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 Ancillae Secular Institut

“Ecce Ancilla Domini”
‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord’
Lk 1,38

Who are we?

We, Ancillae are

  • A spiritual community

  • A Secular Institute for women

  • Who live in the heart of the world


Our Foundress                      Madam Maria Radlmair
Origin                                    In the diocese of Augsburg,
                                            Germany, in 1946

Estalished                              In 1971 by Pope Paul VI

Extension to India                   In 1968, in the diocese of Pala,
                                             Moolamattom, South India.

Our model in the consecrated life is Virgin Mary, the first and the perfect Ancilla.

The Institute has taken it’s name from her word of consent to the divine plan of God when the good news of incarnation of God’ son was announced to her by the angel Gabriel. She express her response to God’s loving design in words of unique beauty and depth, “behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord”.

We surrender ourselves to the will of God and try to realize His will in our daily lives by involving ourselves in secular realities.

We consecrate ourselves to God following the evangelical counsels of celibacy, poverty and voluntary obedience.

Thus we want to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit through whom the salvation takes place.

Thus we become ‘the salt of the earth’ and ‘the light of the world’. Mt 5,13

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