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Sr Celine Kizhakevely OSA has won the mantle of being the first Indian to be elected as Superior General of the Congregation of Augustinian Sisters of Cologne. She was elected Superior General during General Chapter of the congregation held 21 to 27 November at Koln, Germany.

The Congregation of the Augustinians of Cologne (Cehtmen) traces its origin as far back as 1838. It began with the invitation extended by the German Government to four sisters of two different congregations in Cologne to work in the Buerger Hospital, Cologne.

This tiny group grew into a big organization and today the congregation has over 500 sisters engaged in service to the sick, the poor and the needy. Though a Diocesan congregation with its mother house in Cologne, Germany, it has spread its wings to Belgium and India. It started its work in India in 1967 having the Provincialate in Bangalore and have houses in the states of Karnataka(1), Kerala(3), Andhra Pradesh(2), Madhya Pradesh(6) and Assam(1).

Sr Celine Kizhakevely, 62, has been the Assistant General of the congregation for past 12 years. She had been the first Indian Regional Superior and Provincial for two terms. She precedes Rev Sr Wiltrud who passed away in June.

Sr Celine hails from Muhamma. She belongs to the first batch of girls who were sent to Germany by late Archbishop Mar Mathew Kavukatt. Fr Varghese Kizhakevely, Vicar General of Archdiocese of Guwahati, is her youngest brother.