Oration – Sr.Miriam Therese

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Farewell to our Dear Sr. Miriam Therese

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith From now on there is reserved for me, the Crown of righteousness Which the Lord the righteous judge, will give me on that day “. 2 Tim. 4:7-8

Sr. Miriam Therese was born as the third child to Mr. Antonisamy and Mrs. Arpudamary on 27th February 1938 into the family of deep faith in God and love for humanity at Varaganeri, Tiruchirappalli. Sr. Miriam was loved, petted and cared by her family and was very precious to her brothers and sisters. She was a loving, affectionate daughter and sister. She was good at studies and her father, who was a teacher used to invite the less privileged children of the locality to his home in order to assist them in their studies. This made her more responsible in her behaviour towards others in society and helped the students in their studies. She also helped her mother to make some edibles for those children, who would have starved at home.

Her parents were pious and faithful Catholics who brought up their children with strict discipline and with strong religious consciousness. Sr. Miriam used to go for daily mass and loved reading the lives of saints specially the life history of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, Blessed Alphonse and St. Francis Xavier. She was inspired by their heroic Spirit, dedication and sacrifices they made in their lives. Her longing to join the Great Carmel order was bluntly refused by her Father but with much struggle she got permission to join Sisters of the Cross in June 1958 where she studied, with five other companions. She had a feeling that she was loved much at home as well as by her Novice Mistress Mother Theophine. She took life very seriously and made her First commitment on 21st December 1960. Her first community was Fort, started to work in the office, co-coordinating, unifying and even rectifying things with the help of senior sisters. There she learnt to keep up confidence and help the senior sisters, specially the sick and ailing members. She had the gift of relating with different people amicably and had learnt the art of silence.

In the year 1969, she was enrolled as a student of Commerce in a Hindu college at Nagercoil. She had secured a Gold Medal in Commerce. Then she worked as an Assistant Superior and Bursar at Mater Dei, Goa for three years. She was spiritually enriched by the courses attended to serve the Lord joyfully and fruitfully. After this she was appointed as Province Bursar and in charge of the Technical Institute at Mambalasalai. Later she took charge of the community at Fort from 1979 to 1982. Simultaneously she completed her Master of Commerce in Venkateswara University, Tirupathi in the distant mode of education.

Deeper study of our Origin and charism made her serve the poor in a village set up at Vadugarpet in 1982 to 1992. While working in the school she completed her B.Ed. in Annamalai University in the distant mode of education. She worked in Vadugarpet School for 5 years later she joined the Community at Kallakudi visiting the villages in the neighborhood and giving non-formal education in tuition centers, after her class. From 1989 to 1990 she lived in the village called Pudur – near Kulithalai and was engaged in evangelization and social work.

After her retirement from 1997 to 2000 she was in Novitiate as Sister- in- Charge to re-live and share her youthful spirit with others. From 2000 to 2002, she was Sister -in- Charge of the community at Golden Rock and 2002 to 2004 she was the Sister-in-Charge of Oliyamangam community. From 2004 to 2007, she was in charge of Diocesan Nursery School – Christ the King Matriculation School, at Namakkal and from 2007 onwards she took care of the neglected and deserted women in Shanthi Villa, Destitute Home at Amaithi Nilayam community.

For 14 years till her death, she had been the Director of the Destitute Home – caring and sharing her entire self with the neglected women of our society. Due to vomiting blood, breathlessness and distended abdomen, she was taken to Child Jesus Hospital and got admitted on 18th July 2021. As she was having some internal bleeding and low HB, she was administered one unit of blood but still they could not stop the bleeding therefore she was shifted to GVN Hospital at Mambalasalai, Trichy on 21st July 2021. From then onwards she was administered three units of blood, diagnosis was going on, after doing the endoscopy treatment she was diagnosed to have cirrhosis of the Liver (grade 3 ) subsequently leading to Ascities, portal hypertension and esophageal varices causing Haematemesis and Malena and stomach was getting distended.

After her persistent request, she was discharged from the hospital, on 1st August 2021. She was brought back to Shanthi Villa, Amathi Nilayam. She was with the sisters and the inmates for two days and three nights. After coming to Shanthivilla, she visited all the inmates individually, prayed and blessed them. She handed over all her responsibilities diligently to Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, the newly elected Provincial. On 3rd August 2021, during the evening prayer, all the sisters were gathered around her and she expressed her gratitude to the members of the community and blessed them.

