Servant of God

Mother Thatpathri Gnanamma 

Our Foundress 


The Society of sisters of St. Anne was started by a young widow Thatipathri Gnanamma in the year 1863 with a small school at Kilacheri-Tamilnadu. Our Founder saw see the young girls who didn’t have the privilege of going to school but have to toil at home and in the fields from very early age. Our Mother who was a mystic and prophetic visionary could not accept the disparity that prevailed in her times in the society. Hence she came forward to start a school exclusively for girls. She sold all her properties to start a school for the empowerment of women.

 The divine energy within her was transformed of the time, identified the opportunities, and explored possible solution to the illiterate women of the yesteryears. Her commitment, passion and perseverance still enable us to walk even through the untrodden path and take us to another level of development. She was sure of her vision and her insight is still very active in us that the society has a number of schools all over India. The institutions at Halasuru work towards translating her vision to reality and strive to empower the young and build a just Society.

 The life of Mother Gnanamma was other-oriented, dedicated to the welfare of others. The following noble qualities of our Foundress exhort us to commit ourselves for the cause of uplifting the life of the less privileged in the society.    

  • She renounced …Once she realized that she had a Call to promote the cause of women, she sold all her possession and committed her assets to the realization of her mission by establishing a school for girls. In order to ensure the continuity of her good work, she founded a Congregation though she was only an illiterate widow.
  • She announced … Though she was a married woman, she lived a life of selfless service and a witness to Gospel values. Thus she was an unprofessed religious. She was convinced that her work was God’s own and surrendered herself completely as a child to God’s plan.
  • She pioneered …Gnanamma carried out her responsibilities in spite of tremendous difficulties and challenges. Though a young widow, she brought up her five sons strong in Christian faith. She pioneered a school for girls against the cultural norm of her time.
  • She dared …Being fully convinced of the importance of her call, nothing could stop her from providing education to women-not even the transfer of her good counselor and supporter Fr.Arokianadar nor being a widow with a social stigma of her time, nor opposition from vested interests.
  • She effaced …Her untiring work for young girls in Kilacheri was an inspiration to dedicate themselves to her work. Her selfless love overcame opposition to girls’ education of her time.