In remembrance: Well-wishers and church members signing the condolence book at Sister Julianna's wake at the Catholic Centre.
SEREMBAN: Sister Julianna Lim had dedicated her life to work with the “poorest of the poor” in one of the more impoverished areas here.
She also touched the lives of many poor children she helped tutor at the Infant Jesus Learning Centre in Kg Pasir near here.
The 69-year-old nun from the Holy Infant Jesus order died on Tuesday from severe head injuries, six days after being assaulted by a man at the Compound of the Church of the Visitation here.
The church’s assistant parish priest Father Gregory Chan said Sister Julianna had led an exemplary life, helping change the lives of many for the better.
“She was so involved in helping the poor and would go the extra mile to tutor underprivileged children and the downtrodden.
“In fact, she lived in an area considered impoverished so that she could have easy access to these children,” he said at a wake held for her at the Catholic Centre here.
Sister Julianna, who entered the Infant Jesus Sisters’ Novitiate in 1964, died six days after being attacked.
She and Sister Marie Rose alias Theresa Teng, 79, were walking to the front entrance of the church at 6am when they were attacked by a man wearing a full-faced helmet.
Father Chan said Sister Julianna and the other sisters were extremely dedicated to their cause and always arrived early for the morning mass.
“Although she had a no-nonsense look, she had a heart of gold,” he said.
She had during her lifetime taught at the Infant Jesus Convents in Alor Setar and Batu Pahat, St Theresa’s Private School (Muar) and the Notre Dame Convent in Malacca where she retired in 2000. After that, she continued working with underprivileged children in various places until 2012.
Infant Jesus Sisters’ provincial Sister Celina Wong said the order would continue with the late nun’s work.
“Although she will be terribly missed, we will continue with her work and continue with our legacy to help underprivileged children and poor families,” she said at the wake.
Sister Julianna’s relatives and church members were present to pay their last respects, along with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Sister Julianna will be buried at the Christian cemetery after mass at 1pm tomorrow.