The Province of Hyderabad came into existence on March 25, 2007, becoming the 7th Province in India with the bifurcation of the Province of Central India into Province of Hyderabad and the Province of Pune. The inauguration of these two Provinces took place on that day at Little Flower High School, Hyderabad.
Region of Central India
The expansion of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel in India is a long story of struggles and successes. Growth may have been slow, but sure and steady. From the humble beginnings of the revered pioneers in 1903, Brothers kept persistently marching ahead and the result was that the “District of India”, of the pioneering times, which eventually became an independent “Province of India” in May 1948, kept growing and expanding so fast as to make it too vast, to be efficiently administered and animated by a single Provincial team. The Province came to be divided into three administrative Regions for greater efficiency and further expansion.
Thus came into existence the Region of Central India (‘District of Hyderabad’) on 1st May 1967, headed by a Regional Superior assisted by a Regional Council of two members, appointed by the Central Administration after consultation. Though the Region was a ‘Self governing dominion’, it was grouped along with the other two Regions of South and North, under the authority of the ‘Provincial of India’.
Bro. Vincent was appointed as the Regional Superior (1967-68) with Bro. Stansilaus Joseph and Bro. Eugene Mary as Councillors and Bro. Felix as the Regional Bursar. In 1968 Bro. Felix was appointed as the Regional Superior (1968-70) with the same councilors continuing and with Bro. Dominic Mary as the Regional Bursar. From 197-75 Bro. Vincent was the Regional Superior while being the Director of Boys Town, and he was assisted by Bros. Julian, Berchmans, John de Britto (also Regional Bursar) and Bro. Montfort as the Councillors.
The Rigion of Central India comprised of the whole of Andhra Pradesh with the following institutions.
1. All Saints High School Hyderabad (1932)
2. Little Flower High School Hyderabad (1953)
3. St. Paul’s High School Hyderabad (1955)
4. St. Mark’s High School Hyderabad (1955)
5. St. Gabriel’s High School Kazipet (1955)
6. St. Joseph’s High School Kothagudem (1963)
7. St. Alphonsus’ High School Nalgonda (1965)
8. V.V. High School Mattampally (1955)
The Province of Central India (1975-2007)
In 1975, the General Council, responding to a recommendation made by the Provincial Chapter of India (December 1974) decided to set up the three Regions of India into three Provinces on June 01, 1975 with then Regional Administrations to remain as Provincial Administrations until the end of their mandate, i.e. until April 30, 1977.” In response to the wishes of the same Provincial Chapter of India, a temporary structure of co-ordination, known as the National Council, was to be set up. This National Council was to be presided over by the former Provincial of India, Bro. Antony Francisco, whose term was not over and his designation was to be “Provincial in India”. The other members were the three “Regional Superiors”, who now became Provincials, and one other representative from each Provincial Council. Bro. Vincent de Paul, Provincial Superior (1975-77)
On June 01, 1975, the Province of Central India came into existence with Bro. Vincent de Paul as its first Provincial Superior. He had Bros. Berchmans Joseph, Celestine Joseph and John de Britto as Councillors and Bro. V.K. Stephen as Provincial Bursar.
Bro. Felix, Provincial Superior (1977-80)
From 1977-1980 Bro. Felix was the Provincial Superior. His Councillors were Bros. Celestine Joseph, Lambert, Berchmans Joseph, John de Britto, Claude and Montfort of the Cross.
– Montfort Bhavan, Hyderabad, the Provincial House
– Snehanilayam, Suryapet
Bro. Celestine Joseph, Provincial Superior (1980-86)
From 1980-1986, Bro. Celestine Joseph was the Provincial Superior. During his 1st term, the Councillors were Bros. Berchmans Joseph, Vincent de Paul, Felix, Mani Mekkunnel, James Pannivelil and T.A. Joseph. Bro. George Pralel was Provincial Bursar and Local Superior of the Provincial House, Montfort Bhavan.
– Montfort ITI, Ballarsha
– St. Joseph’s Home & High School, Calangute, Goa
– St. Gabriel’s Training Institute, Ramanthapur, Hyderabad
In 1983, Bro. Celestine was reappointed Provincial Superior. The Councillors were Bros. Mani Mekkunnel, Berchmans Joseph, Thomas Aquinas, James Pannivelil, K.K. Thomas and K.M. Joseph.
