Archana Convent, Keezhmad, Aluva, Kerala

“Teaching Sisters of St. Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts” in India

In December, 1983, some girls joined the Archana convent from various villages and towns, accompanied by their parents, wanting to know the Sisters and share their life for a period of time and to discern the Will of God for them. They began the novitiate in Archana and the same community continued to welcome the girls and went ahead with their training in different stages of formation.

The First Religious Profession of the 12 novices formed in India and the inauguration and blessing of the new house named “Archana” took place on 11th February, 1987. The Mother General, Sr. Giannarosa Sterbini, was present for the solemn occasion. We acknowledge her concerns and deep affection in the early years towards this mission of the Congregation in India. In the same year we opened a kindergarten for the children of the village.

In 1984 the portion of the Congregation in India was erected as a Delegation and ARCHANA was its formal residence and Sr. Grazia Semenzin was appointed as the first Superior Delegate. On 3rd December 2011, the Delegation was erected as a Province with 126 sisters as members. Now, Archana is the Provincial house of the Indian Province.

The filial houses in Kerala and in the various missions





Here is the history of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts, in India. It was a courageous and confident step taken by our Mother General Rev. Sr. Gianna Rosa Sterbini, to start a new mission in India on 15th January, 1983.

Life and Origin

John Antony Farina was born at Gambellara (Vicenza Province) on 11th January 1803 to Peter Farina and Francesca Bellame. He received his early training from his paternal uncle, a holy priest who was for him a true master of the spirit and a tutor as well.

Charism and Spirituality

The Charism of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts, the gift of the Holy Spirit to the prophetic intuition of St. John Antony Farina. “Incarnate the tender love of the Heart of Jesus and Mary in education, in corporal work of mercy especially on behalf of the most needy”.Read More...

To the Heart of Jesus...

We are convinced that at the time of our consecration to the love of the Sacred Hearts, the prophetic vision of our saintly Father Founder is being impressed in the hearts of each one of us. We feel to be the seed that he has sowed in the wake of the story, to bear witness to the love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.Read More...