Sister Mary Mukta Kindo belongs to the order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Apostolic Carmel. She works at the Mother Veronica Social Centre for Women in Barrackpure, near Kolkata (West Bengal) where “serving the poor means welcoming everyone, regardless of their religious convictions."
Speaking to AsiaNews, she explained the reason for her
apostolate, dedicated in particular to women in need. For her, "Working
with and for the poor allows me to spread the love of Jesus."
Since 2001, Sister Mary works with the centre to make items of
clothing like uniforms and tunics as well as church linen. "In our
centre, everyone is welcome. We make no differences in religion. We work
only for the good of the poor."
The Carmelite nun runs sewing, knitting and embroidery classes that
enable poor women to gain more confidence in themselves and be
Since it was opened, the centre has trained more than 200 women.
Currently, 40 students from various religious backgrounds are
"Our goal,” Sister Mary noted, “is to train these women to be social
agents of change in their families and society through the values of
the Gospel and a stronger character. They learn to understand the value
of their role in the family and earn a living by making the most of
their talents and abilities."
The centre "has created a melting pot of religions, in which
solidarity grows and peace and harmony is promoted in society, thanks to
women taking leadership roles. All this happens because they learn to
take care of themselves."
"For me, it is a source of great satisfaction to see that these
women, who were poor before, can lead a dignified life and help their
families. I will continue to be at the service of the poor and spread
God's compassion and Jesus’ love for the most disadvantaged."