Fathimagiri Convent, Nilambur – 1971


Superior

Sr. M. Jovita AC

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Three Visitors Mr.Cherunny (Sr.Theodolinda’s Father), another Mr.Thomas Pothamkulam and the third, the assistant parish priest of Nilambur came to Calicut on a mission to give the information that the Missionaries of St.Francis de Sales intended to shift the Philosophy students from Nilambur to Bangalore and prepared to sell their fully equipped ‘establishment, with a 10 – acre plot on reasonable terms. They requested the Apostolic Carmel Congregation to buy this land and building and start a convent in Nilambur. The MSFS Rector also came to Calicut with his terms, that they were prepared to vacate in May 1971, leaving behind the entire furniture and chapel requisites, the entire electrical fittings, the well pump and sanitary fittings Sr.Fridolin the Pro-Provincial and her team met Mother Theodosia and the General Council at Mary Hill, Mangalore with this proposal. After making a study of the possibilities and financial position, the superior General and the General council gave the necessary permission to purchase Fatimagiri from the Missionaries St.Francis de Sales. The sisters of the Apostolic Carmel replaced the missionaries of St.Francis de Sales at Fatimagiri on 26th April 1971.This exchange was done quietly. On 28th May 1971, Sr. Agatha, with Srs. Elia and Alcina arrived to take up residence at the new foundation together with Alice an aide.

Old Convent, LP and Nursery School
The people of Nilambur wanted the sisters to open a school at all costs. Responding to the plea of the people the sisters started a school for the people of Chandakkunnu, Nilambur, Malappuram Dt, on June 1st 1971 with six students on roll and in 6 months time, the number in the school grew to 40 soon. There were 28 boarders from the neighbouring estates. The school remained as a primary school for 27 years. The credit goes to Srs.Agatha, Cyriaca, Bernard Mary, Ann Mary ,Rose Mary, Lawrencetta, Teresa Ann, Vineetha, Christina, Amabilia, Bacilia, Purifica, Noella, Carmilla, Celine Kurien, Theodolinda, Cicily Scaria and many more for their sweat and labour for the development of Fatimagiri convent and school.

In 1999 the school was upgraded to a High School. On the basis of excellence in performance in all the areas of education, Fatimagiri English School has been raised to the status of one of the best schools in the country considering the covetous achievement in academics, arts and sports.

In 1998 when the Superior General, Sister Vincent, came for the visitation she felt the sisters needed better accommodation and it was she who proposed the construction of a convent. The foundation stone for the convent was laid in April 1999 and the sisters moved into their new convent in March 2000.

After the school got affiliation from the CBSE board, the KG classes were separated from high School. Sr.Purifica was incharge of the Nursery school and Sr.Amala was appointed as the Principal of the CBSE School. In 2000 the boarding house was also closed due to lack of rooms.

In January 2002 the foundation stone was laid for the construction of a new block for the High School and in 2003 the ground floor of the new building was completed.
In 2003 the first batch of class X appeared for the CBSE examination and brought laurels to the school with their excellent results.The school was upgraded to Senior Secondary in 2011.

The foundation stone of the Nursery section was laid on June 16th2016 by Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala the Vicar of Little Flower Church. The new building was inaugurated on 28th April 2017 by Sr.Ancilla our Provincial Superior and blessed by Rt.Rev.Dr.Varghese Chakkalakal, the Bishop of Calicut. The KG section was shifted to the newly constructed Nursery building on June 1st itself. On 5th July 2017 we began the play school with the permission of the Provincial Superior and council.

The 1st and 2nd floor of the new block of the High School building, was completed on 24.8.2017 and blessed by Rev.Fr. Rabin S.J our Parish Priest.

Fatimagiri Social Service Centre (FSSC): Mother Carmelita the Superior General, at visitation in 1973, was happy to note that the Province was contemplating to start a Dispensary, encouraged the sisters to begin a health centre. In 1975, the Provincial Superior Sr.Theodoret, went ahead with the functioning of the Health centre. Sr. Sudha a trained nurse was made available to begin the work. On 20th December 1975, the Panchayat president laid the foundation stone of the Health Centre and it was inaugurated on 8th September 1976.

Health Centre and Social Service Centre
Sr. Catalina from Amali Illam came to help Sr.Sudha to start the work. In 1977, in health centre a project for informal Education for the poor of the immediate neighbourhood was started. It was a land mark in the history of Southern Province. Sr.Catalina was incharge of the centre up to 2000. In 2000 Dr.Sr.Agnesita MBBS M.D took charge of the dispensary with Sr.Daya to assist her. Allopathic and Homeo treatments were given to people. Sr.Agnesita was instrumental in opening the Mother Veronica Special School for the mentally challenged in a rented building at Chungathara in April 2001. Sr.Beatessa was the H M of the special school from 2002.

Social Service Centre
Sr.Marinie A.C took charge of Fatimagiri Social Service Centre (FSSC) in 2010.The post 2010 period characterized a remarkable scale – up programmes and projects like VDP AND RDP and Revolving Fund by KKS, Habitate Housing Programmes, Income generating Programmes, Livelihood and Food security for marginazed families in Nilambur, Counsilling and job placement , women empowerment though SHGS, Ecologically sustainable Livelihood interventions for Tribals and Dalits in Nilambur, Village Development & Rural Development programmes etc. A professional team is in place under the leadership of Sr.Marinie as the Director with Sr.Gemma as Assistant, Mr. Binoy, the Accountant and other efficient animators and field organizers. Sr.Marinie was honoured by St.Ann’s Edl Trust by Deepika Daily and Mary Matha Education Trust and in 2017 the Diocese of Calicut recognized her meritorious work and KCBC awarded her for the merciful endeavours undertaken in the Diocese of Calicut, with a memento at a gathering organized Kottayam by KCBC.

Over the years, the services rendered by the convent, school and health centre/social service centre have brought about a tangible change in the lifestyle, attitude and culture of the people.

Institutions under St.Antony’s Convent