Official Website of Bishop Mar Mathew Makil


Mar Mathew Makil was born on 27th march 1851 at Manjoor in Kottayam District. He was appointed Vicar General for the Southists in the Vicariate of Kottayam in 1889. When the Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam and Trichur were re-organized into Trichur, Ernakulam and Changanassery in 1896, he was nominated Titular Bishop of Trallus and appointed Vicar Apostolic of Changanassery. In 1911, a new Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam was constituted exclusively for the Knanaya Catholics and Mar Mathew Makil was transferred to Kottayam as Vicar Apostolic. He died at Kottayam on 26th jan 1914


Sisters of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (SVM)


The sisters of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (SVM) is a religious Congregation for women in the Arch Diocese of Kottayam.It took its origin in the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala,India. Servant of God Mathew Makil founded it on 24th June 1892 at Kaipuzha,Kottayam . Bishop Charles Lavinge officially recognized and blessed our Congregation. Sr. Mary Aley and Sr. Mary Margaret are the pioneers of the Congregation.

The main reason for starting this congregation was to facilitate the vocation to religious life for the women of Southest Catholic Community. At that time there was no religious congregation for women in the southest catholic community.The second aim was to give education and formation for girls, thereby to uplift and enrich the families and society at large.Our founder servant of God Mathew Makil believed that the growth and development of the society will take place through the foundation of a religious community.At the same time our sisters are doing a marvelous service in different hospitals and clinics in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Banglore, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Tanzania and U.S.A.

The charism of SVM is to follow the gentle,humble Jesus and bear witness to His Sweet,gentle love through education, of the children and women.Live+Jesus is the otto of our congregation.The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the source and perfection of our Charism.the Blessed virgin Mary,Our Lady of Visitation is our mother and guide.St.Francis Sales, St.Jane Chantal and St.Margaret MAry are our heavenly Patrons.Servant of God Mathew Makil is our powerful guiding force.

At present we give education from play school to university level. Care of sick, parish and family apostolate, Hostel apostolate and missionary work,counselling services are the fields of our service.Our specific mision is to guide and inspire all the people towards the sweet gentle heart of Jesus through Christian formation.

Our Generalate is situated at Nattassery, Kottayam, Kerala, India. At present there are 614 sisters spread out in India and abroad witnessing to the deep and gentle love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus