An SCN Missionary passes away
Imbibe the Indian way of living, praying and being a religious in India.
“Sister Pat Kelley was a great missionary and a visionary in India. Sister Kelley envisioned a new way being a religious in the Indian context,” said Sister Janice Rathappillil, one of her former novices. She adapted herself to Indian way of life in an ashram set up at Sokho village in Bihar in the mid-seventies.
“Sister Kelley was one of the forerunners in bringing about inculturation in the SCN Community in liturgy and prayer,” said Sister Alice Chirackanal. Her thirst for being a truly Indian sanyasi took her to places like Varnassi, NBCLC, Bangalore and Shantivanam to imbibe the Indian way of living, praying and being a religious in India.
“Sister Patricia Mary was a pioneer in implementing radical living in formation. She was a good writer, musician and spiritual guide and a creative teacher,” said Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN Provincial.
Sister Patricia Kelley (90), a native of Lexington, Kentucky came to India as a missionary in 1952. Sister Kelley was a sister of Charity of Nazareth for 72 years. After five years of classroom teaching at Nazareth Academy, Gaya she spent 20 years in recruitment and religious formation of young women in the Congregations newly established novitiate in India.
It was a time of great changes in the Catholic Church and in the religious orders. She wasted no time to change from habit to sari and encouraged others to do the same by her example. In a period of time, she won the hearts of many as a teacher and a formator.
After having laid a strong foundation in India for formation and growth of membership, she felt the call to return to USA in 1977.
She authored two books namely, ‘Fifty Monsoons: Ministry of Change through Women of India’ in 1999 and ‘Impelled by the Love of Christ’ in 2011. Though frail in health, she completed her second book in August 2011.
After suffering many complications she breathed her last at Nazareth Home, Louisville Kentucky on April 24. Sister Kelley truly loved India. From her death bed, she repeatedly told that she loves the Sisters in India. Such was her love for India and her Sisters in India.
Source: Malini Manjoly, SCN