May

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May 31st

SISTER LIDWINA NELISSEN (Marie) who died in 1988 aged 76 years – professed 38 years

Sister Lidwina was born in Venlo, Holland on the 5th of March 1912 and entered the Congregation on the 19th of December 1947. Sister made her Final Vows in 1953.
While in Temporary Vows Sister was assigned to South Africa. She taught Afrikaans in Port Shepstone and in Newcastle, she was also involved in the School Library and taught Handwork. In her latter years she knitted and embroidered clothes for several Missions – especially for Lepers. As time went on Sister suffered poor health, she was deaf and her eyesight was failing rapidly. She was cared for by our Sisters in Boksburg and in Blaauwbosch and a short time before her death she was transferred to St Elmo’s but hospitalisation was essential. Sister died in Bill Buchanan Home where she suffered a stroke, she received the Last Rites of the Church and the following day lapsed into unconsciousness. The Durban North communities were with her frequently and were reciting the Rosary as she breathed her last. Sister Lidwina returned to her Creator on the 31 st of May 1988 and was buried in the cemetery in Umzumbe.

May 30th

SISTER BRIDGET RAFTERY who died in 1999 aged 81 years – professed 60 years
Sister Bridget (Praxades) was born in County Galway on the 24th of February 1918 and entered the Congregation on the 10th of September, 1937. She made her Final Profession on the 15th of August 1944.
Sister Bridget was clothed in the Habit in Villa Rosa Rome on the 5th of April 1938 and during the war years she remained in Rome and suffered the vicissitudes of World War 11. On her return to England she was assigned to St Dominic’s, Ponsbourne Park, where she was Bursar for some years before going to Digby Stuart Teacher Training College at West Hill. Sister taught at St Thomas’ Stanmore, and at the Annunciation School, Burnt Oak, where she reverted to her Baptismal name Bridget. Later Sr Bridget was assigned to Villa Rosa Rome as Prioress and on her return to England she was assigned to Storrington, Harpenden, and Rosary Priory. Sister died in Watford General Hospital on the 30th of May 1999 and was buried in the cemetery at Rosary Priory on the 4th of June.

SISTER MANNES BAUER (Therese) who died in 1961 aged 64 years – professed 38 years
Sister Mannes was born in Bring, Germany on the 25th of April 1897 and entered the Congregation on the 7th of August 1921. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of May 1927.
Sister Mannes made her Novitiate in St Dominic’s Academy, Newcastle, and spent the early years of her Religious life in the Transvaal at Benoni and at Boksburg. For some years before her death she was assigned to Holy Rosary Convent Dundee. Sister worked well and faithfully at all the tasks given to her. In February 1961 she was transferred to St Rose’s Convent La Rochelle to receive medical attention as she had suffered much for some time without complaint. When weakness forced her to give in she edified all by her acceptance of God’s Will and by her cheerfulness in bearing her suffering. Fortified by the Rites of the Church she peacefully breathed her last on the 30th of May 1961. After Requiem Mass Sister was buried among her Sisters in the cemetery in Boksburg convent.

SISTER SEBASTIAN MORAN (Mary) who died in 1972 aged 64 years – professed 44 years
Sister Sebastian was born in Abbeyleix on the 23rd of February, 1907 and entered the Congregation on the 25th of October, 1926. She made her Final Vows or the 2nd of August 1932.
Sister Sebastian received her Secondary Education in St Joseph’s Convent. Launceston and in Rosary Priory where she entered the Novitiate in 1926 and made her First Vows in 1928. Shortly after her Profession she became ill and was threatened with Tuberculosis. After some months in a London hospital she returned home to convalesce. Sister was then transferred to South Africa where her health gradually improved although she was never robust. Sister Sebastian secured her Teacher’s Certificate and her B.A. Though constantly in failing health Sister was an indefatigable worker, whether in the classroom, the garden or as Bursar. As Prioress of St Catherine’s Convent, Germiston she was zealous in the interests of the poor especially in the poorer section of the location. Sister Sebastian bore her last illness with remarkable patience and acceptance. Fortified by the Sacrament of the Sick she peacefully gave up her soul on the 30th of May 1972. A solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Parish Church of St Patrick La Rochelle and the funeral then proceeded to Boksburg convent cemetery where she rests near her aunt Sr Reginald Brennan.

