"How can I thank you enough
How can I praise you enough
Most gracious loving Lord
How can I love you enough"
These are those beautiful phrases that spring forth from the bottom of Sr. Speciosa’s heart as she celebrates the Centenary of her life.
Sr. Speciosa Alvares, who hails from Goa was born on 24th February in the year 1919. Sr. Speciosa is the sixth among their eight children to her parents the Late Santhan Alvares and Late Carmalin D’Lima. She was brought up in an environment of prayer, faith, and love that enabled her to be aware of the movement of the Spirit within her, that inclined her toward a religious life. She joined the Ursuline Franciscan Congregation in the year 1938 on November 20th and made her first profession in the year 1940 on May 20th and to committed herself totally to the Lord. She made her final profession on May 20, 1943.
Sr. Speciosa is a person so beautiful and rare, people-oriented, strong in mind and dedicated, generous and having a spirit of sharing whatever she receives from others. She used her time, talents, and energy in making best out of waste. She is a lover of children, and she is a pioneer in opening new communities. Even in her advanced years of life, her memory never failed. She often shares her experiences of the past and inspires the youngsters while recounting the various events of her life. She always remained content in any situation of life and remained grateful to God.
The Ursuline Franciscan sisters had a thanksgiving Eucharist offered by Fr. Maxim Misquith on the occasion of Sr. Speciosa’s 100th birthday. Though her birthday was on February 24th, it was celebrated on 12th March. Rev. Sr.Susheela Sequeira, Superior General and her council, Provincial Superior Sr. Rita Vas and her council, former Superior General Sr. Doreen D’Souza and her council were special invitees for the program.
Rev. Sr. Susheela Sequeira in her address, appreciated Sr. Speciosa for the service rendered by her to the Ursuline Congregation and to the society. She appreciated her good qualities like hard work, being respectful, prayerful, witty and jovial nature.
"We are privileged to celebrate the birth centenary of her life and we wish her happiness, good health and a serene atmosphere as she marches forward into the evening of her life" say the Ursuline Sisters.