Villa Fatima, Kotagiri


Canossian Daughters of Charity

The flame of charity of which St. Magdalene of Canossa was ardent about embraced the southern states of India as the Province of Mary Immaculate was formed in the year 1988. In the year 2015, an offshoot of the Province took its form as a separate Delegation South – East India Delegation of St. Josephine Bakhita.

In the Province 213 sisters serve in the states of South Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Canossian Sisters-South India
House: Kerala

Villa Fatima, Kotagiri

Villa Fatima, Kotagiri, veritably a little nest among the tall pine and eucalyptus trees, was bought in 1953, from the Jesuit Provincial who at that time was resident in Belgaum, very close to the Canossian Convent at Belgaum. At the time when there were many Italian sisters in india they needed a place to beat the summer heat and the villa was used as a summer resort for the sisters. Besides, during the summer months, retreats and seminars for the whole province used to be arranged at Villa Fatima. From 1987 the Villa serves as the Novitiate House where young girls are given training to embrace consecrated life. The tailoring centre attached to the parish was managed by one of the sisters. The sisters were actively involved in the Kotagiri Joint Forum, which aims at the welfare of the people of the locality. In 2020,the Novitiate is taken back with other Indian provinces in Mumbai.