniform code of conducts pertaining to their social life and its standard. They love traditional singing and dancing during their festivals and wear cultural costumes which they weave and prepare themselves. Before each stage of planting (seed sowing, transplanting, harvesting etc) they have fasting and prayer and community celebration. Both Baptists and Catholics have regular prayer services in the church. But we find that our catholic families do not have the practice of family prayer. People do pray before every activity. Their main occupation is farming and main cultivation is paddy. People are very simple in their living and thinking. The houses are simple and made of wood or bamboo with mud paste. The roof is made of tin sheet. The villages are almost cut off from city life. Only means of transport is private jeep. Most of the educated people are moving to the towns/cities and the uneducated people are left in the village. After the harvesting the occupation of people are hunting and cutting the trees for timber and firewood. Community and areas of apostolate now

Apostolate:
Socio-Pastoral, Dispensary, Teaching in the Parish School.

The sisters collaborate with MSFS Congregation of North-East India. There are five sisters in the community residing in two centers. They are engaged in socio pastoral, educational and medical care of the locality. Their main focus is to bring up the children by giving qualitative education and inculcating values in the children in both centres. The sisters involve themselves in nurturing the faith of the catholic community by conducting catechism, family prayer, S.C.C and preparing the children for the first communion, regular visit to the families and praying with them. They participate in the joys and sorrows of the localities by attending the funerals, visiting the sick as well as joining with them in their traditional festivals.