Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel

The Society of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, was founded about three hundred years ago by a French Saint named St. Louis Marie De Montfort. As a Society they try to live the Gospel values after the example of Montfort, who lived it radically, in his own way and in his own times.
Educational apostolate is the ministry for which we have been called and sent forth after the special charism of their Founder-Louis Marie De Montfort.
In our educational apostolate, we give priority to faith and value formation in the young. Their primary option is in favour of the educationally and economically less favoured. We collaborate with the concerted action of educators, parents and other professional bodies who also work in the same field for the cultural, social and technical development of the country.
We proudly share the common philosophy and teaching methods of the Catholic Church in general, and draw on the rich educational experience and the traditions inherited as a Society for over three centuries.
Holistic approach to education is our forte as they firmly believe that a young person learns from his / her whole school experiences. Hence a whole lot of programmes and an ideal environment is set for the young in all their educational institutions.
Montfort Brothers stalled their first mission in India in 1903. Today we work in almost all the States of India, in varied fields that include formal and non-formal education, both technical and academic; care and rehabilitation of street children and orphans, social action and village up- liftment programmes.

St. Louis Marie De Montfort
St. Louis Marie De Montfort was born at a place called Montfort in Western France on 31st January 1673 to Mr. Jean Baptiste and Mrs. Jeanne Robert.
After his studies at St. Sulpice Seminary in Paris, he was ordained a priest in the year 1700. As a missionary Montfort lived a good deal among the poor people. He had concern for the marginalised, the sick, the uneducated, the disabled and all those whom the society neglected.
He was a man of paradoxes. He was a man of character: violent at times and yet very kind and compassionate. He was always active, and yet he found time for prolonged contemplation and prayer. He was persecuted and despised, and yet he never complained. He was aware of his limitations, but at the same time he excelled in almost all the fields he ventured into: writing, carving, drawing, preaching, organising and leading people to God.
He could never make any compromise in radically following the Gospel- not parts and paragraphs, but Gospel in its entirety. He clearly understood how cross and resurrection were inter connected. He also had a very clear understanding of the role of Mary in the life of the Church.
For the people with the same vision who joined him, he founded the Society for the Brothers named  'Brothers of St. Gabriel';  the Society  of the Priests named 'The Company of Mary' and the Society of the Sisters known as the 'Daughters of Wisdom.'
After seventeen years of active ministry, he died of exhaustion at the age of 43, on 28th April 1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Serve in France.

MONTFORTIAN EDUCATION
Montfortian educative mission is a part of the mission of the Catholic Church, which aims at the integral development of the young.
Faithful to its rich traditions and experiences gained over three centuries in the field of education, through a process of education and culture, Montfortian institutions everywhere collaborate with the young in bringing all their talents to full maturity, in building a unified personality, emotionally balanced, freed from negative conditionings, possessing good solid principles, and open to truth and responsible freedom.
Conscious of the fact that a young person learns his / her lessons from the whole school setting, all the school activities and programmes are prepared so as to help the young to attain personal growth characterised by:
* a desire for truth, justice, peace and brotherhood
* freedom that assumes responsibility, tolerance and respect for others.
* an active and discerning attitude towards life.
* an openness to other cultures, devoid of prejudices and discrimination.
* a sense of social responsibility that calls for participation and commitment.
Sufficient weightage is also given to the tangible developments that have been made in educational philosophy and the new techniques in pedagogy.
Montfortian institutions all over the world seek to develop qualities of mind and heart that will enable the students to work with others for the good of all. They help the young to critically assume their place in the society with a sense of participation and co-responsibility, by actively playing their part in bringing about social change in favour of the poor, the weak and the downtrodden, where all are respected as children of God.
To this end, Montfortian Institutions seek to create an environment truly conducive to good education, where all the members of the educative community are co-responsibly involved.

Montfortian Education Policy

1. The school is a place for the integral information of persons by means of a systematic and critical assimilation of culture. This vital approach takes place in the school in the form of personal contacts and commitment which consider absolute values in a life context and seek to insert them into a life frame work. The school stimulates the students to exercise their intelligence through the dynamics of understanding to attain clarity and inventiveness. It must help them spell out the meaning of those experiences and their truths. Any school which neglects this duty and which merely pre-cast conclusions hinder the personal development of its students.
2. The staff dedicates themselves in special way to education particularly that of youth and the under-privileged. They consider this work as an eminent service to humanity and a privileged means of promoting the formation in which a specific concept of the world, man and  history is developed and conveyed.'
3. The school motivates and stimulates students to exercise their innate and acquired intelligence through effective dynamics that help to understand what is truth and the true purpose of life.
4. Every member of the school community adopts a common vision and outlook of life, based on the values he/she believes.
5. The School provides the individual, scope for development from within and the educational programme is directed to the growth of the whole person.
6. The content and methodology of the educational system reflect the human and spiritual values of the society and the nation.
7. Academic excellence is to be achieved through hard work, practical applications and clear logical thinking.
8 Each pupil is helped to discover and improve his/her physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, psychological and emotional gifts, and to develop his/her ethical sensitivity and sense of the Transcendent.
9 An appreciation of cultural and religious values is included through an exposure to our cultural heritage, arousing in them a social awareness with a view to helping the youth to function as responsible and constructive manner.
10. Liberty, Justice, Solidarity and Peace are stressed as urgent, personal and social needs.
11. Religious values are instilled into our students to help them develop into mature persons, who are able to achieve harmonious integration between religion and life.
12. Each pupil is helped to discover and realize their own goals in life.

