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Sister Theramma Prayikalam

Sister Theramma is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and 80 Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

Sister Theramma joined our Community at age 22, encouraged by a close friend who was a Carmelite. She already had a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Soon after her first profession in 1975, she opted to live and work among the fisher people in Poothura, Kerala, India.

“I was motivated by the Gospel values of justice, love, equality and freedom. I realized that I could live out these values only by being with the poor, especially in their struggles to live as human beings. The poor and oppressed inspired me to a greater faith and loyalty to Gospel values, and a deeper commitment,” she recalls.

Sister Theramma worked for 30 years as a teacher and social activist, in deep solidarity with the fisher people as they fought for their rights. She explains, “Our active participation in the struggles of the fisher people helped me to redefine the meaning of my life as a religious.”

At the end of 2004, Sister went to the Philippines, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Feminist Theology. Her thesis, later published into a book, was on the “Spirituality of the Fisherwomen in Kerala: Inspiration and Challenge to Consecrated Women.”

Now Sister Theramma is serving on the core team of Ayushya, our alternative health center in Ithithanam, India. She reflects, “I believe that God has plans for each one of us to be fulfilled at different times in our lives. These are what can be called ‘times of grace.’”

July 1, 2012