The Church of India paid homage to the Servant of God Rani Maria on her 20th death anniversary at Udaynagar, Indore. The commemoration was held on 25th February 2015at the specially prepared stage in front of Santhi Sadan Church, Udaynagar where the tomb of Sr. Rani Maria is situated. The Main Celebrant Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, Syro-Malabar Major Archbishop and the con-celebrants Archbishop, Bishops and Priests were cordially welcomed to the Alter in procession accompanied by the traditional tribal dance and arathi.
During the homily the Major Archbishop stated that the heroic death of Sr. Rani Maria was a martyrdom for Christian love. The missionary activities launched by her continued till now is a clear witness that the spirit of Sr. Rani Maria is still alive and active here. Even now Christians are persecuted in different parts of the world only because of their faith in Christ Jesus. Whatever may be the crisis or persecutions, the love of Christ will be transmitted to the generations. All the faithful are equal in the sharing of the love of Christ though the language and culture are different. Sr. Rani Maria is one of the most beautiful flowers nurtured in the missionary garden of the Syro-Malabar Church. It is from the presence of Jesus in her heart that the Servant of God derives the power to make herself totally available to the poor and to see them as brothers and sisters. Her faith and love for the Lord were the guiding stars of her life. She was called the ‘Smiling Rani’ as she was happy to follow the Lord in the midst of all kinds of difficulties without any complaint. His Beatitude appreciated the valuable and admirable service and ministry of the missionaries to the poor, marginalized and the oppressed people at Indore and North India.
Most Rev. Dr. Leo Cornelio, the Archbishop of Bhopal, Indore Bishop Dr. Chacko Thottumaricakl, Gorakpur Bishop Mar Thomas Thuruthimattom, Sagar Bishop Mar Antony Chiraiath, Ujjain Bishop Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, Khandwa Bishop Dr. Durairaj, Rev. Fr. George Thottankara, Vicar Pulluvazhy Parish and Rev. Fr. Sebin Kanjirathingal, Secretary to the Cardinal were the con-celebrants for the Holy Mass.
The culprit Samandhar Sing also joined in the offertory procession along with the family members of Sr. Rani Maria and the representatives of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation. After the Holy Mass the celebrants and the congregation prayed at the tomb of Sr. Rani Maria. Those who received favours through the intercession of Sr. Rani Maria shared their testimony. The Major Archbishop George Cardinal Alencherry released the Souvenir of Sr. Rani Maria prepared by Amala Province Bhopal by giving a copy to Most Rev. Leo Cornelio, the Archbishop of Bhopal.
The whole programme was organized under the guidance of Sr. Rosily Parecattil, the Provincial Superior of Amala Province Bhopal, Rev. Fr. Santhosh, Vicar Santhi Sadan Church, Udaynagar, Sr. Ann Joseph, the General Councillor and Sr. Selmy Paul, Superior of FC Convent Udaynagar and sister of Sr. Rani Maria.
The faithful from different parts of Kerala including fifty parishioners from Pulluvazhy the native place of Sr. Rani Maria participated in the function. An Alter table which was brought from Kerala was offered for the Church at Uadyangar. An endowment of Rani Maria Foundation was inaugurated by Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, the Major Archbishop. Many Priests, religious and lay faithful from North India especially from Indore and Ujjain participated in the ceremony. The Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Sisters and the participants visited the monument built in honour of Sr. Rani Maria at Nochampur where she breathed her last.
After the programme at Udaynagar, His Beatitude visited Shanthi Dham FCC Study Centre, Indore. He had dialogue with the Junior sisters in the Theological studies, sharing his rich missionary experience and cleared their doubts. His Beatitude offered Holy Mass and delivered inspiring message for the Year of the Consecrated Life. The Priests and sisters of nearby religious congregations and the parishioners also joined the Holy Mass.