On 4th August 2021, from 2.00 pm onwards her health was deteriorating, she had severe breathlessness, her pulse was slowing down and community members were present to attend to her needs. The end came swiftly and painfully but she could no longer voice her feelings, the Lord alone, whom she faithfully served, could understand her as she breathed her last at 3.00 pm. Till the end of her life, she was very grateful to the Congregation, Province and all the sisters who had guided her towards reaching her goal to follow the crucified Lord.

Always her wish and prayers were authentic and true to her belief. Her love for the poor and the destitute, the less privileged were praise worthy. She never complained about struggles of life but lovingly accepted all the challenges and used it as an opportunity to glorify God. The routine task she performed never led her to boredom or frustration; she was always attuned to the signs of the time and was prompt in responding to it creatively.

Dear Sr. Miriam you have touched our hearts and left a legacy of your hard work, determination and loyalty to the Congregation. Farewell to you dear Sister Miriam, enjoy the eternal bliss with the entire Celestial Court. The great and mighty souls will definitely inherit the kingdom of God and we firmly believe that you are counted one among them.

Good bye to you dear Sister Miriam till we meet again in heaven.

Sisters of Amaithi Nilayam
Province of Tiruchirappalli,
05.08.2021

Services

Formation

“I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send,
and who will go for us” Isaiah 6:8

Hearkened by the words of Isaiah the sisters crossed the frontiers in order to make the God known and loved in different parts of the world namely Europe, Asia, Africa, America. We still keep responding generously to the mission in the years to come.

Initial Formation in the province
I year candidates at yercaud

Ist & IInd year pre-novices at ayakudi

Ist IInd year Novices at Trichy

Juniorate

Juniorate is the time of help to become Disciples of Christ. The spirit of the congregation and the charism of the foundress is being rooted in the junior sisters. This helps them to have a deeper awareness in discernment of the inner movement of the spirit. It includes preparation, Experience and evaluation. The personalized formation given to the juniors enables them to have their personal projects to seek out the core spiritual help from the Sisters and Spiritual Directors.

Education

We can’t always venture to build the future. With this attitude we build the future of the young through our educational ministry. Our educational institutions aim not just producing mere learned but try to enlighten the minds of the youth in realizing the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity. Our educational system molds our students to be a better human being by giving human, spiritual animation. Our priority is to serve the poor and the neglected in the society.

Nursery School

Primary education

Secondary Education

Higher education

Community College

Special Education

Holy cross Hr. Sec. School for the hearing impaired
Holy cross Hr. Sec. School for the hearing impaired was started with 2 students in 1982 has successfully completed 35 years of service to the society. It is recognized by the government. Today the school has 125 students with varying degrees of auditory mal function from pre-KG to Std. XII following regular syllabus of the state board of Tamil Nadu. 15 dedicated special educators are engaged in this service.

The special curriculum includes auditory training, speech therapy both in group and individual. Special coaching in working with computers is undertaken in collaboration with CSC computers. In addition to regular classes we teach tailoring and embroidering. English coaching class is given for the students who have completed Std. XII.

Holy Cross Blossom Opportunity School
Holy cross Blossom Opportunity School is a special school for children with intellectual disabilities, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), slow learners, learning disability, multiple disability, Down syndrome between the age to 18 years. This was founded in 1997 with 5 children. Today we serve more than 120 children.

Early intervention is a half day programme for the children of 0-6 years. The parents accompany the children for every activity in order that they may teach them at home.

The school has a full time physiotherapist, speech therapist who work individually with the children, recommends alternate therapies available at the school such occupational therapy, yoga, swimming, Dance and music therapy, sensory stimulation and integration, speech and sand therapy, play and recreation therapy. Through vocational training, the children are trained to make handicrafts, phenol, soap oil and candle.

NEST school for the children with autism
NEST school for the children with autism was founded in the year 2002 as a Need Based Education Service and Training. It has been centennial gift by St. Joseph’s Anglo Indian Girls Hr. Sec. School at Cantonment to the society at large. We enhance academic intellectual growth of the students by giving psychotherapy, speech therapy, occupation and vocational therapy in order to promote social integration. The children are trained in academic and non-academic skills. The assessment of the child is based on observation of the behavior that occur in the routines of daily lives. The parents, teachers, physicians who have directly observed the Childs behavior are consulter.

