News & Events


General Plenary Synaxis

Seventh General Plenary Synaxis will start at 3 pm on 13th April 2013.


The Post centennial Silver Jubilee celebrations including the Final profession will be on 21st November 2013.

Courses and Seminars

A meeting of the Provincial Superiors and Formators will be conducted in the Provincial House of Palakkad, from 3rd – 6th August 2013.

A Seminar for the sisters of mission provinces working in the socio-Pastoral and medical field is planned to be conducted at Delhi Provincial House.

Seminar for the sisters working in Education field (Mission) will be conducted from the evening of 23rd August to 25th in Santhi Dham Indore.

The training of Animators will be in Muttuchira from 15th June to 7th September 2013.


The 30 days retreat for the II year novices (Kerala Provinces) will be in Karukadam, from 1st July to 31st July.

San Thom Province, Eluru

It has decided to conduct the election of the Provincial Superior of San Thom Province, Eluru on 3rd March and the inauguration of the Province on 4th March 2013.


The Juniorate Course in Kerala will begin on Saturday 1st June and at Indore on Friday 21st June 2013.

The Sakalya Course will start on Monday 3rd June 2013.


AFFI Meeting will be held in Bhopal from 14th to 17th Feb.2013.

FCC Jubilee

The concluding ceremony of the Post Centennial Silver Jubilee of FCC will be held by the middle of November 2013.


Orientation course

The Orientation course for the new Provincial Council is in Portiuncula for both the Kerala and other Missionary groups in two batches from 26th – 31st December and 30th Dec.- 5th January 2013.

General Plenary Council

The General Plenary Council is planned to hold on 5th and 6th January 2013


We have to celebrate and gratefully remember 14th December 2012 as it is the 125th Birthday of our Mother F C C. The inauguration of this great jubilee is to be conducted in each house and in each province.


The Examination in preparation for the final profession is on 25th and 26th January 2013.

Election Synaxis

Provincial Election Synaxis is convened from 5th December onwards. Each community should pray fervently for the success of the Synaxes.


Hearty Congratulations and Prayerful Best wishes to the little sisters who make their First Profession and Vestition in the Month of November.


Sr. Sherin of Vijayawada Province (35 yrs) is called to eternal reward in an accident on 13th September.

The demise of Rev. Fr. Rex who helped us in the Goal Awareness Programme and the 40 Days retreat, was on 22nd June 2012.


The process for the beatification of Servant of God Sr. Rani Maria is progressing. Sr. Vincy Therese (BPL) has submitted the completed ‘Possesio’ to the Relator

Year of Faith

The Year of Faith should be inaugurated in all our communities with suitable programmes on 11th Oct.2012.


St. Alphonsa Region, Rajkot has been officially inaugurated and blessed at the Holy Eucharistic celebration under the auspices of his Excellency Mar Jose Chittooparambil, the Bishop of Rajkot, on the Nativity of Blessed Mother Mary, 8th Sept.2012.


There will be a retreat for the General Animators of Kerala Provinces at CSR, Pariaram near Chalakudy from 8th to 14th Oct. 2012.


A Seminar has been organized for the Principals and sisters of our Special Schools (Kerala Provinces) at Portiuncula from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 13th Oct.2012.

There will be one Education Seminar for the Kerala Provinces at Portiuncula from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on 20th Oct. 2012. All the Head Mistresses of L.P,U.P and High Schools and the Principals of all the Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools are requested to participate in this seminar.

Annual Meet

The Annual Meet of Alphonsa Garden 2012 was successfully conducted at St. Ann’s School, Changanassery. 186 children participated in it.

A meeting of the FCC Theological Study Forum was held on Saturday 21st July 2012.

New Region

A new branch of FCC with the name St. Alphonsa Region is going to be established with Clare Bhavan, Rajkot as its Head Quarters. The inauguration of the Region will be on 8th Sept.2012, the Feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother.

Open to the Spirit

A book of syllabus for the various stages of formation was published under the title ‘Open to the Spirit’ in 2003. Its revised version will be published on 11th August 2012.

Year of Faith

The ‘Year of Faith’ will start on 11st Oct.2012.

The children who are in the ‘Come and See’ are entering Pre-Postulancy on 17th September.

While we are going to celebrate the post-centenary silver jubilee, let us try to be a blessing to the whole world and bless it with our consecrated lives. We are planning to observe an year of chain fasting from July 2012 to December 2013.

