Sisters of the Destitute at a Glance

 Until the 19th century there were no organized form of charitable services in Kerala to care for the poor and the destitute, aged and infirm, unwanted and downtrodden fellow men abandoned in the streets or uncared for at home. Deeply moved by Jesus’ words, '' As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” ( Mt.25:40) Rev. Fr. Varghese Payapilly a zealous and devoted priest from Ernakulam diocese came forward with the idea of founding a congregation to continue Christ’s redemptive mission among the poor. Through a providential coincidence, five ladies from Kizhakkambalam approached His Grace Mar Augustine Kandathil, the then  Archbishop of Ernakulam, with the desire for  leading religious life in a new congregation serving the poor and the destitute. With these young ladies as pioneers the Congregation was founded at  St. Joseph’s Mount, Chunangamvely, Aluva, Kerala, India on 19  March, 1927. It was originally named “Little Sisters of the Poor”. But in 1933, the name  was changed as ‘Sisters of the Destitute’ (SD), since there was another Congregation having the same title.

Founder , Servant of God Fr. Varghese Payapilly with pioneer Sisters

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