Our Pioneers

Go to the whole world and proclaim the Good News… (Mk 16: 15). This is the command of Jesus to his disciples and to the whole Church. The Indian Church has been faithfully proclaiming the message of Christ in the multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious context. The Lord inspired great missionaries like the Apostle, St. Thomas, St. Francis Xavier and St. John de Britto to come to India to continue the Mission of Christ.
Rev. Fr. Marcel Gendrot, the Former Superior General received repeated invitations from the Brothers of St. Gabriel to lay the foundation for the S.M.M. in India. The General Council delegated Fr. F. Setzer and Fr. W. Jukka, to visit India in order to discover the possibilities to realize this project. With the intention of SMM in India, during their stayFr. Jukka observed that India was a religious country and got a tremendous possibility for vocations for priesthood from different states for our Congregation.
Brothers of St. Gabriel were kind enough to offer their Pre-Novitiate for the immediate use and stay of the Fathers in the initial stage. Fr. W. Jukka had already sensed that the Indian Government was slowly closing the doors to the Christian missionaries. Fr. Jukka met the Arch Bishop of Delhi and his secretary to establish Montfort Fathers’ presence in India. In theExtraordinary General Council held in 1976,it was decided to begin S.M.M. presence in India. The first Montfortianswho came to India were Rev. Frs. AttlioCorna and MichaelangeloCorna and Mario Belloti. After staying with Bro. L. Bueraunear Benedictine monastry, kengeri, Bangalore, the Fathers made their way toDharmaram College, Bangalore. The CMI Fathers were kind enough to accommodate them in their Seminary wing.In the course of years Fr. Isidoro also joined the team. One of the Fathers by name Fr. Giovanni Crippa was surprised to see rapid development. He wrote that within 5 years of their foundation, “I could see 3 priests, 3 Theologians, 6 Novices and 14 aspirants in India.”