Sisters of Notre Dame…Missioned to Incarnate the Love of our good and provident God


Our Lady of the Assumption Provincial Center
Our Lady of the Assumption Province
Patna, India
First Sisters arrived in 1949
Established as a Province in 1961
On the invitation of Rt. Rev. A.F. Wildermuth, SJ, Bishop of India, Christ the King Province sent 6 Sisters to start the mission in India. They arrived in Jamalpur on October 31, 1949 and each year the whole Province celebrates October 31 st as Pioneers’ Day. Over the years, 12 more missionaries from USA have served in India as members of the Assumption Province. The Novitiate opened in Jamalpur in 1954 and since then, more than 300 Indian women have professed vows as Sisters of Notre Dame.gation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. As the heart of the congregation, it is fittingly located in Rome close to the center of Catholicism. The community of the Motherhouse is an international group of sisters from a variety of countries throughout the SND world. The Motherhouse is home to the General Administration and other sisters engaged in congregational work and studies.
In 1950 we opened Notre Dame Academy (an English medium school, from Kindergarten through Standard 11), preparing girls to take the Cambridge Overseas Examination, which is now the Indian School Certificate Exam. The Sisters also administered and taught in St. Joseph Parish Hindi Medium School. Since that time, our sisters have opened many Hindi and English medium schools in different States of India in response to requests. We have established over 30 mission stations in both North and South of India. Our sisters also began their medical work in 1949, opening a small dispensary in Jamalpur. Since then, the sisters have been trained as doctors and nurses to carry on medical work in our Health Centres.
In 1992, three Indian sisters were sent from Patna to start a mission in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. The three pioneers initially taught and administered a diocesan boarding school (Ngarenaro) for girls. Over the years 15 more Indian Sisters have served in East Africa. A formation house for African young women was built at Njiro, Arusha in 2001. The Mission in Tanzania and Kenya was constituted into a delegation under the Assumption Province on May 10, 2009, with the name “Holy Spirit Province Delegation” The total number of houses in the Holy Spirit Delegation were eight: 1)St. Joseph’s, Ngarenaro, Arusha; 2)Formation House, Njiro;3) Zinduka, Njiro; 4)Don Bosco, Shinyanga; 5)Mount Sinai, mlolongo, Nairobi, Kenya;6)Syokimau Nairobi; 7)Simanjiro, Tanzania and 8)Kiomboi, Tanzania. In 2015 the two houses in Uganda under the U.S. Provinces, were amalgamated with the houses in Tanzania and Kenya and brought directly under the Generalate as “Holy Spirit General Delegation.” Another major change was that the Indian Missionary Sisters have been transferred back to India most of them returning between 2021 and 2022.
A major event was the bifurcation of the Assumption Province in December 2004, constituting the houses in the States of Kerala, Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra into the new Province of “Our Lady of the Visitation” with its Provincial Centre in Bangalore, Karnataka.
At present (2022) the Assumption Province has 35 houses; 231 professed Sisters; 15 novices. The Assumption Province is getting close to its Platinum Jubilee celebration (1949-2024).
  • Catechetical and Pastoral Ministry
  • Education
  • Formation for Religious Life
  • Hostels for Children
  • Health Care/Medical Ministries
  • Legal Services
  • Outreach Programs for Women and Children
  • Retreat Work
  • Socio-Pastoral and Village Development Programs Among the Poor
  • Staffing Health Centres as Doctors and Nurses
  • Vocation Awareness Programmes
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Outreach ministry for LGBTQ Community in Patna
  • Asha Kiran (Home for Girls in Distress)

India—Patna, Bihar Province
Notre Dame Provincial House
Pataliputra P.O. Patna, 800 013
Bihar, India
Phone: 0091-612-2260111

Vocation Director
Sister Mary Swati, SND 8135814816
Contact Sister

Sister Mary Reshma, SND
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Our Lady of the Assumption Province Website



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