Inter Province On-going Formation Program

The Inter-Province On-going Formation Programme, held from October 15th to October 28th, 2023, at Nirmala Dhyana Sadan in Athvelly-Medchal, Telangana, South India, was a significant gathering for 59 sisters from Asian

provinces (Amravati – 06, Pune – 08 Trichy – 12, Madurai – 12, Sri Lanka -01, Kolkata –  07, Angamaly  04, Guwahati – 08, Tenali – 1). The theme of the program was “Awakening to our call to be Missionary Disciples.”

The Programme was skillfully organized by Sr. Mary Pinto, the Provincial of Amravati, and Sr. Helen Daisy, the Provincial of Tenali. Assisting them in this endeavor were their secretaries, Sisters Lydia and Sunitha. Their dedication and commitment were instrumental in ensuring the success of the program.

The program commenced with a solemn inaugural ceremony. A procession by the participants added a touch of reverence to the occasion. During the procession, one participant from each province carried placards representing their respective provinces followed by a short prayer service. This symbolic gesture symbolized unity and diversity, emphasizing the shared mission of the congregation.

Sr Mary Pinto, Provincial of Amravati welcomed the participants followed by ice breaker activities to foster a sense of community and familiarity among participants. A reflective session led by Fr Edison Fernandes, SDB focusing on individual life journeys and spiritual growth. Fr Luke Rodrigues, SJ, conducted a workshop on discernment and its practical application in daily life.

A day dedicated to relaxation, leisure, and exploration of the local surroundings. This outing aimed to provide a break from the program’s routine and promote a sense of camaraderie among participants.

Sr. Jiji Mathew, SCC led a session on self-management, offering insights into being resourceful, emotional control, and stress. management.

Sr. Saveri Saverimuthu, SCC explored the concept of being a missionary disciple from the life of our founders and the early sisters. She discussed the challenges and opportunities in this role.

The organizing team led a session for the evaluation of the program, providing participants with an opportunity to share their feedback and insights. The program concludes with a closing prayer, marking the end of the Inter-Province On-going Formation Programme.

Sr Bridget Chelladurai

Province of Trichy

Blessing of RAPHA Clinic HCC Centenary Project – Heal @ 10

“The blessing Ceremony of the HCC Centenary Project – Holy Cross College RAPHA Health Centre-Heal @Rs.10 in Collaboration with GVN Hospital, Trichy was on 15th August 2023 Tuesday at Maria Villa Block, Holy Cross College Hostel, Trichy. The Programme began invoking God’s blessings with a Prayer Song, Bible Reading and Prayer by the Sisters of the Cross. Rev. Sr. Dr. Isabella Rajakumari, the Principal welcomed the august gathering and Rev. Sr. Dr. Lourdu Mary Academic Co-ordinator and Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Science shared the significance of RAPHA Project stating that this initiative will help in providing quality healthcare to marginalized communities and break the cycle generational health issues and leading to a brighter future for the individuals and their families.

RAPHA-healthcare infrastructure would act as a frontline defense against health challenges for our own Students, Staff and the larger communities. They can reduce the burden on hospitals by handling less critical cases, allowing hospitals to focus on more complex medical needs. RAPHA would provide cost-effective health care options, especially for those who are uninsured or underinsured. It aims to offer a range of service at a lower cost, making healthcare more accessible to a broader population. Rev. Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, Provincial, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Tiruchirappalli felicitated and appreciated the noble venture which will be functionally useful to address healthcare gaps, improve health outcomes, promote community well-being, reduce disparities, offer affordable care, and contribute to the overall development of a healthy society. It is an investment in the present and future health of the community.

Dr. V. Senthil, M. S. Ortho, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Director, GVN Group of Hospitals, Trichy also rendered the felicitation recollecting the memories of his Grandfather Dr. Viswanthan and father Dr. Jeyapal who have been an instrumental in providing medical services in an age old dispensary called Hosanam Dispensary since the 1970’s along with the commendable service of Rev. Sr. Augusta, Rev. Sr. Mary Jacob and Rev Sr. Amendine. Thus having started as a Dispensary today it has become a Heath Centre to provide significant benefits to both the Students and staff of the College as well as the General Public.

“The HCC RAPHA Clinic with well-equipped infrastructure for initial medical consultation was opened by Rev. Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, Provincial in the presence of Rev. Sr. Lilly Mary David, Mother Superior, Rev. Sr. Dr. Anne Xavier Secretary, Rev Sr. Dr. Isabella Rajakumari, Principal, all other Sisters of the Cross, Staff and Students of the Department of Audiology Speech Language pathology and DMLT. Rev. Fr Msgr. L. Anthuvan, Vicar General, Diocese of Tiruchirappalli recited the blessing prayer and blessed the entire clinic by sprinkling Holy Water.

