St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Dindigul

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St. Mary's Higher Secondary School
St Marys Higher Secondary School
To Know The Truth
Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, 624 001, India
School type Higher Secondary
Religious affiliation(s) Jesuit
Established 1850
Number of students 4000+
Medium of language Tamil, English

St. Mary's Higher Secondary School (Tamil: புனித மரியன்னை மேல்நிலைப்பள்ளி) was established in early 1850 by Jesuit foundation in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India to educate poor and ignorant people. The school was first started with high school in 1850. Then later it was developed as Higher Secondary School. The school was accredited by Government of Tamil Nadu Education Board. The School is a Government Aided though it has many funds from Jesuit from other countries. The school has many well experienced staff for both academic and sports.

St Marys Higher Secondary School Dindigul is the headquarters in Tamil Nadu. Under this Jesuit Institution there are many schools and Colleges in Tamil Nadu. The most popular colleges are Loyola College located at Chennai and St. Joseph's College located at Trichy.


St. Mary's Higher Secondary School was established by te Jesuits in early 1850 before India got freedom to educate poor people in Tamil Nadu. Under Jesuit instituitions in Tamil Nadu, India the first school started in the city of Tamil Nadu "Dindigul" as the first step in secondary education in Tamil Nadu.


In early India's the education was very rare to the common people. Then this idea became more efficient among foreign Jesuit people who initiated this idea. First this school was started as High School during 1850. There were many students got educated a clear efficient knowledge through education System. Then later the school was developed as Higher Secondary School.

Ignatius of Loyola[edit]

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) Founder of the Jesuits.jpg

Ignatius of Loyola (Basque: Ignazio Loiolakoa, Spanish: Ignacio de Loyola) (1491– July 31, 1556) was a Spanish knight from a Basque noble family, priest since 1537, who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was its first Superior General.[1] Ignatius emerged as a religious leader during the Counter-Reformation. Loyola's devotion to the Catholic Church was characterized by unquestioning obedience to the Catholic Church's authority and hierarchy.[2]

After being seriously wounded at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, he underwent a spiritual conversion while in recovery. The De Vita Christi written by Ludolph of Saxony inspired Loyola to abandon his previous worldly life and devote himself to labour for God, following the example of spiritual leaders such as Francis of Assisi. He experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus while at the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in March 1522. Thereafter he went to Manresa, where he began praying for seven hours a day, often in a nearby cave, while formulating the fundamentals of the Spiritual Exercises. In September 1523, Loyola reached the Holy Land to settle there, but was sent back to Europe by the Franciscans.

Between 1524 and 1537, Ignatius studied theology and Latin in Spain and then in Paris. In 1534, he arrived in the latter city during a period of anti-Protestant turmoil which forced John Calvin to flee France. Ignatius and a few followers bound themselves by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In 1539, they formed the Society of Jesus, approved in 1540 by Pope Paul III, as well as his Spiritual Exercises approved in 1548. Loyola also composed the Constitutions of the Society. He died in July 1556, was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609, canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, and declared patron of all spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Ignatius' feast day is celebrated on July 31. Ignatius is a foremost patron saint of soldiers, the Society of Jesus, the Basque Country, and the provinces of Guipúzcoa and Biscay.[3]

The youngest of 13 children, Íñigo was only seven years old when his mother died. In 1506, Íñigo adopted the last name "de Loyola" in reference of the Basque city of Loyola where he was born and later became a page in the service of a relative, Juan Velázquez de Cuéllar, treasurer (contador mayor) of the kingdom of Castile.


The organisation structure of Jesuit as follows which consists of many colleges and schools.



The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ, or SI) is a Catholic male religious order that follows the teachings of the Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits, and are also known colloquially as "God's Marines"[4] and as "The Company," these being references to founder Ignatius of Loyola's military background and the members' willingness to go anywhere in the world and live in extreme conditions. The Society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. The Society's founding principles are contained in the document Formula of the Institute, written by Ignatius of Loyola. Jesuits are known for their work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, and for their missionary efforts. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.

Ignatius founded the Society after being wounded in battle and experiencing a religious conversion. He composed the Spiritual Exercises to help others follow the teachings of Jesus Christ In 1534, Ignatius and six other young men, including St. Francis Xavier and Bl. Pierre Favre, gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope. Rule 13 of Ignatius' Rules for Thinking with the Church said: "That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity[...], if [the Church] shall have defined anything to be black which to our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black."[5] Ignatius' plan of the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by the bull containing the Formula of the Institute. The opening lines of this founding document would declare that the Society of Jesus was founded to "strive especially for the propagation and defense of the faith and progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine."[6] The Society participated in the Counter-Reformation and later in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church.

The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General, currently Adolfo Nicolás.[7][8] The headquarters of the Society, its General Curia, is in Rome.[9] The historic curia of St Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit Mother Church.

