Leonarda Angela Casiraghi
Died27 August 2011
Occupation(s)Catholic missionary
Social worker
Years active1955–2011
Known forOur Lady of Lourdes Charitable Hospital
AwardsPadma Shri

Leonarda Angela Casiraghi, popularly known as Doddamma, was an Italian-born naturalised Indian Catholic missionary and social worker, known for her medical service in Dharwad, in the south Indian state of Karnataka.[1] She founded a small medical dispensary in Dharwad in 1958, which later grew to become a full-fledged hospital by name, Our Lady of Lourdes Charitable Hospital.[2] She came to India in 1955 and worked in Mangalore and Hyderabad for three years before founding the medical facility in Dharwad.[1] A member of the Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa congregation, she was the administrator of the hospital and its sister concern, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, since their inception.[3] She was awarded the fourth highest civilian award of the Padma Shri by the Government of India, in 1998, for her services to the society[4]

Casiraghi died on 27 August 2011, at Dharwad.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Sr Leonarda Angela Casiraghi Laid to Rest - A Tribute". Daiji World. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Our Lady of Lourdes". Our Lady of Lourdes Charitable Hospital. 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Sister of Charity". Sister of Charity. 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.