Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
The Lord is my shepherd
I, Sr. M. Sheeja, was born as the eldest daughter to my parents, Mr. Varghese and Mrs. Thresiamma, on June 04, 1972 in Kodussery, Ernakulum District, Kerala, India. I am blessed with four siblings: three sisters and a brother. All the siblings of mine are settled in life and with their families working in different parts of the world. Unfortunately, I lost my father in1999 but with God's grace I still enjoy the accompaniment of my mother.
God planted the seed of deep faith in the heart of my parents that was a help for me and for my siblings to grow in the love of God. It is my firm believe that God has his unfailing plan for each one of us. A taste for Religious Life was inculcated in me from my childhood; I tasted it from Religious Sisters who taught me catechism. Being the eldest in my family, expected to serve the parents, I was not free to express my desire to join Religious Life to my parents.
Vocation to Religious Life
I believe that God's plan works in an appropriate time and most perfect manner. As I was attending my classes of the first year graduation, my friend inspired me to join this Congregation as Sisters had come to recruit the candidates. I expressed my deepest desire to my parents. Initially, they were not so happy to send me because of the long distance and I had to travel and live far away from the family. Yet, trusting in God, they said ‘Yes’ to me and permitted to join the Congregation. So, I joined our Congregation on June 10, 1990.
The formation period was a time where I deepened my faith in God and experienced God’s immense love and mercy. On February 2, 1995, I said first YES to God as I made my First Profession in the Congregation. Later, my Congregation gave me an opportunity to do my Graduation and Post Graduation in Commerce. I was also permitted to do my studies and training as Charted Accountant.
In Service of God and the Congregation
Since my first vows, I have been assisting in accounts department in serving the community and God’s people. Presently I serve as the Provincial Treasurer.
The Lord is faithful to his promises and is merciful in all his acts (Ps145:13). This word of God became a reality in my life. I thank God for His faithfulness to me and giving me a precious vocation to Religious Life. I pray that my entire life be a faithful service to God witnessing Him and His love!