Provincial Directory - Religious Communities
CSS - Christa Sevika Sangha (Handmaids of Christ)
Registered Charity : No. 286615 (UK)
The Community was founded in 1970 and was under the care of the Sisterhood of the Epiphany until 1986, when its own Constitution was passed and Sister Susila SE was elected as Superior. The Sevikas supervise girls' hostels and a play-centre for small children. They also help in St Gabriel's School and supervise St Mary's Asroi (Home) at Barisal. The Community also produces for sale a wide variety of goods and produce. The Visitor is the Bishop of the diocese.
Name: Mother Susila CSS
(Mother Foundress, 25 January 1970;elected Revd Mother CSS in July 1986)
Address: Jobarpar, Barisal Division, Uz Agailjhara, 8240, Bangladesh
Address: Oxford Mission, Bogra Road,
PO Box 21, Barisal, 8200,
Tel: +880-(0431) 54481
SSM - Sisterhood of St Mary (Bangladesh)
The community is located on the northern border of Bangladesh at the foot of the Garo hills in India. The community was formed in Barisal at the Sisterhood of the Epiphany, and was sent here to work among the indigenous tribal people, side by side with St Andrew's Brotherhood already working in the area. The membership of the Sisterhood has always been entirely indigenous. The first sisters were Bengalis - the present sisters are the fruit of their work - all are Garo. They take the vows of Poverty, Purity and Obedience and live a very simple life. They lead a life of prayer and formation of girls. They also look after the Church and do pastoral work among women and children in the Parish.
Name: Sisiter Mira Mankhin SSM
(Sister Superior, assumed office 2002)
Address: St Andrew's Mission, PO Haluaghat, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
BE - St Paul's Brotherhood (Brotherhood of the Epiphany)
The Community was founded in 1879 in response to an appeal to the University of Oxford by the Bishop of Calcutta, India, for work to be done among the educated people of the city. The brothers lived and worked close to the University.
Later, branch houses were formed at Behala, Barisal and Jobarpar. The partition of India in 1947 resulted in the separation of the work in India and the work in what is now Bangladesh.
With the death of the Fathers in India, the work there is carried on by a priest of the Church of North India. The work of the Mission continues at Barisal under the supervision of the Church of Bangladesh where the Mission runs boarding schools, two Christian students' hostels, St Anne's Medical Centre, an orphanage and a primary school. The Brotherhood and the Christa Seva Sangha are both involved in this work.
Name: Father Francis Pandey SPB
(Father Superior, assumed office 1993)
Address: Oxford Mission, Bogra Road, PO Box 21, Barisal, 8200, Bangladesh
Tel: +91-0431 53866 & 54481
Fax: +91-11 2398 1025
Other Addresses in India
Mr. A. Roy
Oxford Mission, Barisha
Calcutta 700 008