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.

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In Memory

Sister Mary Ann Pappu Chullikat


 

                                                                  

Sr. Mary Ann Pappu CHULLIKAT (Alphonsina) passed away on (19-08-2017) at around 5.20 A.M. in Maria Assunta, Pune. Sr. Mary Ann was 94 years old and was able to move about in the house, always fully dressed in her religious habit. Of late, she had slowed down a bit but tried to come for morning Mass when possible and would come to the refectory for her meals. Now a days she would sleep a lot; so the community sisters were very alert to check on her and lovingly attended to her needs. On 2nd August 2017 Sr. Mary Ann while having her usual walk in the house had a fall which dislocated her hip. Because of her advanced age we opted against the surgery, after three days in the hospital she was brought home. She was slowly deteriorating, was not able to take in any food, and also lost her speech, Sr. Mary Ann suffered silently.  This morning the woman on night duty noticed the change in her and called the sisters, Sr. Theresa Thomas, provincial, the superior and other sisters rushed at her bedside as she gently and peacefully breathed her last. The community sisters, Nav Chetnites and Novitiate sisters were around Sr. Mary Ann praying and singing as the Lord welcomed her in heaven.

Sr. Mary Ann was a compassionate, kind and holy person. She was ready to meet the Lord and often heard saying ‘Lord I am ready’ ‘My Jesus will take me’. She was an affectionate person, loved her sisters sincerely and the sisters too were fond of her. She had motherly care and concern towards all. Mary Ann was a pleasant and jovial person, through her little jokes she spread joy and laughter in the community. Mary Ann was very hard working, self sacrificing, generous and person for others. She was a grateful person, thanked God for everyone and for everything and did her ministries in a simple, humble and unassuming manner, a person of few words. She had great love for the poor and always reached out to them. She lived her religious life with convictions, deep commitment and faithfulness to God. Even when she was in severe pain in the hospital, advised the sisters attending to her: remain faithful to Jesus, and then all will be well”. May Sr. Mary Ann enjoy eternal bliss in paradise.