Health Ministry

“To reveal to all the merciful love of the Father
and the liberating power of the Paschal Mystery”

Treating human being as a whole. The sister nurses are placed in two big communities, various centers like boardings, destitute home and social Centre with HIV patients to care for the sick and the needy. The sisters give Homeopathy treatment to all kinds of illness, in various places at Namakkal, Yercaud and Trichy.

Evangelization
Our sisters participate in the primary mission of organizing small Christian communities, teaching Sunday catechisms, home and hospital visit, distributing communion in the parishes and carrying the Lord to the sick on Sundays. Sisters are trained in this ministry of evangelization and have a deeper study of the Word of God. For the past two years. The sisters were happy and enriched by their stay in a village during summer, accepting all the inconveniences and discomforts joyfully. Besides this in all our communities the sisters are engaged in pastoral work.

Pastoral Work
The sisters are contributing to the faith formation of children, youth and adults. They are involved in prison ministry, women development programs and organize children’s parliament.

Social Apostolate

New Dawn

New Dawn is the NGO came to birth on July 2003 at Holy Cross Convent, Namakkal, to cater to the people infected and affected by HIV /AIDS. Later it is extended to Mavureddy and established a full-fledged center.

New Dawn, Home for the children thus take care of the children of the persons infected with HIV/AIDS (But the children are not infected) we also admit pure orphans, street -children, children forced for begging, stranded and children from broken families. We have 40 children under our care. Four of them are doing college studies. Sixteen of them are studying in the Government Higher secondary school, Paramathy. Others are in the primary school. Some of them are under age for schooling (3 to 5 years).

The children are given all round formation. Periodically life oriented courses are conducted for character formation. Regular medical check -up are arranged for the children. Personal care along with counselling facilities are provided in view of sound personality development. Along with academic education they are trained through; life skill-training like Tailoring, Crafts and Computer-operation.

Power
POWER stands for Participation and Organization of Women for Empowering Rural India. This social work Centre was started in 5th July 1995 in view of women empowerment among the illiterate, rural women. The main aim is to organize the rural women is to SHG (self-help groups) and make them participate or participant of their own development – economically socially, culturally. This development includes not only the women but also their children, since they are the future citizens of our country. Hence we also have study Centre for the children in our project area

Women
1. Self Help Groups
2. Empowerment training programs in POWER and in other social work Centre
3. Chalk piece making
4. Tailoring
5. Computer training program

Children
1. Evening tuition
2. Children Parliament
3. Summer camp
4. Training on Personality development
5. Cultural team
6. Computer Skills training

Farmers
1. Session on sustainable agriculture
2. Making natural manure (Panja kaviam,meenkaraisal)
3. Tree plantation
4. Giving awareness on Kitchen garden

Poorna
POORNAA at Palani, Dindigul and Thirupur districts
Implements different empowerment programs for women, children and youth of Dalit, Tribal and Gipsy communities, runs residential school for the Tribal children, advocacy against Human Scavenging.

Vision and Mission
To promote Human Dignity and to build a society of Love, Justice and Equality.
To protect and Promote Environmental Sustainability.

Women Empowerment
We create an environment to increase and improve the social, economic, political and legal strength of the women, to ensure equal right and to make decisions of their own for their personal benefits as well as for the society.
To combat gender inequality is economic empowerment. Through microfinance loans, livestock gifts, and proper vocational training, women have begun to take charge of their lives and the family income

SOCSEAD
SOCSEAD (Sisters of the Cross Society for Education Development), the Non-governmental Social Service Organization is established on 26th June 1982 with the motto “To love is to serve is to love”. It serves with great commitment for the welfare of the downtrodden, neglected and marginalized section in the society. The program of SOC SEAD is geared towards enhancing the quality of life of the children, women, youth, aged, disabled and the families in all spheres of life.

Adoption
Child line-1098
Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts
Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme
Family Counselling Centre
Self Help Groups
Hostel for working women
Community College
Individual and Community Based Rehabilitation

Home for the Aged
For those who deprived from their family, we have established Holy cross home for the aged at ayakudi. This home functions with the aim of rendering shelter, counseling, medical care recreation and spiritual guidance.

Shanthi Villa
The sisters give way to the destitute called “Shanthi villa” It was opened on 14th July 2007. At present we have 50 women. Men are shifted to St. Joseph’s hospice in Dindigul after giving first aid. They are involved in Handicrafts, Participation in coaching classes, Sewing, gardening, cultural programme, Indoor games and recreation.