SR.COLUMBA (1924 – 1998)
Sr. Columba belonged to a simple family of Varapuzha. She was the second child in her family. From very early she was very much interested in studying and did so most whole-heartedly. She was a student in St.Joseph’s Trichur. After her studies, she felt called to join the convent, which she did, with her parent willing consent. Except for a short spell in Tamil Nadu, she was mostly based in Karnataka.
Posted at Davangere, she was committed to her teaching career. She took pains to learn Kannada and was able to teach in Kannada. She taught in almost all the convents of Karnataka, except for a short spell when she was appointed superior of the Novitiate house at Whitefield. She finally retired at St.Joseph’s Convent Mandya.
Sr. Columba was not only a good and zealous teacher; she was also a great gardener, and a creative needle woman. She worked untiringly all her life. Even when she was a student, she , she would do manual labour and she turned her work into prayer. She often said, “Idleness is the pet walking stick of the devil”. The realization of the dignity of labour enriched her spiritual life. When finally she took ill, she chose to go to Villa St. Joseph where she spent a little over five months.
In the first two weeks of her coming to the Villa, she moved around with a walker, greeting everyone she met with her smile and chatting for a while. She had to go frequently to the hospital for scans, tests and check-ups. Finally came the verdict that she had cancer of the intestines. More than pain she suffered because of her total helplessness and dependence on others for every need. Through all this, she received the anointing of the sick very peacefully. On the 7th November she passed away.