SR. ALEXIA (1924-2013)
Teresa K. Varkey, in religion Sr. Alexia of the Infant Jesus, was born on the 2nd of November 1924. She was the 7th of the 8 children of Mary and Varkey Kochikkunnel at Moovathupuzha, Kerala. Teresa was baptized on the 8th of Nov. at St. George & St. Sebastian’s Church, Thottakara. Teresa had three brothers and two sisters. She had a nun sister in the CMC Order. Sr. Alexia was the last of the members of her immediate family to be called home by the Lord.
Teresa did her studies at St. Joseph’s High School, Aratuzha; Malayalam Higher Exam at the Travancore State University and Malayalam Vidwan under the Madras University. She came to St. Teresa’s High School, Ernakulam, as a Malayalam teacher in 1950. Very soon Teresa responded to the Lord’s beckoning and joined our Institute on 14.7.1950. Her Postulancy, Novitiate and 1st Profession were at St. Teresa’s Ernakulam. Sr. Alexia‘s Final Profession was on 26th March 1957. Sister was a very talented person. Her interests were in singing, dramatics and fine arts. Sr. Alexia has written many dramas in Malayalam, composed songs and written articles. Five dramas and two articles were published. Sister had written skits on our Mother Foundress, which were performed by the students. Sr. Alexia was one of the Editors of ‘The Carmel’ magazine from 1972 to 76.
Sr. Alexia taught for 30 years in St. Teresa’s High School, Ernakulam. At her retirement in 1980, sister was given charge as the Assistant Director of the Diocesan Catechetical Center, Verapoly. Sister worked here for five years. In 1986 Sr. Alexia was appointed Superior of Santhipuram Convent, Kottayam. Sister was transferred to St. Joseph’s Convent, Kalamassery, and lived here from 1989 onwards. Sr. Alexia was always active, giving herself in the service of her Lord Jesus. Sister was the Joined Secretary of the K.C.S.(Kalamassery Catholic Solidarity) from 1989 to 1994. Sister had been teaching the Seminarians at the Vianny Home Seminary, of Verapoly Diocese from 1998 to 2002.
Sr. Alexia, active most of her life became ill due to Rheumatism and Cholesterol. Sister was bed ridden for a year. Sisters in the community took turns to recite the Prayer of the Church and rosary with her. Sisters read spiritual books for her daily in turns. The Superior of the house administered Holy Communion to her daily. Though in bed, Sr. Alexia was alert and kept abreast with the community life.
Sr. Alexia’s nephews and nieces and other relatives were very fond of her and kept in touch with her often. Sister was concerned about their well being and supported them with her prayers. Her mind was very sharp almost till the end.