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. Anna Kurisuveetil (M. Amandine)


Sr. Anna Kurisuveetil (M. Amandine) fmm 

 

 ‘’There are many rooms in my Father’s house and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. And after I go and prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be there.” (John 14.2)

 Perhaps Sr.Amandine has heard these words of Jesus in a very tangible way, for she was always in long and loving communion with the Lord. She was most of the time before the Blessed Sacrament. When she is not at  adoration in the chapel and other activities the rosary beads were her constant companion. 

 Sr.Amandine was a very jovial person, sociable and child like. This precious child was born on 9th December 1929 in Kerala at Cheranallur, in the diocese of Varapuzha. She was the youngest among the eight children born to Mr. Raphael and Mariam. The children were brought up in catholic faith. Sr.Amandine studied in a Carmelite school run by the sisters. After her schooling, with the permission of her mother and others, as her father had expired, she contacted her parish priest to guide her to join a convent. The parish priest directed her to the FMM congregation in Palluruthy- Cochin.

               After her initial formation she was accepted as the candidate and began her Franciscan Missionary formation in Sept, 1955.After her formation period she was sent to Avinashi, Tuticurin, Mylapore, St.Francis convent Coimbatore, Tanjore and Mercy home. In her autobiography she has written I am always ready to move from place to place according to the needs and wishes of my superiors in the attitude of ‘Ecce and Fiat’.

Whatever mission was entrusted to Sr.Amandine, be it the charge of the sacristy, taking care of the farm,of the dying destitute, she gave herself whole heartedly .she was always concerned about the others  specially  poor. Her outgoing character gathered many friends both rich and poor, religious as well as lay people. She always had many interesting stories and events to share concerning how she moved around with any category of people, Bishops, priests, religious, lay people. Her child like attitude attracted many people.

         In 1990 she came to St.Thomas Mercy home, marvelous 20 years were  very active indeed, visiting families around, serving the inmates, and as sacristan of the community. She took care of their material needs and spiritual needs preparing them to their final journey too.

    In 2005 her golden jubilee was celebrated in a grand style. She was very grateful to the family of late Mr.Adaikalaraj for making the jubilee  a  memorable one. She also was lucky and grateful to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with a thanksgiving mass.

   Since few years she was weak, her health was poor. She wrote in her autobiography” now I am unable to do much work but spent lot of time in prayer in front of the Bl. Sacrament  interceding for the world, church and the institute, all our people and friends.”

On 31st March Sr.Amandine was brought to the Child Jesus hospital for treatment, on her arrival to the hospital she asked for the sacrament of the sick and the same was given to her. She was in bed with continuous fever thus needing Intensive care. After three weeks of care and treatment she was found to be little better and was shifted to the infirmary, very weak and   was fed on tube.  The Lord called her to his kingdom in the morning of 9th May. May her soul rest in peace.

   We are grateful to the family of Sr.Amandine who offered to the institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Thank you, dear Sr. Amandine   for your inspiring life that teaches us to be always joyful and helpful. You remind us to live in love, charity and be happy. Continue to intercede for us until we meet again.                                                                                                                       

 Sr. Rita Pinto FMM