10 Poor Sisters of Our Lady - Sr Romana Fernandes, PSOL

posted Jan 16, 2019, 8:06 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 8:06 AM ]
The Congregation of the Poor Sisters of Our Lady took its roots in the year 1939 on September 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The inspiration and insight came from Msgr George Fernandes, a diocesan priest, who believed that there was a necessity for a local congregation to meet the needs of the times. Since it was during the Second World War, a diocesan congregation would understand better the language, customs, requirements of the clergy and laity. The Most Rev. Thomas D. Roberts, the then Archbishop of Bombay, gave his approval, and a group of seven eager young girls began the early years of formation. Stephen Hall next to Archbishop's House became the residence of the Sisters, as well as the Generalate of the Congregation.

The early works of the Sisters were instructing the poor children at Gloria School and Sacred Heart School, Sankli Street, supervision of the Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Name, Fort, rescue and preventive social work, and the Employment Bureau of the Catholic Women's Welfare Society, which operated out of Stephen Hall. The 1960s brought about new changes, and the winds of direction swept across Vienna, Austria, and later to Rome in Italy and Africa, where our Sisters were invited to work for the Church and its people. We take pride in our achievements, as the Poor Sisters, under the able guidance of Mother Patricia Frank, coordinated and collaborated for the 38th International Eucharistic Congress held in 1964. Stephen Hall was a central hub of all activities monitored by the Sisters in the background. The year 1999 was another historic date as the Congregation received its Pontifical Recognition.

The works carried out by the Sisters include: Care of the Elderly, Education, Healthcare, Pastoral and Social Outreach, Prison Ministry and African Mission.

Main reasons to join the PSOL today

• When the world offers power, prestige, name, fame, the Poor Sisters of Our Lady, in keeping with the charism, gladly empty out all that the world offers so that God can be our everything.

• When the world glorifies pleasure and shuns suffering, we, like Mary our Mother, accept and undergo the crosses and the splinters that come in our life, standing firmly and resolutely at the foot of the Cross.

• The Sisters empower the girl child through Divya Prabha – a home for street girls. It provides a ray of hope through education, restoration of their dignity and integration in society.