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Sr M Anseline BS
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Staff Orientation programme - Thenhipalam

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The only notable establishment in the rocky terrain of Thenhipalam was Calicut University in the 1970s.The natives as well as the employees of the university, who came from other parts of the state, were really in need of a school that rendered quality education. When the desire became a dire necessity, the concerted efforts of a group of university professors and Jesuit priests, culminated in the establishment of St. Paul’s High School. It stands as a citadel of learning close to the University of Calicut, which is the centre of all educational institutions in Malabar.

St. Paul’s convent stands adjacent to the school building. The convent had a very humble beginning. Early in 1975, Rev.Fr.Paul Vadakkel, the Jesuit Provincial of Kerala Province, and University professors Dr.C.P Xavier, Dr. John Ochanthuruthu and Dr. Palathinkal visited the Bethany Generalate in Mangalore with a request to start an English medium school in Thenhipalam. Mother Macrina the superior General understood the importance of the requirement, discussed the matter with the Bishop of Calicut Most Rev. Dr. Aldo Patroni, and obtained the necessary permission for starting a school. The Congregation procured three acres of land from the Jesuits in order to establish a school and a convent.

The new venture was officially started on 5 July 1975. Dr. Sukumar Azheekode, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Calicut university, Rev. Fr. Paul Edamaram, the vicar general of Calicut Diocese, Fr.Paul Vadakkel, the Provincail, sisters from West hill convent and many eminent personalities were present as mother Espirie, on behalf of the Superior General, read out the declaration to start the convent and the school. The pioneering members of the convent were Mother Eliza (superior) Sr. Prabha (headmistress) Sr.Agnesia, Sr. Floscula and Sr. Canute started the mission residing in a rented house of Mr.Balan Nair. The laying of the foundation stone for the new building was done on 1 May 1976, by Rev.Fr.Joseph Edamaram, the Diocesan Vicar General. On 31 December 1976 the new building was blessed and sisters shifted their residence from the rented house to this building. After Mother Eliza there were many superiors like Mother Joseph, Sr. Margaret Mary,Sr. Prudentia, Mother Hyacinth, Sr. Remigia,Sr. Rosalind, Sr. Joann, Sr. Thomasita, Sr. Bernice, Sr. Silvy Augustin and Sr. Maria Teresa.

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Education: As there was no building of our own, the school was started in “Archana” a small building belonging to the Jesuit Fathers. There were 44 students in the beginning comprising of three sections- KG, class one and five. The constant and earnest endeavors of the renowned principals and their dedication to the cause, over the years have made the rocky terrain land into one of enchanting beauty and joy. In the year 2002 the school was granted permission to start Plus Two. St. Paul’s Higher Secondary School is now an educational complex with a KG Block and HS Block and HSS Block. The tiny spark of inspiration over the years has grown into a great conflagration with over 1900 students in all, under the leadership of Sr. Anitha Mary (principal), Sr. Anseline (local manager) and Sr. Franceline (KG principal) and other teaching sisters.

Pastoral: The prime concern was education and pastoral ministry. In addition to the above ministry sisters were also involved in social apostolate like umbrella assembling, tailoring and saving scheme for the empowerment of women. At present the members of the convent are Sr. Anseline B.S (superior) sr. Franceline, Sr. Anitha Mary, Sr. Sindya Joseph, Sr.Jemila, Sr. Soumya and Sr. Aruna .Sisters show keen interest in parish activities, family visits, take care of the liturgy, catechism, animation of various pious associations, Funeral service, visits the sick in the hospitals and families, BCC prayers, Preparing for adult baptism and first communion in St. Thomas Aquinas church.

Year of establishment -16.07.1975

 

 

 

 

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