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In Memory

TRIBUTE TO SR. FRANCISCA


TRIBUTE TO SR. FRANCISCA

          


Sr. Francisca Marneni or Chinna Francisca as she was commonly known as, returned to her eternal home on 30th April 2020 after  a brief illness.
Sr. Francisca born in Bhimanapally village in 1942, did her schooling with the FMM sisters in Bhimanapally and Kazipet. Inspired by the saintly life of Sr. Claude who was her teacher and Principal at Fatima School, Kazipet, Francisca was drawn to religious life. She was attracted by the missionary spirit of the sisters which she got to experience as a high school girl while accompanying the sisters to teach catechism in the villages.
Francisca entered the FMM Institute in 1965 in Pune. She made her first vows in 1968 in Pune taking the name Sundari of Jesus. By nature she was cheerful and soft spoken and loved to serve the poor. She got the opportunity to serve the workroom women in Cattiparambu and Palluruthy for 7 years and in Monogude and Hanamkonda for 3 years. Apart from this Sr. Francisca has spent her life as a teacher in various villages of Andhra and Telangana. She was also animator of Helen Niwas Denduluru. As a teacher she was not only interested in the academics of her students, but also faith formation and moral education. She was hardworking and an unassuming person, who went about her mission silently. She was committed to her mission and readily volunteered for any community task even before two months ago.
After her  retirement from the school, Sr. Francisca continued to render her service as in-charge of the Campus workers in Maris Stella College for almost 16 years. After being in the boarding of St. Elizabeth’s at Kethepally for a year, she came to the infirmary community at Regina Mundi, Kazipet in 2018. Here she was actively involved in the exercises of the community and also taught Sunday catechism in the Cathedral Parish till February 2020. Such was her dedication.
Her Diabetes and  Hypertension were kept under control by regular medication. However, since March 15th she developed severe pain in her legs and was unable to walk. She was confined to bed for almost a month and slowly prepared to meet her creator. In her conscious state she clung on to a picture of Bl. Maria Assunta and called on her constantly. Even when not fully conscious she repeated the name of Jesus and Bl. Assunta.
Due to the Corona virus situation, the community could not get her admitted. The medical staff of St. Anne’s hospital were of great help to ease her pain in her last moments. The Funeral of Sr. Francisca was held on 1st May in the presence of a few family members and the members of her community due to the prevailing lockdown situation.   
Eternal rest grant unto our Sr. Francisca O, Lord and may your perpetual light shine upon her.
CT Theresa FMM
Mumbai Province