Karuna Hospital situated in Borivli, a suburb of Mumbai is run by the Mission Sisters of Ajmer, an Indian Congregation of Religious Sisters who have responded to the call of Christ to work for the uplift of women and girl children, and the less fortunate people of our society in urban and rural areas after the charism handed down by our Beloved Founder.
Bishop Henri Fortunatus Caumont who was gifted with a remarkable intelligence, an affectionate nature, keen foresight, and strength of character founded the Congregation of the Mission Sisters of Ajmer in collaboration with his sister, Mother Mary Matilda. He had a great desire to help the poor and needy, particularly women and girls who were the sick and suffering, deprived of their rights. Accepting this challenge, Mother Mary Matilda barely at thirty, putting her trust in God and filled with zeal, supported her brother, Bishop Henri Fortunatus Caumont wholeheartedly with great courage to realize this noble cause. He beleived that only women could reach out to them and so, when approached by a band of committed and enthusiastic young women desiring to give themselves to the service of God, he founded the Congregation of the Mission Sisters of Ajmer on April 26, 1911, and he himself took care of their spiritual growth.
The mandate, we the Mission Sisters have received from our Founder is “To heal and to teach in the Spirit of the Gospel.” Our Founder realized that education was the only key to progress and achievement. He opened the first school for the Rajput girls in Ajmer in 1919, as they were deprived of education due to the Purdah system. He named this School “SOPHIA” which means “SEEK YE WISDOM”. Later many schools were opened in other parts of our country for the education of girls.
Our Founder was aware of the need for proper health services for his people. He therefore got permission from Rome and sent one of his Mission Sisters Sr. Mary Soares, to Indore to study for medicine, thus making her the first Religious Sister doctor in the world. In 1921 after completing her studies and qualifying as a doctor she was sent to serve the Bhils- a tribe in Madhya Pradesh whom she served with great love and devotion. Today many have followed her example and we have Sisters trained as Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedical staff working in our two hospitals - St. Francis Hospital, Ajmer and Karuna Hospital, Mumbai and in many of our health centres in villages all over our country.