Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Pauly Chiraparambil

I, Sister M.Pauly Chiraparambil was born on the 17th of October 1961 at  Mylacomb, a village in Idukki district of Kerala.  When I was three months old we migrated to Pooyamkutty , an interior village of Ernakulam district, Kerala. I was born as the 5th of the eight children - four boys and four girls - born to Mr.Thomas and Mrs.Rosa into a traditional Catholic Christian family. My father was a farmer and mother a housewife. Along with the agricultural work my father did some small businesses and had a small shop and we lived on this.

My parents were very God-fearing and they taught us to kneel before God in all the ups and downs of life. It was compulsory for us to go for daily Mass. Growing up with the siblings there was lot of joy and warmth in the family. The morning Holy mass, evening family prayers, the life of my parents and the moral values they taught us ....all helped us to grow in faith.

My house was very close to the convent and parish. As children we were very much involved in all the activities of the parish. We were very closely associated with the Sisters and their way of life always attracted me. When I passed out 7th class we had no high school nearby. So I and my two Sisters were sent to a distant place to stay in the hostel and study. The Sisters who owned the boarding had their formation house there. The junior Sisters after their first profession lived there. Looking at their life I always wished to be a religious. Young Sisters dressed in white; to me they were like angels. I was inspired by their very life.

After my schooling I attended a vocation camp during which I decided to become a religious. Many Sisters came and introduced their congregation. I joined the Augustinian Sisters but did not succeed. During the formation period I had to make a comeback. After returning home I continued with my studies. Then I got a little job and started working. 

Though I left, some of the Sisters kept encouraging me to become a religious. One Sister, Sister Jacobine introduced me to our Congregation through her brother Fr.Joseph Pullankav, a priest of Raipur Diocese. I contacted the Sisters and I received a welcome letter from Sister M.Gerburg . I came to Pithora with some of our Sisters on 30th December 1986.  During the formation I was guided by Sister M.Gerburg and Sister M.Hedwig. I made my first profession of vows on the 25th of January 1991 and final profession on 30th October 1999.

As junior Sister I did my training in nursing and continue to work in this field till today.

Today as I look at my committed life I thank God for His marvellous blessings upon me. He in His great love not only called me but kept me in His love." You did not choose me; I chose you " (Jn 15:16). Today it is with great realisation I do pen these words of St.John. Even when I turned and walked away from this life God brought me back and placed me where He wanted.  As I look at the years gone by, "I will be with you; I will not fail you nor forsake you” (Josh 1:5)” is the words that come to my mind.  My life has been a life of God's faithfulness to me. My God has kept His promise. I have failed Him so often.  But He has always been with me.  In the midst of roaring storms and raging waves He has been in my little boat showing me the way and giving me the courage to walk along.  I thank my God, my Congregation, my parents, my brothers and Sisters, teachers, spiritual guides and all who have been a support on my journey with Jesus. May the good Lord bless them all.