Taking canon law to nuns worldwide: Q & A with Sr. Licia Puthuparambil
Sr. Licia Puthuparambil is part of the five-member Canon Law Council of the Rome-based International Union of Superiors General.
Puthuparambil, a member of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, had cancer in 2016. Currently, the 57-year-old nun works from her community’s provincial house in Bengaluru, southern India. She conducts retreats and speaks at meetings of her congregation as well as others in India when she is not traveling overseas to attend Canon Law Council meetings.
Puthuparambil, who has a master’s degree in canon law from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute in Bengaluru, has been a member of the Canon Law Society of India since 2000. She has also served her congregation as a provincial secretary, provincial councillor, formator, teacher and local superior.
“Many consider Code of Canon Law is only canonists’ “business”. But our workshops have convinced generals and provincials that the church laws affect their daily lives. The workshops helped bring solidarity among the participants. Our programs have convinced them that most problems they faced were common. Many were happy to listen to women canonists for the first time. They appreciated the facilitators for answering their questions with clarity and conviction. Hence, there is a strong request from the participants to hold more such programs for others.”