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In Memory



15 - 7 - 1946 to 17 - 4 - 2020







“While they had gone to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet and then the door was shut” (Mt: 25:10.)Our beloved Sr.Mary Joseph Chittilapilly had a silent heart attack at 8.45 am on 17 th April 2020. She was suffering from diabetes for several years. She bid her farewell very silently and went to the Lord.We were all shocked and dumbfounded because she was with us tillthe previous night for all the community activities and there were no symptoms of any serious illness. Sudden demise of Sr.MaryJoseph on one side and the situation of lock down on the other side created a lot of anxiety. But we are sure that our dear Sr. Mary Joseph had prepared herself with oil in the lamp to meet her bridegroom and enter into the wedding banquet in heaven. Sr. Mary Joseph was born as the last little daughter of Chittilapilly Joseph and Mary on 15 th July 1946 at Aranattukara in Trichur district, Kerala.She had three sisters and one brother. (One of her sisters was late Sr. Rosy Joseph FMM).She joined the novitiate at Bangalore in 1970 and professed her first vows in 1972 and her perpetual vows on 16 th August 1980. As a temporary professed sister, she served in St.Thomas Convent Mylapore, Our Lady’s Convent Thoppumpady, St.Francis Xavier Convent Kaloor, Sacred Heart Convent Godavarikhani, Andra Pradesh and Our lady of Lourdes convent Lourdepuram. After her B.Ed training she taught in Godavarikhani in Andhra, Lourdepuram, Kaloor, and in Thoppumpady. From 1993 to 2001 she served as head mistress in St.Helen’s GirlsHigh School in Lourdepuram and Our Lady’s convent Girls’High School in Thoppumpady. She was a very good teacher and a loving head mistress to the staff and to the students. She served the poor and needy of her time. After her retirement she served as the principal of St.Joseph’s school in Sultan Batheri, Cheeral for two years. She worked as a principal of Our Lady’s convent girls’ higher secondary school, Thoppumpady.Sr. Mary Joseph was the correspondent of Kerala region for nine years.She inspired and moulded many students in her teaching career. Sr.Mary Joseph had completed fifty golden years in the service of the Lord’s vineyard. She celebrated her golden jubilee of her religious life on 2 nd February 2020. Indeed the fifty golden years in religious life was a gift from God, a gratitutous gift given to her as a token her faithfulness to the One who called her. Sr.Mary Joseph celebrated her golden jubilee On 2 nd February while the church celebrated the presentation of the Lord.She thanked God for his love and fidelity to her. It was a simple and yet meaningful celebration attended by the present and retired school teachers, her family members and the sisters from the neighbouring communities. God blessed her with fifty years to know him more initimately, to love him more dearly,and to follow him more closely.

Sr.Mary Joseph was a person of convictions and values. She had taken her call seriously and lived her life with commitment and dedication. She was truely Franciscan at heart in her love for creation. Though it was a lock down situation, our sisters from the neighbouring communities managed to pay their last tribute to Sr. Mary Joseph Chittilapilly. May she rest in peace.

Sr. Philamin Mathew