Sister Clare 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.
Born the fourth in a family with seven children, Sister Clare grew up in the small village of Teakoy in Kottayam, India. She studied at Assumption College in Changanacherry, and made her First Vows with our Community in 1960.
After a brief time of hospital work and teaching women interested in our Community, Sister studied and served as a laboratory technician at Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi, and at St. Thomas Hospital, Chetipuzha. She then attended a two-year course in pastoral and catechetical training at the Pastoral Orientation Center, Cochin.
In the 1970s, Sister Clare was in mission in Rome in preparation for our Chapter meeting; in Germany as a contact person for Indian nursing students working there; and in Brazil, where she ministered among the villagers of Faina Goas.
Sister returned to India, and worked for the development of fisherfolk for five years. In 1985, she was missioned to Mundakayam Medical Trust Hospital, where she served in the community health department.
At the request of our Community, Sister Clare went for studies in theology, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Pune, India, and then her Master’s Degree, specializing in spirituality and pastoral counseling, in Bangalore. For four years, she lived near the Kottayam Medical College and worked with poor families.
From 1995 to 2003, Sister Clare lived and served in our District House and Ushus Community in Kottayam. She then went to Ayushya where she helped in conducting programs and retreats, counseling, and holding holistic health classes.
Sister Clare has held many positions within our Community. She has served on our leadership teams, coordinated renewal programs, edited the newsletter, been a member of the Sector Asia spirituality team, and been a resource person for women in formation. She now lives in the Anna Dengel Home in Ithithanam.
August 1, 2011