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In Memory

A Loving Tribute to Sr. Maryji (Mary of Jesus)

            Sr. Mary of Jesus, fondly called ‘Maryji’ whose name in the world was Achamma John Kavalaparambil. She was born in Kerala on 12.09.1930.  Her parents John and Annamma were very pious and loving and taught moral and spiritual values to their children. Sr. Mary was the youngest in the family. She had 3 brothers and 1 sister. Her sister died very young.

Starting the school education at the age of five and being good at studies, she continued with higher education. She completed college education at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulum, and obtained a BSC degree in Botany.

Sr. Maryji lived the values of prayer, obedience, hospitality and kindness to the poor as she had a very good training at home by her pious parents.  As a young girl Mary began to think of religious life and joined the F.M.M. congregation. In the year 1965 Sr.Mary was sent to Immaculate Convent, Coimbatore and later she was sent to Stella Maris College.  She made her final Vows at Nazareth Convent Ooty in 1966.
Sr. Maryji has served in many of our communities in various capacities:
At Stella Maris College, she was Librarian and she was a voracious reader too. Sister was interested in Indian Spirituality and she had Ashram experience at Ishalaya-Madras. While at this Ashram, she worked a lot for data collection to write the history of the F.M.M. Institute in India.
In St. Joseph’s Leprosy Hospital Tuticorin, she was at the Leprosy Control Unit from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1984, Sister was made superior of Jeevan Jyothi Instiute (Theological Institute) at Secunderabad in Andra Pradesh. From 1986 to 1990, Maryji was sent to St. Thomas Convent, Chennai to serve at Rosary Matriculation School as Librarian. She was regular in attending Vipasana meditation at different places. In 1993 and 1994 sister was Warden at Nava Nirmana Institute, Stella Maris Convent.

In 2008 May, Sr. Mary was shifted to Amali Seva Illam, Trichy as she needed health care from Child Jesus Hospital as she had High Blood Pressure and heart related illnesses.While at Amali Seva Illam, sister was very helpful in the community. With regard to computer work Sr. Mary helped the sisters as she was computer savvy. She took interest in updating herself with daily news, magazines and latest books and was well informed of all that is happening in the world. She helped anyone in need in the community. As said by the sisters of her community, she was a woman with minimum needs, lived a life of simplicity and poverty and was obedient to her superiors. She was prayerful and loved contemplation. She was very sociable and approachable and she helped at the reception, parlour and in the computer room.

As sister developed hypertension and grew more and more weak, she was brought to Child Jesus Infirmary - Maria Niketan and was under medical treatment. On 12th August sister was hospitalized with severe hypertension, marked respiratory distress, kidney dysfunction and was put on treatment. For a week she was completely unaware of people and circumstances. She breathed her last on 5th Sept. 2019 at 7.30 pm. Her funeral service was held at Child Jesus in the presence of her family and friends. May her soul rest in Peace!

Sr. Amala Joseph fmm
Child Jesus Convent,