ST. JOHN’S HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL,
KOLASIB, MIZORAM.
In the year 1958 there was a private high school run by the public in Kolasib. But due to lack of fund and personnel, the Management of the school was unable to continue it from the following year. The Management of the school then approached the Holy Cross Society Fathers who looked after the Church and the Technical School to open a high school in Kolasib. The Fathers who came from Canada at that time had no intention of opening a high school as they were busy looking after the Church and the Technical School. But the pressure to open a high school was so great that discussions in this regard were held with Rev. Fr. George Breen, C.S.C., the then Monsignor of Haflong. After much discussion it was decided that a high school is opened by the Holy Cross Fathers.
In the year 1959, a new High School was established with the founder, Rev. Fr. Jean Vezina, C.S.C., as the Headmaster. It was christened as “St. John’s High School” and for its motto, the Biblical phrase “Love One Another” (John 15:12) was chosen.
In the year 1959 there was only Class VII. From the old record, there were 18 students only in Class VII.
The individual land adjacent to the Catholic Compound was bought and the work of levelling the land was started with the help of the public of Kolasib. When the levelling was done, the construction of the School building was started.
As there was no school building, classes were held either in the Brother Andre’s Technical School or in the hostel.
In the year 1960, Class VIII was added and in the middle of the year the new school building was occupied and in the next following year higher classes were added, and in the year 1962 it became a full fledged High School and the students increased every year. Then the Secondary Board of School Education, Assam had affiliated the school. In the year 1963, the first batch of students appeared the Matriculate Examination under the Assam Board. Out of 14 students appeared in the Matric exam, 12 of them came out successfully.
Year by year, the school building and furniture were improved and the students also increased rapidly. To accommodate the students coming from outside Kolasib, hostels were set up separately for boys and girls. When the Bethany sisters set up their house at Kolasib, they took up the charge of girls’ hostel and looked after the girls in their hostel.
In the year 1966, there was an insurgency in Mizoram and the school also had suffered. In the year 1967, Parents’ Day Celebration was held in the school. At the end of the programme the National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was sung and the hostiles who were on duty in the area got angry and they burned down some parts of the school building. Lots of furniture, maps, charts and books were burned to ashes. Immediately work to repair the damage was done.
Due to the insurgency in Mizoram, the Govt. of Assam did not allow the foreign Missionaries to stay longer in Mizoram. So they had to hand over the Management of the School to the Diocesan priests. The Diocesan priests looked after the school from 1968 to June 1975.
In response to the invitation of the then Bishop of Silchar, Rt. Rev. Denzil D’Souza, and the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel came to look after the school. On 15th June 1975 the Management of the school was handed over to them and they are carrying on till today.
In the year 1989, the new school building with R.C.C. structure (two storeyed) was constructed and when the new building was completed and occupied the old school building was pulled down giving more space for the school play ground.
In July 1996 the school was upgraded to Higher Secondary School with Arts and Science Streams and the additional huge school building R.C.C. structure with the Auditorium was constructed in the year 1997.
Besides high school sections, Classes XI and XII were opened and as it is only one Higher Secondary School in the whole Kolasib District, many more students poured in. The present enrolment of the school is 861 with 38 teaching staff and 7 non-teaching staff. There are 5 sections in Class VIII, 4 in Class IX, 3 in Class X, 4 in Class XI and 4 sections in Class XII.
The whole school is divided into 4 houses and different competitions are held occasionally. N.C.C. (National Cadet Corps), N.S.S., Scouts and Guides are set up and they are doing their respective duties actively.

PAST AND PRESENT HEADMASTERS/ PRINCIPALS OF THE SCHOOL
A. UNDER HOLY CROSS MISSIONARIES
1959 – 1963
Fr. Jean Vezina CSC
1963 – 1965
Fr. Stanley Mascarenhas
1965 – 1966
Fr. Jean Vezina CSC
1967
Bro. Aurele Tessier CSC (Zomawia)
B. UNDER DIOCEISAN PRIESTS
1968 – 1973
Fr. P.J. Joseph
1973 – 1975
Fr. Seraj Pinto
C. UNDER THE MONTFORT BROTHERS
1975 – 1978
Bro. Devassy Madavana
1978 – 1979
Bro. Joseph Thadathil
1979 – 1982
Bro. Jose P.J.
1982 – 1985
Bro. Thomas K.V.
1985 – 1986
Bro. Jose P.J.
1986 – 1991
Bro. B.A. Kurian
1990 – 1995
Bro. Jose T.J.
1995 – 1996
Bro. Gabriel Laltlanthanga
1996 – 2000
Bro Jose P.J. (Principal)
2000 – 2001
Bro. Sebastian A.C.
2001 – 2004
Bro. M.K. Devassy
2004 – 2008
Bro. K.M. Thomas
2008 – 2011
9.6.2011 -
Bro. Varkey M.T.
Bro. Dr. Jose T.J.




PAST AND PRESENT HEADMASTER / VICE PRINCIPAL

1996 -1998
Bro. Gabriel Laltlanthanga
1998 – 2000
Bro. Sebastian A.C.
2000
Bro. M.K. Devassy
2001
Bro. Jose Joseph
2002-2004
Bro K.M. Thomas
2004 – 2005
Bro. B.A. Kurian
2005 – 2007
Bro. Peter V.
2007 – 2008
Bro. Varkey M.T.
2008 till date
Bro. Gabriel Laltlanthanga
1.7.2010 – 30.6.2013
Sr. Alice D’Souza
1.7.2013 -
Bro. Jinimon TA

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