The Visitation Province Bangalore is the newest province of Sisters of Notre Dame world wide. our saintly pioneers from Chardon, Ohio, USA and our India Sisters both passionate missionaries, have been presenting to the society the best of education, holistic health care, spiritual assistance and family support since 1949. The ripple effect of Notre Dame education and other apostolic activities reached far and wide in country. Soon Notre Dame India Mission was ready to sent out missionaries to East Africa in 1992. The growing membership and affiliations and the increasing geographical distances necessitated in the formation of a new province for effective administration and expansion. ‘The provincal and Bangalore, Karnataka became its provincial administrative center.
The Coesfeld Foundation to which the Sisters of Notre Dame , India belongs is the third off-shoot of the congregatiopn begun in Belgium, the second being The Sisters of Notre Dame Amersfoort, Holland. When the founding members, Hilligonda Wolbring and Elizabeth Kuling, with their characterizing joy and enthusiasm gathered around them the orphaned and abandoned children, a new branch of Sisters of Notre Dame was instituted in Germany.
The seed of God’s Love, planted in 1949 in Jamalpur belonging to the Diocese pf Patna, Bihar, India by the Notre Dame American poineers and other missionaries from the Christ the King Province, sporuted in due time, got nurtured and grew into a mighty tree. The Province of Our Lady of the Assumption’ grew stronger and stronger, spreading its branches to other States of Northern India as young religious-minded catholic girls of India, desirous of imbibing St.Julie’s spirit and charism joined and strengthened the membership.
Notre Dame has been blessed with leaders of vision with undaunted courage and hope. The periodic political unrest in North and restrictions in admission to Colleges for young Sisters alomg with the irregularities of Board-examinations in the State if Bihar where the Notre Dame head-quarters and Formation Centers are, made it an urgent need to have a house in South of India. Sister St. Thomas, the then Provincial superior, responded Whole-heartedly to the providential sign that came 1967, in the form of an invitation from Bishop Mathias Fernandes. Bishop of Mysore Diocese, Karnataka State, requesting for Notre Dame Sisters for future apostolic work. The Indian province in 1969, her twentieth year in the land of Our Lady of the Asssumption spread her apostolate to the South of India, first establishing a study-house in Lalithamahal, which later got shifted to Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore and venturing soon after into the ministry of education.
In came another offer of tremendous scope for growth! God’s provident care was very much alive in the offer to take up Sophia High School, Bangalore established in 1949 by the Sisters of the Siciety of the Religious of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.