I was born and brought up in India, in a village called Udyavara, Udupi District, Karnataka State. My father had the responsibility of bringing up nine children. We are from a middle class family. I am the third child. My father was very strict and a disciplined person while my mother was very pious and had a loving nature. Soon after my graduation I came to Mumbai and started working. Then I got the shocking news of my father’s death due to a heart attack. My family went through a lot of struggle. My mother was over protected and she was unable to handle and take all the responsibility for the family. I was very close to my father and I took long time to recover from this loss. Meanwhile I had gone home for my holidays. There I met the Good Shepherd Sisters in my parish. Casually my sister and I attended the talk. I did not have any intention to become a religious. But when they were sharing about Jesus the Good Shepherd I strongly felt the call. Jesus had touched me. Then and there I said ‘yes’ to God’s call.
I am very grateful to almighty God for he has done marvellous things in my life. ‘Great is my God for His faithfulness never ends’. His favours and goodness are numberless. Who can count them? When I look back at my thirty years of religious life I realize how true it is ‘you did not choose me, but I chose you’. I did not have any special qualities or talents. I always felt that I was not worthy to be a religious. Out of nothingness He has called me. I thank God for His unconditional love and for accepting me as I am in His vineyard.
Since my profession I have been involved in social work in different places - Mumbai, Virar, Nagpur, Balaghat, Garratola and Karjat. I have experienced and enjoyed His companionship, which has nourished me at all times. In my happiness and joys, my ups and downs, my sorrows, my sadness, my distress and in at difficult times He has carried me on His shoulders and all the more he has strengthened me.
In the course of time in my journey I have come across many people who played an important role in my life. With gratitude I remember and pray for my dear parents who gave me life, nurtured me and enabled me to experience His love. I thank God for my wonderful and loving brothers and sisters, near and dear ones, relatives and friends who have come into my life and who made it possible for me to understand, realize and respond to God’s call and remain faithful to Him. I also express my gratitude to province leaders, my formators, my community leaders in different communities and all the sisters and above all my companions who understood me, shared their life with me, appreciated me when I did well and helped me grow and encouraged me through my struggles of life.
Good Shepherd participation in a public meeting and rally to raise awareness and promote change for children who are forced to work and are deprived of an education
In Mumbai, about 150 women learn about and discuss how Human Trafficking exploits and uses girls and women
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region
In Nagpur India, Sisters from two provinces gather to lay the foundation stone for the Provincialate building, and to bury a time capsule