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A Century of Service in India

Offering lifetimes of compassionate care to the people of India is among the hundreds of ways that our Sisters and Associates try to be a healing presence today.

Sisters Rita Kacheriparambil and Josephine Veliparampil, both from Kerala, South India, marked their Golden Jubilees as Medical Mission Sisters at a special Mass in Sandipani, Pune, on August 15. Close to 100 family members, friends and other Medical Mission Sisters from all over India joined the celebration.

A nurse before entering our Community, Sister Rita was trained as a midwife at Holy Family Hospital, Mandar, India; served there for several years; then worked in our hospital in Thuruthipuram, South India. She studied public health nursing and reached out to many in need of basic health care services in areas served by Holy Family Hospitals in New Delhi, Bombay and Mandar. Sister Rita was a member of our pastoral team at Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna, and in recent years has been part of our healing mission at the Holistic Health Centre in Pune.

Sister Josephine, a nurse-anesthetist, assisted at thousands of surgeries at Holy Family Hospital, Mandar, for many years. She then became part of our Community’s formation teams in Maner, Pune and Rajnigandha. Sister Josephine, whose brother Msgr. George Veliparampil was the main celebrant at the Jubilee Mass, currently serves in a variety of support services at our Holistic Health Centre in Pune.

“Our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude as we recall the past 50 years of our journey as Medical Mission Sisters,” Sisters Rita and Josephine say. Literally tens of thousands of people in North and South India have felt their healing presence throughout these years in very special and personal ways. Congratulations, Sisters!

September 15, 2012