“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any reward; for the memory of them is forgotten”, Ecclesiastes 9:5.
It was a sorrowful day for family, friends and well-wishers of the late Sr. Maria Shirley Pappu, MC as they gathered to bid their final farewells to her at the Blessed Clementina Catholic Church, Middle East – Ashaiman. The requiem Mass which was well attended by Priests and religious men and women mostly from the Archdiocese of Accra was held on Wednesday, 19th August, 2020.
The Vicar General of the Accra Archdiocese Very Rev. Fr. John Kobina Louis expressing his sympathy to the community present on behalf of the Archbishop of Accra said Ghanaians should emulate the initiative of the Missionary Sisters of Charity of St. Mother Theresa by burying the dead early to save cost and time.
Sr. Maria Shirley MC was born on 14th April, 1962 in Kerala, South India to the late Mr. Pappu Palatty and Mrs. Rosa Palatty. She was the 4th of 10 children. Both of her parents died in the year 2015. Sr. Maria Shirley joined the Missionaries of Charity in 1981, she made her first profession in 1985 in Tanzania East Africa and final vows in 1991 in Rome. She was sent for missions in Africa particularly in West Africa, she served Jesus in various countries including Benin, Conakry, Niameh – Niger, Togo and finally in Ghana Tema, Ashaiman where she breathed her last breath on Saturday 16th August, 2020 after a short illness.
About the Missionary sisters of charity
The Missionaries of Charity (Sisters) is an international religious family of pontifical right founded by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in 1950, composed of active and contemplative branches with perpetual, public vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.
The Society’s aim is to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus Christ on the Cross for love and souls by the living of the four vows in a spirit of loving trust, total surrender, and cheerfulness, leading each one to the perfect love of God and neighbor and making the Church fully present in the world of today.
Missionaries care for those who include refugees, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the aged and convalescent. They have schools that are run by volunteers to teach abandoned street children and run soup kitchens as well as other services according to the community needs. These services are provided without charge to people regardless of their religion or social status. In Ghana, they are located at Ashaiman where they run an orphanage to cater for the needs of the homeless.