The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles is an Apostolic Religious Congregation of pontifical right, widely known as SRA- Congregatio Missionalis Sororum Reginae Apostolorum. It was canonically established on 1st July 1923 in Vienna.The congregation has over 955 members (as of January 2019 ) rendering services in seven provinces, one delegation and one mission keeping alive the spirit of the founder and committed to the cause of the marginalized women and children.
Fr. Antonius Maria Bodewig The founder of SRA was a German a Jesuit missionary in India. While working in Pune mission he recognized an extra-ordinary impulse to dedicate his life and found a large missionary society for the evangelization of India. After long years of prayer, discernment he left the Society of Jesus and returned to Cologne where he laid foundation for the missionary Society of the Immaculate Conception. He had to face many oppositions and difficulties and like a grain of wheat he underwent the loss of life to find new life. His followers held on to his vision and charism. The voice of Fr. Bodewig resounded in the hearts of Fr. Paul Sonntag, Mother Xaveria Blas and other brothers and sisters and they courageously continued their efforts to revive the missionary society and finally on 1st July 1923, the Societas Missionalis Sororum Reginae Apostolorum, SRA was canonically approved.
The Vision and dreams of our founder Fr. Antonius Maria Bodewig and the co-founders 'to bring the Good News of the Compassionate love of God' and to bring about integrated development to the people of India liberating them from the bondages of poverty, injustice and all kinds of oppression is being realized by every SRA. Through various ministries - proclamation of the Word of God, pastoral ministry, education, developmental work, Healing and health ministry the members reach out to the people irrespective of caste, creed and race to seven countries- Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, India, Philippines and Uganda.