Servant of God

Puthenparampil Thommachen is going to be declared a ‘Servant of God’ at Edathua on 29th June 2012.


60 Novices of our Kerala Provinces start 30 days retreat at Konnakkuzhy on 1st July 2012.

The Juniorate period of our Junior Sisters is extended up to nine years.

The annual meeting of the Alphonsa Garden will be held at St. Ann’s High School, Changanassery from 5.30 p.m. on 27th August to 8.00 a.m. on 29th August 2012.

There will be a meeting of the Study Forum of the Kerala provinces at Portiuncula on 21st July 2012.

Programmes are arranged in preparation for the next stage of animation from 5th to 18th August 2012.


Our sisters won the first and second places in the essay competition for the religious and the religious candidates and the power point presentation held by the Syro Malabar Church in connection with the Mission Year. Essay: 1st Sr. Keerthana (Ernakulam), 2nd Sr. Jessin Jose (Mananthavady)
Power Point Presentation : 1st Sr. Litty George (Mananthavady), 2nd Sr. Maria Tresa (Changanassery)

2011- 2012 is the 800th year of St. Clare’s establishment of the Order and entering to the convent.


The meeting of the formators will be conducted at Vijayawada Provincial House from 18th August 6.00 p.m. to 21st Aug.

A meeting of the Vocation Promoters of Kerala will be held from 8th June 6.00 p.m. to 9th June 3.00 p.m. at Portiuncula.

The Meeting of the Staff of Portiuncula and Bangalore will be conducted in Portiuncula on 22nd May

A meeting of the General Animators of Kerala provinces will be held from 14th June.

There will be a joint meeting of the Editorial Board and Contact Persons of Gothampumani and Alphonsa Garden Animators from 28th June to 29th June.

There will be a meeting of the last three batches of the Sakalya Course on 29th and 30th April 2012.

There will be a meeting of the Provincial Secretaries from 9.00 a.m. on 15th April to 16th April 2012.

The Plenary Council Meeting was held at Portiuncula from 9th January to 10th.

After the Plenary Council Meeting there was the celebration of Mission Fest at Portiuncula.

A meeting for the sisters who are engaged in healing ministry, social work and pastoral care in the mission will be conducted from 21st April to 23rd April at Bhopal Provincial House.


Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year from 11th Oct. 2012 to 24th Nov. 2013 as ‘The Year of Faith’.

In connection with the Mission year the joint meeting of the Provincials and the formators will be convened by 18th to 21st August 2012 at Vijayawada Provincial House.

The Provincial Finance Officers are reminded to send the Annual Account before 15th June 2012.

The new directory of the addresses of all our convents is ready.

The changes in the ‘Franciscan Way of Life’ will be effected from 1st May 2012.

The examination on FCC Charism – ‘A Study and Reflection Vol.1’ will be conducted from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. on 18th February.

His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches visited Protiuncula, offered Holy Mass and delivered an inspiring message.

In connection with the Mission Year it is decided to conduct competitions in Essay Writing and Quiz for the Alphonsa Garden Children who have the membership of at least one year.

The examination for the sisters who will be making the Final Profession in 2012 will be conducted at 10.00 a.m. on 27th & 28th January 2012 in the respective Provincial Houses.


125th Birthday of FCC

2012 December 14th is the inauguration of the Post Century Silver Jubilee of FCC.

Charism Retreat

During Pooja Holidays (from 2nd to 8th Oct.2011) retreat is arranged in 6 centres.

A retreat is arranged for the Provincial Councils of the Kerala Provinces at Karukadam (Kothamangalam) from 4th to 10th Dec.

Charism Study Programme

A guide to study the charism is prepared. There will be four volumes of the book.

Franciscan Course

An intensive course on Franciscan Spirituality is arranged for the formators at Alphonsa Bhavan, Bangalore from 5th to 15th March 2012. Rev. Fr. Jerry Lobo OFM will lead the course.

Gathering of the Newly Professed Sisters

This year 81 Novices will receive the religious habit and make their First Profession. The vestition and profession will take place from 3rd to 26th Nov. 2011 in different Provinces. There will be a gathering of these newly professed sisters at Portiuncula from 27th evening to 29th November.

Mission Year observance

In order to develop mission awareness there will be competitions in three items for sisters – Mission Quiz, Essay Writing and Power Point Presentation.

