Avila Mission is the mission unit of Vimala Province, Ernakulam. Vimala Province was deprived of mission houses when Vimala’s first mission station in Jalandhar became an independent province. So Vimala Province responded to the invitation of Mar Paul Chittlapilly, the then Bishop of Kalyan Diocese and stepped into the North Indian Mission in 1989. The first Convent of Avila Mission was established on 13th October 1989 at Jalgaon, Maharashtra.
Once when we started our footing at Kalyan Diocese we were welcomed to extend our pastoral help for the migrant Syro-Malabar Christians of Delhi too.
At present Avila mission has seven convents with 28 members. Among seven convents four convents are under Eparchy of Kalyan which was established for migrant Syrian Catholics from Kerala. Other three houses in Faridabad Diocese also serve for the same cause. The following are the convents of Avila Mission with its year of establishment.
St.Teresa’s Convent,Jalgaon. (1989)
Carmel Convent ,Ahmednagar(1992)
Carmel Convent ,Mayurvihar(1992)
Euphrsia Convent,Greater Noida(2015)
In 2001, for the first time Sr. Loretta was appointed as the Mission Superior by Provincial Council. Mission Superiors who rendered their services at Avila Mission during these years are Sr. Loretta, Sr. Jositta, Sr. Eugene and Sr. Pavithra.At present Sr.Nirmal Mary serves as the Mission Superior of Avila Mission and Sr.Celin and Sr.Julit Abraham as the mission councillors.In 2007 these mission houses of Vimala province were given an official name as Avila Mission. It opened a way to merge the combined efforts of the members of Avila mission who were spread in seven convents within four states. In 2013 Carmel Convent Ahmednagar was raised to the status of Avila Mission House.
Mission Council takes initiative to organize mission gatherings, monthly recollection, Emmaus Prayer Week, orientation programmes, Local language study, Counselling Course, village visits, etc.which helps the members to have spiritual nourishment and awakening. Sisters of Avila Mission work hard to proclaim the good news through various Apostolates.
Following are the Educational institutions run by Avila Mission .
• St.Teresa’s Higher Secondary Convent School, Jalgaon.
• Carmel Convent School,Ahmednagar.
• Carmel Convent Nursery School,Mayur Vihar,Delhi.
• Sanjoe Convent Nursery School,Shrirampur.
Along with these we take pride in rendering our services at
• Depaul Marathi Medium school at Vavarath
• Depaul English Medium school at shrirampur
• Infant Jesus School, Sanjopuram run by Faridabad Diocese.
We strive to provide quality education in our institutions .An introduction of Holistic Education package prepared by our Avila Mission teachers cell helps the teachers to inculcate values to the students effectively. Bible based themes for every academic year gives an opportunity to deepen the faith of our children. Besides academic excellence through Apostolate of Education, sisters strive hard to share the message of Gospel through various activities .
Though few in numbers, the Sisters of Avila mission, are zealous enough to share the Word of God through the apostolate of Faith formation. Avila Mission members could form a “Christeen team” and conduct retreats to the students at various schools and Parishes. Sisters take up every opportunity to share the message of Jesus through Home mission, Pastoral care, Village visits and services at Retreat centres.
When sisters tried to reach out to the villages, they came across some unavoidable needs of the villagers. So Avila Mission started a boarding for the girls who are deprived of education and they are being given free education in Carmel Convent English Medium School at Ahmednagar.
Compassion towards an abandoned woman whom sisters met during their village visit compelled them to establish a shelter home for the unsheltered Women. Eupharasia Karunya Bhavan, Shrirampur is a by-product of these village visits. Auto rickshaw Drivers Association, Village Free Tuition centers, Service at Remand Home, women empowerment programmes etc are our various social work project.
As our Holy Father Pope Francis “challenged us to go to the peripheries”, Avila Mission Sisters took up the courage to make an entry in the life of Trans-genders through regular visit of their houses, Prayer sessions and orientation programme conducted at our Mission House, Ahmednagar.
Avila Mission Special class for the mentally challenged children temporarily functioning at jalgaon is yet another recent venture to pour out the compassionate love of Jesus. And in modern days sisters are dedicating their valuable time in the field of counseling too.
The Missionaries of Vimala Province’s Avila Mission feel proud to note that though few in number the good Lord makes us to work wonders among the people to spread the Love of Christ in the mission areas. Joining with Psalmist we give Glory to God by proclaiming that “Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 115.1)