Dr. Senthil to begin with examined a few students with ailments and prescribed medicines. The Audiological screening was done by the Audiologist and blood typing was performed for those requested by the DMLT Technicians. Dr. R. Sundaresan, Head, Department of Audiology Speech Language pathology thanked everyone who contributed to RAPHA become a reality in the campus of Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli.

Sr Lourdes Arockiasamy
Holy Cross Convent, Fort

Eulogy of Sr.Roseline Pampackal

Farewell to our dear Sr. Rosaline

Happy are those who die in the Lord, happy indeed the Spirit says, “Now they can rest forever after their work, since their good deeds go with them”. Rev. 4:23.

Fortunate are we who are present here to attend the funeral service of a saintly person. Like the gentle glow of the setting sun, Sr. Rosaline departed softly, silently and effortlessly around 9.30 am, Yesterday (03.03.2023). She attended the Holy Mass in the morning, received the Lord whose presence she always cherished, her last words to Sr,Regina Mary was ‘I am going to pray, you pray for me’ and she went to her room and around 9.30am in her sleep she passed away, this shows what Sr. Rosaline is.

There was great Joy and excitement on 21st September 1932 in the family of Mr. Mathew Pampackal and Mrs. Mariamma, as they welcomed their first born at Palai, Kerala. They had 10 children, 4 boys and 6 girls. Her parents were very pious and instilled the fear of God in their children. Family prayers in the morning and evening and the daily Eucharist nourished their lives.

Her Primary education was at Little Flower School owned by CMC Sisters at Mundankal. Middle and High School was with the F.C.C. Sisters. After the completion of her S.S.L.C. Examination, Sr. Rosaline joined the Band of the Sisters of the Cross, through the instrumentality of her Aunt, late Sr. Marie Celine. Younger Sisters Sr. Claris and Sr. Macarias joined the CMC Congregation. These two Sisters went before their eldest Sr. Rosaline to welcome her to sing the praises of God for all eternity.

Today, we take time to salute Sr. Rosaline for her contribution to the Growth of the Congregation and the communities that she lived in. Sr. Rosaline entered Postulancy in 1953 and pronounced her First Vows in 1956 and Final in 1959.

Sr. Rosaline served the Congregation in different Capacities – as Teacher, Headmistress, Superior, Postulant Mistress, Asst. Novice Mistress, Delegation Superior and Secretary to the Bishop of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Her Theological studies at Regina Mundi, Rome from 1970-1973, gave her great impetus to cross the frontiers to work in Tanzania as a Missionary from 1979-1981 as one of the Pioneers to start the Mission in the East African soil in Tanzania. Sister had the privilege to teach in the Seminary and formed many holy Priests for the African mission.

Through her service of love, dedication and concern for the Sisters she facilitated fruitful apostolic involvement of her community, wherever she had been posted. She was fortunate to work at Vadugarpet, Tuticorin, Vellore, Hyderabad, Bapatla and Nandiraju Thota. The zestful and lively labour of her youthful days, sense of commitment and faithful service of her adult years, humble and submissive act of her community life, charitable and disciplined holy life, childlikeness in her attitude in accepting God’s designs, life experience of long years lived in cheerfulness and gratitude even in her old age are the real heritage Sister has left to all of us. Sister had toiled in the Vineyard of the Lord as an educationist, Administrator, Mentor, she gave her very best, for her deepest desire as expressed by her, “to burn out like a candle till it finishes itself.”

Sr. Rosaline had a cheerful disposition all through her life which attracted the students, teachers and the people to her. She was simple in her approach, kind in her dealings and committed in service. Her humorous and witty ways kept the community alive. Sister was a daring person who could face challenging situations with courage and determination. She was a woman of faith and prayer who gave importance to spiritual activities in her personal life and in her mission. She fulfilled the tasks entrusted to her with a sense of responsibility and spirit of dedication. Person with sensitive heart, reached out to the families of her students, teachers, sisters and others in time of their trouble and crisis. Her qualities of neatness, cleanliness, orderliness, punctuality, listening keenly with commitment and dedication were the hall mark of her life. She was always supportive and understanding towards the formees in the community. She encouraged them in their vocation and taught them to have a positive outlook towards life. She possessed within her a childlike spirit which stayed with her till the end.

Sr. Rosaline was blessed with the passionate love for God. Her deep attachment was evident in her words and deeds. Sister lived a profound life of Prayer. Prayer was her breath, her oxygen and her source of hope. Eucharist and Rosary were her constant companions as life’s journey.

