Thousands attend Holy Family nun’s funeral

Cardinal George Alencherry led the funeral services Friday.

Posted on July 1, 2012, 8:42 AM


By Jessy Joseph
New Delhi:

Thousands of people attended the funeral of three nuns, who were killed in a road accident in Ghana in West Africa.

Cardinal George Alencherry led the funeral services Friday at the Mariam Theresa Church at Kuzhikkattussery in Kerala where the congregation’s founder Blessed Mariam Theresa was buried.

“Their death has left a great vacuum in the congregation,” said Sister Bhavya, provincial of Shantidhara province in New Delhi.

The nun said that the loss will not stop the congregation from working for the poor in overseas.

Sr. Anne Elvina (67) regional superior of the Holy Family Sisters congregation, Sr. Kripa Paul (35) and Sr. Dhanya Chitillapally (58) died when the vehicle in which they were travelling went out of control and hit a rock at Kode Abe on June 17.

They were returning after attending a regional convention of the nurses at Jacobu, said Sister Bhavya.

Sr. Elvina and Sr. Paul died on the way to the hospital the same day, while Sr. Chittilappilly succumbed to injuries on June 22.

Sr. Bhavya said the congregation was engaged in education and healing ministry and family apostolate in Ghana.

“Some 45 Holy Family nuns are working on nine overseas missions and in Ghana itself we have 4 houses,” she told

She also said that after the loss, the congregation has only 18 sisters left in Ghana.

Sister Bincy Maria, who was critically injured in the accident, is undergoing treatment in Ghana and is showing improvement, Sr. Bhavya said.

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Map of the regions of Ghana, named in English ...

Map of the regions of Ghana, named in English (native language). The individual maps are: Ashanti Brong-Ahafo Central Eastern Greater Accra Northern Upper East Upper West Volta Western (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Headmistress and primary school stude...

English: Headmistress and primary school students in Ghana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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  1. July 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    very sad…may their souls R.I.P….


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