Sister Celine is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 19 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
Born in Kerala, India, Sister Celine is the youngest of eight children. A nurse, she joined our Community in 1982. As a young Sister, she wrote, “Mission for me means recognizing my share in God’s plan for wholeness, since I am a part of God and of this universe. If the light is lit in me, that much darkness is removed from this world. With my little lamp, I wish to enter into the darker areas of suffering, illness and ignorance.”
After her First Vows, Sister Celine served as the youth animator at the Lourdes Forane Church in Kottayam. In 1991, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Holy Cross College, Trichy. She ministered at Mundakayam Medical Trust Hospital in Kerala before opting to work among the poor dalit women in Gandhipet, Tamil Nadu. The dalit people are the least in the social strata, and Sister Celine was a pioneer in our work with them.
She shares, “My ten years in Gandhipet were golden years…I learned the value of human dignity and the need to respect each human being, irrespective of their caste or what they possess. Even today, if someone insults the dalit, I feel the pain.”
Sister Celine received a Masters Degree in Women’s Studies from Mother Teresa Women’s University in Kodaikanal, and was recognized with the A.K. Pillai Award for earning the highest marks.
After serving as the assistant program coordinator of our Ayushya Center for Healing and Integration, Sister Celine began teaching in our School of Nursing at Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital, Bharananganam.
Sister Celine will begin a three-year term as our Community’s new representative to the United Nations in 2010. She will be based in the U.S., and will work with Sister Philo Morris in the first six months of this year in transitioning into the responsibilities of this ministry.
February 1, 2010