Thucklay Province

It was decided to raise Thucklay into a Province. Thus the First Provincial Election Synaxis will be convened from 9th to 11th May 2011 at San Joe Regional House, Azhakiyamandapam, Thucklay. The election of the Provincial Superior and the Team will be conducted on 11th May 2011. The inauguration of the Province will be on 12th May 2011.

Renewal of the FCC Statutes

A committee was appointed by the General Synaxis to renew the Franciscan Way of Life (FCC Statutes).

Silver Jubilee year of Udayanagar Convent

It was the Silver Jubilee year of Udayanagar Convent where Sr. Rani Maria, the Servant of God lived last. The Jubilee of the Convent and the 16th death anniversary of Sr. Rani Maria were celebrated together at Udayanagar on 25th Feb. 2011.

Bareilly Province

Bareilly Region was raised to a Province on 17th February 2011.


There will be a retreat directed by Rev. Fr. Reny and team for the sisters who have not completed 10 years after the final profession at Portiuncula from 30th July 2011 to 6th August 2011.

Final Profession

The course in preparation for the final profession will start in Kerala at Konnakuzhy on 5th March and in the mission at Indore on 15th March. The Final Profession at Portiuncula will be at 10.30 am on Saturday 30th April and at Indore 10.30 am on Monday 2nd May. Mar Pauly Kannukadan the Bishop Irinjalakuda will officiate the ceremony at Portiuncula and Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal at Indore.


Juniorate Course in Kerala will be concluded on 2nd March 2011 and in the Mission on 15th March 2011.

Healing Ministry

There will be a meeting of the FCC Medical Guild for the sisters working in the field of Healing Ministry at Portiuncula from 10.00 am on Saturday 5th March to 1.00 pm on 6th March 2011.


Birth Centenary of St. Alphonsa

The Birth Centenary Day of St. Alphonsa will be on 19th August 2010. As a preparation for the celebration we have already started 100 days prayer in Alphonsa Bhavan, Kudamaloor, the birth place of St. Alphonsa. The celebrations in Portiuncula will be on 7th August with Eucharistic Banquet at 11.00 am followed by fellowship meal and family gathering. The General Council has decided to give ‘Alphonsa Aid Fund’ for 100 poor children - Rs.5000/- for each and ‘Alphonsa Kit’ of one meal for 100 families.

A Tribute

The death Anniversary of Bishop Lavigne falls on 11th July. The First Superior General of Unified FCC, Late Rev. Mother Maurus completes 25 years of her demise on 20th August 2010 and Late Bishop Hippolytus Kunnumkal whose second death anniversary falls on 9th August 2010. We celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsa on 28th July. Let us remember and pray for these to whom our Congregation is very much indebted to.


The Course for the New General Animators will be conducted in Portiuncula form 18th July to 22nd August 2010.

Coin release

Amid welling up of pious and fond thoughts of Saint Alphonsa as an eternal symbol of love, suffering and compassion, a commemorative coin in her name was released on24th August 2009, in the presence of a sea of faithful and a galaxy of dignitaries.

The event marked the initiation of the year-long birth centenary fete of India’s first woman saint. Releasing the commemorative coin in Rs 5 denomination bearing the engraving of the saint and declaring the birth centenary celebrations on, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee remarked that the thoughts on Saint Alphonsa’s noble spirit and spiritual strength transcended across religions, geographic borders and all people. Observing that the saint had, in her short life of 36 years, been a fountain of selfless service, compassion and love, the minister said that Bharananganam, where she had lived most part of her life as a nun in the Clarist Order of St Francis of Assisi, now embodies lessons on religious harmony not only for Kerala, but the whole country.

June 2010

Juniorate Course
  • at Shanthi Dam, Indore commence on June 23
  • at Protiuncula commence on June 5
Sakalya Course will begin on 10th June.

May 2010

05. 05. 2010 - Centenary Celebration Undivided Thrissur Province

The Centenary celebration of undivided Thrissur Province was really grace filled. It was off course a rich experience and proclamation of FCC communion. Our sisters from all the Provinces could attend the solemn function.

01.05.2010 - Final Profession

77 Junior sisters made their Final Profession in Portiuncula, Aluva.

April 2010

  • The Second Session of the General Synaxis will begin from 18th April at 6.00 pm
  • The Golden Jubilee celebration of the North Indian Mission will be held on 8th, 9th & 10th April 2010 at San Damiano Provincial House, Noida.
  • Final Profession(12. 04. 2010) - 12 Junior sisters made their Final Profession at Shanthi Dham Study Centre, Indore.

