Infant Jesus Convent
Infant Jesus Convent - January 23, 1994
At the request of Archbishop Arul Das James of Madras Mylapore Archdiocese, the Ursuline Franciscan Sisters landed at Pallikaranai in Velachery. Fr Vincent Monteiro (brother of Sr Edilburga Monteiro) and Fr Vijay Kiran were instrumental in the process and in particular in selecting Pallikaranai as the base of the apostolic activity of the Sisters. Pallikaranai is 22 kms to the south Chennai. The objective of their presence was to strive for holistic development of the marginalized, which they were to achieve through literacy and faith formation. To this effect, Rev Sr Edilburga Monteiro, the Superior General, Sr Jyothi Fernandes, the Regional Superior of Mysore Province and Archbishop Arul Das signed an agreement on May 1, 1995. Sr Edwina Saldanha, a committed Sister and an experienced pioneer elsewhere and Sr Milly D’Souza were chosen as pioneers of the mission at Pallikaranai.
The Sisters endeavour to give the best of academics to children. The education activity proves itself in its expansion in strength of students as well as academic excellence. Besides, pastoral work also has been given equal importance. Animation of Marian Sodality, Catechism, Choir, altar servers has been done. Ursuline Franciscan Lay Association has been started in the parish comprising 12 members.