A day to recount the steadfast love of the Lord
Sr. Mary Lourdes celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.
“Love in action is service to the world” says Lynn Nimka. Inspired by these words, Sr. Marie Lourdes joined the Congregation on 7th December 1950 and with great earnestness and fervour she made her First Profession on 11th August 1953 along with seven companions – making her Final Vows on 18th April 1956.
In 1989 obedience summoned her to Africa where she served the people with indomitable commitment for ten years. She is said to have maintained a very amicable working relationship with the officers of the Health Department in Gambia and soon won their favour. She made a positive and lasting impact on the community in which she worked and helped in the eradication of the many drug-related problems of the area. She was honoured with the RNTCP Dot Providers award for her self-sacrificing service to humanity in Africa. It was with sadness, but with many happy memories, that she bade farewell to her friends and colleagues in the year 2000.
On her return to India she continued, and still continues, to work for the less privileged of society – at Jokalandi which is situated in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. She has become known as “the Mother Teresa of Jokalandi”, because of her exceptional honesty, kindness, simplicity and readiness to serve the people – without a thought for herself. The Health Department of Odisha, India, has given her an award for her outstanding contribution to the eradication of Tuberculosis. She is a woman with exceptional courage, ardent love for the Lord and a passionate desire to serve humanity.
Sr. Celestine celebrates her Silver Jubilee.
Sr. Celestine hails from “God’s own country”, Kerala, and is the fifth daughter of eight siblings. Her loving parents, Mr. Chacko and Mrs. Eleyamma, helped her to grow into a fine girl, who had an open and loving heart for all – especially the poor. Readily responding to the call of the Lord she joined the Congregation with great faith and trust. Elsamma made her First Commitment in 1991 and received the name Sr. Celestine. In 1997 she made her Final Profession. Following her example and inspired by her committed life, her younger sister, Sr. Cecily also joined the Congregation. Sr. Celestine has served God and His people faithfully for twenty five years.
Sr. Cecil celebrates her Silver Jubilee
Sr. Cecil, born on 9th September 1967 was a graceful presence in her family- as her Christian name ‘Gracy’ suggests. She is the youngest of three children of Mr. Devasy and Mrs. Rosy. She was brought up in her home town of Angamaly, and was nurtured in sound Christian faith. Inspired by her own family members and the lives of great men and women, she envisioned her life as a burning candle ready to light up the world. She joined the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy on the 1st of January 1986 and made her First Profession on 15th January 1991 and her Final Profession in 1998. She has found happiness in serving God through the love and service of her dear neighbour and is continuing to do so, through the education ministry.