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About CST Fathers

CST FATHERS are the Catholic Religious Priests, which is a Religious Institute of Pontifical status under the patronage of St. Therese of Lisieux (Hence the name - Congregation of Sactae Therese). Saint Therese is also known as Little Flower and the name of the Congregation of Priests is also called Little Flower Congregation. It was founded by late Very Rev. Fr. Basilius Panat to work for the total development of the rural people. He himself started the Congregation in a very remote village called Mookkannur in Kerala, India and he worked hard for its integral development. Now the Congregation has grown to four Provinces with 300 Priests and about 350 Candidates for Priesthood. The Congregation has its Head Office - Little Flower Generalate at Thrikkkakara. Since 1970, CST Fathers have been working in the three districts of Eastern U.P. Viz. Gorakhpur, Deoria and Basti, which were part of Diocese of Varanasi.

In 1984 these districts were separated from the Diocese of Varanasi and the new Diocese of Gorakhpur was carved out and was entrusted to CST Fathers for various Community Development Services. CST Fathers have committed themselves to spread the values of Justice, Equity, Freedom and Love among the people and bring Social Transformation for a just, all-inclusive society where the rights and dignity of all are ensured and respected, where each one is getting the due share in the society.

In January 2000, Gorakhpur Region of the Little Flower Congregation was raised to the status of a Province, which has the territorial demarcation consisting of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Bihar and Jharkhand in India and the neighboring country Nepal. The new Province is working as a Registered Society in the name of Little Flower Mission, Gorakhpur. Little Flower Mission has established various institutions and network of activities for the integrated development of the people.

Our Vision Communion of Human Communities, Nurturing the Universal Values.
Our Mission To Restore The Human Dignity of the Poor and the Marginalized and Achieve their Rights as Citizens.
Strategy A Process of Social Animation And Rights Based Approach Among the Poor and the Marginalized for Enabling Awareness, Capacities and Collective Actions.