Born: 7 January 1939
Professed: 6 January 1963
Died: 29 September 2013
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim 4:7
Sr. Jerome Kujur, named Flora Kujur was born on 7th January 1939 at Gholeng, Chhattisgarh. She was the third child of late Lucas Kujur and Justina Kujur. They were ten children, five brothers and five sisters. She hails from a family where the Christian faith was deeply rooted and all grew up in a Christian atmosphere. Her parents were very religious. From her early years, Sr. Jerome was closely associated with religious sisters and they loved her. After her Higher secondary studies she went to Holy Cross Convent school at Gholeng for teaching. She liked the life style of Holy Cross Sisters, and there she began to decide about her future. Though it was difficult to leave her dear ones, on 18th May 1958 she went ahead with her future plan.
She made her first profession in the year 1963. Her first assignment was at Mahuadanr. She taught there for three years. In the year1966 she attended two years of Theology course at Mater Dei, Goa. Refreshed, in 1968 she was sent to Kalyan Parish School. From there in 1972 she was transferred to Ambikapur for two years of teaching.
From 1974 to 1981 she has served the Lalpur community as the superior and headmistress. After her hard work in Lalpur she was called to Training Centre, Hazaribag to assist the postulants for three years. Later she was appointed as Superior of Holy Cross Convent Merces from 1985 to 1989. In 1991 she was also the superior of the community at Nanbhat for 6years. From there she was transferred to Bhyandar community to take care of the house and Hostel for two years. In 1999 she was once again entrusted with the responsibility of local superior at Merces for a term of 6 years. From 2006 she was assigned in Kalyan School community to look after the Home administration. In the year 2011 she was transferred to Kothanur for an another important responsibility of house management, a mission that demanded great sacrifice and adjustability. She was very cordial and welcoming to all the sisters and visitors.
Sr. Jerome was a woman of deep faith in God. No matter how busy the days were for her, she was always found spending extra time in the chapel. She was very hardworking and till the end was on her feet joyfully rendering her services in the kitchen and house. “As long as I am healthy and can work, let me work” was her usual reply whenever she was asked to take rest. She was very sensitive to the needs of others and reached out to everyone with her care, love and hospitality. She was quick to forgive and get reconciled. All throughout her life she lived very frugal life and took utmost care of the common and personal things. Besides her daily chores she would find time for stitching clothes for house use. One would never find Sr. Jerome idle. She was early to rise and late to go to bed always striking balance between her work and prayer. Her life was full of gratitude. She would gratefully acknowledge even a small favour done to her.
Sr. Jerome was a calm and unassuming person. She did all her responsibilities quietly and responsibly. She loved her sisters and took care of them. She could endure sufferings without complaints and go ahead in her mission, facing all the challenges courageously and with great trust in God.
28th September 2013, she felt chest pain and breathing difficulty. Soon she was hospitalized in St. Martha`s Hospital, which has the unit of Narayana Hrudayalaya Heart Hospital, Bangalore. On the same day she had angioplasty and was shifted to CCU. There after her health improved. In spite of administering all the needed medications, she suffered a Cardiac Arrest and breathed her last at 4.00 p.m. on 29th September 2013.
We will miss you, dear Sr. Jerome and pray for your eternal peace and happiness!
Holy Cross Provincialate
Davis Road, Bangalore
South Province, India.