MCBS ZION PROVINCE
Zion Region was erected on May 4, 1995, and it was elevated to the status of a province on December 2, 1996. MCBS Bhavan, Shimoga was used as the Regional house and Provincial House till the errection of the new house in Kozhikode. About a half acre of land was purchased on February 2, 1996 in Kozhikode, just opposite to the main gate of the Medical College, with the aim of constructing MCBS Zion Provincial House. A temporary house was built there and it was blessed on 6th June 1996 by Thomas Elavanal, the then Superior General. The new building for the Provincial House was constructed and was blessed by Mar Paul Chittilappilly, bishop of Thamarassery, in the presence of Mar Thomas Elavanal, Bishop of Kalyan on 24th May 2001. At the time of the erection of the Province the area of operation specifically assigned for Zion Province were Archdioceses of Thrissur and Thalassery, and Shimoga Mission. Kristu Nikethan-MCBS House, Delhi and MCBS Study House, Aluva, also belonged to the Zion Province.Back to Home
MCBS AT A GLANCE
The Eucharistic-centered re-awakening in the life of the Church, initiated by the Holy Pope Pius X (1902-1914) and the renewed missionary awareness and enthusiasm in the Syro-Malabar Church in the initial decades of the 20th century were the historical backdrop in which the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament was born. God has been preparing Fathers Mathew Alakalam and Joseph Paredam of the diocese of Changanaserry to imbibe this new missionary and religious charism and consecrate themselves towards the building up of the Church. They, in fulfillment of their lifelong religious and missionary aspirations, outlined a new way of religious life in the Syro-Malabar Church by founding the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS). As the providence of God unfolded, the congregation was officially blessed and canonically erected by Mar James Kalassery, the then Bishop of Changanaserry, in the mission church at Mallappally on 7th May 1933.
The founding fathers of the Congregation have entrusted to its members, as their spiritual heritage, a religious life marked by love and single-minded devotion to the Eucharistic Lord and missionary vitality. Its Charism is to live and proclaim the Eucharistic Mystery that is celebrated, to gather the children of God around the altar to ‘praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in her sacrifice and to eat the Lord’s supper’ (SC 10), and to uphold the real presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The members of the congregation strive to attain this goal through their dedicated life and various Apostolates.
The MCBS Matures into Provinces
Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, aiming at further growth and better administrative facilities in the congregation, was divided into two Provinces, namely, MCBS Emmaus Province and MCBS Zion Province in 1996. The MCBS Emmaus Province has its headquarters at Kaduvakulam in the Archdiocese of Changanaserry, and the MCBS Zion Province has its Provincial House in Kozhikode in the diocese of Thamarassery. Ever since the erection of the two provinces, the congregation has been witnessing tremendous growth in all spheres of life and activities. The congregation has, at present, more than 95 Houses and other Institutions in different dioceses within and outside of India. The Congregation also has two officially declared Regions: MCBS Maharashtra Region (2009) and MCBS Karnataka Region (2010). In course of time hopefully these regions will mature into provinces. Clinging on to the edge of Jesus’ cloak, MCBS looks towards other providentially guided missionary expansions, explorations, and expeditions.
As we look back to the past eight decades, we feel very much grateful to the Eucharistic Lord, who has been always with us to guide and protect us. We are well aware of the fact that it is through the strenuous efforts and ardent prayers of our beloved founders and their followers that the congregation has been built up as it is now within this short span of time. We are bound to appreciate and imitate their inspiring example, loyalty to the divine call, endurance through the hardships and their unwavering faith in the providence of God.
|Major Seminarians||133||Novices||30||Minor Seminarians||124|
|Houses of Formation||10||Houses and Institutions||93||Mission Centers||21|
|Mission Stations||38||Ayurvedic Hospitals||01||B. Ed College for Spe.Edu||01||Children’s Homes||08||Dispensaries||12||General Hospitals||01||Govt. Sc. for Ment. Deficient||02||HIV Aids Hospital||02||Home for the Ment. Deficient||03||Hostels||10||ITI||02||Nursery Schools||21||Printing Press||01||Retreat Centers||03||Schools||32||Self -Help Groups||750||TB. Sanitorium||01||Tailoring Schools||18||Training Centre For Duff and Dumb||01||Vocational Training Centre for the Ment. Deficient||01|
MCBS ZION PROVINCE IN WORLD WIDE
MCBS ZION PROVINCE IN INDIA
|Kerala||Kannur, Kazargod, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Trissur, Waynadu|
|Karnataka||Bangalore, Davangere, Karwar, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi|
|Meghalaya||East and West Garo Hills|