Sisterhood of St Mary (SSM)

Introduction to the community

The community is located on the northern border of Bangladesh at the foot of the Garo hills in India. The community was formed in Barisal at the Sisterhood of the Epiphany, and was sent here to work among the indigenous tribal people, side by side with St Andrew’s Brotherhood already working in the area. The membership of the Sisterhood has always been entirely indigenous. The first sisters were Bengalis – the present sisters are the fruit of their work – four are Garo, one is Bengali. They take the vows of Poverty, Purity and Obedience and live a very simple life. They lead a life of prayer and formation of girls. They also look after the Church and do pastoral work among women and children in the Parish.

Contact details

Address: St Andrew’s Mission, PO Haluaghat, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Community information

Date of foundation:
1 December 1929

Bishop Visitor: Most Revd Samuel S Mankin, Bishop of Dhaka



Sister Superior: Sister Mira Mankhin
Assumed office 2002


Sister Anita Raksam
Sister Bregita Doffo
Sister Mala Chicham
Sister Sobha Choudhury