Mumbai bids Adieu….to M.Fernanda Riva.
The mortal remains of Venerable M. Fernanda Riva was transferred from St. Michael’s parish cemetery, Mahim to St. Joseph’s Convent, Alleppey on 14th October, 2015.This decision was taken after the proposal of M. General M. Annamaria Babbinito the Provincials of India at the PCCI meeting held at Andheri in February 2015.It was her wish that the relics of M. Fernanda be transferred from St. Michael’s Cemetery to any of our Convents where she will be better remembered and honoured; and the place proposed by the group was St. Joseph’s Convent Alleppey. During the meeting of our local superiors on 11thJune 2015, they also gave their unanimous consent that Alleppey would be the most fitting place. The matter was referred to His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, who also expressed his opinion that M. Fernanda’s Relics should be in a place where she will be easily remembered and honoured and he gave us the permission from the Ecclesiastical point of view, to proceed getting the civil permissions etc.
In consultation with M. General Annamaria Babbini and the Provincial of South Province.
Sr. Gertrude Michael, the date for transferring the Relics was fixed for 14th October 2015. On Saturday 3rd October 2015, the Mortal Remains of M. Fernanda was taken out from the niche at St. Michael’s Cemetery. The sealed box was placed in St. Michael’s Church. On the same day, the7.00 p.m. Mass of the parish was offered as a special Thanksgiving Eucharist for the gift of Venerable Mother Fernanda Riva. After the Mass the holy Relics was taken to the Sacred Heart Canossa Convent, Mahim and kept in the chapel for five days to give an opportunity to those who wish to visit and pray through her intercession. The Relics was then taken to Andheri chapel on 9th October and placed there until 13th October 2015. On 14th early morning, accompanied by Srs. Gertrude Michael and Margaret Peter from the South Province and Srs. Josemary Keelath and Rose D’Souza from the Centre Province, the relics was taken to Kerala by flight. It was received with solemnity at Alleppey and placed in the tomb prepared for the purpose, in St. Joseph’s Convent Chapel.