In the year 1971 the first batch of sisters headed by Mother Theophane reached Varanasi at the request of Rt. Rev. Bp. Patrick D’Souza. Then the provincial Mother Marie Cecile and Evangeline came to take the pioneers to Ballia. The pioneers were Mother Theophane, Srs. Caroline, Amabel, Mercedes and Anne Joseph.They began their mission in a rented building (ConventVidyaBhavan)
Thus, the first North Mission field found a temporary abode in a rented house for a month in order to start an English Medium School for children aging between three-six years. His Lordship Rt. Rev. Bishop Patrick agreed to pay the rent for a year. 133 children took admission into the school. They were divided into six sections of Nursery, I and II respectively.
The classes began on 10th June 1971. Sr. Caroline took charge of the school, Mother Theophane in-charge of the convent (Superior), Srs. Amabel, Mercedes, Ann Joseph took charge of each class.
In the following year on 5th March, 1972, we began a needle work centre in order to train the poor girls to find their livelihood. On 6th January, 1973, Sr. Lucy arrived in Ballia in order to increase the number of sisters and to extend the apostolate. Thus we opened a simple dispensary in Amritpalli to treat the patients. Fr. Atul was the pioneering father of this mission station and he took care of the minute needs of the sisters. In the beginning Sr. Lucy didn’t have a proper place/accommodation to shelter them.
The sisters were not used to the extreme heat and slowly one by one began getting sick, started with Mother Theophane. As her health was deteriorating she was taken to the South. As the number of students started increasing and the school reached up to Class V. The sisters then requested Bp. Patrick to upgrade the school to high school but he was not in favour of it. On 12th April, 1975, the school had the first Parent’s Day celebration at Amritpalli and the collector laid the foundation stone of the school building. Later on when the convent was ready on 31st August, 1975, the sisters said good bye to Japlinganj. On 1st September, 1975, our Rt. Rev. Bishop blessed the convent building which was to be served as the school. On 21stJune,1984, Sr. Anita D’Monte arrived at Ballia in order to take up the school but there were no proper teachers.In spite of all these hurdles she went ahead to work for the NOC and the affiliation for the school. She had to go a number of times up and down to Lucknow. At the end we received the NOC and the affiliation on 17th April, 1986. Thus our first batch of students appeared for their Board examination on 2nd March, 1987.Sr. Carmeline conducted the exams in our school.
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