Thanksgiving Mass in Honour of Servant of God Francis Xavier Kroot
A concelebrated thanksgiving Mass presided over by Archbishop John Moolachira was held at Kroot Niwas, Rangia on 17 January 2018 to commemorate the declaration of Msgr. Francis Xavier kroot a Mill Hill Missionary and founder of Sisters of our Lady of Fatima as ‘Servant of God’ by Pope Francis in Vatican last July 2018.
Born on 7 December 1854 at Zwolle, Holland, young Francis, felt the call to missionary life and joined the Mill Hill Missionary Society, London, where his elder brother Anthony Kroot was already studying. Francis was ordained on 9 June 1878.
Landed in India at the age of 24, he served as a pastor with real missionary zeal at Madras, Poonamallee, Bellary, Kurnool and Nellore. Moved by the plight of the poor women and children, he founded an Indian congregation of Fatima Sisters. Later he served as Seminary Rector at Nellore and in 1897, was made the Chaplain of Fort St. George, Madras, and the Editor of Catholic Watchman (currently, The New Leader). Due to his weak health, he was forced to go to Europe for treatment, accompanied by his brother, Fr. Anthony Kroot. But on the way, he was admitted at St. Mary of the Angels’ Hospital, at Hyeres, France, where he died on 5 January 1900. In June 1988, his mortal remains were brought to Pune and interred at Fatima Sisters’ Generalate chapel, in 1988.