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 Ahmedabad (SAR News) –


A pioneer sister of Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) Congregation, Sr. Grazia Vaz died in their Mother House in India at Mumbai on April 26. She was suffering and was under treatment for cancer from September 2012.


            Sr. Grazia Vaz was a pioneer in the Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) works as the then Archbishop of Bangalore, Archbishop P. Arokiaswamy entrusted first time to FSP Congregation to run the Diocesan CEC. The FSP Provincial Superior Sr. Pierluisa appointed Sr. Grazia as the Director of CEC then housed above Pauline bookshop on Museum Road, Bangalore.


            Sr. Grazia took up the pioneering work of running CEC with enthusiasm. She enlisted voluntary services of co-workers and collaborators. She also got government authorities’ permission to visit the prisoners in jail and the inmates of Remand Home at Bangalore and conduct programmes for them on special occasions like Christmas.


            Sr. Grazia was born at Kalyanpur, Mangalore on 3 December 1934. She joined the Daughters of St. Paul on June 23, 1953. She is survived by one sister and one brother at Pune.


            Before taking up CEC ministry Sr. Grazia was the first Superior when the FSP Sisters opened their first house in Mangalore. She has also worked in the office of publishing ‘Home Life’ weekly and ‘Petrus’ monthly.


            Sr. Grazia worked 10 years as the first Director of CEC Bangalore from 1977 to 1987. Then, Sr. C. L. Clare, FSP succeeded Sr. Grazia as the Director of Bangalore CEC in 1987.


Acknowledging Sr. Grazia’s pioneering service to CEC Sr. Clare writes, “I thank Sister Grazia for the support and encouragement given to me when I was entrusted with this mission from 1987 to 1992. I also had the privilege to hand over the same back to her in 1992. So I left the mission once again in the safe hands of the one who had begun it.  Sr Grazia’s foundation work did not stop there; for once again she had to shift the CEC office from Museum Road to the Infant Jesus Shrine at Viveknagar, Bangalore in the year 1994.”


Giving me the news of Sr. Grazia’s death and funeral at Mumbai on April 27, Sr. Grazia’s novitiate companion Sr. Caritas recalled their Golden Jubilee celebrations at Mumbai last year. “Sr. Grazia was a very self-sacrificing person who loved and cared specially for the poor. She was a very responsible and helpful person” Sr. Caritas said.  


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29th-April -2013
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