The Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales was founded in 1838 in France as the embodiment of the dream and vision of the Servent of God Fr Peter Mary Mermier. The first MSFS from France arrived in Pondicherry in 1845. Their Indian successors continued their work and established over a hundred schools to benefit all strata of society. The Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales commit themselves to the apostolate of education as one of their charisms and as an expression of their concern for total human development, inspired by Gospel values. SFS Public School & Junior College at Ettumanoor established in 2003 aims to brighten the future of every person with whom we come in contact, with a 'Salesian spirit of attentiveness to the individual, characterized by firmness and gentleness,' making him or her useful to society and helping all to become aware of their own dignity and destiny.
St Francis De Sales
Francis de Sales was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God. Continue Reading
Fr. Peter Mary Mermier
Fr. Mermier founded the congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) for parish mission, foreign mission and the education of the youth.His missionary zeal impelled him to request the Holy See for a mission abroad and to accept a vast mission territory in India when the Congregation was but in its infancy with just eleven professed members.
SUPERIOR GENERAL: Fr. Abraham VettuvelilIn this year of Faith we are called to give witness of our Faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament and in our life and ministries. We are at the peak of celebrating the foundation of our beloved Congregation and the missionary fervor of our Founder, Servant of God
PROVINCIAL: Fr. Jacob KaramkuzhyWe have all along been guided by the saying of our founder Fr Peter Marie Mermier “The heart of our education is the education of the heart.” This is the spirit that moves us to work for the cause of Education. The maxim, “the quest for excellence is an endless path” is universally accepted.
"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time"