SR. PHILIPPA (1924 – 1992)
We do not know much about Sr. Philippa’s back ground except that she had a relative among the working personnel in our convent. When I joined the convent she was just out of the novitiate. I was very much struck by her lovely, broad smile, when I saw her first. She appeared to be a nice, jolly nun. And indeed she turned out to be just that. I used to call her ‘Pip’. She was short and stout and dark and those lovely white teeth against her skin, gave her a remarkable appearance. Her expression was one of innocence and simplicity. At recreation, she was the one who kept everyone laughing with her jokes and stories.
Sr. Philippa was a good teacher and we are told that children would glamour to be in the division I n which she taught. I am not surprised. I would have done so too! Her cheerfulness and laughter, which was sometimes quite loud, was contagious. She was very sincere.
Towards the end of her life, she got a stroke and was bed-ridden. But even in that condition, her smile and her cheerfulness never left her. What struck people the most was her joyful submission to her condition. I’m glad! I got this chance to write about you Pip.