'As you did it to one of the least of these my breath ren, you did it to me '
Mar. Joseph Kundukulam
Episcopal Consecration: 16-08-1970
1st Metropolitan Archbishop of Thrissur Archdiocese:21-08-1995
Msgr. Joseph Vilangadan D.C.L.
Domestic Prelate: 07-05-1992
Current Superior General
The Society of Nirmala Dasi Sisters (SNDS) was started in the year 1971 in the Diocese of Trichur, Mar Joseph Kundukulam, the then Bishop of the Diocese, being its Founder, and Very. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Vilangadan its Co-Founder. The Founding Fathers, being inspired by the Spirit blowing where it wills, wanted to give birth to a consecrated community dedicated solely to the service of those who are orphaned and derelict in the society. This community, with Mary the Immaculate Mother and Virgin for its model and patroness, was begun with 14 members at St. Christina’s Home, Pullazhy, Thrissur. Initially, it was started as a Pious Union under the title, “The Community of Nirmala Dasis.” The Founding Fathers themselves taught and trained the first members to spend their lives in poverty, simplicity, and obedience, being ready to be led in all matters by the words of Jesus, our Master, “whatever services you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt.25:40). They also wanted the first sisters to be imbued with gratitude towards Him, who, “though he was rich, yet for our sake became poor, so that by His poverty we might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9) and who “came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”(Mt.20:28). On December 8, 1980, this community was raised by Bishop Mar Joseph Kundukulam to the status of a Society of Common life.
We, the Society of Nirmala Dasi Sisters (SNDS) - by means of a life of prayer, simplicity, and hard work, wholeheartedly imitating the Christ of the Gospel and by practicing the evangelical virtues - envision to provide and expand opportunities to create an inclusive world where we ensure equal rights and privileges for underserved populations and share the burdens of their families according to the needs of the time.
Society of Nirmala Dasi Sisters is a community that undertakes most needed humanitarian services in the diocese as per the directions of the local Ordinaries. Providing opportunities for persons with different needs, persons living with HIV/AIDS, persons addicted to drugs, persons affected by leprosy, senior care for women, children, and members of poor and vulnerable backgrounds, through healthcare and other needed supports with the aim of giving a solace for a better quality of life and creating large scale positive change.
Society of Nirmala Dasi Sisters is a community which undertakes most needed humanitarian services
Nirmala Dasi sisters also extend our services to various parish ministries by availing ourselves for family visits
Treatment, vocational training and other rehabilitation programmes are conducted