The congregation of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), Madurai, was started with four unlettered simple women at Panjampatti, a small village near Dindigul on 2nd February 1899.
The selfless dedication of Fr. Julius Larmey, S.J., ably assisted by Bro. Augustine Pereira, in teaching Catechism and propagating the Christian faith impressed the people of Panjampatti, specially the youth. Among them four young girls, Visuvasam, Viagammal, Annammal, and Savariammal made a promise of celibacy and dedicated themselves to the service of God.