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India / North East & Nepal (Kalimpong)

The vast and beautiful Province of North East India and Nepal, stretches from the foothills of the Himalayas include the mountainous terrain of Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan and the plains and valleys of Nepal.

North East India (Kalimpong)
  • 28 communities
  • 139 sisters
  • Founded in 1926 (Became a province in 1977)
  • 5 communities
  • 23 sisters
  • Founded in 1988

In total, the province is home to 162 Sisters who share the fascinating diversity and richness of the area - geography, culture, language, ethnic origin and traditions, while seeking to live Blessed Anne Marie’s charism with creative fidelity, faith and generosity.

Ministries at Present

  • Primary Schools - 12
  • Secondary School - 3
  • Higher Secondary School - 3
Special Education
  • St. Mary’s School for hearing Impaired
  • Cluny Community College
  • Rehabilitation centre for Child Labourers
  • Child line office
  • Self help groups in villages
  • Prison Ministry
  • Dispensaries in the villages
  • Alternative Health – Herbal Medicines


  • Secretary and Animators of Holy Childhood Commission, Diocese of Darjeeling
  • Secretary of Small Christina Community, Diocese of Darjeeling
  • Agro Horti Demonstration Farm, Pudung

Historical Background

Kalimpong subdivision was in the South Tibet mission which was entrusted to the care of M.E.P. Fathers. (French Foreign Mission Society of Paris) Since the arrival of Fr. Jules Douenel M.E.P. in the South Tibet Mission in October 1892 he had been very willing to establish a Catholic Mission at Kalimpong. In March 1920 Fr. Douenel went and met Mother Ursula, Superior of Chandannagar Cluny Sisters to discuss with her the possibility to establish a Holiday Home at Kalimpong for the hot summer months that could later become a house of education.

On 23rd July 1920, the Subdivisional Officer, Kalimpong granted the sisters 1,85 acres of land on which stands St. Joseph’s Convent today.

On 17th October 1922, Mother Ursula from Chandannagar and Mother Marie Ste. Madelberthe du Sacre Coeur, the Provincial from Pondicherry, visited Kalimpong and sent a very favourable account of the possibilities for the new mission confided to the Sisters.

On 26th May 1926, the Sisters came and stayed. Mother Clare, Sr. Marie Therese, Sr. Theresa, Sr. Edmond along with Mother Ursula and Sr. Anne, two lay teachers and three young children, entrusted to the sisters at Calcutta, were welcomed at Gielle Khola Railway Terminal.

Contact Information:
  • Website:
  • Email: northeast.provi at
  • Address: Asha Deep, 8th Mile, Kalimpong, Darjeeling St. 734 301, West Bengal, India
  • Telephone: +91 03552 255912

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