In 2015, Sr. Rosaline came from Andhra Delegation after her very active involvement in the mission as she was sick. She was transferred to Mambalasalai, Tamil Nadu for Rest and Prayer. Even in her old age and sickness she was longing to go back to Andhra to do evangelization. From there in 2018 moved to Ashirvad for her intense preparation to meet her beloved. The appointed day for Sr. Rosaline to answer God’s final call came on 3rd March 2023 after 67 years of fruitful service in the vineyard of the Lord. We thank the Lord for the gift of 91 years of her generous service to the humanity.

Dear Sr. Rosaline your spiritual stamina, authentic life, deep sense of optimism has been a source of inspiration to all of us in the community. You bloomed as a beautiful flower in the garden of Sisters of the Cross, and now you continue to beautify it by your heavenly presence. We, your dear Sisters from far and near along with the members of your family and friends bid you a loving adieu. May you enjoy the fullness of the heavenly bliss in the Celestial company of the Holy Trinity, Blessed Mother Mary and all the Angels and Saints who have received you into their arms of love. We wish you a fond adieu and request you to intercede for us till we meet again in our Father’s home.

At this juncture, we express our debt of gratitude to the members of Pampackal family for their generous contribution to sacrifice their first born to the family of Holy Cross. May the good Lord reward you immensely.

Fond adieu dear Sr. Rosaline!

Sisters of Ashirvad Community
Trichy -17

Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated Life

Multiculturalism in practice is simply an expression of God’s creativity. We are called unconditionally to embrace the differences among us. A two day session on Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated life was organized for the sisters in the Province of Trichy on 3rd and 5th June 2022 at Fort by Rev. Bro. Dr. Paulraj SG. Montfort Brother of St. Gabriel. He is the Principal of Vidhya Deep College, Bangalore. Refocusing SCC towards a relevant Consecrated Life, focusing on the strength of the Province and appreciative inquiry, Difference is expected, respected and encouraged so that every sister can be productive, innovative and achieve to their fullest potential were dealt on the first day.

The inspirational capsules:
  • Charism based renewal, Redesigning the formation, Learning from our history, Transparency and accountability.
  • Centre your life on Christ, Centre your mission on poor, Return to your Charism.
To Ponder:
  • Every one smiles in the same way, why not same language?
  • Do we carry the structures or the structures carry us?
  • What am I doing that my Province would like me to do more of or less of?
Questions for group discussions:
  • Share about the culture of SCC Congregation. According to you what were the main aspects of the culture around which your Congregation emerged and grew up?
  • What is our Congregation culture? Define its different characteristics?
  • How is our Congregational culture being expressed concretely in the day today life of our sisters in the communities and in the Province of Trichy?

Multiculturalism doesn’t mean numerical but encouraging together and giving space for everyone. All of us are born into a particular culture. We are culturally embedded. Every culture is internally plural.

Need for Inter Cultural Living in Consecrated life:

Sense of belonging based on shared commitment. Commitment to the integrity and wellbeing. Attachment is the root cause for everything. All the members of the province must feel wanted, significant and secure. Differences that are nurtured lead to diversity and diversity that is celebrated is the spring board for creative change within our lives. Follow up actions were drawn for personal, community and at Province level. These two days session was enlightening, inspiring and helped us for our Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated Life

Eulogy of Sr Ancilla

Farewell to our dear Sr. Ancilla Augustine

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and
before you were born I consecrated you” Jer 1: 5

Sr Ancilla was privileged to receive the call of God and offered herself whole heartedly to the Lord as she was born on 2nd Feb 1928, the day of the Presentation of the Lord, in Thrissur, Kerala for the pious parents Mr. Augustine Vanathu Perampil and Mrs. Elizabeth Challissery.She was the eldest among the three boys and three girls. Though her maiden name was Mary Augustine, she was affectionately called as Baby.

The day of her first Holy Communion and confirmation at the age of 7, in the capuchin monastery was the happiest and unforgettable day in her life. While she was doing High School, she was very much taken up by the kindness and gentleness of Sr. Emilie SCC, her cousin who came for holidays and was her inspiration to join our congregation, as per her wish to be far away from home as a missionary. As a young girl, she used to visit her cousin sisters, Srs. Emily, Josephine, Cecile, Aloysia and Sr. Eusubius who were the members of our congregation. Once when she and her father happened to meet Mother Sophie, she also motivated her to join the congregation.

Being confirmed of God’s call to this congregation, sister Ancilla came to Fort in 1950 along with Srs. Jecintha and Cecile. She entered the pre-novitiate on 2nd July 1950, novitiate in 1951 and made her first profession on 4th Jan. 1953 at Amravati. She committed herself totally to the Lord and offered her life on 4th Jan 1956 in Fort, Trichy.

