Serving Christ, serving humanity

Jocelyn Edathil, who belongs to the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, pursues a twin vocation, as a nun of the Imitation of Christ congregation(Bethany Sisters) and as a physician at the Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.

The American-born nun who took her vows at the St. Vincent De Paul Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral in Elmont, New York, currently serves at St. Jude Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in Oak Lane.

Sr. Jocelyn finds great joy in the work she does and is deeply influenced by the humanitarian aspects of her medical profession.

Born to Rajamma and Philip Edathil, Sr. Jocelyn's has been a inspirational story, touching the lives of many a patient she encounters. Her younger brother, too has chosen a priestly vocation. He was ordained a Malankara priest in 2013.

The 36-year old hospitalist who spiritually comforts her patients says that she “always loved science. I think of it as the way the Lord communicates his message to us.”

“We are a small community so the diocese includes all of Canada and the U.S. I am assigned a parish in Elizabeth, New Jersey where I am involved in the children’s, youth and women’s ministries. I also give a lot of retreats and speaking engagements”, she says.

Whenever someone questions her on her twin vocation, she says that her spiritual role as a nun is her "apostolic work and serving it" is her "charism”.

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