– St. Thomas High School, Nuzvid
– Girijana Seva Samastha, Manapuram
Bro. Mani Mekkunnel, Provincial Superior (1986-92)
Bro. Mani Mekkunnel took charge as Provincial Superior on March 25, 1986. His Councillors, who ably assisted him, were Bros. K.K. Thomas, K.M. Joseph, T.A. Joseph, Thomas Aquinas, Vincent de Paul and Davis Vadassery. Bro. Alexius was Provincial Secretary and Bursar.
– Montfort Agricultural Secondary School, Rujewa
– Mwembeni Secondary School, Musoma
– Montfort Nilayam
Bro. Thomas Kizhakkekara, Provincial Superior (1992-95)
Bro. Thomas Kizhakkekara took charge as Provincial Superior in March 1992, the Councillors were: Bro. T.A. Joseph, Celestine Joseph, T.K. Jose, M.M. Francis, Thomas Aquinas and K.M. Joseph. Bro. Raymond was Provincial Bursar and Bro. Jimmy Kuriakose was Provincial Secretary.
– People’s Initiative Network (PIN), Hyderabad.
Bro. Thomas Reddy, Provincial Superior (1995-2001)
During Bro. Thomas Reddy’s second term of 3 years as Provincial, the Councillors were: Bros. T.A. Joseph, Varghese Theckanath, John Kallarackal, Jose Vetticattil and M.A. George. Bro. T.K. Jose was Provincial Bursar and Bro. Alexius was Provincial Secretary. From 2000 Bro.Lambert, who was appointed Province Formation Director as well as National Director of Formation, also helped in the animation of the Province.
– Montfort Higher Secondary School, Bamni, Ballarpur
– St. Mary’s Junior College, Kurnool (1996-2003)
– Montfort Community Welfare Centre, Kusumkote
– The Stephen’s School for the Deaf and Aphasic, Mumbai
– Montfort Vocational Training Centre, Corlim, Goa
– Montfort School, Garatola
– Montfort School, Repalle
– Montfort School, Nagpur
– Montfort Empowerment Park, Gorai
Bro. Varghese Theckanath, Provincial Superior (2001-07)
Bro. Varghese Theckanath took charge as Provincial Superior in March 2001 with the following Councillors: Bros. Prabhakar Reddy, Bro. K.M. Joseph, Jose Vetticattil, Franky Noronha and M.K. Mathew and Bro. M.A. George as Provincial Bursar and Bro. Alexius as Provincial Secretary.
– K.A. Montfort Institute, Shirdi
– Montfort Centenary School, Kuppam
Formation of the Province of Hyderabad
During the First Session of the XIII Provincial Chapter of the Province of Central India (11-14 December 2003), the Provincial Administration was mandated to initiate a process of restructuring the Province. On the recommendations of the Second Session of the Provincial Chapter (25-29 May 2005), the Superior General and his Council, acting collegially, on September 21, 2006, decided to create the Provinces of Hyderabad and Pune with effect from March 25, 2007, by bifurcating the Province of Central India. On September 25, 2006, the Superior General and his Council approved the lists of Communities and the lists of Brothers of the two future Provinces, as they were submitted by the Provincial Superior and Council of Central India. It was decided that the District of East Africa would be attached to the Province of Hyderabad. Further it was decided that in March, 2011, Brothers would have the possibility of expressing a definite choice of either the Province of Hyderabad or the Province of Pune.
The Inauguration of the Province of Hyderabad
The Provinces of Hyderabad was inaugurated on March 25, 2007 at Little Flower High School, Hyderabad in the presence of Archbishops Marampudi Joji of Hyderabad and Abraham of Nagpur, Bro. Rene Delorme, Superior General, Bro. Jose Thottiyil, Vicar General, Bro. John Kallarackal, Asst. General and Bro. Varghese Theckanath, the outgoing Provincial Superior, the two new Provincial Superiors, their Councillors, and a large number of Brothers and friends.