An illustrious Christian educationist Sister Mary Emily Gonsalves has passed away on Sunday, January 8 at the age of 97. Sister Mary Emily served as principal of St Joseph’s College for Women, Karachi. As soon as the news spread, masses began pouring in tributes and homage for the departed soul. Sister Gonsalves was known for her tireless services in the field of education.
While expressing deep sorrow over her departure, Sister Roohi Ghouri said: “It is with deep sorrow that we announce that our leader left us last evening for her final abode. However, in true faith we believe that she has gone to the heavens above. She produced some remarkable students and mentored some of the best teachers in the city, all of whom are aggrieved and have been expressing their concerns over Sister Gonsalves’ death.”
She remembered the legendary educationist as “a good leader, who was a very learned and wise person. The day we mark as the Feast of Epiphany was the same day she died very peacefully in bed. No one can possibly fill the gap, the void left behind by Sister Gonsalves but one must remember and value the person when they are alive. Only great people make history and she was certainly one of them,” she extolled.
Sister Mary Emily Gonsalves was Roman Catholic nun. On March 23, 2009 Government of Pakistan honored Sister Mary Emily Gonsalves was awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz; acknowledging her valuable services to education in Pakistan.
Sister Fernandes paying tribute to the deceased said: “She came from a very caring, educated and refined family. Besides her, two of her sisters decided to become nuns. It was always Sister Gonsalves who taught young girls to stand up for their rights.”
Menin Rodrigues, a friend said: “A sincere and kind soul, dedicated to her profession, strong in her faith, deeply concerned for the poor, knowing her purpose in life and being an honorable citizen of Pakistan.”