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In Memory

Sr. Josefina Ribera Gonzalez fmm

Born in Spain - Died in Tuticorin, India

Sr. Josefina Ribera Gonzalez (Sr. Maria De las Cinco Lagas) was born in Spain on 7th April 1925. She had one brother and one sister. Her brother was a priest and she was sad to lose him at the age of 46. As a young religious she spent three years in Spain and was sent on mission to India. She arrived in India in 1955 and made her final profession in Fatima Nagar, Trichy and . worked in three States – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh as an Assistant Superior. InTuticorin she helped in the rehabilitation of the leprosy patients by making candle and assisted the nurses in  dressing of the wounds of the patients and in caring for their needs.
Josefina had very strong family bonds. Having lost her brother and sister ,a phone call from her nephews would delight her and make a big difference. Back home in Spain the feast of St. Joseph was celebrated as family feast and all would make it a point to come together for this family get together. For, several of them had the name of Josephine or Joseph.

She was a very humane and affectionate person. She respected superiors and had great regard for anyone who reached out to her in whatever way. She was an intelligent person with a very good perception and a great memory to her credit. In mid sixties sisters remember her, a very pretty nun walking briskly in Stella Maris Campus. She had plenty to share when you went to visit her. She was an insatiable reader. She was well informed of both Ecclesial and civil matters. She was very interested in all that was happening around.


Since 1980 Sr. Josefina has been in–charge of the candle house and she used to be very happy at the thought “our candles are burning in many churches of Tuticorin and other places. Thirty five years in Tuticorin gave her the opportunity to reach out to every parish in the diocese through the various types of candles that were supplied. She took great delight in this task that was entrusted to her.

Josefina was a great missionary. One of her desires was to serve leprosy patients and the Lord granted her desire which she did with great devotion; she also wanted to die in Tuticorin and the Lord granted that too.

Josefina was a talented person and had a clear voice for singing. She would be present for all community exercises and prayers as long as her health permitted. Of course she had very strong views and no one could influence her. She was a traditionalist. She greatly desired to get the permanent residential permit .
She retired in June 2014 and had been resting and from November 2015 she was confined to her room. During the last week of November she developed swelling of her feet, rash all over her body, had a fall and was confined to bed. She became very sick and was anointed during the first week of Decembert. She passed away peacefully on 24th February at 7a.m. in Sacre Coeur Convent, Tuticorin.
May she rest in peace.

Sr. Anita Gonsalvez fmm
Sr. Florine Monis f.m.m.