Italian nun who served India for seven decades dies

Mother Giovanna Saveria Alberoni, former superior general of the Ursulines of May Immaculate congregation who converted a 22-bed nursing home to a full-fledged multi-specialty institution and medical research center in Mumbai, died on Jan. 18. She was 94.

Mother Alberoni, the first Ursuline nun to pursue medical studies in India, died at 1.46 pm at the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai’s Bandra suburb.

The Italian missionary nun was admitted there a week ago with old age-related complications.

At the time of her death, she was a member of the Shalom community attached to the Holy Family Hospital at Bandra.

“Mother Giovanna’s contribution to our congregation has been remarkable. She worked tirelessly for the growth of the Indian mission,” says Sister Nikesh Mecherithakadiel, head of the congregation’s Bengaluru-based Central Indian province that covers Mumbai.

Although an Italian, Mother Giovanna “was truly a mother to the Indians. As a medical doctor her kindness and compassion to the sick was exceptional. She has helped more than 1,000 of poor children to gain education,” the provincial told Matters India

Ursuline Sister Shalet Kalapurackal, who works in the Bandra hospital, says they feel empty after Mother Giovanna’s passing away. “She was the light of our congregation in India,” she told Matters India.

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