Sant Joseph Sevika Sanstha very heavily draws its inspiration from its Foundress Mother Baptista Simons SSpS and from its Co-foundress Mother Josapha SSpS.
SJS Foundress Mother Baptista Simons SSpS
Most Rev. Mother Baptista Simons (1918-2009) was a Dutch missionary nun from Servants of the Holy Spirit religious order. She founded the Congregation of Sant Joseph Sevika Sanstha headquartered in Indore (India) on 13th of January 1965. The prime objective of Sant Joseph Sevika sisters is to move out into the society in loving service towards all, especially the poor and less privileged. The mission of SJS had its humble beginnings in Indore and has grown to a stage where it has its presence in 13 dioceses of India.
Important biographical information of Mother Baptista Simons:
Mother Baptista’s birth : 9th July 1918
Baptismal Name : Hubbertina Maria Simons
Parents: Father : John Baptist Simons
Parents: Mother : Cornelia Cox Simons
Date of entrance : 17.10.1939
Date of Postulancy : 02.01.1940
Date of Novitiate : 02.06.1940
Date of first profession : 02.02.1942
Date of Final profession : 02.07.1948
Date of appointment to India : June,1951
Left India after 46 years of work : 24th February 1999
Left for Heavenly Abode : 27th July 2009