Joy of giving
The 14th Foundation ofthe
Carmona - Goa
14th Foundation of the Little Sisters of the Poor in India
At the request of Bishop Philip Neri Ferrão, the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, the Little Sisters of the Poor set foot on Goa for their new foundation in Carmona, South Goa on January 3rd 2021.
The Foundresses of Carmona with the Archbishop Philip Neri Ferrao of Goa & Daman
The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Most Rev. Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão, received a property with a house on it as a gift from Viegas family to the Archdiocese for the poor. He wanted to use it for the poor and was on the lookout for a mission to accomplish it. . Thanks to our dear Bro Edmund Antoa, Founder of the Crusaders for Jesus through Mary, who loves the Little Sisters and was determined to bring the Little Sisters to Goa, persuaded the Archbishop to invite the Little Sisters to take care of the Elderly Poor of the diocese of Goa & Daman. Thus, this new foundation was accepted in 2019. During her visit to India on 23rd October Sr. Catherine Emmanuel, our Bursar General, along with Mère Provinciale Mary Clara and Sr. Maria Virginia visited Carmona where they were warmly welcomed with great kindness by Archbishop of Goa, his team of Consulters, the parish priest and a delegation of parish members of Carmona where the house is located. This home was officially opened on Janury 3, 2021 and is placed under the patronage of St Francis Xavier. The Home will be called "St Francis Xavier Home for the Aged". We praise and thank God for giving us an opportunity to serve the elderly poor of Goa. We entrust this foundation to our loving protector, Saint Joseph!
Send off from Bangalore to Goa!
The inauguration of the new Home for the Aged at Carmona, Goa took place on January 3, 2021. The Archbisop of Goa and Daman, Most Rev. Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão, officially opened the Home by unveiling the plaque and cutting the ribbon. The Home for the aged was blessed and inaugurated. The Little Sisters from three Homes participated in the event along with the three Little Sisters, pioneers of Carmona Home.
Philomena Almeida with the Little Sisters of Carmona.
The 2nd Resident Phoolan Devi joined Philomena Almeida on 20th March 2021
The first elderly person Philomena Almeida was welcomed in the new foundation on
23rd February 2021.
On 23rd February Miss Philomena Almeida joined our little community of Carmona. She has no one, orphaned at the age of 12 and earned her living as a housemaid caring for the elderly in their families in Mumbai. The son of a last elderly lady whom she took care brought her to Goa after the death his mother. Philomena stayed in his family till now. Not being able to keep her any longer in his family he sought admission for her in our Home. Thus, Philomena landed up in our Carmona Home. Philomena is very happy with the Little Sisters and said, “This is the first time I can call this , “My Home” as she never had a Home of her own. She loves to be called “Meena”. Now she is quite at Home and becomes a member of the family of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Carmona Home in Goa.