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In Memory

Teresa Cheriath

Tresa Cheriath


“For the living know that they will die… (Ecclesia)


Death is a very mysterious thing. History suggests that one person is enough to be a turning point in this world. Can any of us rise above the normal and live a life beyond me, mine and myself and be turning Point? Yes, Sr.Theresa Cheriath rose above the normal and lived a life for God and others and became a turning   point in the lives of many people.  

           She was born on Oct 4th 1938 in Thoyakkava at Trichur Dt. Kerala.  Her father Thomas and mother Mrs. Rosa had three children: Sr.Theresa Cheriath was the eldest and Sr.Catherine and Mrs.Rani, 

    There is a saying, our personality is formed by our own circumstances and these in turn are caused by our inheritance.  The circumstance in which Sr. Theresa Cheriath was brought up is a happy one.   She herself used to say that they were united and happy family,  loved,  cared and shared everything with each other and were generous in helping others especially the poor and anyone in need.  Her faith was developed at home and at School.  More than this her mother used to tell the storied and values of the saints every day. 

        She had a great zeal for mission and she answered God’s call during her aunt Sr. Zeeta FMM’s vestition in Thoppampady.   That attracted her to give her future to Jesus.  Sr. Theresa entered the novitiate in Colombo, made the final commitment at Palluruthy on 17th Sept, 1965.Thereafter she was sent to Baramula Kashmir, Musgutri –M.P, and Manjummel.1987 she was the animator of Holy Apostles Convent, St.  Thomas Mount for 3 yrs. From 1990 – 2009, she was back to Child Jesus Hospital in charge of X-ray & Scan department, Sr.Tresa spent her spare time visiting the patients especially priests and religious.

Due to her illness she was shifted to Maria Niketan in 2013 for personal care.  We have heard the life story and  whispering grain of sand bloom by the wind as sr. Teresa  travelled from  Kerala to Child Jesus and have many more stories to tell about her dedication,  commitment,  thirst for God & Zeal  for mission, love for the poor and the bond of relationship  where ever she was.  All the family members, Fmm sisters, friends, relatives and people who lived with her will agree with me saying that she loved the poor helping them for education and medical care. 

 I stand here to say few words about her. What a well lived life was hers. Today, her date of birth and death will be enshrined on the stone.  But the dash between the birth and death will be known only to us who lived with her.  Yes, dear Sr. Theresa, you are an inspiration to us.  As we are gathered here to say Good bye to you we remember with gratitude the values you lived for in your life.