SR. MILBURGA (1925 – 2008)
With St. Paul Sr. Milburga cheerfully says “I have run the race, I have fought the battle and now I await the immortal crown of glory”
Miss Ancy Annamma nee Sr. Milburga was born on November 11th 1925 to Mr. Cheeku and Thresiamma at Varapuzha, Kerala She was placed second in a family of four children, a brother and two sisters. She was nurtured in a close knit family. She completed her schooling at St. Joseph’s, Varapuzha and intermediate at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam.
She is by nature lovable, generous and prayerful. The young maiden Ancy, felt a deep urge as the spirit moved her and thus she broke the chains and family ties to answer her master’s call. With intense faith and humble surrender she expressed “I give my life to you”, thereby pledging to the Lord her all.
Sr. Milburga made her final commitment at St. Teresa’s Convent, Ernakulam. As a young religious she served at Sacred Heart Convent, Villupuram, Mount Carmel Convent, and Kottayam and thereafter at Nirmala Convent, Mysore in the Office. She worked as Superior at St. Ann’s Convent, Siddapur, Nirmala and Avila, Mysore and 20 years she served as boarding Mistress at St. Paul’s, Davangere. Later she came back to Nirmala and spent the rest of her years and rendered her services to the poor and needy.
She served the CSST Institute generously in various capacities – superior, official work, a caring and an attentive boarding mistress. Her students have fond memories of her tender care and look up to her as a loving mother and friend. She has proved herself as a willing instrument performing her duties to perfection – methodic, loving, caring and generous to the core. Her love for the poor and down trodden was simply remarkable. She was aesthetic, loved beauty, spending her leisure time enjoying music. She loved gardening. Till the very end almost, we could find her – morning and evening moving around, tending the plants, admiring fruit and flowers with rosary in her hand.
Sr. Milburga had high respect for the superior and sisters, young and old. When she was ailing and confined to her room, off and on she would ask the Superior to get the sisters to her room to ask pardon, if by chance she has hurt any sister – something to be admired.
She suffered intensely towards the end. ‘Calling, calling – Jesus is calling today’. Yes, this call of the Lord came to her the previous day. On the 6th December 2008, with the community at her bedside praying for her, she breathed her last.