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In Memory

Sister Anna Maria Godinho




Sr. Anna Maria was fondly called as Amala by her family. She was born on May 3rd 940 to Mr. Joseph Godinho and Mrs. Rose Catherine Fernandes at Curtorim in Goa. Her parents, her brothers and sister, except Mr. James all have preceded her in death.

Sr. Anna Maria entered the Congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and she was given her mother’s name Rose Catherine as religious name. After her 2nd year’s novitiate in Paris, she was asked to stay back and do her studies of Licentiate in Religious Education for 3 years.

Throughout her time in the Congregation, Anna Maria was called upon to take up positions like in charge of candidates, pre-novices, novices, superior and provincial. In India she was in Pune, Bicholim at Goa, and Musgutri at Chatisgarh, Mater Dei Convent and Prabhalaya at Delhi, Jabalpur at M.P. and abroad in France, Rome, Burkina Faso and Senegal in West Africa.

While carrying on different possibilities she obtained many diplomas and certificates attending like Sadhana, Pastoral counseling, Catechetical, Scriptural courses, Inner healing retreat, Human growth and development, Raeiki, Pranic healing sessions, Diploma in Computer and Good English course.

Anna Maria was interested in everything, as she was keen in all round development of her personality and at the same she was genuinely interested in persons giving everyone her full and undivided attention. During her tenure of provincial superior of Delhi Province from 1995 to 2003 she used to pass her collection of valuable notes and tips on physical, emotional and spiritual aspects to the sisters in the communities through the superiors.

Sr. Anna Maria was always incredibly patient and always offered wise advice to her candidates, novices and the sisters in the province. She was so thoughtful and so aware of doing the kind of things that meant so much to the persons under her. She valued each person she encountered and treated all with love and respect. I think that probably every one of us has a memory of a very “sacred” or “special” time spent with Sr. Anna Maria.

As we heard her own words about herself, what she describes herself as “By nature I am a loving person and am loved too” and in another place “As a person I am timid and reserved”. I think the only attribute any of us would recognize in Sr. Anna Maria is to love and be loved tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.

It is her love, humility and faith that made her a great person. She was a persistent, good and faithful servant of the Lord. She made a very big investment. She put all her mind, body and spirit into the investment for the Lord. In this investment, she was a sure winner as St. Paul, because she invested in the kingdom of God. She put investment in so many shares of stock in heaven by her diligence, her good nature, her kindness, her faithfulness, her willingness to share what she could give while she was on earth. Now her investment has paid off. She is now receiving dividends hundreds of hundreds times over from the kingdom of God. She now has a new address. She now lives in a mansion. God has told her, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master!”

These things live on in our memories. What an example she has left us of a good FMM living a holy life! These are not past and gone. They are present consolations for our loss. At this juncture we would like to express our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family, relatives and friends of Sister Anna Maria especially to her loving brother James.

Sister Anna Maria, Congratulations! Job well done! Your memories, your kindness, your goodness, your faithfulness will always be remembered, treasured, and missed by all of us. You will always be our greatest inspiration. The FMM Sisters have lost one of our greatest motherly figures. You will be missed, but we are happy that you are now with your God whom you served so faithfully.

Dear Sr. Anna Maria, thank you for the color and energy and love with which you have lived your life. You go now with all your friends and family that have gone before you into the luminous embrace of God.

  Asunta Fernando fmm