Formulation of Nirmala Province & its First Provincial Team
3rd December 2010 was a red letter day in the history and life of the Institute. Northern Province was reorganized into two Provinces – Lucknow Province and Nirmala Province. The birth of Nirmala Province and the installation of the Provincial Team took place on Friday, 3rd December 2010 at 11. A. M. at Ursuline convent, Greater Noida, the Provincialate of the new Province. The members in the Provincial Team were -Sr. Rittie Mattathil Provincial Superior, Sr. Nirupa, Sr. Daisy Kallarackal, Sr. Benette, Sr. Thelma & Sr. Rani. Superior General, Sr. Elvira Mattappally, inaugurated the opening of the new Province with 14 communities in the presence of the Provincials of Amala Province, Sacred Heart Province and Vimala Province, and a good number of priests, sisters and well-wishers. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was officiated by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’Souza, Archbishop of Agra. Fulfillment of a long awaited dream filled our hearts with joy and gratitude to God our Father and to all who helped us realize this.
2nd Provincial Team – Installation on 12th May 2014
12th May 2014 was a significant day in the history of the Ursulines of Nirmala Province, Greater Noida as the New Provincial Team took charge of the Province. There was an orientation program prior to the taking over. The members in the team are – Sr. Rittie Mattathil, Provincial Superior, Sr. Nirupa, Vice Provincial, Sr. Archana, Sr. Anu George – Provincial Councilors, Sr. Anjali Jacob – Provincial Treasurer & Sr. Daisy George – Provincial Secretary. The New Team offered themselves to the Lord to take the Province forward, pledging to act in accordance with the designs of God, seeking always His will. It was a grace filled moment as they surrendered to God’s nourishing love, constant support and assuring presence to be their sole strength on their path of accomplishing His mission.
3rd Provincial Team – Installation on 10th May 2017
10th May 2017 was a pleasantly noteworthy day for the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate of Nirmala Province as its administration was passed on from the outgoing Provincial Team to the New Provincial Team (Sr. Nirupa Puthenpurackal – Provincial Superior, Sr. Celine Mathew – Vice Provincial , Sr. Felicia, Sr. Archana – Councillors, Sr. Anjali Jacob – Councillor and Provincial Treasurer, Sr. Daisy George – Provincial Secretary).The Installation ceremony of the New Provincial Superior, Sr. Nirupa & her Team took place in the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 11.00 a.m. officiated by Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’ Souza, Archbishop of Agra in the Provincialate chapel .The theme that flew through the entire liturgy was – “The Almighty has done great things….” – Lk. 1:49. After the Word of God read out the Jubilarians renewed their vows. His Grace in his homily highlighted that God’s intervention in our life never fails. Our trust and confidence in him helps us to completely relay on his providential care. He expounded to the gathering that religious commitment and our faithfulness of life depends on our connectivity with Christ. After the homily, there followed the installation ceremony of the new Provincial Superior and Team. They offered themselves at the feet of the Lord that he may act through them. As a symbol of the transition of leadership, Sr. Rittie, the outgoing Provincial Superior lit the candle from the main candle before the Crucified Lord and handed it over to Sr. Nirupa, the new Provincial Superior. From the candle handed over to Sr. Nirupa, her team members lit their candles. They chanted the Magnificat carrying the ignited candles in their hands and placed it before the heavenly mother seeking her guidance to take the Province forward. It was a grace filled moment. The entire Congregation prayed for them and God’s Spirit rested upon them.
4th Provincial Team – Installation on 29th June 2020
Sr. . Elvira, Superior General and her Team announced the New Provincial and Team on 2nd January 2020. We congratulated Sr. Nirupa who was reappointed as the Provincial Superior, Sr. Celine Mathew and Sr. Anjali Jacob were reappointed as Councillors. Sr. Rittie Mattathil and Sr. Rekha Punia were appointed as new Councillors.
A new day has dawned with sentiments of deep joy and profound gratitude. The installation ceremony of the New Provincial Superior and Team took place on 29th June 2020 during a prayer service with the theme ‘CALLED TO SERVE’ . As it was lockdown due to the wide spread of the Covind 19 virus only the Nirmala Provincialate community along with a few guest sisters could partake in it. On 30th June Holy Mass was offered for the intentions of the Provincial and the team by Fr. Vinoy Pulivelil, the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Parish Greater Noida.