ALVERNA BHAVAN

Location: 
Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, Mount St. Joseph P.O. Bangalore 560 076.

Introduction:
The Alverna Sisters of our parish, belong to the Franciscan order and are known as Regular Franciscan Tertiary Sisters (or Sisters of Franciscan Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi). Their origin is in Florence, Italy. They are now active in Italy, Brazil, Tanzania, and India. These Sister of Franciscan Third Order, came to India in 1976 and started their first house in Kottayam District of Kerala. In India, besides Kerala, they now have their convents in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Punjab. In Karnataka, their Bangalore Mission started in 1984, at the above location. Here they have their Provincial House called Alverna Bhavan, a Novitiate House called Immaculate Novitiate House, a Children’s Home called Bala Yesu Bhavan, and a Home for Destitute Women called Lourdes Home. In India, they have only one provincialate, which is called All Saints Province, in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Franciscan Sisters dedicate themselves to the service of the poor in various forms of work of mercy. They participate in the moral, intellectual and religious education of children and youth, provide assistance to the sick and the elderly, take care of the orphan and destitute, provide safe home for unwed mothers and their children, and actively do pastoral work in the parish.

Current Activities: 
At Bala Yesu Bhavan (children’s home), they have 40 girls, who are either orphans or come from very poor families. The sisters provide these children with free education, food, lodging, clothing and medical treatment in case of sickness. At Lourdes Home for destitute women, they have 17 women who are homeless, sick and old. The sisters look after these destitute women with love and care and provide them with free food, accommodation, clothing and medicine

Contact Persons:
Sr. Superior, 
Phone No.: 080-26583086.