5.SR. EMILE (1939 – 2005)
Miss Baldovina J. D’Souza in religion Sr. Emile was born on June 30, 1939 to Jacky D’Souza and Cecilia D’Souza at Honnavar, North Kanara. She was the 5th child, in the family of 2 boys and 3 girls, being the youngest she was loved much by everyone. The then Parish Priest Fr. M.C. Menezes had influenced the family for a life of spirituality, devotion, piety and hard work. Sr. Emile completed her studies at Holy Rosary Convent, Honnavar and was inspired by the holy lives of the then sisters and decided to join the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa, to follow the footsteps of Jesus, her Master.
Sr. Emile took the words of the Master seriously. “If you wish to be my disciple, take up your cross and follow me.” Her life in different communities and various apostolate was not smooth sailing. But she was always cheerful and won everyone’s heart by her charming smile. She was prayerful and service-minded, ready to help anyone in need especially the poor and the neglected. She had the great capacity to be at home in the company of young and old. She spent her life in humble service.
Sr. Emile worked in various Convents: Christ the King, Mysore, St. Michael’s, Ganjam, Holy Rosary, Honnavar, Carmel Jwala, Goa, St. Paul’s, Davangere, O.L.V. Somwarpet and Pushpa Nilaya, Kumta. She was a simple and unassuming person. She served the tiny tots with total dedication and love. She worked as a Head mistress and many other given assignments.
Every family of the locality was well acquainted with her. She was thoughtful, caring and understanding. God was the centre of her life. It is truly the broken Jesus she served by visiting broken families, rectifying marriages and actively participating in the pastoral activities. Music and singing was her passion which became her instrument in serving the Lord. Whenever she was alone she would hum a beautiful rhythm from the depth of her heart. She had a delicate taste for decoration and loved to chat with people of her locality. She built a very good rapport with her sisters and others.
Sr. Emile went to her heavenly abode on November 8, 2005.