March 2010

Accolade to Rev. Mother Ceelia

FCC is again laurelled in the name of St. Alphonsa. “FCC Krupayude Padavukalil” has been awarded the Second Best Tele Film for the year 2008. Rev. Mother Ceelia, the Chief producer received the Award of the State Film Academy of Kerala Government on 24th March 2010 in Tagore Theater, Thiruvananthapuram from Minister of Education Shri. M.A. Baby.

February 2010

  • The 15th death anniversary of the servant of God Sr. Rani Maria will be commemorated on 25th February at Rani Maria Ashram, Indore.
  • 24.02.2010 - Convocation of Juniors sisters at Shanthidham, Indore
  • 20.02.2010 - Convocation of Juniors sisters at Portiuncula

December 2009

Results of General Election
  • Superior General : Sr. Sinclare (Mananthavady)
  • Asst. Superior General : Sr. Geo Maria (Changanassery)
  • General Councillor : Sr. Vimala (Irinjalakkuda)
  • General Councillor : Sr. Reji Maria (Hazaribag)
  • General Councillor : Sr. Lucy xavier (Pala)
  • General Councillor : Sr. Ann Joseph (Noida)
  • General Councillor : Sr. Ancil (Idukki)
  • Finance Officer : Sr. Elsa Toms (Bharananganam)
  • Secretary General : Sr. Preethy Maria (Delhi)
FCC Day - 14th December

General Election
  • on 14th December 2009
  • at FCC generalate, Portiuncula, Aluva

13th November 2008

  • Concelebrated solemn mass
  • message by his excellency mar thomas chakiyathu, the auxiliary bishop of archdiocese of Ernakulam - Angamali
  • agape
  • cultural Programmes
  • prize distribution to the winners of the congregation levelcompetitions in connection with Canonisation

12th November 2008

Franciscan Fraternity with their "Beloveds"
  • Concelebrated holy mass
  • fcc with her "beloveds" - the poor & downtrodden
  • chief guest his excellency mar. Sebastian edayanthrathu, the auxiliary bishop of archdiocese of Ernakulam - Angamali
  • agape
  • Entertainments

11th November 2008

  • Thanks giving mass - Concelebrated by his excellency Rev. Dr. gratian mundadan Bishop of bijnor diocese and all the priests present.
  • agape with benefactors and friends of FCC including Rev. Fathers, sisters from variuos congregations, parishners, representatives of laity from different walks of life, drivers working under FCC
  • release of the canonisation Souvenir and the book on "snehathinte martyre, sr.ranimaria"
  • cultural programmes presented by children and sisters from different provinces and portiuncula

9th November 2008

  • The state level celebrations were held at Bharanaganam on 9th November. The former President of India, Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated the function and it was presided over by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Oriental Congregation. A large crowd was present on the memorable occasion. The celebration was crowned by the concelebrated Holy Mass officiated by bout 75 Bishops and hundreds of Priests.

8th November 2008

  • 98 FCC novices received religious habit and made first profession at Alphonsa Nagar, Bharnaganam . Seven Bishops concelebrated the Holy Mass and many priests were present. Three sisters from Kenya (Africa ) made their Final Profession.

6th November 2008

  • Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Oriental Congregation from Rome, arrived to attend the canonization celebration organized by the KCBC at Bharanganam on 9th November.

13th October 2008

  • A thanks giving Mass was offered at St. Lateran’s Baslica Rome. The main celebrant was Archbishop George Valiamattam and it was concelebrated by many bishops and priests. The Church was packed with priests, sisters and laity.

24th October 2008 - 2nd November

  • A grand celebration of the canonization of St. Alphonsa was observed in her native parish of Kudamalore. Mother Ceelia, the Superior General and many sisters participated in the public meeting on the final day.

12th October 2008

  • Pope Benedict XVI canonised Bl. Alphonsa at St. Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday, 12 October and she became the country’s first catholic woman saint. A large number of priests, nuns and lay people from kerala residing at different parts of the world attended the ceremony. The Superoir General Mother Ceelia and a good number of FCC sisters representing various provinces witnessed the Canonisation Ceremony. During the Ceremony Mother Ceelia offered St. Alphonsa's Relics to the Holy Father.
  • On the canonization day special prayers were offered during Mass on Sunday across Catholic churches in Kerala in thanksgiving for the raising of Blessed Alphonsa to Sainthood. At the time of the Canonization in Rome bells were rung and special prayers were offered all over Kerala.