Farewell, Sister Sangeeta

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

May 21, 2024

In a touching farewell, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth gathered in front of the Motherhouse on Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam as she began her journey back to India. The Sisters formed a line, waving and offering their blessings as Sister Sangeeta prepared to leave for Louisville’s airport.

Sister Sangeeta’s departure marks the end of a meaningful sabbatical spent in the United States and Belize. Reflecting on her time here, she expressed a mix of emotions in her farewell note to her Sisters and Associates.

“As I think about this move, I am filled with mixed emotions that come with this time of leave-taking and the anticipated joy of moving to life and ministry in India,” she wrote. “A part of me wants to stay, and the other part longs for the new that is unfolding.”

Her sabbatical was filled with many graces and blessings. The Spiritual Direction Internship Program allowed her to engage in various refreshing and enriching experiences, grounding her in gratitude to God and the Community for the blessings she received during her almost 11-year stay in this part of the world.

Sister Sangeeta’s journey home began with a United Airlines flight from Louisville to Delhi on Tuesday, May 21. She will then travel by train from Delhi to Patna on May 26.

In her farewell note, she conveyed her deep gratitude to the Central and Province Leaders and all her fellow Sisters and Associates.

“Know that each of you will be remembered lovingly as I will miss you and our beloved Nazareth a lot,” she wrote.

Safe travels, Sister Sangeeta. Our prayers go with you.



  1. Charlotte Hazas, SCNA

    Our Dear Sangeeta,
    Thank you for your years in leadership, for exercising that leadership with such love, gentleness, kindness, and for seeing the good in all of us. God be with you.

  2. Annette Skees

    God’s blessings be with you, Sangeeta, as you return to India. Your gentle spirit will be greatly missed at Nazareth.

  3. Tess Browne

    Dear Sangeeta,
    Blessings, gratitude and much love from your Sisters and Associates in New England. 🌎🌍🌏We too send you forth in spirit as you head back to India, our Sisters and Associates there, and Sophia’s guidance as your new ministry unfolds. We love you🙏🏽💕


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