SR. ESTHER THERESE (1943 – 2005)
‘God’s way shall be my way, my path He has planned
With Him for my refuge, sweet oh sweet is my rest’.
Miss Esther Colaco nee Sr. Esther Therese was born to Mr. J.D. Colaco and Juliana on 17th March, 1943 in Mudigere, Karnataka. Among 9 children in the family she was placed 5th, the central place, with 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
She did her schooling at Good Shepherd Convent, graduation at St. Philomena’s and thereafter teaching at Teresian College. It is then, God’s divine call came to her which she could not resist but say ‘yes’ in all determination and total surrender.
Esther by nature was a firm, steady, prayerful, conscientious and a dedicated teacher, simple, upright and authentic in her dealings. She was always willing to be of service and a strong support to the young.
As a young religious, she was placed in Teresian, where she started her teaching career. She expressed herself as a good and honest religious by her fervour, dedication and hard work. She was considered a very good lecturer, with her subject Economics at the tip of her fingers. She worked as a lecturer at Mount Carmel College Bangalore. There too she won confidence and love of the students and staff. She served as superior at Mount Carmel Convent, Bangalore, St. John the Baptist Convent, Kumta and Principal at newly started P.U. College at Gulbarga. In April 2005, she was transferred back to Teresian Convent, Mysore.
Sr. Esther, obedience personified, accepted the transfer though painful, realizing the Lord’s plan for her. On 20th of May 2005 she was all set to board the train for Mysore. Before reaching railway station she took ill and was rushed to the hospital at Gulbarga. The doctors were helpless and directed her to another hospital where she breathed her last. The end came sudden and unexpected!