Sister Anita 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.
The second of eight children, Sister Anita was born in a small village, Rajabala, in Meghalaya state in North East India. She made her First Vows in 2004, when she was 24 years old, then went to study for her Bachelor’s Degree.
After completing her degree, Sister Anita was assigned to the Chumukedima community, then took a one-year Theology course as a preparation for her Final Profession of Vows in 2010. She shares, “I experienced God’s love and protection wherever I was working and studying…as I stayed in different communities, I experienced the hard work of our elder Sisters.”
She adds, “As I continue in mission I find God in the midst of many different situations, in creation and in people. This has deepened my faith and trust in God.”
Sister Anita shares that she was working at the Mendipathar Multipurpose Cooperative Society in January, 2011, when a big crowd, mostly youth, came running with weapons in an outbreak of tribal violence. The shops were immediately closed and many of the local people, especially women and children, ran to the Cooperative for safety. Sister Anita prayed together with the people as they stayed in this safe place.
Sister Anita shares, “I thank God for calling me to be a Medical Mission Sister. I want to serve His people through the healing charism. It is an ongoing response to the demands of the time, and challenges me to be open to new ways to live Gospel values, to live the signs of the time.”
January 1, 2012