Thatipathri Gnanamma, a young widow, founded the Congregation of Sisters of St.Anne - Madras for the empowerment of women. Gnanamma was born to devout parents in Guntur in Andhra, South India, in 1822. In 1837, young Gnanamma was given in marriage to Innaiah, the catechist of Phirangipuram. This pious couple was blessed with five sons. Innaiah always accompanied the parish priest on his pastoral visits. Soon after the birth of his last son, he went along with his parish priest to Chennai. On his way, he succumbed to an attack of cholera. Left all alone with five boys to bring up, Gnanamma, a widow of 37 years, put her entire trust in Divine Providence and raised her children Read More...

Small but Special!

Epochs are born in a simple way from out of the lives of ordinary people! These men and women are primeval energies from the atom, sanctified already in the womb!These makers of history are often persons without any important historical background. They often do not have any historical roots to boast of! These are truly the saints of the universe! The wonder that these men and women evoke in our hearts is beyond imagination, deeper than the seas and higher than the mountains!“This indeed is the work of God, a delight for our eyes….” (Psalm: 118:23) Read More...

The legacy of our Congregation is the basis for our identity. Yet, as the world keeps changing and as new needs emerge in the society where we are placed, we seek to make our methods creative, competent, and communitarian. The spirit of our commitment is generative, empowering the weak.

We inherit these characteristics from our Foundress Mother Gnanamma who listened to the cry of the illiterate women of Kilacheri and wiped away their tears by her spontaneous and liberating response. She was solely inspired by the Spirit of the Lord who carried the cross to free the oppressed. Read More...

Our commitment to identify ourselves with the sufferings of the oppressed and to contribute to their upliftment stems from the call we have received from Jesus Christ to follow Him.This commitment involves a deep union with God, an awareness of God's plan for the world and a vision of the new heaven and the new earth through contemplation and prayer. Our union with God drives us to be involved in the struggles of the marginalized, because our faith tells us that God has pitched his tent in the midst of the poor.

We get engaged with God's mission of saving, only by getting engaged in the struggles of the poor and oppressed. Read More...

Our Mission

Education Ministry

Gender inequality pervaded the whole world in the 19th century. India was no exception. The condition was rather worse than other countries. Read More...

Health Ministry

The ministry of healing is a work of compassion and love. When Jesus heals people, he is communicating God’s forgiving Read More...

Social work

Our Social Work Ministry directly springs from the vision of our Foundress Servant of God Mother Thatipathri Gnanamma. It was her deep desire Read More...

Evangelization Ministry

We bear witness to the new reality of the Kingdom inaugurated by Jesus, a Kingdom which is not like the one founded on power and money (Lk 22:25-26) Read More...

Media Ministry

Jesus’ last instruction to us was a call to announce the Gospel to all nations. Our Lord is inviting us to share in His mission. We are always looking for new and Read More...

Formation Ministry

The search for religious life with the Sisters of St.Anne - Chennai passes through different stages as it is a growing into religious life. These stages Read More...

SISTERS OF ST.ANNE - MADRAS (SSAM)

The origin of our Congregation is traced back to 19th Century in the State of Tamilnadu, India. It was founded by Thatipathri Gnanamma, a lay woman. She was an ordinary woman who hailed from Phirangipuram, a small village in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. She was given in marriage to Innaiah, the catechist of Phirangipuram. Read More...

Our Congregation was raised to the Pontifical status on 6th, December, 1979 by Pope John Paul II. The Generalate is located in Madavaram - Chennai. In 1987, our Congregation was divided into three administrative regional units with separate headquarters in Bangalore, Chennai and Tanjore. These regions were elevated to the status of Provinces in 1999. In 2014, Read More...

The journey which Gnanamma took in 1874 with just two young professed sisters, has reached the state where we are today. We march on with great vigour reaching out to the people who are on the periphery. We continue to engage in ministries that affirm the original spirit of our Foundress. Today, we are a band of willing hands, committed minds, and compassionate hearts. Read More...

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