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.

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In Memory

A loving tribute to Sr. Mary Mathew Chadayamury

“If we live, we live for the Lord, if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die,   we belong to the Lord.” (Rom14:8)

Sr. Mary Chadayamury, in religious life known as Gregoria, aged 103 went into heaven on 17th March 2020 at 4 am at St. Francis Xavier Convent Kaloor. Though she was bed ridden for the past 5 years after a major surgery, she was always cheerful and the sisters loved to be at her side to hear her singing nursery rhymes and get her blessings. She always enquired  about the well being of each and every sister specially the Superior General and Sr. Provincial.

 Sister was born on 6th January 1917 in Kottapuram Diocese, Pulluttu Parish in Kerala. She was the eldest of the 9 children and her parents were Mathew and Mariam.

Sister entered in Palluruthy on 10th May 1942. She made her first vows at Ginabhahar on 15th July 1952 and final vows on 2nd August  1958 in Bhimanapally.

Mary was a silent and prayerful person. As the years passed, her intensity increased to meet her Divine Spouse, Jesus. Whoever visited her, she had only one request and it was to ask Jesus to take her soon to heaven. Even at the age of over 100 years, she was very clear in her mind, in saying the mysteries of the Rosaries, Litany and even other prayers very clearly. She had always the Rosary beads in her hand and kept it on the wrist not to lose it.

Her mission was mostly in Andhra Pradesh. She had been in Bellary, Ginabahar, Bhimanapally, Mirialaguda, Kazipet and Hanamakonda until 1971. After a major accident, witnessing the death of her companion in Kazipet affected her mentally and she became  physically weak. She was transferred to Kerala , to Manjummel where she worked in the Press for 9 years. Thereafter she was transferred to Palayam . She was all in all in Palayam Cathedral; teaching Catechism, Counselling, in charge of Legion of Mary, Franciscan Third Order besides regular visits to families.  Apart from that she found joy and dedication in decorating the Altar with flowers for the continuous Eucharistic celebration taking place in the Cathedral. Though she had left the place due to ill health, she was remembered fondly by the people for nearly 12 years. They even remembered her on her 103rd birthday and published her photo and her long years of dedicated service in their bulletin..

 Five years ago, Sr. Mary came to Kaloor community after a major surgery and was confined to bed. She was a happy and contented person, ready to give her spiritual wisdom to everyone. When our youngest junior sister visited her, she enquired about her mission. When she heard that she was allotted to do the sacristy work, with sisterly affection, she told her “as Mother Mary took care of her Son Jesus, you too must take care of Jesus in the Eucharist very lovingly”. This revealed her spiritual depth.

Though we miss Sr. Mary’s physical presence, we are consoled that we have an intercessor in heaven

Sr. Mary John Muringassery

Provincial Superior