Still on a high note at age 83Sister Millicent Pinto with her albums.
- Francis Rodrigues, Mangalore
- March 8, 2011
To help soothe most peopleâ€™s fears surrounding death, an octogenarian nun has released an album of devotional music in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
The hymns are really spiritual and inspirational,â€ť said Father Joseph Martis, describing â€śNimanyo Char Vosthuâ€ť (The Last Four Things), from Ursuline Franciscan Sister Millicent Pinto.
â€śThey present the eschatological Christian doctrine on death, judgment, hell and heaven,â€ť the rector of St Josephâ€™s inter-diocesan seminary in Mangalore, said.
Sister Pinto, 83, who wrote the lyrics and the music, said she made the album because â€śour recollections and retreatsâ€ť rarely cover these â€śfour elementsâ€ť of the final journey.
The album, which is in the local Konkanni language, is Sister Pintoâ€™s second album. She released her first, â€śMuje Thoin Jiyeâ€ť (Live in Me) two years ago.
Her latest release includes 13 hymns interspersed with short reflections.
Sister Pinto said when she asked senior spiritual director, Father Norbert Fernandes, to edit the lyrics he asked her why she wanted to present such a depressing theme.
â€śBut he edited the lyrics anyway and also prepared a booklet on the hymns at his own expense,â€ť she said.
The elderly nun said sheâ€™s had no real formal training in music, but has had an interest in singing since childhood. Â A priest and music teachers in primary school helped her to sing alto and soprano, she recalled.
Sister Pinto said she started composing hymns in 2009 when she began to take care of elderly nuns. Her superior suggested she conduct holy hours and prayer services for funerals.
â€śThis was a turning point for me. I composed a couple of what I thought were relevant hymns,â€ť Sister Pinto said, adding that her family paid for the production of her albums.
â€śMusic is a talent given by God. It has to be used for the greater glory of God, whether you are young or old,â€ť she says.