Indian elected to head US-based congregation

The congregation works in five countries

By Malini Manjoly

Patna: The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth has elected two Indians to its three-member central leadership team.

The 206-year-old congregation conducted the elections during its general assembly held during May-June, according to information received from the order’s headquarters in Nazareth, Kentucky, United States.

Its new president is Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam from India, who was one of the vice presidents for the past six years. The two new vice presidents are Jackulin Jesu from India, and Adeline Fehribach from the US.

Sister Ayithamattam is the second Indian to head the congregation. Earlier, Sister Shalini D’Souza was elected president.

The new team will begin their term in this ministry of leadership on September 1.

The congregation was founded in 1812 by Bishop John Baptise Marie David along with Catherine Spalding as its first superior at St. Thomas Farm in Bardstown, Kentucky.

The congregation works in Botswana in Africa, Belize in Central America, India and Nepal in South Asia, besides the United States. The general congregation has decided to establish a new mission in Kenya in Africa.

The Sisters follow the charity charism of St. Vincent de Paul.

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2 thoughts on “Indian elected to head US-based congregation

  1. Is this the same Sr. Sangeetha as in the sister who studied in St. Xavier’s College at Ranchi in the early 80s?

  2. This is news only because nuns from the underdeveloped country like India is chosen to lead a congregation from the developed country, thus implying our nuns becoming competitive. But this is news does not say anything about the membership from each country. It may as well turn out that in membership it is an Indian one.

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