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Conclusion


It took four decades for the pioneers of the Company of St Ursula to be a canonically recognized institute in the Church. It waited for 60 years in order to become a congregation of  "PONTIFICAL RIGHT".

This only shows that for an indigenous women religious congregation in India to make so-called ’progress’ with slender financial means and non-glamorous apostolate is a herculean task. Their own humble beginnings and struggles for survival and growth have caused them untold pain and humiliation. Yet the Sisters know whatever is done to the least of their brothers and sisters is done to Christ, and this is their reward.

Fortunately the dawn of the Second Vatican Council, which urged Christians and much more the religious to share in the joys and griefs, anxieties and hopes of the world and thus be in the world, has brought unnumbered blessings to the Congregation. Their simple life-style, unassuming ways of mixing with the poor and working for them were much needed in the Church of today. The Ursuline Franciscans have earned credit for what they are rather than for what they have.

The Decree of Pontifical Right in 1995 is both a privilege and a challenge. On the one side the Institute can enjoy more freedom in its growth and mission, on the other it must feel itself called upon to accept responsibility in its efforts to march into the untrodden paths towards the growth of the Kingdom.