Jesuit Madurai Province[edit]


The Madurai Province is the entire State of Tamil Nadu. It is led now by Fr Sebasti L. Raj, SJ, whose office is in Dindigul.

Some of famous and best institutions of Jesuit Madurai Province are

St. Joseph's School and College, Tiruchy (1844), St. Mary's School, Dindigul (1850), St. Mary's School, Madurai (1855), St. Xavier's School (1880) and College (1923), Playamkottai, St. Francis Xavier School, Tuticorin (1884), Loyola College, Chennai (1925), De Britto School, Devakottai (1943) and St. Xavier's College of Education, Palayamkottai (1950).

History of Madurai Province[edit]

Why would the Jesuits of Tamil Nadu call their Province the Madurai Province ? The reasons are historical. Incidentally quite a few Indian Jesuit provinces have names of cities like Bombay, Patna, Jamshedpur and Ranchi. Others – like Andhra, Kerala and Gujarat – have the names of States.

Madurai Province is the oldest Province in India. Jesuit presence in this land of Tamils began since the times of St Francis Xavier. He arrived in Goa on 6 May 1542 and, after four months of stay in Goa, travelled to Tamil Nadu and worked in Manapad, Tuticorin, Madurai and Madras-Mylapore, preaching the good news of Jesus and founding Catholic communities.

After Francis Xavier came Antony Criminali (1520–1549) who was later killed by the Badagas in a raid near Vedalai, Ramnad District,Tamil Nadu. Henri Henriques (1520–1600), Goncalo Fernandez (1541–1621), Robert de Nobili (1577–1656) and others were sent from Goa to the Tamil region to continue the work of evangelisation


The colleges of Jesuit institution in Tamil Nadu are listed below


List of Jesuit Higher Secondary Schools in Tamil Nadu are

  • St.Mary's Higher Secondary School, Dindigul
  • St. Francis Xavier Higher School, Tuticorin
  • St.Mary's Higher Secondary School, Madurai
  • St. Xavier's Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai
  • De Britto Higher Secondary School, Devakottai
  • St. Arulanandar Higher Secondary School, Oriyur

About School[edit]

This school under Jesuit institution in Tamil Nadu is a main headquarters in Tamil Nadu Jesuit for both Colleges and Schools in Tamil Nadu.


This school, situated at the heart of the city. It take, a 5 minutes walk only to reach the school from Bus stand. The Hostel campus, is just opposite to the school gate. The school, mostly occupied a big area in the center of the city. The environment of the school is very perfect, because it's green full, spacious, clean and equipped with multiple play grounds. The school, contains different block, they are Main Building or Clock House( Built in British period), Jubilee Hall Block, Central Stage and Staff Rooms, Office and Library, Fathers House, and Recently (in 2010), and Engineering Class Block and also some new blocks are also built. The whole Environment suitable for all kind of students to play and study as they wish.

Governing Board[edit]




In St.Mary's students behavior and way of teaching is different from other school students.It is famous school in Dindigul. The school was conducted the Entrance Exam during the Admission of 6th and 9th Standard students.The School was providing not only education,apart from study they also teaching Sports,Extra Curricular Activities(Drama,Hand Written Competition,Poet,Music).And also they providing NSS,NCC,JRC,SCOUT,National Green Secretaries for Students.

In St. Mary's Higher Secondary School having the "Munnal Manavar Sangam".If anybody passed out from our school,please improve our School history.



The St. Mary's Higher Secondary School was providing Many Branches for Class (XI & XII)

Eligibility for Departments:

->Without Fail in X(SSLC)Exam,Every students got the place of Higher Class in St. Mary's School. ->According to the Students X(SSLC)Exam Marks they providing Branch for Student. ->Christians are first preferences for School. Because the School was started for poor Christians only. ->Other School Students also apply for XI,XII class in St. Mary's School. ->Bu Other School Students should have good academic and profile skills.

Branches in St. Mary's School:

First Group  : Computer Science Second Group  : Biology(Maths,Physics) Third Group  : Account,Commerce Fourth Group  : Vocational Group(EMR,Textile,EDA,Sports)

Note If Anyone want to full Details,Please go to Our School Administrative Office.


Sports and Games[edit]

Awards and Medals[edit]

Extra Curricular Activities[edit]



  1. ^ Idígoras Tellechea, José Ignacio (1994). "When was he born? His nurse's account". Ignatius of Loyola: The Pilgrim Saint. Chicago: Loyola University Press. p. 45. ISBN 0-8294-0779-0. 
  2. ^ "The Counter-Reformation". Washington State University. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Summer Fiestas". Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
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  5. ^ Loyola, Ignatius; Rules for Thinking with the Church (1999). Bettenson, Henry, ed. Documents of the Christian Church (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 364–367. ISBN 0-19-288071-3. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
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  7. ^ News on the elections of the new Superior General
  8. ^, Spaniard becomes Jesuits' new "black pope"
  9. ^ Curia Generalizia of the Society of Jesus