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In Memory

Sr. Annie Augustine Palathingal

Sr. Annie Augustine Palathingal /Sr. Andrew



Life and death are one even as the river and the sea are one. In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond, and like seeds   dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams for in them is hidden the gate to eternity" wrote Kahlil Gibran.

Yes, dear Sr. Andrew you have now entered into that gate to eternity. We lovingly remember Sr.Andrew as a very simple, loving, hardworking, loyal and prayerful person.  We often approached her to pray for our special intentions. Thereafter she would enquire if we received our intention. We firmly believed in her powerful intercessions.

Sr. Annie Augustine Palathingal lovingly known as Sr. Andrew was born on 29th November 1932, at Kattor in Trichur Diocese, as the 8th child of 9 siblings. The youngest sister is the only one alive now. Hailing from a traditional religious family Sr. Andrew has inherited some of the pious devotional practices, which gave her inspiration to commit herself as a faithful religious.

She grew up in an atmosphere of joy and prayerful family. She had priests and religious among her relatives. Her parish priest was instrumental in bringing her to the FMM Institute.

Sr. Andrew had her formation at our Lady's Convent, Palluruthy, and made her religious profession there. Most of her long 62 years as FMM was spent in Tamil Nadu, 22 years in Child Jesus Convent Trichy, in charge of the Chapel maintenance at the Hospital campus. She spent 19 years at St.Dominic's Convent and 5 years at Stella Maris, the later years here at St. Thomas Convent.

We were privileged to celebrate her Golden and Diamond Jubilees. She fulfilled her responsibility with great commitment and love. Sr. Andrew was a happy, cheerful, and a contented person. And her death approached her in the same way.

 In her own words, "I experienced the immense grace of God all through my life. I spend a lot of time in prayer. Once while I was praying I saw a bright light before me and I felt the presence of Jesus. I felt empowered and I started to pray for others and for their various needs. Many ask me to pray and they believe in my prayers. I too believe that this is the mission that God asks of me right now".

Sr. Andrew passed away at 5 am on 25th March 2017, due to cardiac arrest. 

'Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity'.

Dear Sr. Andrew, we bid a loving farewell to you. May your soul enjoy eternal bliss.