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Sister Therese Cheruvallathu

Sister Therese is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

A native of Kerala, South India, Sister Therese felt a desire as a young woman to dedicate her life to God and the people of God. She made her First Vows with our Community in 1965. After completing studies in laboratory technology, she worked for 14 years in this field at Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital, Bharananganam, and Mundakayam Medical Trust Hospital, Mundakayam.

As a preparation to enter into formation work, Sister Therese took a three-year degree course on Indian Christian Spirituality at the University of Mysore. Studying in-depth the spirituality of different religions widened her vision and helped her to respect and appreciate her own culture and spirituality. After accompanying pre-candidates for seven years, she volunteered for mission in Latin America.

From 1996-2000, Sister Therese served in Belem, Brazil, providing alternative health therapies and conducting workshops to equip a group of women to carry on the work. In 2000 she was asked to join the formation team in Caracas, Venezuela. She also worked part-time in the parish clinic.

Six years ago, Sister Therese volunteered to live in a barrio – 12 de Octubre in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Here she accompanies the basic Christian community and visits the sick, attending to their needs. She also offers acupuncture and other alternative therapies to those in need. Twice a month she participates in seminars for women to help them carry on our healing mission in Venezuela. Recently, she has incorporated the topic of ecology in the family health program, and has been helping women in the barrio learn about ecological living.

January 1, 2011