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Sr. Domenica Vattakunnel

Obituary of Sister Domenica Vattakunnel  RIP 17the June 2016 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished                   The race, I have kept the faith.”  (2 Tim. 4:7) Sister Domenica was born, a twin child, on 1st June 1929, at Nagapuzha, Kotamangalam Diocese in Kerala.  She had one brothe and two sisters.  She joined our Congregation on 25th April 1951.  She made her first Profession on 31st July 1954 and her final Profession on 31st July 1957.  She rendered her dedicated service at Punchakkad, Kokkanisshery, Trikakarpur, Thimiri, Ezhimala, Trivandrum, Paryiaram and Kannur. She loved the orphans and looked after them like a mother. At Trikarpur and Punchakkad in the Chirackal Mission, she was an inspiration for women in following Jesus in good times and in bad times of their life’s situations.  She always worked to better their lives. She firmly believed that Jesus and Mother Mary were holding her hand, leading her every step.  She prayed much and was ever ready to help the poor and rhe needy.  She was hospitable, welcoming all with a sweet smile. After her active life, Sister Domenica spent her last 7 years in the community of Kannur.  Most of her time was dedicated to prayer and to help in whatever she could, always serene and cheerful. Though weak because of her age, she was not sick.  For 2 days before her death she kept on saying that she was going to Heaven.  After receiving Holy Communion on  16th, she prayed longer than usual:  for the Church, the Holy Father, for Priests and Religious, for our Congregation, the General – Sister Elvira, for the Provincials and for all the Sisters. She was conscious till her death which was sudden – due to cardio-respiratory failure, on 17th June at 5.30 pm. The funeral took place on the 18th June and was presided over by the Vicar General, Msgr. Clemence Paliyath   Many Priests concelebrated.  Sister Domenica is buried in the cemetery of Kannur, in our UMI sector. May our beloved Sister Domenica intercede for all our needs. May she inspire us to keep close to Jesus in simplicity and in faithfulness.