Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Lisa

I, Sister M. Lisa, was born in 1975 to my parents Mr. Devassy Morely and Mrs. Rosy in Mallussery, Ernakulum District, Kerala State. I am the eldest among the three daughters. I lost my father in 2004 with cardiac arrest. Both of my sisters are settled and are happily living with their family. My mother, though not so healthy is able to manage her daily activities and is living a graceful life. My father had a grocery shop with which he took care for the family needs and the education of us.

In my younger age my grandmother and the catechetical teachers played a great role in building up my faith.  I recall with joy the spiritual practices like saying ejaculatory prayers, small sacrifices, teaching songs, and more.  These developed a special attachment to the Religious sisters who guided me in our parish.  After completing the secondary education, I expressed to my parents my desire to become a religious sister and was waiting for the call of God. During that time, I had attended a vocation program. When I came home after this programme I came to know our Sisters Theresa and Sheeja who are from my neighbouring place. They came for holidays to Kerala from Pithora, Raipur.

I contacted these sisters and learned about our Congregation.  I was so happy to join because I knew that five candidates from my own village had already joined this congregation. That made my parents to be at ease to send me to such distant place. After collecting the necessary documents, I began my journey with Sister Theresa and Sister Sheeja and reached Raipur on September 17,1991.

Joyfully I cherish the beginning years of my life in the congregation. The guidance and help by the elder Sisters and the formation directors helped me to understand more about religious life.

Today I remember the blunders and silly acts done while learning to speak in both Hindi and English languages. Lots of memories of those years come to mind like:  adjusting to eat the food which was entirely different taste than my native place, new language, change of climate and more.   At the same time, I enjoyed the joy of being and working together with my companions. Other unforgettable days of happiness were the celebration of birth days and feast days. We prayed specially on those days and shared greeting cards and small gifts with one another.   During the initial days of formation, I completed my Higher Secondary studies living in a hostel managed by the other Religious Congregation at Tatibandh, Raipur.

The formation period helped me to shape and mould my personality and religious call. It deepened my faith to answer the call of God.  I made my first vows on December 9, 1997.   I lived in different convents and I enjoyed my community life and my Religious life. Today I am ministering in the account department in St. Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering and Technology in Nagpur.

I am happy today in looking back to the past days.  I thank God for every good thing that enriched and taught. I am grateful to the richness of my Religious call and to everyone who helped me to grow. My weakness reminds me that I need not only the others but the Grace of God to live my life in its fullness.