Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
Remember that when you leave this earth you can take with you nothing´…but only what you have given- a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage... (Letter to the Faithful)
As we struggle hard to recover from the unexpected passing away of our dear Sr.M.Neera, the above excerpt gives a glimpse of the fruitful life she had lived. It all happened so unexpected… Last Thursday, the 15th this month Sister M.Neera was hospitalized due to fever, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Gaziabad/UP. She responded well to the treatment. Yesterday, on the 21, she was discharged from the hospital. Her condition was stable. However, this evening she developed sudden breathlessness and died of cardiac arrest at 7.00p.m, April 22 at Holy Cross Convent, Kichha. Sr.M.Roshnima attended her after she returned from the hospital.
Sister M.Neera has been taking medication for diabetes and high blood pressure. She used to undergo regular checkup and was moving about without much health issue. On 21, morning Sister Dolly talked to her over the telephone. Sister M. Neera told: “Except for weakness she had no other difficulty.” Sister Dolly then asked her to consult the doctor again for weakness and she responded, “I am well, I feel only weakness." But, why so soon; no major health issues, no convalescence...at this heart-wrenching moment we all ask…
She was born on June 10, 1967 at Amberatoli, Jashpur district, Chhattisgarh as the daughter of late Pius Ekka and Regina Ekka. Forth in number among her siblings, she was raised with two brothers and three Sisters. After completing the higher secondary education, Sister M. Neera joined our Congregation on March 03, 1990. She made her first profession on February 02, 1995 and the final profession on February 20, 2001.
Sister M.Neera being a calm and serene person lived her life with much contentment and love. From the period of 1995 to 1999, she rendered her service at our orphanage in Anjali Niketan, Pithora. Alongside she taught in our school Anjali Vidyalaya. Social work, being her passion she visited the villages around Pithora often. In the following year, she moved to Assisi Bhawan Ramgarh being involved in the social ministries of the community there until the year 2002. During the succeeding two years, she completed her Masters in Social Work at Saint Xavier’s College, Ranchi. Upon completion of her studies, she was sent to Jabalpur Diocesan Social Service Society (JDSSS) where she gave her dedicated service for the welfare of the poor, for three years, until 2007. Following this time Sister Neera gave one-year service to the diocesan Social Service Centre, Faridabad. In 2008, she was assigned at the San Damiano mission, Tanzania (American Province). Until 2017, she was involved in various projects for the welfare of the people there. With the closure of the San Damiano Mission, she returned to Raipur and has been assigned at Kichha assuming the socio pastoral services over there until now.
We feel certainly a void caused by her death. We are grateful to the family of Sister Neera for having given her to our religious congregation. We offer our deepest sympathy to her siblings and her relatives.
We are deeply grateful to Bishop Ignatius D Souza, and to the diocesan community of Bareilly for their kindness. We do thank our Sr.M.Preethi and Sr.M.Roshnima for the assistance they rendered to Sr.M.Neera at the last moment of her earthly life and funeral service. The mortal remains of our dear Sister M. Neera will be laid at the parish cemetery, Kathgodam at 10.30 am April 23, 2021.
With sorrow and heavy hearts, we bid you, farewell, our dear Sister Neera. We hold her deep in our hearts.