Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
It was just this Wednesday we observed the imposition of ashes on our foreheads and remembered the words of the Lord. ‘dust you are and unto this dust you shall return. Two days later, this evening, we face this reality as Sister Death claimed our dear Sister M. Jessy’s life today at 7.05 at Anjali Niketan, Pithora.
It was in May 2019 Sr. M. Jessy was diagnosed of a malignant disease that turned her life altogether in a different direction. She then underwent several radiations and chemo therapy at Christian Medical College, Vellore and had the surgery. She was supposed to go to Vellore for second round of check-up, however due to the outbreak of Covid-19 her treatment had to be shifted from Vellore to Sanjeevani, the Cancer Hospital at Raipur.
By July of last year, it was found that despite the treatment the disease was spreading fast in her body. Her health deteriorated drastically. Alongside the treatment continued. It was then, Sr. M. Jessy wished to visit with her mother and spend time with her family in Kerala. ‘All I wish is to visit my mother and family, then I am OK to die’, said Sister Jessy. The Lord fulfilled her wish. Last month on 16th she travelled to her home, spent time at home and returned to Raipur without much difficulty on 10th, this month.
Eventually her health condition was getting worse. She then moved from St. Francis Nivas to Anjali Niketan on this 16th for further nursing care. Sister made the Sacrament of confession, received the anointing of the sick and received the Lord’s holy body and blood with conscious mind.
Sister M. Jessy Karathrakaran was born on September 8, 1964 at Muriyadu, Trichur, Kerala. She was the daughter of P. L. Kathreena and late K. O. Anthony. She has five sisters and is fourth in number among her siblings. After completing high school education, Sr. M. Jessy joined our Congregation on May 14, 1981, she made her first profession on January 21, 1986 and the final profession on June 23, 1991.
Ever since her first profession Sr. M. Jessy has had been an integral part of our yet growing province. After completing the secretarial Course at Hazaribag, she was placed as accountant in our communities.
As a 28-year-old finally professed sister, her first assignment was to lead the newly established community as Incharge at Valiaveli, Trivandrum from 1992 to 1997. From 1997-2000 She served as in charge of Assisi Bhawan at Ramgarh. She did her B.Ed at St. Vincent Pallotti College Raipur in 2003-2004.
Upon completing the B.Ed she was appointed as In charge of our community at Clara Sadan, Nanpara, Utar Pradesh till 2006. In 2006 she was elected as Regional Superior and served the Region in this capacity until 2010. From 2010- 2016 she rendered her service as Sister Incharge of St. Francis Bhawan, and Manager of St. Francis School Vaniyambalam at Malappuram Kerala and then in 2016 for one year she was at Anjali Niketan, Pithora. After which she was again appointed as Sister in-charge of St. Francis Bhawan and Manager of St.Francis School Vaniyambalam at Malappuram Kerala, until she was diagnosed with the malignant disease in May 2019.
In the midst of excruciating pain, Sr. M. Jessy would say, ‘Jesus is loving me so much.’ She truly participated in the agony of the Lord and accomplished His will. In all through her phase of sickness she remained calm, tranquil and maintained composure. She received care from the sisters as well as the employees with much deep gratitude.
We are grateful to the parents, siblings and family members of our dear Sister Jessy for allowing her to respond her vocation to religious life in our congregation for the service of the church.
The Eucharistic celebration and the funeral will be at 3.30 p.m. tomorrow, on February 20, 2021 at the Sisters’ cemetery, Anjali Nketan, Ptihora. Rest in Peace, dear Sister M. Jessy.