SR. FLAVIA (1930 – 2015)
Theresiamma, the 2nd child of the nine children of Mariamma and Thomas of Valumannel, Kanjirapally, was born on the 20th of July 1930. She was baptized after a week at St. Dominic’s Church, Kanjirapally, Kottayam. Theresiamma completed her SSLC and TCH successfully. She joined the CSST Institute on the 14th of June 1951 at St. Teresa’s Convent Ernakulam. Theresiamma made her 1st Profession on the 7th of April 1954 and was given the Religious name Sr. Mary Flavia. Sister made her Final Commitment on 27th March 1957.
Sr. Flavia started her teaching mission at St. Antony’s, Ernakulam. But soon Karnataka became her mission field. Sister served there from 1957 to 1987 at various houses – St. Ann’s Siddapur, Holy Family Mariapura, St. John the Baptist Kumta and O.L.V. Somwarpet. And after her retirement, at Carmel Convent Mandya.
In 1992 Sr. Flavia returned to Kerala and served in S.H. Convent Aripalam, Provincial House Chembumukku, St. Antony’s Ernakulam, Shantipuram Kottayam, St. Joseph’s Kottayam, St. Teresa’s Convent, Pakkil, Kottayam and M.C.C. Kottayam.
Sr. Flavia had a cheerful disposition. She was ever ready to extend a helping hand. Sr. Flavia knew Kannada well. Since sister was working in Karnataka for over 35 years, her Malayalam had a Kannada accent.Though sister was leading a retired life at Mt. Carmel, Kottayam, she was far from rest. In fact, sister was the first to be in Chapel every day, opening the doors and windows, and turning on the lights. She would make sure of others’ needs especially of the old and sick members of the community, and then remain in prayer. Sr. Flavia participated in the common prayer and Liturgy, singing whole heartedly and aloud.
Sr. Flavia had a great concern for the visitors. Sister would attend to their needs and make them feel at home with her lively conversation. Her spritely nature, movement and involvement in everything even after 85 years was most admirable. Sister found great satisfaction in washing her soiled linen and cleaning her room by herself. She was always grateful to God for the good health she enjoyed.
Sr. Flavia had tea in the refectory as usual on 8th evening (Feast of the Immaculate Conception). All of a Sudden she felt pain in the chest and was rushed to the hospital. Her soul took flight on the way itself. So quick was her passing, we were unable to give her even a drink of water. Sister served us in many ways and always, but without giving a chance to assist her in her last moments. This made us sorrowful. Her leaving was too quick and unbelievable. It was the day when at the Cathedral, the door of Mercy was opened ceremoniously. Sr. Flavia made sure that she got in there first!