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The Canossian Daughters of Charity is an International Religious Institute founded in 1808 in Italy by St Magdalene of Canossa. It was established in Singapore in 1894. Presently there are 53 Canossian Sisters serving the Archdiocese of Singapore as well as doing mission outreach overseas.

The Sisters live in communities in various parts of the island and are engaged in a wide range of ministries of charity: education, catechesis, pastoral care of the sick, elderly and terminally ill, counselling, youth ministry, prison ministry, inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue, formation of the laity, retreat work and spiritual direction. They seek to show God’s love through passionate, joyful, unconditional service to the poorest, thus bringing meaning to their lives.

The Sisters share their mission with a wide network of lay associates and volunteers who draw inspiration from the Canossian spirituality. The worldwide Lay Canossian Family includes Lay Canossians, Lay Missionaries and Lay Volunteers. Training/guidance is offered by the VOICA (Canossian International Voluntary Service) team to those interested in volunteering their services in Asia, Africa and South America.



“I entrust to you my beloved poor.”
“Charity is a fire that embraces the whole world.”
St Magdalene of Canossa



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