Nun quits convent

via published on September 2, 2008

THRISSUR: Sister Jesmy, belonging to the Congregation of Mother Carmel and principal (at present on leave) of the St Mary’s College run by CMC Sisters, on Sunday quit the convent by handing over the CMC emblem of Chain and cross to the MC Provincial- General at the CMC headquarters at Kolazhi. Talking to reporters at the residence of advocate R Asha in the town, Sister Jesmy alleged that harassment, persecution and the propaganda that she is a mental patient are the reasons for her decision to quit the nunnery.

The 52-year-old former vice-principal of the Vimala College, run by CMC sisters, said that her disagreement with the CMC management on certain issues like accepting donation from students seeking admission to self-financing courses conducted by various institutions under the CMC congregation and joining the protest demonstrations against the Government policies with regard to the self-financing institutions in the state seem to be the reasons for the CMC management to unleash a propaganda to tarnish her image and remove her from the post of principal of the St Mary’s College.

She alleged that a deliberate campaign was on to brand her as mentally ill person and she said that she has been advised to undergo medical treatment for the illness. She said she had so far resisted the advice to undergo treatment for mental illness and take medicines.

The nun, who had rank in BA and MA examinations, said that she had tried on many occasions to meet Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath to narrate the problems being faced by her in the convent. But the Archbishop avoided her by not granting an appointment. Subsequently, she along with her mother met former Archbishop Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhi. After listening her, she said, Mar Thoomkuzhy advised her to undergo medical treatment.

The nun belonging to the famous Cherakkakaran family in Thrissur said that she had decided to quit the nunnery after she found that all the doors are shut in front of her. She said that there were many nuns who were undergoing similar treatment in the nunnery but they are not bold enough to come out in the public like her. She said that she is not willing to put up a fight with the Church or the CMC congregation.

However, if her plea for voluntary retirement from the post of the principal of St Mary’s College is not accepted by the congregation, she would seek legal remedy.

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