Foundations of CHAI’s Palliative Care Centre Laid on Founder’s 58th Death Anniversary
CHAI commemorated the 58th death anniversary of Sr Dr Mary Glowrey, its founder, on 5th May 2015. On the occasion, the foundation-stone of “Pratyasha”, the Holistic Palliative Care Centre, was laid by His Grace Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu, Archbishop of Visakhapatanam and Ecclesiastical Advisor to CHAI.
In his message, he mentioned that the dream of Rev.Dr.Tomi Thomas, the Director-General of CHAI, to set up a centre to take care of the terminally ill, especially those suffering from cancer, and give them a dignified and peaceful death, has been realized.
Sr Mary Glowrey, the founder of CHAI herself suffered and succumbed to cancer. And it is Lord’s wish that a Centre comes up to immortalize her name. “Pratyasha” will serve as a home of care, love, compassion and help the sick to die with dignity and peace.
Rev Dr Mathew Abraham CssR., Health Secretary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI); Dr Gayathri, In-charge, Palliative Care Unit of MNJ Cancer Hospital, Hyderabad; Dr Evelyn; CHAI Board Members, Dr Ilka Varma, a friend of CHAI; members from JMJ Convent, Sanathnagar, Hydeabad; members from Snehakiran, Care and Support Centre; Rev Dr Tomi Thomas, IMS, Director-General, Rev Fr Arputham Arulsamy, Assistant to the Director-General and Staff members of CHAI participated in the solemn ceremony which concluded with the recitation of the Novena Prayer to Sr Dr Mary Glowrey, Servant of God.