Born in Kerala, India, in 1969, Sister Regy Augustine Peringarappilly, a lawyer by profession, also works part-time as a social worker. She made her First Vows in 1998 and her Final Vows in 2003. In Kottayam, Kerala, South India, Sister Regy had been involved in mediation, especially in family cases, and has held awareness classes for women’s and children’s rights. Noticing the alarming rate of involvement with the crime among the youth, Sister feels compelled to help, believing that “children are a supremely important national asset.” As a lawyer she can offer her expertise when the juveniles are brought into court and accused of “all sorts of crimes.”
Working with another Medical Mission Sister, Sister Regy helped implement a project for HIV- affected people in Idukki and Kottayam. When participants initially were reluctant to connect with one another, the Sisters organized awareness classes and offered counseling to overcome the stigma of the disease. “The participants developed a feeling of oneness in the group and valued the need for coming together to support each other,” shares Sister Regy. She adds, “As we acted as an instrument of God among them, they became physically and mentally more healthy and capable of maintaining their lives with hope and self-esteem.”
Sister Regy is a determined advocate for women’s rights. She has been designated by the Social Welfare Department of Kerala to provide legal service for distressed women. Since 2013 she has been serving as a “Legal Counselor” in one of the service providing centers, helping women affected by domestic violence. Recently Sister was selected by the district hospital and medical office to serve on two committees which investigate and take action on the complaints of women experiencing sexual harassment in their workplace.