General Chapters

GENERAL CHAPTERS

The General chapter is a collegial gathering of sisters representing the whole Institute. It is the highest extraordinary authority in the Institute and is its legislative body. Its principal function is to protect the identity of the Institute and foster appropriate renewal in accordance with that identity. It is ordinarily convoked once in six years.

FIRST GENERAL CHAPTER

The Foundress, Mother Teresa of St. Rose of Lima died in 1902. From 1902-1922, Dr. Bernard OCD, the Archbishop of Verapoly was, in one way or the other, the administrator of the convent. There were local superiors, yet permission had to be obtained from him, even for minute details.

The first General Chapter was held in April 1922, at St. Teresa’s Convent Ernakulam. Sr. Veronica was elected as the first Superior General. With the election of the Superior General and Council, St. Teresa’s Convent became a Congregation.

Office Bearers

First Councillor: Mother Mary
Second Councillor: Sr. Margaret Mary
Third Councillor: Sr. Pierre
Bursar General: Sr. Cecilia
Secretary General: Sr. Teresa
Officiating President: Bishop Bernard
 

SECOND GENERAL CHAPTER

The second General Chapter was held in 1928, at St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam. Mother Veronica was re-elected for the second time as the Superior General.

Office Bearers

First Councillor: Mother Mary
Second Councillor: Sr. Margaret Mary
Third Councillor: Sr. Pierre
Fourth Councillor: Sr. Teresa
Bursar General: Sr. Joseph
Secretary General: Sr. Teresa
Officiating President: Bishop Bernard

During this term of office, St. Teresa’s School was granted recognition as a High School and the first college- St. Teresa’s College was opened. When Mother Veronica finished her term in 1934, the Congregation had four branch Convents and sixty sisters.
 

THIRD GENERAL CHAPTER: 1934: St. Teresa’s Convent Ernakulam

The CSST Institute was gifted with Mother Mary as the Superior General.

First councillor: Mother Veronica
Second Councillor: Sr. Philomine
Third Councillor: Sr. Pierre
Fourth Councillor: Sr. Teresa
Bursar General: Sr. Valeria
Secretary General: Sr. Teresa
 

FOURTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1940: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Mary and her team was re-elected for the second time.

FIFTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1946: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Mary was re-elected for the third time as the superior General.

First Councillor: Mother Veronica
Second Councillor: Sr. Francis
Third Councillor: Sr. Teresa
Fourth Councillor: Sr. Mechtilde
Bursar General: Sr. ValeriaSecretary General: Sr. Teresa
Secretary General: Sr. Teresa

SIXTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1952: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Mary was elected as the Superior General of the Institute for the fourth time. The election results were sent to Rome for ratification as it was postulation for the second time. Unfortunately, Mother Mary was called to eternity, the day after her election. Mother Mary’s death was a crippling blow to the Congregation. After a month an extra-ordinary Chapter was convoked and Mother Alphonsus was elected as the third Superior General. Fr. John of the Cross, OCD was the Officiating president.

SEVENTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1958: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Alphonsus was re-elected as the Superior General.

First Councillor: Mother Rita
Second Councillor: Sr. Francis
Third Councillor: Sr. Teresa
Fourth Councillor: Sr. Gabriel
Bursar General: Sr. Valeria
Secretary General: Sr. Teresa
 

EIGHTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1964: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Rita was elected as fourth the Superior General. During her term of office, influenced by the winds of change brought about by the Second Vatican Council, there took place two extraordinary renewal Chapters in order to introduce changes in the Constitutions.

First Councillor: Mother Alphonsus

Second Councillor: Sr. Gabriel

Third Councillor: Sr. Teresa

Fourth Councillor: Sr. Antoinette

Bursar General: Sr. Seraphia

Secretary General: Sr. Teresa

Officiating President: Msgr. Cornelius Elenjickal

NINTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1970: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Rita was re-elected as the Superior General. During this term of office, she implemented the revised constitution in the year 1973.

First Councillor and Assistant Superior General: Mother Bernardine

Second Councillor: Sr. Digna

Third Councillor: Sr. Antoinette

Fourth Councillor: Sr. Carmen

Bursar General: Sr. Seraphia

Secretary General: Sr. Scholastica

Officiating President: Archbishop Joseph Attipetty

TENTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1976: St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam

Mother Bernardine was elected as the Superior General. During her term of office, the Fourth Extraordinary Chapter was held for the revision of the constitution.

First Councillor and Assistant Superior General: Sr. Digna

Second Councillor: Sr. Regis

Third Councillor: Sr. Loretta

Fourth Councillor: Sr. Emmanuel

Bursar General: Sr. Carmenita

Secretary General: Sr. Therese Marie

Officiating President: Archbishop Joseph Kelanthara

In 1981 the Generalate was shifted to Bangalore.

ELEVENTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1982: St. Teresa’s Generalate, Bangalore

Mother Digna was elected as the Superior General. The Chapter made it imperative that Mother Digna implement at least two Chapter decisions - inculturation and simplicity of life – for the whole Congregation.

