The first missionary religious congregation for women in the history of the Church and the world is the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded in 1877 by BL. Mary of the Passion, now in the 139th year of its course.

Franciscan in its essence.
Missionary in its services
Mary - like in its approach.

» Dedicated to universal mission

» Seek strength from the Eucharist

» And offer ourselves in challenging services

In Memory

Sr. Elizabeth Devassy Poovathingal

                                      A Loving Tribute to Sr. Elizabeth  Devassy Poovathingal

What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness.

Life is eternal, and love is immortal and death is only a horizon.

Our earthly loss is always a heavenly gain  

 Although our hearts hurt and mourn in human pain

The fact still remains the same

That heaven has gained more love

to sprinkle down from above.


 Sr. Elizabeth’s life stands a testimony of the above. Within the span of 84 years Sr. Elizabeth has lived a life of love, service and self-giving pepped with joy and fun. She always radiated a sense of commitment and generous giving that made everyone feels at home in her company. A woman of prayer, with a sense of the Divine she approached all people and served them with her maternal solicitude. The outstanding quality of Sr. Elizabeth was to make others happy and see others happy.

Sr. Elizabeth started her initial formation at O.Lady’s Convent, Palluruthy, Kochi and continued it at Colombo, Sri Lanka. She made her final profession in Palluruthy on 19th March 1964.  She began her apostolate at Stella Maris Convent, continued in Trichy region and finally ended it at St. Thomas Convent, Chennai. She has been Superior at Amali Seva Illam and at St. Thomas Mercy Home, Trichy, 6 years in each.  Her spirit of service was expressed in various ministries especially social work. She was in-charge of a hostel for women, campus maintenance and catering. Whatever was the nature of her ministry, she gave herself totally and enjoyed fulfilling it. She had great concern for the poor. Many young girls have benefitted by her care in acquiring skills for living and are now happily settled in marriage. While being in-charge of catering she loved to prepare delicious dishes exhibiting her talents which often took sisters by surprise.

Sr. Elizabeth was truly a Franciscan by vocation. Her simplicity, her love for animals and birds led her to name them lovingly and feed them with her tender love. Her last 21 years were spent in St. Thomas Convent, Chennai. In June 2016 she was diagnosed as suffering from Carcinoma of the stomach. From then, she had been under treatment and with magnanimity of character and surrender to the will of God she accepted the pain and discomfort of her illness cheerfully without any complaint which was very remarkable. She breathed her last peacefully on 11th February at about 11.10am after receiving the anointing of the sick while the sisters were praying and singing around her. It was a Saturday, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Sr. Elizabeth’s life was a blessing, and her memory is a treasure. She was loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.  May she enjoy eternal bliss.

Sr.Mary Zacharia fmm