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In Memory

Sr. Jesi Jaya Rani Adaikalasamy


A loving tribute to Sr. Jesi Jaya Rani Adaikalasamy fmm



With St. Paul we say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Sr. Jesi Jaya Rani Adikalasamy, was born at K. K. Patti, Tanjore district on 27.8.1985 to Mr.Adaikalaswamy and Mrs. Maria Thanakodi as the second child, Yohan and Joicey being the other siblings. A very devout, God fearing, close knit and large joint family, they brought up their children with great care and love. She did her primary education in her native village, and joined our school - Sacred Heart Girls’ Higher Secondary School at Tanjore as a boarder. As a student she was fun loving, glamorous, studious and very prayerful.  From her early age her one aspiration in life was to become a religious and this  strong desire took root in her. After completing her post graduation in Commerce at  Axilium college Katpadi, she joined the Salesian congregation guided by her paternal uncle, Fr. Xavier Packiam SDB.

Isaiah 55:9 says, ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. God’s plan for her was different; after completing Bachelor of Education in Stella Matutina College, Chennai, she was led to where her heart was, the fmm way of life.  As a candidate she was at  Sacre Coeur Convent, Tuticorin for 10 months and at Anugrah, Pulianthope for two months for community experience. She entered the Pre- novitiate at Asir Bhavan on 15.06.2013. And entered the novitiate on 21.5.2014 at Varanasi. On completion of her novitiate Sr. Jesi was assigned to Chennai province and joined Krupalaya community at Thirupatchur, Thiruvallur district on 01.06.2016. Sr. Jesi, full of vigor, enthusiasm and zeal began her apostolate with great earnestness- visiting the families, praying with them as well as helping in the community in whatever capacity she could, bringing freshness, vitality and joy to all. Barely six months after she joined the community, it was a great shock to all when we learnt that she was afflicted with a very rare type of cancer of the Adrenal Adeno Carcinoma and was sent to Child Jesus Convent in November 2016 for treatment. 

Sr. Jesi, a friendly, hardworking, affectionate and humourous person who brought laughter and sunshine around.  In spite of her illness she always sought to make others happy, participating in the community life, preparing liturgy, decoration etc.  She had a pleasant way of surprising others by a novel way of celebrating birthdays and feast days. She easily joined others in entertainment and added color to the functions. Sr. Jesi was meticulous and a perfectionist in anything she did and did it with great fervour. A daring person, she bore her sickness and pain valiantly, uniting her acute sufferings to the sufferings of Christ.

Here I quote what one of the novitiate team members has to say about Sr. Jesi: ‘A very loving and lovable person, hardworking, she reached out to her fellow novices and companions helping them in various ways, in particular to those who were weak.  She was courageous and straightforward, simple and humble, never showed self importance;  a person of deep faith and prayer.  She had a special devotion to Our Lady and she would pray daily in the night very intently with folded hands and on her knees which was an inspiration for others. She was a person of values and convictions, very systematic in her work and highly disciplined.  She would always prepare beautiful liturgies with deep reflections and innovative ideas.  She had great love for our Mother Foundress, Bl. Mary of the Passion and for Bl. Maria Assunta.  She mingled with everyone and had great respect for elders.

 Needless to say that she was the darling of the family, loved by the elders and the young ones.  At this great moment of sorrow and loss we extend our prayerful support to the family, who journeyed with her in her sufferings, day in and day out. Sr. Jesi’s end came all of a sudden at 1.50 in the morning on 19th February 2018, and she flew into the arms of the Father while she was still praying intently and singing, a rare phenomenon that we witnessed. Dear Sr. Jesi we thank your parents and family for giving us such a Beautiful flower whom we offer to God in the prime of her youth.

We thank all the sisters, staff and students in Child Jesus who took extreme care of Sr. Jesi for the past one year and four months. In particular we thank Sr. Leena D’Souza our Provincial, who visited her often. Special thanks to Dr. Sr. Jacquline, Sr. Alice, the administrator, Sr Kanti, Sr. Vayola and Sr. Amala our superiors.

We are very grateful to Rev. Fr. Xavier Packiam Jesi’s uncle and the Salesian family as well as other fathers for being here to participate in the last rites. We thank all the fmm sisters and sisters from different congregations who came in large numbers to attend the funeral services of Sr. Jesi. May she rest in peace and experience the heavenly reward prepared for her by the heavenly father.

Sr. Florine Monis fmm