Founder and Foundation:
The beginnings of the MSA Educational System were laid first in 1913 in the city of Ajmer for the poor street children and orphans. It was known as St. Imelda’s school. In 1919 the Rt. Rev. Henry Fortunatus Caumont our Founder, established the first Sophia School in Ajmer for the education of girls. He was the first Bishop of the Ajmer Diocese which covered then , practically the whole of Rajputana (the present Rajasthan), a sprawling desert-land of scattered population ruled by Rajput chiefs under British sovereignty.
Originally hailing from the beautiful land of France, Rev. Fr. Fortunatus Caumont O.F.M. Cap.came to India as a young missionary priest in 1987, full of enthusiasm to serve the Indian people.
As prefect Apostolic he acquired information of the socio economic conditions of Rajputana. Being a man of vision and foresight he realised that the extreme backwardness and illiteracy of the people especially in the rural areas could be eliminated only if the women were given basic education.
Bishop Caumont saw the prime need of uplifting the women. But how was he to tackle the situation? Only women committed to Christ and dedicated to a cause could help him in their gigantic task. In 1911, with the help of his sister Mother Mary Matilda, he founded an indigenous Congregation, the Mission Sisters of Ajmer to serve the needs of the people of Rajputana. To them, his Mission Sisters, he entrusted the task of educating the girls and in 1919, he started the first School for them in Ajmer, Rajasthan (Rajputana).
The name he gave the school and the motto he framed are both significant of the educational ideal he had in mind. “Sophia” in Greek means WISDOM, and Wisdom is summed up in VACHAN the Eternal Word, the source of true Wisdom. We as educationists are to give true Wisdom to the children in our schools and colleges.
Today the institutions run by the Mission Sisters of Ajmer, have spread far and wide, over the country. Through the teaching ministry in these schools particularly in the rural areas, in keeping with the Founder’s aim, the Sisters reach out to the needy, the poor, the destitute, the women and children, A light was kindled way back in 1911; it has kept on burning. May it keep on burning, giving God’s love to little ones, his loving children, through the Mission Sisters of Ajmer.