A third of the world’s poor live in India, one of the most unequal societies in the world where poverty remains entrenched and widespread. Realizing the need in India the Congregation of The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul started their mission in India, Kerala, at Mananthavady on January 1st 1976. It has its origin in the “Soeurs de la Charite” (Sisters of charity) of Strasburg, France founded by Cardinal Armond Gaston De Rohan Soubise, Bishop of Strasburg in 1734 for the care of the sick, and needy particularly the poor.
A common agreement was reached on 28th October, 1973, and it was decided to found a filial house in India, in the eparchy of Mananthavady, in the southern state of Kerala. The Holy See approved this new foundation filial house of the four member congregations of the Federation on 12th August, 1975. So now, the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Mananthavady, is an Institute comprised of consecrated life in the Syro – Malabar Church. The Congregation is of Pontifical Right and is a member of the Federation of the Vincentian Congregations.
Our number has become 238 in 2013 with 24 branch houses – built predominantly in rural, semi-urban and underdeveloped areas to fulfill our apostolic services: in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, North east India (Assam & Tripura), and USA.
Vision: We, the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St.Vincent de Paul, Mananthavady see “Jesus, the Evangelizer of the poor” as the supreme value in our lives, and see ourselves propagating the Kingdom of God by devoting ourselves through the works of Christian Charity.
Mission: Impelled by the love of Christ and inspired by the ideal of our patron St. Vincent de Paul’s “merciful love conquers the world”, we, the sisters dedicate ourselves for the service of the sick, poor and those in any way afflicted in conformity with the mission of the church.
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