First Goan Nun to Have Served Under 3 Popes

I received this email this morning. Thought of sharing it with everyone 🙂 Also, I was quite exited to note that I studied from this same school – Maria Bambina. When I was in my primary section, she was the principal of the school. I still remember the day when I went to kiss the Tabernacle and landed up dropping the entire tent on the floor. “If only this had to fall on you, you wouldn’t survive,” she said. Back then, she used to wear a saree. And this lady was a gem, and she still is. Our blessings be with you, Sr. Lucy.

image001Sr. Lucy Britto is the first Goan nun to have this prestigious post of serving at the Secretariat of the Vatican under three Popes — Blessed John Paul II (1978-2005) , Benedict XVI (2005-2013) And Francis (2013— present).

Sr. Lucy was born in Veroda (Ganton) Cuncolim, Goa and completed her schooling from Maria Bambina Convent High School, Cuncolim. She later joined the same convent Order (Sisters of Charity) and proceeded to Dharwad where she took her vows.

She then went on to Hyderabad for further studies and was later sent to France. She has M. Phil in her academics and several other courses. She was a lecturer in French at St. Francis College, Hyderabad. She can speak fluent French, Italian and hence she does translation jobs at the Vatican. Perhaps her vast knowledge has rewarded her to work for the SECRETARIAT OF THE STATE – THE VATICAN – a first for an Indian nun to have this prestigious post of serving the Vatican.

Sr. Lucy was born to Late Ernestina Britto and Late Pedro Menino Britto on July 6, 1947. She spent her childhood and schooling in Goa. Her brother, sister, nephews and nieces all live in Mumbai.

In Goa she was Mother Superior at the same convent where she studied 25 years ago and was very famous with the community. In Mumbai, she was Mother Superior in Yuvathi Sharan, at Dadar West.

Earlier, she worked in Hyderabad, Goa, Dharwad and Mumbai before proceeding to Italy.

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