Mother Irmina Hoelscher (Anna Maria) was born on 16th June 1835 as the seventh child of Jacob Hoelscher and Juliana Theresia at Koblenz, Germany. She grew up in a family, where a great stress was put on the traditional faith. In 1841 she lost her mother. She was always moved with a deep love for the poor. On many festive occasions, she collected money from the rich co-citizens to contribute to social needs. Fr. Philipp de Lorenzi, the then Parish Priest of the church of Our Lady in Koblenz noticed her character and piety inspired Anna Maria to start a new congregation. On 4th June 1857 she along with 3 more like minded young girls started the first community. On 5th February 1858 when she made her initiation to religious life she received the religious name Sr. Irmina.

Due to poverty and hard work she soon became a victim of Tuberculosis, which snatched her life away.


Sisters of the Holy Spirit follow the Rules of St. Augustine. The Charism of our congregation is 'to be a living community in the Holy Spirit, and to make the working of the Holy Spirit in this world tangible to the people through us.' This charism is lived out by serving the humanity in 'love and compassion'.

The Charism enables the sisters to commit themselves to work intensely for building up a new community of love. The model of such community is the first Christian community in Jerusalem that was constituted by the Holy Spirit and was fully charismatic. The Holy Spirit brought people together on Pentecost and gave them an experience of oneness. It is the duty and challenge for us today to build such communities, especially in India where there are differences of race, religion, caste, culture, custom and a gulf between rich and poor. By our pledge to serve the humanity, we are called to be the voice for the voiceless, signs of unity, agents of transformation and channels of goodness to others by our being and doing, hence to implant the values of a perfect community where love reigns supreme and service give chances. As the Spirit is for freedom, flexibility, change and newness, we are challenged for a constant movement towards truth and new ways. Therefore our constitution demands of all a continual formation and enduring readiness to remain open to fresh insights.


The Spirituality of the congregation calls us "to be and to become agents of love & compassion". Therefore our spirituality leads us to have love and communion with God that leads us to be communion with our brothers and sisters who work on the highways and byways of the world. Thus we make our invisible God visible through our doing and being.


Constitution is a guideline to all members to live in a community according to the evangelical counsels and serving people by being truthful to God's saving mission. The constitution gives a great emphasis on community life. On 1897 the constitution was revised and it was approved by the Holy See in 1903. Again this constitution was redrafted and on 8th June 2014 got approved.