Eulogy of Sr Ancilla

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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.
14-01-2022

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.