I was born in 1966 in India to simple and faith filled parents in a very big village where 100% of people are Catholics. It is in the coastal area of Kadiapattanam village, Kaniyakumari district and today it is called Cape Camorin. It is at the southern tip of India. It is a tourist attraction since three oceans meet together (Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean). I have 2 loving sisters and 3 affectionate brothers. I am the fourth in the family and we are a very close knit family. When we come together it is full of fun and laughter as we share our childhood experiences. I did my schooling in Sacred Heart Convent School where I learnt the values of kindness and compassion through the sisters’ service to the poor and orphans.
My inspiration to join the Congregation of the Good Shepherd was my cousin Sister Philominal who is also a Good Shepherd Sister. She encouraged and supported me when I expressed my desire to be a religious; my family members were not very happy but later I convinced them. In 1985 I entered the Good Shepherd Convent in Bangalore. I knew not what lay ahead, but God’s blessings were with me. I hoped and believed. The journey……began.
‘The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.’ (Luke 1:49)
25 Glorious Years 1988-2013. I celebrated my Silver Jubilee on 16th July 2013. Life is more than what it seems to be and on this journey of religious life for the past 25 years, I believe all of us are called for a particular purpose. It is like waking up in the morning and knowing that you were born for something greater. It is being everything to everybody, yet at the same time it involves losing myself to find myself in Christ.
I cherish and hold dear to my heart the 12 years of fruitful service in Garratola mission, Madhya Pradesh - the good as well as the difficult ones - because these experiences were blessings in disguise and the opportunity to work with the tribal women and children.
I hold unforgettable memories of working in a Mumbai brothel with women engaged in prostitution. Now the work with migrant Catholic domestic workers in and around Andheri slums in Mumbai gives me great joy. My dreams and aspirations are to work with women and children who are at the margins especially in the rural areas. I would love to think that my support enables them to live a more dignified life.
To live a quality religious life, I believe I need to allow people to be truly human. The various responsibilities which were entrusted to me at different stages of my life gave me ample opportunities to use my God given gifts in service of others. I had the opportunity to encounter people from all walks of life in my mission and they deepened my faith and often challenged me to live a happy and contented life.
‘Cast your net into the deep sea.’ These words of Jesus inspire me to work tirelessly and zealously for his people. It is only Jesus who gives me hope in times of despair, so why can’t I render my service to his people forever? The words of our Foundress give the enthusiasm to go forward always. ‘Let Zeal be the vessel that carries you forward always’ said Saint Mary Euphrasia.
As Bernice Reagan puts it: ‘Life challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they are supposed to help you discover who you are.’
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