Perpetual Help Sri Lanka

Perpetual Help Sri Lanka
The Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Congregation

 
1733-1810

Johanna Francisca Maximiliana Amerlinck

 Mother Amerlinck (Foundresss) 1733 – 1810. Belgium

Huys van Caritate started in 1768

Mother Clara Millecam ( Marie Catherine)

governed the Institute after the example of the Foundress whose close associate she had always been. Died in 1814

Mother. Isabelle Haenebeck 1814 –1817

re-elected till her death in 1834. In 1815 a Home was opened for girls, under the patronage of the Most Blessed Virgin and  St.  Vincent de Paul.  The girls were called Daughters of St. Ursula. In 1819 the King ordered the return of the grant to Mother Isabelle. She was Superior for over 20 years having edified her community by her great generosity and her true religious spirit. The community had lost a real mother and superior who did only care for the greater glory of God and the well-being of her sisters and her neighbor.

Mother. Marie-Anna van Houtegem

elected in 1835 for 3 years – and re-elected till 1853. She governed her community with great wisdom and prudence. Remarkable were her edifying and pious life, her great faith and charity, her motherly love and care for the poor.

Mother Constancia De Backere

elected in 1853. Died in 1902 In 1862 several adjoining houses were purchased. She was zealous in the service of the Lord and of her neighbor.

In 1868 there was a grand celebration on the occasion of the 1st century of the foundation of Amerlinck’s Institute. In 1875 more adjoining houses were purchased and   added to the already existing buildings.

In 1881 she was obliged by the “GEUZEN” (anti-religious government) to leave the first convent building with her whole community and school children. But she had   unwavering faith and trust in divine providence.

In 1890 there was a grand celebration on the occasion of the anniversary of the Institute. Another wondrous favour received through the intercession of Our Lady and St. Joseph.
In 1896 she took in more ladies to the Home. She exercised her duties with simplicity, punctuality and great prudence. She was a real Mother and wise adviser, loved and revered by everybody, an example of virtue for her sisters, very zealous for the growth and the prosperity of the Institute.

In 1881 there was an order to leave the original building of the Huys van Caritate.

Mother Marie-Paule from 1902 – 1922

Mother Gertrude Vandenbroucke 1922 – 1931

In response to an appeal from Pope Pius XI in favour of the Missions, and to a direct appeal from the Government of Ceylon to have Missionary sisters, Mother Gertrude did not hesitate to send a first group of seven  sisters to Ceylon in April 1929 and a second group of five  more sisters in December 1929. And this was at a time when the number of sisters was scarce and the work in full expansion.

Mother Francisca de Geeter

Appointed in 1931 till her death in 1948. She took a 3rd group of Missionary sisters off to Marseille and entrusted their sea-voyage and their future work to the motherly care of Mary, Star of the Sea. She had to suffer all the trials of World War II 1940 – 45. In the 2nd great Institution at Courtrai and in the smaller communities, she improved the buildings, expanded the activities and above all, she fostered the religious spirit. In the first years after her religious profession, it was her task to care for the sick sisters. In the sick, she saw and served the Lord Jesus himself. She lived a quiet, hidden life, deeply united with her heavenly Bridegroom. Till the end of her mandate she was convinced that she had not the necessary talents nor the qualities for this task. All throughout she had to rely on her spirit of faith and her trust in God’s never failing grace and assistance. During her last years, she was mostly sick and ailing and very weak, but always full of patience and abandonment to God’s Holy will, constantly concerned and encouraging the other sisters. Outstanding was her never- failing kindness towards everybody.

Mother Hedwige Deforche

1948 till retirement in 1966 at the fixed retirement age of 70 years. In 1953 she visited her Missionary sisters in Ragama, Ceylon, and planned the erection of a Novitiate for Ceylonese sisters.

In 1954, after much trouble and after paying a cost of 420,000 francs. she got back the foundation buildings in Courtrai and the “Octrooi” documents and everything that had been confiscated in I88I by the Liberal Government.

In 1957 she started the Federal Novitiate at Heule, “Immaculata.”

In response to the appeal of Pope Pius XII , she allowed one sister to join the Federal Foundation in Congo, Vicariate Bukavu. In 1961 she visited South Africa and in 1963 she sent there three Missionary sisters to the mission of Stilfontein, Transvaal. In 1963 she accepted the charge of the Fabiola Klinik at Blankenberge, where the sisters who had been obliged to leave Ceylon took up a new apostolate.

Mother Renata Madou – 1966 at the General Chapter she was elected the 10th Superior General

10th Superior General  in Belgiam and Sri Lanka

10th Superior General
in Belgiam and Sri Lanka

In 1967 she added a new apostolate and allowed Sr. Amata Belaen to join the White-Yellow Cross which consists in giving nursing and medical care to sick people in their       homes.
In 1968 she made the canonical visitation to Ceylon from January 8th till April 17th. Through conferences and instructions, she explained to the Ceylonese sisters the       proceedings and the resolutions of the General Chapter and the new rule of life, ” Accept me O Lord and I shall live.” Through personal contacts with each one of them, she  tried her best to inspire them with new fervor and help them to become better religious, witnesses of the love of Christ. She resigned on account of ill-health on January 27

 

 

 

Sister Paula Spleers

11th Superior General  Rev. Sr. Paula 2

11th Superior General Rev. Sr. Paula

In May 1970 she was appointed for a term of 5 years. In 1975 she was re-elected. In 1978 she visited her missionary sisters in South Africa who were  working in another

district in Taung.

In 1991 Sr.Go1dewende was appointed Superior General .

She is the present Superior General in Belgium.

Rev. Sr.Godwende

Rev. Sr.GodwendIn 1991