Mokama: This is late Autumn in Bihar. Thomasine Kottoor, SCN, (75) passed away quietly in the ICU yesterday. The funeral took place at Mokama this morning with Archbishop William D’Souza, SJ, as the main celebrant.

The Provincial, Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN, called the congregation to worship while Xavier Valiakunnackal, SCN, Sister Thomasine’s only co-novice, remembered her at the beginning of the Mass. According to her, Sister Thomasine has been known for her forgiving friendliness. The Archbishop recalled that Sister Thomasine was a large-hearted mother with a child like simplicity.

Rev. Augustine Mundoli preached the homily where he shared his fond memories of a great SCN sister.

I met Sister Thomasine nearly 30 years ago in Mokama where she stayed on most of her life, except for a short break in Baktiyarpur. She was also in charge of the Nursing School for a short time.

Known for her hospitable presence to all the visitors, Sister Thomasine has created a history of welcoming presence, both for her congregation and outsiders. She also reached out to some poor families and adopted them with her gentle motherliness.

Nazareth Hospital has another patroness in heaven when the Community is trying to re-orient the hospital to be of greater service. It may be said that the hospital has a regular General Nursing Studies and a short training programme for hospital Assistants. The hospital has a Commmunity Care Center (CCC) for AIDS patients since a few years. This year, the hospital has been entrusted with the challenging Nursing Education on AIDS for all the nurses of the whole State of Bihar.

Robert Athickal SJ
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