Sr Kripa and Sr Annie
Two Indian nuns Sr Annie Elvina, 67, and Sr Kripa Paul, 36, died on the spot when a public transport bus overturned on Sunday night, 17 JUne, in Ghana West Africa.
The deceased belonged to the Holy Family Congregation, with headquarters at Mannuthi, Thrissur district in Kerala.
Three other locals also died in the crash and two other CHF sisters are seriously injured. The condition of Sr Dhanya is critical and is on ventilator while Sr Vincy Maria fractured her ribs and shoulder bone. Both are being treated at St Joseph’s Hospital, Ghana.
The nuns were travelling from their workplaces to their residence when the tragedy took place.
Sr Elvina, who is the regional superior of the congregation in Ghana, was a retired professor from St Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda. She just completed her term as Regional Superior and was in the process of handing over charge to Sr Dhanya and preparing to return to India while Sr Kripa a nurse was also on transfer.
The CHF have been working in Ghana for 17 years. They have four convents in four dioceses and work in the fields of education and medical care. In all there are 21 CHF sisters working for the people in Ghana.
Sr Prasanna Thattil, Superior General of the Holy Family Congregation and Sr Udaya, General Council member, are on their way to Ghana now from India. Sr Prasanna, stopped at CRI House to make all arrangements for providing treatment to the injured nuns. She said she understands the condition of Sr Dhanya is critical.
“We are also trying to bring bodies of the two nuns who died. We will be flying to Ghana at the next available flight after getting the visa,” she said.
Sr Bhavya CHF Provincial of North province and also the cousin of Sr Kripa, said: “it was shocking news for all of us. However we believe and accept the mysterious hand of God in all these events.”
Source: CRI, Sr Prasanna – Superior