From 1953 to 1977 Sister was at Fort community fulfilling the responsibilities of being in-charge of Mess, Parlour and School Office. She was sent as a student in 1977 by Mother Marie Cecile for Sudeep Course at Bangalore.

From 1977 – 78 sister was in Novitiate community working in Government Hospital. From 1978 – 83 she was accomplishing the task joyfully as Needle work mistress, in-charge of Creche and Chapel at Cantonment. After finishing a year of training at Mambalasalai, she continued her mission as Needle work mistress in Kallakudi, Oddanchathram and Nellore from 1983 to 1994. The poor and the needy found place in her heart as she was fortunate to spend most of her time as Needle work Mistress. She chose to be humble and hidden like our Mother Foundress.

Sister had a charming and angelic look and was lovingly called as ‘Fairy’ by everyone. Many young girls who were attracted by her wanted to join the Congregation. She radiated God’s love by instructing them to read Bible and share her experiences. She was kind, gentle, prayerful, sacrificing, not seeking to be someone but identifying with the suffering servant of God. She led a simple and cheerful life.

In 1993, as the sisters were going for mass in Nellore, a lorry dashed on the vehicle. The Jeep rolled twice and sister lost her right arm in the accident. Sr Ancilla has written in her Biography that “This accident gave a turning point in my life. My pride came down because I had an independent nature. Now I began to depend on others for my needs.”

After her treatment she continued to serve in the community at Madras taking care of the chapel and parlour joyfully. She returned to Cantonment in 1998 and continued her mission as prayer warrior till 2010. Her soft voice and her gentleness revealed her constant communion with the Lord.

In 2010 Sister was diagnosed for cancer of the breast and underwent mastectomy after which she was shifted to Fort community. From then onwards she became very active in her apostolate of prayer interceding for the community, congregation, church and the world at large. In September 2021 Sister had a fall and underwent surgery which made her confined to her bed. Though she underwent a lot of physical sufferings, not a word of complaint escaped her lips. Instead, she united herself with the crucified Lord, living the paschal mystery. A flower does not force itself to exude its fragrance. Likewise, our beloved sr. Ancilla, naturally exuded God’s love and mercy to all those who came in contact with her especially the poor people. She was quite contented, full of gratitude, peaceful and asking Jesus to give her the grace to accept His plan till she breathes her last.

Having lived 69 years of fullness in the Lord as an ardent follower of Jesus Christ her Master. She was always ready to meet her spouse in heaven as early as possible. Whenever the sisters went to meet her, she used to say “I am ready to go to heaven” Her preparedness to meet the Lord was a great inspiration to all of us. Her love and devotion for the Blessed Mother was visible and edifying when we saw her, promptly reciting the rosary loud even at her death bed.

Jesus was well pleased with the simple and unassuming life of our dear Sr. Ancilla and received her soul as she surrendered it in the presence of the whole community, after receiving the Holy communion at 8am on 13th Jan 2022 after living 94 years on earth.

Our beloved Sister Ancilla you were a joyful and exemplary religious who sought only God’s love and attached to things that are of God and not of the world. We miss you dear sister, your company, prayerful support and encouraging words. Your life has touched each one of us and has left an imprint in us to be grateful and happy. As you have fought the good fight and finished the race kept the faith, may the Good God reward all your sacrifices on earth and grant you eternal bliss. We bid you farewell dear sister, till we meet again in heaven.

May the angels go with you, To the home of God’s glory
May the saints bid you welcome, To the land of the living.

Your loving sisters of Fort community,
Province of Tiruchirappalli.

Orientation Program of the First year Juniors

The orientation Program for the First Year Junior sisters was held from 2nd to 13th October 2021. We had the inaugural Mass on 3rd at 7.00 am at Kattupatti near (Viralimalai) by Fr. Sujin OCD and Fr. Antony OCD from Manikandam. The theme for the orientation program was "Miracles happen when God mixes with us". To mark the significance of the day, we planted the Mango saplings in front of the house in responding to the call of Pope Francis "Care for the common home" and the CCROP commission celebrating the season of creation.

Vision, Mission and Charism of the Congregation, Meditation and contemplation, Spiritual accompaniment and accountability, health and hygiene, Eco Spirituality, Ignatian way and the paradigm of Ignatius, Art of cooking and hospitality, Auto therapy measures and acupressure, Social response in view of COVID 19, Art of accounting and personal auditing were the topics dealt during the programme. The junior sisters had an enriching experience to grow in the spirit of the Congregation and their consecrated life. The program came to an end with the sharing by the participants, evaluation and prayer.

