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In Memory

Sr. Rosario Arulpillai

                       Fare well to Sr. Rosario Arulpillai



“ O thou the last fulfillment of life, Death my death, come and whisper to me ! One final glance from thine eyes and my life will be ever thine own-Gitanjali…R. Tagore

 This must have been the heart’s desire of our dear Sr.Rosario especially during the recent past few months. Three months earlier Sr. Rosario lost her elder sister. It was very visible ever since our annual retreat in the first week of September which was based on Scripture ie, reading reflecting and living the Word of God. After the retreat Sister Rosario spent every free minute reading the Bible. One could see that she carried the Bible as she sat in the parlor for duty or otherwise. She was a lover of silence, soft spoken, gentle and amiable.

Sr. Rosario Arulpillai, hails from a pious and devoted Catholic family. She was the sixth child out of eight children born to Mr. Arulpillai, who was a teacher and Mrs Sevarathinam. Three older sisters died in their childhood. Her three aunts were nuns in Bon Secour congregation. She has a nephew who is a diocesan priest, Fr. Prabakaran who is well known in Tamil Nadu.She has another nephew who is a religious priest in the OMI congregation.

In her autobiography she writes, “My parents were very pious and prayerful. They had deep faith in God and were ever willing to help the poor. We never missed daily Mass. I was very fond of my father and he too was very fond of me. Every day my father used to take me to visit the Blessed Sacrament as the church was very close to  our house We prayed the Rosary and Litany of the Bl. Virgin Mary together in the family. Through my family I developed a deep faith in God. I loved Adoration of the Bl. Sacrament as we had Holy hour once a week in our parish church. My father and I used to attend regularly’’

Sr. Rosario did her schooling with ICM sisters who spoke to the students about vocations to religious life. Her aunts also used to invite her to join them. But she did not like it. All the same she wanted to become a religious sister. Her cousin was studying in Sacred Heart Convent School in Tanjore. Her father encouraged her to join there. At that time two sisters came from Bangalore to seek for probable vocations and to speak about their congregation. Her cousin gave her name and she informed Sr. Rosario about it. Her father gave permission to join  Mother Godeleve’s congregation in Bangalore and both of them joined in June 1963. She loved the perpetual Adoration and silence there. After one year she took the habit. Mother Godeleve, the superior became ill and she sought God’s Will for the group of sisters, consulting Mother Klemens Fmm Provincial of South India. Thus the four novices went to Ketti to continue their novitiate.

Sr. Rosario says that her aim was to become a religious, so with effort and prayer, she was able to live her life joyfully. She made her first profession on 13th June 1967. Sr. Rosario did her juniorate after which she was assigned to various charges and responsibilities. She has done Theology in Mater Dei-Goa, Social Work at Navanirmana  Social Institute, Stella Maris College. In 1977-1978 she had the privilege of going to Rome for one year to participate in the Centenary year of the Institute and to continue to serve in the Generalate during which she visited several holy places. After returning from Rome she was appointed as Superior of Perumalmalai for one term,as Creche in-charge at Holy Apostles at St.Thomas Mount, CCF in Stella Maris, as hostel wardens in Child Jesus Nurses’ hostel also in St. Thomas Convent Working Women’s hostel. From there she was sent to Pulianthope to work in the Social Service Society  with Salesian Fathers.

In June 2015 Sr.Rosario was transferred to Sacre Coeur convent Tuticorin to be in-charge of the Sacristy in the hospital chapel and the Tailoring Unit. She was doing her duties slowly and steadily as well as routine services in the community. As it is said earlier, Sr. Rosario was a silent, peace loving and soft - spoken person.

Dear Sr. Rosario, we are still under shock due to your sudden, unexpected, and uninformed embrace by sister death on 3rd October 2017. Sr. Roasrio left us as the result of a massive heart attack. We, your sisters in the community miss you very much among us and around us. We pray that you may experience peace and eternal bliss with your Creator, the Lord of life and death.

Sr. Mary Deavassy fmm