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india political mapThe first Indian Claretian – Fr. Joseph Madhavath - was ordained on 27 July 1968. The first Claretian house was Claret Bhavan, the minor seminary at Kuravilangad in Kerala. Since then, there has been a remarkable growth of Claretian presence and ministries in India.

Currently, Indian Claretians are organized under four Major Organisms, viz., Provinces of Bangalore, Chennai, St. Thomas, and the Independent Delegation of North East India. There are 404 Claretian priests and 131 professed candidates in formation, as on 31 May 2015. In India, the Claretians are engaged in a variety of ministries, such as:

√ Pastoral Care of Catholics   √ Evangelization & New Evangelization
 √ Education – basic and higher  √ Revitalization of Religious Life through Institute of Consecrated Life
 √ Claretian Publications  √ Indian Bible Foundation
 √ Ministry to People affected with Leprosy  √ Ministry to People who are visually challenged
√ Social uplift of the tribals and the poor √ Care for those affected with HIV-Aids
√ Health ministry √ Legal services
√ Youth & Women Empowerment √ Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)  
√ Collaborative services with likeminded NGOs  

 

india northeast zone mapClaretians arrived in the Northeast India in 1984, taking up services in Tura in Meghalaya. Currently, there are 41 priests, 7 professed students in formation, 37 novices and postulants (as on March 31, 2016) serving in four states in the Northeast – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, and West Bengal. Pastoral care, education, social justice, health ministry, justice-peace-integrity of creation (JPIC), youth empowerment, women empowerment, and tribal development are the major thrust areas of their service in the Northeast. These works are directed through four registered charitable societies, viz., Claretian Formation Association of Northeast India, Shillong; Claretian Society for Integral Human Development, Guwahati; Presentation Catholic Church, Nonghyllam; and Integral Tribal Welfare Society, Ampati.

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