The juniors returned their community with the spirit of enthusiasm to carry on the good work they have begun with the inspirational caption" Holding your hand Lord I take my step".

Sr. Amala SCC

Junior Mistress Province of Trichy

Oration – Sr.Miriam Therese

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,

Oration of three sisters


“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” – John 5:24

It is a privilege to have been asked by Sister Immaculata to give her eulogy. A year ago, when she asked us to do this, we said we would but please not so soon, for which Sr. Immaculata simply smiled. Her smile was her greatest gift to us and to those of her beloved. For the past 5 years, sister was with us in our community. We all lived together as little birds in this beautiful nest called Ashirvad. Soon the call came from God and she flew away from the presence of the other birds.

Sr. Immaculata’s favorite Scripture verse was from Micah 6:8: He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord requires of you? “To Act Justly and to Love Tenderly and to Walk Humbly with Your God.” And she did walk humbly with God.

Sister Immaculata was born as the only child to her beloved God fearing and pious parents Mr. Amolorpavanathan and Mrs. Rita Amolorpavanathan. But she lost her mother when she was only a six-month old baby. God never abandoned this child but rather she was blessed with a caring and a loving step mother, under whom our sister Immaculata grew up in God’s love. At the age of seven, our beloved sister received her first Holy Communion. From that day until her death, it was very visible, the moment she receives the Holy Communion in her hand, her eyes would light up and she would just love to ‘be’ in the intimacy with the Lord. Every day she would receive the Holy Communion in an atmosphere of rapt attention and utter reverence to Jesus in the Host.

Her early education with the FMM Sisters developed in her a taste for religious life and as a response to the unfailing love of Jesus, she entered the family of the Sisters of the Cross, Amravati, in June 1953. She then entered the novitiate in January 1954, and made her First profession in January 1956 and the Final Profession in 1959 at Trichy.

As we look back at the life History of our beloved sister, we would like to tell everyone that she was a vibrant and an enthusiastic young religious in her early years. After equipping herself as a trained teacher, she served the Congregation at various capacities as a Teacher, as an Assistant Head Mistress, Head Mistress, Pastoral minister and a prayer warrior in various places like Vadugerpet, Karungal, Fort, Puthur Provincialate, Vellore, Vepoor, Butterworth, Golden Rock, Cantonment and finally at Ashirvad from 1963 to 2021. The experience of knowing Sister Immaculata and of journeying with her life, touched our hearts deeply. I must record here that, living with her and experiencing her as a person and her character in our community is probably one of the best formative years of experience for each of us. These years of living with her has taught us the meaning of sisterhood, and has illustrated to us in full color, what it means to give one’s life, until death, surrendering totally to the Mission of God.

We all know that sister Immaculata lived an austere life, fully dedicated to God. Her deepest love for the Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate was unquenchable. She was a very smart and a generous woman who loved her Congregation very much and tried her level best to show the world what it means to taste the mercy of God. She continued her ardent search to find meaning and purpose in her religious life. She would spend long hours before the Blessed Sacrament praying for the Church, for the World and for our Congregation. She was very much particular in praying for the Priests and for their commitment in their Consecration to God. Besides participating in the daily morning Eucharistic Celebration, Sister Immaculata was ever eager and willing to participate in another Holy Eucharist whenever there was an opportunity. Many of her students who still remember and love her, would come from abroad and far way places, only to visit her and to get her blessings. Her love for the Church was very visible and she would never miss reading any news about the Church and would ever be willing to read all the encyclicals of the Pope and the pastoral letters of the Bishops. She was also a multitalented woman and was blessed with a great artistic sense.

In short, we can say that Rev. Sr. Immaculata lived her Religious life to the full. This contentment is very much seen in her diary, where she has written as follows: “I loved and lived my religious life with the deepest joy and contentment and lived it to the full purely by God’s grace”. This shows how Sr. Immaculata had lived her commitment and we are sure that the she would be happy to enter the Joy of the Master in heaven, hearing the words of Jesus: Welcome home, good and faithful servant. Due to the advancement of age, though she had few complications with regard to her health, a very good medical care was given to her and the health condition of our sister was always kept under control.

None of us imagined that her final call will come so suddenly. On 5th June, her condition suddenly deteriorated and she left us all suddenly and went to receive her eternal reward on 6th June at 8.45p.m. The loss of our dear sister is painful and inconsolable to all of us who are close to her. As we all pray for the repose of her soul, we can be rest assured that she will continue to inspire us and intercede for us in the holy presence of God.

