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.

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In Memory

Sr. Kochutheresia Thomas ERINGOLIL (MaryPaulinus)


“The eyes that sees everything,
The ear that hears everything,
The heart that understands everything
Are Thine only Oh God only Thine”

Sr. Kochutheresia Thomas ERINGOLIL

Sr.Kothutheresia Thomas had deep faith in God and she always sang the above song. She lived an exemplary life of simplicity, spontaneity and faithfulness. . She was a great community person, never missed the community activities be it for community prayer or meetings, meal or Holy Mass, recreation or singing practice, she was always there. Very witty and sharp even at her 80s, she was a model for many of us in the community.

Kochutheresiawas born on 27th September, 1932 into a loving family in Manjummel. She had a sister and four brothers. From her early days she used to see and visit our sisters in Holy Family Convent, Manjummel and she developed a great desire to be a missionary like them. When she had completed her high school, she joined the aspirants in Thoppumpady .She was an instructor for cutting and tailoring at Thoppumpady and Balaramapuram for several years. Her ministry was mainly community service in Stella Maris, Chennai and in several communities in Kerala. She was always available and ready for any service.

Towards the end she had difficulty in walking freely, yet she never complained., However with great difficulty she used to walk to the refectory for her meals as she loved the company of her sisters. In spite of her poor health conditions and tiredness, she never missed the prayers and Holy Mass. She used to be seated on the long corridor and greet every one passing by with a great smile and enquired about their wellbeing. On January 17th she seemed to be very tired and restless and one could guess that her end was nearing. So she had the anointing of the sick, she was fully conscience and she herself thanked the priest who anointed her. Her family was informed and they came to visit her and she spoke to them and was very grateful. Sisters took turns to be near her saying the Rosary and other prayers. While the sisters were still around her praying and singing, the Lord found her ready and she quietly slipped into His arms. Though she has gone, her spirit continues to be in the community.

May she rest in Peace!
Sr. RoselentLonappan