Sisters of the Destitute at a Glance
Until the 19th century there was no organized from 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 tome” ( Mt.25:40) Rev. Fr. Varghese Payyappilly 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 late Archbishop of Ernakulam, with the desire of leading religious life in a new congregation serving the poor and the destitute. With these young ladies as pioneers the congregation was founded on St. Joseph’s Mount at Chunangamvely, Aluva, Kerala, India on 19th March 1927. It was originally named “Little Sisters of the Poor”. But in 1933, it was changed into ‘Sisters of the Destitute’, since there was another congregation having the same title.