Sisters of the Destitute


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Sisters of the Destitute (S. D.) is a Syro-Malabar Catholic women's religious institute.[1][2]


The Congregation of the Sisters of the Destitute was founded by Venerable Mar Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly in Chunangamvely, Kerala on 19 March 1927.

It includes over 1,500 nuns and is composed of physicians, nurses, lawyers, teachers and social workers. Now it is working in Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA. One of the branch in Kayakkunn near Panamaram, Wayanad District.

Sisters of the Destitute runs many institutions like :

  • Homes for the sick and the needy
  • Rehabilitation centres for mentally and physically handicapped children
  • Health centres for AIDS and cancer patients
  • Dispensary for the poor
  • Libraries
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Hospitals


  1. ^ History Archived 2015-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, Payyappilly Palakkappilly Nasrani family
  2. ^ "The Syro-Malabar Church". Retrieved 7 September 2019.

External links

  • Servant of God
  • Servant of God
  • Short Biography of Mar Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly in Malayalam
  • Official home page of S.D.