Sister Jamuna Magdeline Gomes, CSC
Celebrating Her Silver Jubilee
Sister Jamuna Magdeline Gomes, CSC, was born in Ikrashi, under Holy Rosary Parish, Hashnabad, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She comes from a family of one son and four daughters. Her mother, Clara Gomes, was a model for Sister Jamuna Magdeline’s life. Her mother died in 2015, but Sister Jamuna Magdeline remembers her as being loving, caring and always helpful toward her family and others. She always encouraged her children to help others. Her simple and hardworking life inspired Sister Jamuna to enter religious life. Sister Jamuna Magdeline also remembers her mother as a very energetic and prayerful person, and she misses her very much.
Sister Jamuna Magdeline’s brother, Father George A. Gomes, is the eldest of the siblings. Next in order are her sisters Florence Roma Halder, AnnaShompa Gomes and Rosemary Anita Gomes. Sister Jamuna Magdeline was born between AnnaShompa and Rosemary Anita. Her three sisters are married and have children and grandchildren. Sister Jamuna Magdeline visits them whenever she gets a chance, which brings her a lot of joy. She is very close to her younger sister, Anita, who is the first she reaches out to if she needs help. All of the Holy Cross sisters in Bangladesh know Anita, of whom Sister Jamuna Magdeline says, “She is always ready to do anything for me.”
About Her Ministry
Before entering the Congregation, Sister Jamuna Magdeline was a student. She made her initial profession of vows on December 6, 1996, and her perpetual profession on October 3, 2003.Most of Sister Jamuna Magdeline’s ministry has been spent in education, either as a teacher or student. After her first profession, she served two years as a teacher at Nirmola Education Centre, in parish ministry, and as an animator (group leader) of the Holy Childhood program in Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Bangladesh. She also visited families in the village and punjees (hilly places) and was involved with the village prayer group. Then followed three years as a student at Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore, India. After continuing her education with a spirituality course at Adhayatma Vidya Pitham at Carmelaram in Bangalore, she went to St. Joseph Convent in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, and worked there until 2014.
In June of that year, she traveled to Bhadun, Gazipur, Bangladesh, as founding headmistress at Moreau Holy Cross School. In June 2020, she spent a few months in Savar, Deepaneeta, Bangladesh—the location of her formation house—then came to her present ministry as the headmistress at Shaheed Father Evance kindergarten school in Bakshanagar, Dhaka. In addition, Sister Jamuna Magdeline is a spiritual advisor for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Legion of Mary. She also visits families, participates in village prayer, and helps with other church activities.
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Getting to know her
I have a bachelor’s degree from Jyoti Nibas College in Bangalore and a master’s in sociology from Madurai Kamraj University.
My favorite activities:
Reading, reciting poetry and gardening
My most memorable area:
Wherever I worked, I enjoyed my life and ministry. I tried to contribute my best service. So, all the ministries I love are sources of my learning and growth. My Sreemangal ministry was very vital. I was involved with village ministry, specially challenged children, visiting the sick, and taking the ill to doctors, as well as work with cooperatives, schools, sacristans, and as a vocation promoter. I thank God for the blessings I received through these ministries, and am enriched with knowledge in my life.
My favorite story:
There are many stories about Holy Cross sisters which I want to share. But at present time, I really appreciate our Zoom meetings and classes. While in Savar, Deepaneeta, I had the opportunity to share and participate in our online novice elect sharing and classes. This was really very rich and deep. I got the chance to know our young and wise and experienced sisters—that was a very good experience. We shared with each other a variety of topics, even though we were living in different countries, but we all came together for sharing.
My favorite songs:
Modern Bangla songs and Tagore songs