The Sisters of the Cross are ever grateful to the Family of Sister Immaculata for the gift of her to the Congregation. Let’s all pay homage to this Godly woman as we take this lesson from her life, to ‘Grow in the personal attachment with Christ who has called us to this religious life’.

Adieu to you our beloved Rev. Sr. Immaculata. God Has crowned you with the crown of Eternal Joy for the life you have lived. You are always loved and never forgotten!!!! Rest in Peace Dear Sr. Immaculata.

Sisters of Ashirvad,

A tribute of gratitude to our beloved Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj (1959 – 2021)

“How precious to me are your thoughts. O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.” Ps 139: 17-18.

May 17th 2021 is an unforgettable day in the annals of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod , Province of Trichy, as our beloved Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the Province animator has entered her heavenly abode to join the multitude of saints singing forever the glory of God. Her life on earth was a joyful witness to the Paschal Mystery and she enjoyed praying daily her favourite Ps: 139 and made her life, a life of gratitude and surrender. We profoundly thank God for such a wonderful life of dear Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj.

Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj was born in Kandy – Sri Lanka on 15th March 1959 to Mr. Selvaraj and Mrs. Jayamary who were pious, simple and humble. She was the third of five siblings of four sisters and one brother. As her beloved family members are with us participating in this virtual meeting, we offer our heartfelt condolences to them and thank them for gifting the Congregation with Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj. She did her schooling in a well esteemed Good Shepherd Convent School, Kandy, Sri Lanka. In 1974 her family came to India and completed her Std. Xth and XIth in Zamindar’s Hr. Sec. School, Thuraiyur. After her schooling in 1976 she did her typing and shorthand in Mambalasalai. It is here that the Lord called her through the instrumentality of Sr. Genevieve Mani who often used to tell her, “You have a vocation, think and pray over it”. After one year of study, she joined the Aspirancy at Mambalasalai in 1977. After her Aspirancy she was sent to do her Teacher’s training at Palani and joined the Novitiate in the year 1981. She made her first and final commitment in1983 and 1989 respectively.

After her first profession she began her teaching ministry. From 1983 to 1984 she taught in St. Ann’s School, Hyderabad, from 1984 to 1989 in R. C. Middle School, Namakkal, from 1989 to 1991 St. James Middle School, Kovandakurichy, from 1991 – 1992 teaching in R. C. Middle School, Fatimapuram and Community Animator, from 1992 – 1994 she taught in R. C. Middle School, Kallakudi. From 1994 to 2001 she was the Novice Mistress at Holy Cross Novitiate, Trichy. After her term of office as Novice mistress, from 2001 to 2003 she was the Community Animator cum teacher in Kovandakurichy. From 2003 to 2006 she was teaching as well as animating the community at Fatimapuram. From 2006 to 2010 she animated the community at Sathuvachari Vellore and again from 2010 – 2011 in Namakkal and from 2011 – 2015 in Trichy Novitiate she served as the Community Animator. From 2015 to 2016 she was sent to Peradeniya – Sri Lanka, to help the province as Novice Mistress. From 2017 to till her death she served the province of Trichy as the Province Animator.

Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj was a person of God. As a teacher she loved to teach the little ones. She treated all of them with respect and love. She was spreading the sweet fragrance of God’s love among them. As a community animator in various places especially in village communities she loved the people like her own family members, she took part in their joys and sorrows and strengthened their Faith. They fondly remember her for her affection and compassion. People from all walks of life felt at home in her presence. The poor had a special place in her heart. She enjoyed her community life where ever she was. She had great admiration for the sacrificial lives of the pioneers of all the communities and Institutions of our Province. As a Novice mistress she found joy in accompanying, directing and forming the Novices. As an animator in the Novitiate community, she was very optimistic and always radiated positive energy, inspiring the Novices, preaching more by her very life than by her words.

In all the responsibilities given to her, she walked in the footsteps of her Lord and master Jesus Christ and Mother Claudine. She excelled in unconditional forgiveness. She was patience personified. The amazing thing that we absolutely admired in her was that she had great capacity to listen intently. Her confidentiality is very remarkable, we can confide in her anything and be sure that she will never ever betray us at any time to anyone. She was a kind hearted person, kindness in her thoughts, words and actions. She was so kind that even those who hurt her were given a word of appreciation, and a broad smile. We believe that this was the way Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj represented God through her life. ‘Be happy and make others happy’ was her motto that kept her joyful all the time. Sr. Jyothi selvaraj won over us with her goodness.