First Councillor and Assistant Superior General: Sr. Scholastica

Second Councillor: Sr. Hildegarde

Third Councillor: Sr. Loretta

Fourth Councillor: Sr. Ligouri

Bursar General: Sr. Seraphia

Secretary General: Sr. Emmanuel

Officiating President: Dr. P. Arokia Samy, (Archbishop of Bangalore)

TWELFTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1988: St. Teresa’s Generalate, Bangalore

Mother Yvonne Marie was elected as the Superior General.

Councillor for Spirituality: Sr. Scholastica

Councillor for Formation and Assistant Superior General: Sr. Victorine

Councillor for Education: Sr. Bertille

Councillor for Social Apostolate: Sr. Immaculata

Bursar General: Sr. Rosarita

Secretary General: Sr. Seraphia

After the sudden death of Sr. Seraphia, Sr. Estella was appointed as the Secretary General.

THIRTEENTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 1994: St. Teresa’s Generalate, Bangalore

In 1994 Mother Yvonne Marie was re elected as the Superior General. At this Chapter option was given to wear the ‘saree habit’. Another decision was to start a one year Juniorate in Mysore. The following sisters were elected as Counicillors.

Councillor for Spirituality: Sr. Attracta

Councillor for Formation and Assistant Superior General: Sr. Victorine

Councillor for Education: Sr. Bertille

Councillor for Social Apostolate: Sr. Jovita

Bursar General: Sr. Canice

Secretary General: Sr. Rosarita

When Sr. Jovita fell ill, Sr. Immaculata was appointed as the Councillor for Social Apostolate.

FOURTEENTH GENERAL CHAPTER

The fourteenth General chapter was held in St. Teresa’s Generalate, Bangalore in the year 2000. Sr. Victorine was elected as the Superior General. During her term of office, the new Convent at Mangapatnam was blessed and the death centenary of our Foundress was celebrated at the Institute level.

At this Chapter, it was decided to discontinue one year’s Juniorate and send the Juniors to communities soon after their first profession. Another Chapter decisions was the saree habit would be compulsory at the time of the first Profession. The Tertianship was made in to one year. The following sisters were elected as Counicillors.

Councillor for Spirituality : Sr. Jesuine Marie

& Assistant superior General

Councillor for Formation : Sr. Chris

Councillor for Education : Sr. Miriam Therese

Councillor for Social Apostolate : Sr. Canice

Bursar General : Sr. Carina

Secretary General : Sr. Immaculata

After the sudden death of Sr. immaculata, Sr. Marion was appointed as the Secretary General.

FIFTEENTH GENERAL CHAPTER: 2006: St. Teresa’s Generalate, Bangalore

Sr. Victorine was postulated as the Superior General. The election results were sent to Rome for ratification. The following sisters were elected as Counicillors.

Councillor for Spirituality : Sr. Rosaline Lazarus

Councillor for Formation : Sr. Betty

Councillor for Education : Sr. Tessa

Councillor for Social Apostolate : Sr. Canice

& Assistant superior General

Bursar General : Sr. Carina

Secretary General : Sr. Miriam Therese

Fecilitator : Fr. Kurien Kunnumpuram SJ

In 2008, the Sesquicentennial Birth anniversary of our Foundress was celebrated on a grant scale, at Good Shepherd Auditorium, Bangalore. ‘The Mission Congress’ held at the Generalate in the year 2011, this was a unique event in the history of the Institute.

In October 2011 when Sr. Tessa was elected as the Provincial Superior of Kerala Province, Sr. Gesualda was appointed as the Councillor for Education for remaining six months.

SIXTEENTH GENERAL CHAPTER

The sixteenth General chapter was held in the year 2012, at St. Teresa’s Generalate, Bangalore. The theme of the chapter was ‘Dare to be Mystic and prophet’. Sr. Chris was elected as the ninth superior General of the Institute. The following sisters were elected as Councillors.

Councillor for Spirituality : Sr. Prasanna

Councillor for Formation : Sr. Betty

Councillor for Education : Sr. Gloria

Councillor for Social Apostolate : Sr. Josephette

& Assistant superior General

Bursar General : Sr. Carmela

Secretary General : Sr. Christabelle

Facilitator : Br. Mark (Christian Brothers)

EXTRA-ORDINARY GENERAL CHAPTERS

According to our Constitution, the highest extraordinary authority of the Congregation is the General Assembly, otherwise called Chapter. The first chapter was held on 24th April, 1922. Since then the Institute has had sixteen ordinary chapters and four extraordinary chapters. The first extra-ordinary chapter was conducted on May 9, 1952 after the sudden and unexpected death of Mother Mary to elect the new Superior General. The second and the third extra-ordinary Chapters were conducted in May 1969 for the renewal of the Congregation. The fourth extra-ordinary Chapter held during 4th to 22nd May, 1978 was for the revision of the Constitutions.

THE PRESENT GENERAL TEAM

Sr. Chris: Superior General

Sr. Prasanna: Councillor for Spirituality

Sr. Betty: Councillor for Formation

Sr. Gloria: Councillor for Education

Sr. Josephette: Assistant General and Councillor for Social

Apostolate

Bursar General : Sr. Carmela

Secretary General : Sr. Christabelle

The present General team