Sex., 12 Out. 18 Filhas da Igreja
I have been asked to pen a few lines about a Special Friend, Rev. Mother Silvana. My only problem is keeping the lines ‘few’! I am awash with memories of a unique lady, whose friendship left such a lasting impression that even today they are fresh and continue to shape our lives.
She landed in Bangalore in early 1978, since the railway station is very near to St Joseph’s Church Briand Square and not knowing a soul in this city, she asked the auto driver to take her to the nearest Catholic Church which he did, she was just in time for the daily mass, the Parish Priest seeing an unfamiliar Habit in the congregation requested the server to ask the Sister to step into the parish office after mass, My parents and myself also happened to be at the office at the time, thereon began a friendship that lasted a lifetime and continues to this day with her descendants in the Daughters of the Church .
She was an open, extremely friendly, and forthright person, her loyalty to her God, her vocation, her friends were rare even in those days when life was simpler. She accepted my parents and myself as her “Family” in India, my father became “Daddy” to her, my mother, her best friend, younger sister and confident, I myself felt as if I had another mother, she was always “Mother Silvana” we even celebrated our birthdays together as hers was just two days after mine.
This happy friendship continued as we saw the opening of our beloved “Arunodaya”, the blooming of the Daughters of the Church in India, it continued as she was forced to return to Italy due to ill health, but her heart remained in India.
She kept in touch through postal letters, cards, through good times and bad, sharing our grief at the loss of my father in 1988, right through her own illness whenever health permitted she would write, even if it was only a line, no occasion was ever forgotten. In her we see the meaning of True friendship!
Today she is reunited in heaven together with my parents. Dearest Mother Silvana, I miss you, as I do my parents, it was truly the Hand of God that brought us together and continues to keep us together on this earth and in heaven.
Miss Bernadette Miranda