Sr Juliana D’Souza elected assistant general of Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes congregation


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Mangaluru, May 12: Sr Juliana D’Souza has been elected as the assistant general of Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes congregation during the recent chapter which was held in France.

Born in 1964 being a second child out of nine to late Paul D’Souza and Florine D’Souza from Admar, Mudarangady, Sr Juliana had her early education at Admar Junior College in Admar, Mudarangady and joined religious profession in 1982. She took her first religious vows in 1986 as Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes, Bengaluru and completed her Nursing Training in Fr Muller Hospital, Kankanady, caring for the sick and elderly from 1986 to 1991.

She took her Final Profession in 1992 at Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes, Bengaluru. She became the superior at Khammam Andra Pradesh in 1994, she has served as a novice mistress and superior from 1994 to 2004 at Mysuru province and from 2004 to 2009; in 2009 she became the superior and counsellor in Karnul, Andra Pradesh, and in 2013 she took charge as provincial of Mysore province, in 2019 assistant provincial and superior in Puttur, and now in 2022, elected as assistant general in France.

Being a very simple, accessible, down-to-earth and dynamic person, she has excelled in academics as well as in spiritual matters.

The congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph was founded in the year 1843 in France, by six young girls who had a special experience of God, urging them to live a life of contemplation. Living together in communion they became sensitive to the needs of the people around and responded enthusiastically to their call to educate children, care for the sick and undertook many forms of service.

St Joseph of Tarbes history In India

In 1881 at the request of Fr Maury, the director of the Society of the Foreign Missions in Paris. Five sisters were sent to India. They are Sr Ansleme, Sr Marie de l’Assomption, Sr Aurelien, Sr Gervasie and Sr Marie Flavie.

On April 13, 1882 the pioneers to India left the Mother House. They arrived in Pondicherry on May 11, 1882 and in Bengaluru on May 13. On May 31, 1882, the five Sisters cheerfully set to work at the Bowring Hospital. Though the Sisters could alleviate the physical pain of the patients, they were powerless to comfort the patients in their spiritual distress, due to their language handicap. None of them knew English, leave alone any local languages. The language they all knew was the language of love which they communicated through example and devotedness.

On June 3, 1889 St Francis Xavier School for European and Eurasians girls was established. On August 21, 1899 a school for the Indian children was established. It was named Rajamma Thamboochetty School after the name of its Benefactress.

The charism of the Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes is, “Rooted in the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit we are called together, to be for God and to be for others, to live and build Communion in our communities and the in the world.”

Today, there are 480 sisters in India in two Provinces and one Region – province of Bengaluru, province of Mysuru and region of Jeevan Maithri. In the province of Bengaluru they have 216 sisters, in the province of Mysuru 200 sisters and in the region of Jeevan Maithri, which is under the province of Bengaluru there are 64 sisters.

St Joseph of Tarbes communities in the province and Jeevan Maithri are spread over 7 states: Andhra, Chattisgarh, Jarkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

St Joseph of Tarbes congregation is engaged in education, medical, social and pastoral works.

 

 

 

  

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Sat, May 14 2022

    God does not exist, if he did he would not have left millions of innocent die during Covid. If he did , he is not a good but is impartial, inhuman GOD, certainly not a good, powerful, loving and caring GOD as these religious , Christian, Hindu, or Muslims or any other religions claim to be

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  • Shubha, Bejai,Mangalore

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Hearty congratulations dear Sr. Juliana ...😊🌹We assure you of our prayers and wish you good health, wisdom and strength as you take on this great responsibility ...with love and warm regards - Shubha, Ozzy, Sonali

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  • Shubha, Bejai Mangalore

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Hearty congratulations dear Sr. Juliana ...😊🌹We assure you of our prayers and we wish you good health, wisdom and strength as you take on this great responsibility ...with love and warm regards regards - Shubha, Ozzy,Sonali

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  • MICHAEL NORONHA, Mysore

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Congratulations dear Sister Juliana, SJT on your election as Asst General of your congregation. Assurance of prayers for the success of your endeavour to bring glory to God.

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  • Alwyn Quadros, Pilar Dubai

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Congratulations Sister. God bless you in your mission.

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  • jacntha Dsouza, Bondel/Belthangady/Newyork

    Fri, May 13 2022

    SR Juliana fondly we used to call her Sr Julie . We were batch mates in Fr Mullers College of Nursing. We worked /studied together in Fr Mullers. She was the nicest person down to earth helpful very good team player spiritual humble and simple. She exhibited all the qualities of Mother Mary. She was the Mother Mary of our Class. Even today she is in touch with our batch mates. Her simplicity even today amazes us. Praying for you Sr Julie in the next chapter of more responsibility let the almighty lead you Holy spirit Guide you . Our prayers for you today and everyday Sr Julie. Love you . Your Loving Batch mates of FMCI from 1986 to 1992

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  • Dolphy Quadras and Family, udupi

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Congratulations and Best Wishes Rev Sr Juliana. God Bless and protect you

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  • Apoline lasrado, Mangalore

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Congratulations dear sr. Julie.

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  • John Peter is, Moodubelle/Nottingham UK

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Congratulations SrJuliana D'souza elected assistant superior General of sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes congregation. Wish you all the best for your mission. God bless you

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  • Chrisjoy/Christopher and Cristal Rodrigues, Mangalore, Nottingham/United Kingdom

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Congratulations Jilly aunty Wish you all the best

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  • Wilfred and Sunita, Mangalore, Nottingham/United Kingdom

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Congratulations Sr.Juliana God bless you abundantly Wish you all the best

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  • Sr. Prashanthi BS, Admar

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Congratuations dear Rev sr. Juliana Dsouza being elected as a Assistant Superior General. I Pray Gods abundance blessings on you and on your mission. May God bleds you and keep you under his protection.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Our Best Wishes ...

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  • Fredrick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Thu, May 12 2022

    When i was resident of Bangalore,I knew this Congregation. They were well known after Jyothi Nivas College was established by them whoch now is one of the most sought out Colleges by Bangalore Female students Congratulations to uou Sr.Julian on your elevation to the post of Asst.General which I am sure will be second last stop before you become Mother General. All the best in your Mission.

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  • Neona Dsouza, Udupi\yermal

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Comgragulations Sr.Julie.God bless you.

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