St. Mary’s Convent School, othian is a recognized Minority Educational Institution, enjoying all the rights and privileges guaranteed under Article 29&30 of the constitution of India. The school is locally administered by the guidance and direction of a Managing Director appointed by the Diocese of Jalandhar. The sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Family to run this school under the management of the Diocese of Jalandhar. The Diocesan Board of Education, Jalandhar supervises the educational policies of the institution.
The religious sisters who are serving in the various Christian institutions in Punjab and elsewhere are people who are voluntarily vowed to God to lead a holy and dedicated life of selfless service to their fellow human beings. In order to surrender themselves totally to the love of God and service of humanity they renounce family life and live in religious communities known as convents, a home of prayer and serenity.
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL.
St, Mary’s Convent School derives its name from the mother of Jesus, who is the savior and redeemer of the whole human race. The Holy Bible says, “There is salvation in no else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved”
Mother Mary was 1st century Galilean Jewish woman of Nazareth and the Quran describe Mary as a virgin and Christians believe that she conceived her Son while a virgin by the Holy Spirit. The miraculous birth took place when she was already betrothed to Joseph and was awaiting the concluding rite of marriage, the formal home-taking ceremony. She married Joseph and accompanied him to Bethlehem, where Jesus, the savior of universe, was born.
The Gospel of Luke begins its account of Mary’s life with the Annunciation, When the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced her divine selection to be the mother of Jesus. According to canonical gospel accounts, Mary was present at the crucifixion and is depicted as a member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. According to the Catholic and Orthodox teaching, at the end of her earthly life her body was assumed to have been taken directly into heaven; this is known in the West as the Assumption. Mary also has a revered position in Islam, where one of the larger chapters of the Quran is devoted to her.
Mary has been venerated since Early Christianity, and is considered by millions to be the most meritorious saint of the religion. She is claimed to have miraculously appeared top believers many times over the centuries. Christians believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus, is the Mother of God. She is in heaven interceding for everyone who interseeds to her.
The Diocesan of Jalandhar runs a number of convent schools in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh as one of its major roles is to reach quality education to every nook and corner of these states. It has schools not in cities, but also many educational institutions in remote villages where Education rights of people neglected due to many reasons. The Diocese of Jalandhar is quite aware that the progress of a Nation is possible only if all its Citizens are literate. St. Mary’s Convent School, Othian was founded under the auspices of the Diocese of Jalandhar and staffed by the sisters of the Holy family Congregation. It is a Christian minority school opened for boys and girls of all communities. The aim of the school is to impact quality education which will enable the child to grow into fuller person. The motto of the school” Learn, Love , Serve,” Through this motto of the school proposes to enlighten the young minds in the light of the true learning, Which is turn will bear fruit in loving service to God and humanity. Embedded in deep faith in the Almighty God, the school encourages every student to practice his/her religion without however, interfering with anybody else’s freedom of conscience in anyway. The students are given moral education, i.e. the ethics of good living, relating to one’s personal relationship with God, neighbor and responsibility for one’s own progress in life.