One of the greatest blessings in life is having a caring sister to love and stand by us all the time. During her four years of service as the Province Animator, Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj was a loving sister to all of us who stood by us, especially at the time of our difficulties. Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj was truly a spiritual mother, to whom we could pour out our hearts in anger or in love. But as a mother she only knew to respond to us in love saying “God Bless you”. As Provincial Superior she was a good shepherdess with tender love and compassion especially for the sick and elderly sisters of the Province. Her trust in the Lord was so deep that she was calm and serene even at the face of conflicting situations. Her life was a redemptive suffering that she neither grumbled, nor blamed but only passionately loved the sisters. When the mission in Holy Land was proposed to be under the care of the Province of Trichy, Sr. Jyothy Selvaraj readily accepted and worked whole heartedly for its growth. Despite her physical ailments she gave her very best till the end. Though it is painful to miss her physical presence we are happy that she will continue to live in our memories as she has left us a legacy of how to be spiritual mothers bearing fruits of the Holy Spirit.

In 1998 she was confirmed of cancer and underwent right Mastectomy. She has written in her dairy that at the time of her sickness she loved to sit at the foot of the Cross, for the Cross gave her power and strength. She also has written that she experienced Jesus carrying her during those moments of pain and sufferings. On 26th April 2021 after completing the work of the Province, she went to CMC, Hospital, Vellore for her checkup. During this time she was again confirmed of cancer being spread. On the 4th May 2021 she was found positive of COVID – 19 and was admitted in GVN Hospital, Mambalasalai. The doctors did their best to save her life. But God in His unconditional love took her to himself on 17th May 2021 at 5.15 a.m. Saying, ”well-done dear daughter, I am well pleased with you”

Dear Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj as we lived with you we understood that in the grounding of our lives, in silence, we experience the wisdom and the transformative Goodness that exists in us and around us. We thank you for your humble, simple, unassuming and beautiful life that will always be an inspiration for us. With much love we pray that you enjoy the eternal Bliss of the Divine. As you have returned to your Eternal Home, please do intercede with God for the Province which you loved much. With heavy heart we bid you farewell dear sister Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj until we meet again.

Sr. Saveri Savarimuthu,
Sisters of the Province of Trichy,

A Fond Adieu to our beloved Sr. Rose Mary Xavier

“I press on towards the goal for the price of the Heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14)

We are deeply saddened with the unexpected, untimely departure of our beloved Sr. Rose Mary Xavier who entered into the eternal abode on 19th May at 9.45 p.m.

The Lord found delight in baptizing our dear Sr. Rose Mary as His beloved daughter and placed on her the indelible mark of His ownership. She was born on 19th March 1966 at Poovai Ma Nagar, to Mr. Xavier Jeganathan and Mrs. Susaiammal. From her diary we read about her Parents as “My parents were Teachers. They were very prayerful, God fearing, committed, responsible, sincere and hardworking.” They were blessed with 4 children. Sister had one elder Sister, one elder brother and one younger Sister. This younger Sister Payrinbam is the member of our Congregation.

Although from the beginning Sister had many hurdles to join the Religious life, she was blessed with the strong desire and inner strength steering through, every stage of her life with unflinching faith. From all eternity, God had a plan for her to be a Sister of the Cross, so she joined the band of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross.

She made her First Profession on 28th May 1991 and final Profession on 25th May 1997 in the family of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod. She has spent 30 years of humble, dedicated service in the vineyard of the Lord. She served the Congregation in different capacities. Her first appointment was as Office-in- Charge at St. Joseph’s Anglo-Indian Girls Hr. Sec. School, Cantonment. She was good and accurate in accounts so she was placed in charge of office for many years. She had been Sister-In-Charge at Vepoor and Oddanchatram. She served as the Province Bursar for 6 years (from 2005 – 2011). She equipped herself and completed her M.A., B.Ed. (English). Few years she worked as a Teacher. Since it was a great need she was appointed as Office Manager at Holy Cross Matric. Hr. Sec. School, Vellore from 2018 to till date. She worked very diligently and kept the accounts up-to-date.

She did her one year Theological Course at Dindivanam, Tamil Nadu. This gave her an impetus to study the Bible very deeply and motivated others to do the same. Her thirst for Evangelization is admirable. In the school she motivated the Teaching and Non-teaching staff to read the Bible and to participate in the competitions in different Magazines. She always carried the Bible to the Church. She was an inspiration for many others to follow this practice. She was a person of convictions and principles. She understood the dignity of labour. She was close to the poor and needy. Whatever work was given to her, she performed it with diligence and love.

