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

Sr. Kochutheresia Varried Pallathara ( Lilyosa)


Here we are to say goodbye to our dearly loved Sr. Lilyosa who was snatched away from us all of a sudden- A flower so sweet and tender plucked by her divine spouse to adorn his sacred dwelling place.

Sr.Lilyosa wrote in her auto biography ‘’lord give me more wisdom and help me to speak gently and do some good to anyone in need, Lord you are my father,  mother and everything, I come to you just as I am”.  Sr.Kochuteresia Varried Pallathara is called by her religious name Lilyosa and she loved this name. She was born in 1940 in Iringalakuda   village known as Mayanam. Her father Varried and her mother Aleyamma gave birth to 7 children. 4 girls and 3 boys. Being the youngest in the family she was loved by everyone and was very much attached to her parents. She has an elder sister Jemma who is a religious belonging to the Sacred Heart Convent in Kerala.

   At the age of five she started her schooling and studied in the convent school.  The examples of the sisters helped her in many ways, also she was attracted by their prayer life specially adoration of the blessed sacrament .When she was in the 9th standard she started to think about her vocation and prayed for that intention, to become a good religious. She loved to read the life of saints and she had the great desire to go closer to the Lord.

Later she came to know about the fmm sisters in Palluruthy, with the permission of the parents she entered the novitiate at Ketti –Nilgiris. She felt that Jesus gave her the needed graces, courage, support and guidance to continue life as a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. She received inspiration from the most Blessed Sacrament and felt his presence continually all through her life. 

                  She was happy to recall the great day of her receiving the religious habit, the days of her first vows and final vows.  She joyfully continued her mission as a nurse in St.Joseph Leprosy hospital and child Jesus hospital. She had a liking for pastoral work in St.Thomas convent, Stella Maris convent, Kancheepuram and Thirumangalam. She is also a great lover of birds and animals.

               In her autobiography she says” these days I have increased my devotion to our Bl. Mother and ask her help to prepare myself for the promised land, I ask the Lord to direct, guard and guide me throughout my days and ask him to have mercy on me, for my short comings, in all my needs, I run to the blessed sacrament where I find comfort and solace. It is to him I have dedicated my whole life and He is my father, mother and everything.”

                     This evening all of us are gathered here in the Lord’s presence to say final goodbye to you dear Sr.Lilyosa- we thank you for all the services you have rendered whole heartedly to various people during your life.

                The Lord took Sr.Lilyosa on the 15th April, while she was travelling by train to meet her dear ones at home, and enjoy the holidays with them as she was to celebrate her Golden Jubilee this year. But the Lord said come to me enjoy your life in my presence.

We, the sisters of child Jesus communities especially Anbu sisters remember all your kind deeds, words and loving service to each one of us. We miss you dear but all of us together with all the members of child Jesus Hospital   pray for you and say a fond goodbye to you. May your soul rest in peace.

                                                                              Sr.Sebestina Dhanaraj fmm