Blessed with a very ancient religio-cultural heritage, the Indian State of Gujarat is home to numerous saintly men and women, mystics, religious and social reformers, frequented pilgrim centres, beautiful mountains, forests and rivers that invite large numbers of seasonal migrating birds. Known for their philanthropy, the Gujaratis are hospitable, industrious and staunch believers in their religious. It was in this state, more precisely in the diocese of Rajkot, that the Society of Devpriya Sisters an indigenous religious Congregation was born on March 26, 1989.
Founded by Bishop Gregory Karotemprel cmi, Bishop of Rajkot, a man of deep faith and trust in the providence, the Society of Devpriya’s charism is, “to proclaim the compassionate love of Jesus through deeds and words.”
The Congregation is consecrated to Jesus of the Gospel, “who went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). The Congregation perseveres to realize its aim the service of man and the glory of God – through a llife of personal sanctity, community witness and dedicated service among the poor and the needy. The Congregation practices a style of evangelization that is adapted to the life and culture of the people. The charism of the Congregation practicing the compassionate love of Jesus makes a preferential option for the poor, especially women and children.
The Devpriya sisters reach out to villages and promote their holistic development by engaging mainly in three sectors of activities: education, health care and empowerment through creation of social awareness. Accordingly their apostolate includes:School, vocational training, housing projects, collaboration with governmental agencies, rehabilitation programmes for victims of natural catastrophes, boarding for orphan girls , home for the aged, care for street children, balawadis, tuition classes, non-formal education, schools, tailoring classes , dispensaries, mobile clinics, medical camps , terminal homes, HIV/AIDS care centre, mahila mandals and self-help groups.