On 3rd March Sister had a fall and hurt her Right ankle. This made her confined to her room. Suddenly she had fever for 3 days and had no appetite. She was taking only liquid food. Since she was not used to Allopathic medicine, she treated herself with herbal medicines. Since she felt weak and helpless she was ready to go for 2 units of I.V but it was not possible due to Lock down. On 19th she felt very weak and helpless difficult to breathe, we took her to the hospital. Since all the hospitals were full, before we could reach a particular hospital she became serious. Doctors tried their best and it was too late. In the company of four of her community members she breathed her last in the hospital at 9.45 p.m. leaving us all in great shock.

Dear Sr. Rose Mary, you have left behind the legacy by inspiring us to give our best in fulfilling the entrusted mission. We fondly remember your valuable contribution to the Congregation, Society, and the Church especially to the poor and needy. We love you and thank you for your exemplary life and ask the Lord to grant you eternal peace. We are assured that we have a powerful intercessor in you before our Almighty God.

We pray that the splendour of the radiance of Jesus forever shine on you on the radiant morn of eternity! Good bye dear Sr. Rose Mary till we meet in our Father’s Home.

Your loving Sisters of Vellore Community.


The province of Trichy celebrated the Golden Jubilee of our dear sisters Juliet Soosainathan, Ruby raj, and Borgia Michael with a lot of gravity on 3rd January 2021. The august assembly gathered for the solemn Eucharistic celebration to thank the Almighty for the inestimable gift of their life and precious religious vocation which was indeed a journey of fidelity. Rev. Fr. Michael Raj from St. Paul Seminary was the main celebrant along with four more priests who were the special invitees.

The celebration started with the welcoming of the Province Animator Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj followed by garlanding and the procession accompanied by the little flower girls. They were felicitated by Srs. Julie Kulandaisami, Arockia Mary Soosaimanickam and Dhanamary Manickam. The theme of the celebration was “His goodness shall follow me to the end of my days”. Sr. Juliet thanked the group.

Everyone was excited to see the three kings appearing from far to greet the Jubilarians. They were quite fabulous in their costumes, with the star and message in their hands. We thank the Jubilarians for their generous service to the Congregation in different places to various people. The celebration ended with the cutting of the cake followed by the festive meal. Everything was set right by the systematic plan of Srs. Sathiya Selvi and Amali.

Sr.Arokia Mary, Novitiate

Province of Trichy.

Silver Jubilee Celebration of ‘POWER’ at Viralimalai, Tamilnadu

30th December 2020 marked an awesome day in the history of ‘POWER’ the Social Centre at Viralimalai as it celebrated the 25th year of it’s birth. Jubilee year is a year of thanksgiving to the Almighty God who blessed immensely with showers of light and encouragement to delve into the untrodden paths in creating the space for the last and least in the society.

POWER stands for Participation and Organisation of Women for Empowering Rural India. This social centre was started on 5th July 1995 by Rev. Sr. Josephine Chinnarani, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Province of Trichy, in view of women empowerment among the illiterate and rural women.


The main aim is to organise the rural women to SHG (self-help groups) and make them participate or participant of their own development – economically, socially and culturally. This development includes not only the women but also their children since they are the future citizens of our country. Hence we have study centers for the children in our project area.

The celebrations began with the blessing of newly built Claudine Training Hall by Fr. S. Melchior, the Par ish priest, Viralimalai, and cutting of the Ribbon by Rev. Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the provincial of the province of Trichy. 25 years is not just a stone to cross over rather it has taken lots of hurdles.

The great and awaited events of the Jubilee celebration began by invoking the presence of God with the multi-religious symbols and the lighting of the lamp. The chief guest of the day Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the provincial of the Province of Trichy, the speaker Mrs. S. Sundaravalli the Social activist, the guest of honor Rev. Sr. I. Josephine Chinna Rani, the director of SOC SEAD and the founder of ‘POWER’, Rev.Fr. Paul Mike, the director of IDEAS, Madurai, Rev. Fr. Eugene, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Trichy and Mr.M Palaniyappan, the businessman, Viralimalai were warmly welcomed by Rev. Sr. Jeyarani the Director of POWER. All the invitees were honoured with a shawl and a Momento.

The highlights of the day’s programme were the release of the Silver Jubilee souvenir, screening of a fabulous documentary to the audience, release of the flag for POWER Social Centre and the cash of Rs.1,50,000/- for the education of the poor children handed over to Sr.Jeyarani, the director by the women federation of POWER.

The Children of POWER entertained the audience with their colourful cultural performance like Kummi, kolattam, Thappattam, songs, dances and skit on the theme ‘love one another’. The jubilee celebration ended with distribution of coconut saplings to 1200 women. May the silver bells continue to ring in the minds and hearts of the poor and the downtrodden of the society through POWER to witness the Golden years.