OF THE SISTERS OF THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
Bethany Sisters Generalate
Vadavathoor P.O., Kottayam- 686 010, Kerala, India.
Tel. 0481-2578537, 2578437, Fax : 2578537
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (SIC), called ‘Bethany Sisters’ was founded by Servant of God Mar Ivanios on 8 September 1925 in the Syrian Jacobite Church. Mar Ivanios believed that the spiritual renovation of the Malankara Jacobite Church is possible only through dedicated men and women in the Church. Being guided by the Holy Spirit, Mar Ivanios founded the Congregation as a source of spiritual force and renewal of the Malankara Syrian Church. Accompanied with the path of the founder, the first ten members of the Congregation also re-united with the Catholic Church on 22 September 1930, which was officiated by Mar Ivanios himself. Bethany, an active Congregation lays emphasis on liturgical life, as a life of prayer and contemplation. By the grace of God Almighty and the benevolence of His Excellency Cardinal Eugine Tisserant, head of the Sacred Congregation of the Oriental Churches, the SIC Congregation was raised to the Pontifical Status on 6 August 1956. In 1975, Generalate has shifted from Tiruvalla to Kalathipady, Kottayam.
The Charism of the Congregation is spiritual renewal of the Syro- Malankara Church, Reunion, Evangelization and the upliftment of women through Imitation of Christ. Now there are 819 Sisters and 19 Novices in the five Provinces of Trivandrum, Tiruvalla, Bathery, Pathanamthitta and Muvattupuzha. Our missionary activities extend to four continents Asia, Europe, America & Africa.