Sacred Hearts Convent, Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh (1997)

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

We felt a burning desire to go out of Kerala, to go to the missions in the other states of India. After a period of preparation, we went to Andhra Pradesh and on 4th March, 1997, on the anniversary of our Father Founder’s birth in heaven, we opened our mission in the village of Khuchipudi, in the diocese of Guntur for His beloved people.

The first three missionary sisters were Sr. Molly John Koorappally, Sr. Philomina Valiyaparambil, and Sr. Brijit Thekkemukalal. They were admirable in accepting all the inconveniences of the new mission. Immediately they began to study the local language Telugu to begin an effective relationship with people and visit them in their huts.

They were “the beloved of the Lord at Kuchipudi.” They were encouraged by the zeal of the Italian missionary, Sr. Giuseppina Zaltron, and they constantly turned to the Founder Father in faith, especially during the hours of adoration of each day. They got the miracle of healing a young mother Kumari and her daughter Giovanna. On account of this miracle, on 23rd November, 2014, Pope Francis proclaimed to the whole Church the holiness of our Father Founder. The sisters are committed to family apostolate, teaching in the school and other material and spiritual assistance of the sick in the dispensary and in families. In 2005 they opened a home for girls. The postulancy period of formation began in this house in 2005.

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...