Sacred Heart Congregation was founded by Venerable Fr.Mathew Kadalikkattil in 1911 in Kerala. He was a zealous priest and a great model for all those who came in contact with him. He was filled with compassion to uplift the oppressed. One of the greatest contributions of Rev.Father is the commencement of women education. The care of the sick and the destitute, social welfare services and such other activities were also undertaken according to the needs of the church and the people of the locality. His mission is continued by the Sacred Heart Sisters through various charitable institutions in different parts of India. At present we have educational institutions in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Utter Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala.
The tiny mustard seed planted by Rev. Fr. Mathew Kadalikattil hundred years ago has now grown and become a large tree spreading its branches far and wide in four continents. The Congregation has celebrated the centenary of it's foundation in 2011(1911-2011).There are 3599 professed sisters and 433 houses for the Congregation as on 30th June 2011. Our apostolate covers pastoral work, Evangelization, care of the destitute , health care, home mission, education, Social Service orphanages, Schools for the mentally and physically challenged, home for the aged and disabled , Press and Publications etc. At present we have educational institutions in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Utter Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala. We run hospitals, schools, houses for the aged and children, training centers physically handicapped, mentally challenged and insane and other humanitarian activities. We also help in Parish work like catechizing and liturgical training. In all fields of work we try to uphold and display our special charism of the overflowing compassionate love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Land Mark in the History of the Congregation
01/01/1911: The beginning of the Congregation
01/09/1912: Establishment of the first house.
21/06/1931: The Congregation got its own identity
23/05/1936: The sad demise of the Founder Father & Approbation of the Congregation by Holy Father Pius XI
06/09/1936: Mortal remains transferred to the chapel of Sacred Heart convent
11/03/1976 : Raising the Congregation into Pontifical by Rome
24/01/1989: Cause of Beatification of Founder Father started
11/01/2011: Centenary of the foundation of the Congregation
27.06.2011: Declared as Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI