“Mother of Light”
We arrived at Mandya (Karnataka) in the Diocese of Mysore in May 1992, welcomed by the then Bishop Mons. Francis Michaelappa. The Marian title given to the convent in Mandya is “Mother of Light” (Mathru Jyothi). Supported by AIFO, an Institution based in Bologna (Italy) engaged in the eradication of leprosy and assisted by local experts, we did a widespread survey to identify Hansen's patients in cities and villages around. We started treating the patients and educating people on the prevention of the disease. The various philanthropic works of this Community come under a single umbrella, called MOB (Maria Oliva Bonaldo) Rural Health Centre Project.
Having come down the number of leprosy-affected patients, we are now, taking care of the differently abled persons and women, helping them to become aware of their rights and to organize themselves for mutual help. Along with this service, acknowledged by the State, we are committed to soothe another serious and emerging problem: HIV/AIDS. With the hard work of our Sisters and the help of benefactors, we have been able to construct a home to accommodate the sick children who have no family support, ensuring them dignity, education and overall quality of life.
In Mathru Jyothi, Sisters also participate in the life and activity of the Parish through animation of the liturgy, teaching catechism and pastoral care of the youth.