Sr M Helen Rodrigues BS (64) of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany, Mangalore, passed away this morning.(Saturday 11th May 2019)She is a member of Rosa Mystica Convent, Kinnikambla, D.K District, Karnataka. Sr Helen  hails from Paladka, Mangalore Diocese and is the daughter of late Mr Raymond Rodrigues and late Mrs Mary Rodrigues.Her funeral rites will be held at Rosa Mystica Convent Chapel, Kinnikambla on 13th May 2019 at 3.00 pm.

Sr Helen Rodrigues who was noted for her commitment to religious life has served as a teacher in many of our schools in Mangalore Province and also at St Mary’s Goa.  After her retirement from teaching service she involved herself in the pastoral activities like teaching catechism, visiting families, attending BCC meetings, visiting the sick. She has served as the local superior and also as an office assistant to Province Procurator. She always treasured the presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. She is known for her simplicity of life.

For many years she had enjoyed good health.  During the past few years she was suffering from osteoarthritis. A few months back  shehad undergone a knee replacement surgery and was on the process of regaining her health.  On 5th May 2019 she had gone for home visit. This morning (May 11)  at 2.00 am she complained of chest pain and was given first aid by her sister in law and later she felt comfortable and went to sleep.  She did not want to go to doctor and said that she would go for a check-up after her return to Rosa Mystica on 11th. Early in the morning when her sister in law had gone to her room there was absolutely no response from Sr Helen and the body was cold.  She seemed to have breathed her last around 4 am due to cardiac arrest.

On behalf of Sr Rose Celine our Superior General, I express my sincere condolence to the members of Rosa Mystica community and in a special manner to Sr. Cicilia Mendonca and team members and all the members of the Province.  Dear Sr Helen, we miss you.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord,
Let perpetual light shine on her
May her soul rest in peace

Sr M Lillis BS
Asst Superior General

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