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In Memory

Sr.Anasthasia Pandaraparambil D’CUNJHA (M.MYRIAM)


“Very truly, I tell you unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). This word of God was fulfilled in the lives of Sr.Anasthasia  D’Cunjha fmm, the choir mistress of Our  Lady  of Miracle Chapel on 6th August 2019 at 11.30am.

The school choir started the entrance hymn in our chapel for Eucharistic celebration at the same Sr.Anasthasia’s entry into heaven was taking place. Such a beautiful and peaceful death! Sister embraced death joyfully just like our Seraphic Father welcomed the sister death. The last two days of her earthly life she was in excruciating pain and suffering but her passing away from this world was so silent and peaceful. Sisters were praying around her when Rev. Fr.Varghese OFM came and gave her the last blessings. In the presence of all our sisters at Palluruthy community sister quietly said good- bye to us.

Sr.Anasthasia was the 6th child among 11 children in the family. She grew up in faith and fear of God. She was a person of relationship. A person who played a vital role to keep up the bond of unity among her family members, kith and kin and thus she created a wider circle of friends in her life. It was very visible on her funeral day- the church was full. Sister had a special love for the poor and needy. Anyone who approached her for help was never sent away empty handed; hospitality, simplicity and humility marked her life. She was never embarrassed to ask help from different people to reach out to the needy.

 Sr.Anasthasia had served in different communities of India namely Palluruthy, Kaloor, Lourdepuram, Balaramapuram, Shirva, Chennai and Andhra  Pradesh. She started her missionary work as a craft teacher of Rosary School, Palluruthy. She had a special gift of healing the sick. Thus she served as an infirmarian in our community. Many of our sisters had experienced this gift of healing. God had blessed her with many gifts. She unwrapped these gifts of healing, love for the poor and needy, and love for music throughout her missionary life, wherever she served the people. She trained very many young people to sing in the church choir. She was very particular in selecting the hymns with appropriate themes of the gospel. We believe that she continues to sing His praises in heaven with the heavenly choirs.

I had fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith… from now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day who have longed for his appearing.(2Tim 4:7-8)  Yes sister had received the eternal crown … We bid adieu….May her soul rest in peace.