90 Years of Grace

The Mokama Nazareth Convent Sisters had the privilege of celebrating the 90th birthday of Ann Roberta Powers, SCN, on Dec. 5, 2014. The presence of Basanti Lakra, SCN, provincial, Philomena Kottoor, SCN, vice provincial, and the board members along with various ministry committee members who were here for the meeting, added much joy to this celebration.

Father Peter Ignatius, S.J., our Parish Priest, in his creative and spontaneous manner invited Sister Ann Roberta, seated in a wheelchair, to be the co-celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration. Father Ignatius asked her to share one best moment of her life, in place of the first reading. She said, “I do not have just one best moment. My whole life is my best moment.“

This includes when she was appointed to come to India as a missionary in 1947 along with the five others. Becoming a missionary was her heart’s deepest desire, she said. Then several sisters shared that they were emotionally touched and inspired by her life of simplicity, choices she made for the poor, her exemplary life, and the sacrifices she made in bringing up various remote and poor missions to what they are today.

Her sense of forgiveness, her love for inspiring vocations and encouraging young SCNs to be true missionaries, making herself available for the needed works of the province, and praying for the Sisters in difficult missions were shared and appreciated.

It was a sacred experience for all of us to realize that this true daughter of Catherine’s pioneering missionary who served the poor, the illiterate, the voiceless, the sick, and the dying, for 67 years in our land, is among us today.

After the ‘cake cutting’ and Birthday Greetings, the fun & frolics, the youngest candidate, Martina Rai from Tendrabong mission, recited the a poem for Sister Ann Roberta with a bright smile and twinkling eyes. 

In the afternoon, Sister went around on her wheel chair giving sweets and thanking each one of our workers for their loving service throughout the year. 

Written by SCNs Cecilia Simick & Maria Palathingal