I was born and bred in Nagpur in a Catholic family. My parents imbibed Christian values in me. I studied in St. Joseph’s Convent, Kamptee, up to SSC. Then I pursued my Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. I Joined Central Railway as a staff Nurse in April 1975 and retired as Chief Matron in 2009, after completing thirty three years service.
After retirement, my husband and I took up social work in the slums and providing educational aid to underprivileged students. We also organized health awareness programme with NGOs.
Good Shepherd Sisters came to reside in our colony. I observed how the sisters helped women and children in the slums. They took care of the underprivileged children by providing midday meals and helping them with their studies. Then I met Sr. Grace who visited the residents of the colony from time to time. She spoke to me and asked me to join the prison ministry. I accompanied her with other lay partners and visited the prisoners.
We organized various programmes on festivals like Diwali, Christmas and National Festivals. We gave them gifts and sweets and hygiene products. I was inspired by Sr. Grace’s kind approach and concern she showed to the prisoners and enquired about their children. I joined prison ministry in 2009. Now I am a lay partner of the Good Shepherd Sisters.
We had conducted a six month course on First Aid and Home Nursing for the women prisoners and awarded them certificates. Our lay partners help the underprivileged children by teaching them. We also had conducted a session on sex education to young girls of the colony.
St. Mary Euphrasia started her mission with lay partners; hence we will extend our help and time as lay partners to the Good Shepherd Sisters whole heartedly.
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region