Perpetual Succour Convent
Perpetual Succour Convent - 8 June 1961
Perpetual Succour Convent at Parasa Gaundana Palayam of Chamarajanagar district in Kollegal Taluk is yet another clear indication of the preferential option of the Ursuline Franciscan Sisters for the poor. Kollegal, once a missionary field of the Society of Jesus was spiritually administered by the MEP Fathers from France, when the UF Sisters set foot in the place. At the behest of the parish priest Fr Joseph Jaunet MEP, Bishop Albert D Souza who was the Auxiliary Bishop of Mysore Diocese at the time invited the UF Sisters whose dedication to the marginalized was well known to him in Mangalore. Now they were to toil hand in hand with Fr Joseph in uplifting the marginalized of Kollegal and its neighbouring villages.
Srs Maria Rodrigues, Apoline Pinto, Simplicia D Souza and Imelda Crasta arrived at Kollegal on June 8, 1961. They underwent initial hassles of poor accommodation, lack of transportation and of clean water and so on. Yet they advanced with an undaunted spirit. Having realized the dire necessity of literacy, they took over the administration of the diocesan school.
Besides empowering people through education, the Sisters have been catering to the sick and suffering people. To expand and enhance the medical service a dispensary was put up.
Alongside teaching in the school and health apostolate, the Sisters fully involve themselves in pastoral activities.