Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Gifty Njarackavelil

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born,
I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Jeremiah 1:5

I was born as the elder daughter to my parents on February 04, 1992 in Cherthala, Alappuzha District/Kerala/India.

God thoughtfully selected my parents who have very strong catholic faith.  I firmly believe; God had a wonderful plan even from the time of my conception. One of the events that I heard from my parents is:  my parents took me to the church for my baptism. Holy Mass was being celebrated on the other side altar of the church and it was the time for offertory.  The priest who gave baptism for me told to my parents: “This child is baptised at the time of offertory and she will be for the Lord forever”. And it became true.

As the years passed, I had a desire to become a nun. I was interested in reading books; therefore, the religious sisters in our parish gave me many books of saints.  This helped me to create an intense desire to live and die for Jesus. During these years, I happened to read a book about St. Francis. Thus, my desire became strong to be a Franciscan nun. My aunt Sister M. Archana is in our Franciscan congregation.  I consulted her for her opinion of my desire to be a Franciscan religious.   She asked me to complete my higher secondary education. 

As I completed the higher secondary, my father was not willing to send me to a far place to become a religious; as state of Chhattisgarh is 1,300 kilometres away from Kerala.  This was very challenging for me. Every day from morning till night, my tears were rolling down through my cheeks. Finally, father agreed with my decision. My parents and aunt helped me to prepare myself to respond to God’s call.

Fulfilling God’s plan, on August 01, 2009 I joined our Congregation.  After five years of initial formation, I professed on May 07, 2014. At present I am studying for Chartered Accountant in Trivandrum, Kerala.

The main focus of my religious vocation is to possess Jesus completely and to proclaim Him through my life. I say with St. Paul; I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ.  Philippians 3:8. I wish to glorify God in all the little things assigned to me in my religious life.