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. celesta

SR.Victoria Kattuparambil (CELESTA) FMM



                                 “I lived my life completely depending on Thy love and  Thy Compassion……                                    

                                   Now Oh Sister death , how beautiful you are, come ,  come and embrace me…”

Sr. Vittoria Vareed Kattuparambil reminded this attitude of serenity and calmness towards the end of her life, like the servant who was trustworthy in small things. Victoria was born on 10th April, 1925 as the 10th child of her family.  Her family has given many vocations to the Church, Celesta had three of her older sisters who were also fmms and have already gone for their eternal reward.  After completing her teacher’s training course, she came to Our house in Kaloor as a candidate.  In 1946 she  started her novitiate at Thoppumpadi  and in 1954 she made her final profession.  Teaching was her main mission all her life until retirement.  She was a very good teacher and  she  loved her students.  She was very devoted  and spent time and energy in communicating the love of Christ and His kingdom to thousands of children.    She took pride in saying that many of her students have embraced religious life and have become  very effective in communicating and spreading the Kingdom and its values. 

After here retirement from teaching, she continued to be active in the community, served as bursar, helping with self-help groups and gave a helping hand wherever necessary .    Since 2006 she spent most of her time in prayer  at Our Lady’s in Thoppumpadi  . She also learned the  art of Acupressure and helped  others to benefit from it.  She always showed interest  and was happy to welcome  our sisters and enquire about our missions around.  She always had a reserved place in her heart for the poor and the suffering, she was a tower of compassion and courage for such people. She was very grateful for any little deeds done for her.  Though she was aged and tired she never missed community prayer.  She was found ready on 6th May and the Lord came to take her to Himself.

‘May her soul rest in Peace”