May27th

SISTER EPHREM CALLAGHAN (Agnes) who died in 1967 aged 70 years – professed 47 years
Sister Ephrem was born in County Roscommon on the 22nd of November 1897 and entered the Congregation on the 3rd of August 1918. Sister made her Final Vows on the 19th of July 1923.
Sister Ephrem spent the greater part of her Religious Life in St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston where she helped in the school; she was greatly loved by the children in whom she took a great interest. The last years of Sister’s life were spent in St Dominic’s Priory, Ponsbourne Park, where she endeared herself to all by her gentle and kindly disposition. Notwithstanding her failing health and poor eyesight and hearing, Sister never complained, even though it was a great sorrow to her not to be able to join in the recitation of the Divine Office. She had a great spirit of prayer and spent much time before the Blessed Sacrament; she loved Our Lady and loved to recite the Rosary. Sister prayed constantly during her last illness, and her death like her life, was peaceful and happy. Sister Ephrem died on the 27th of May 1967 and was laid to rest in the convent cemetery in Ponsbourne two days later.

MAY26th

SISTER DOLOROSA BUZZARD (Elizabeth)who died in 1925 aged 42 years – professed 14 years
Sister Dolorosa was born in County Fermanagh on the 21st of January 1883 and entered the Congregation on the 22nd of October 1909. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1914.
Sister Dolorosa died on the 26th of May 1925 in the forty-second year of her life and the fourteenth year of her Religious Profession. Sister was buried in the convent cemetery Umzumbe.

SISTER SYBILLINA BURKE (Mary)who died in 1947 aged 86 years – professed 59 years
Sister Sybillina was born in County Mayo on the 12th of January 1889 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1919.
Sister Sybillina was the second member of her family to become a member of our Congregation. She worked for a few years at Kwa Ulonga, an Out Station of the Sacred Heart Mission, but the greater part of her Religious life was spent at St Catherine’s Convent Germiston. Sister was very prayerful and spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament; she loved the Mass and the Divine Office. Sister had been in poor health for some time and suffered a stroke early in 1971. She was then assigned to St Elmo’s Convent where she had every care and was brought to Choir until she could no longer move; she gladly received Holy Communion daily. Sister Sybillina was transferred to St Andrew’s Hospital, Harding in the hope of providing her with more comfort but she lived only a few days. Sister died peacefully on the 26th of May 1947 fortified by the Rites of the Church and was buried in St Elmo’s cemetery on the 28th of May after a concelebrated Mass.

MAY23rd

SISTER BASIL ROGERS (Mary Jane) who died in 1901 aged 32 years – professed 1 year
Sister Basil was born in County Mayo on the 26th of January 1878 and entered the Congregation in December 1907.
Sister Basil received the Habit on the 12th of April 1909 and was professed on 23rd of November 1909. Sister died on the 23rd of May 1910 and on the 24th of May she was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton.

SISTER VERONICA O’BRIEN (Ellen) who died in 1937 aged 55 years – professed 34 years
Sister Veronica was born in Dublin on the 3rd of March 1882 and entered the Congregation on the 9th of January 1902; she made her Vows on the 8th of December 1903.
Mother Veronica was a very holy Religious who was exact in the smallest point of the Rule. She lived a hidden life although she filled many important Offices in the Congregation. Mother Veronica had been Prioress, Vicar General and Novice Mistress; she had a great love for and interest in the Novices. Sister was obedient to the letter, kind and charitable to all and imbued with a great love of the Congregation. Mother Veronica was an invalid for some years and during that period of suffering her patience and resignation edified all. Although she was lovingly cared for by those who watched over her during her last days, she passed away quietly in her sleep during Mass. Mother Veronica died on the 23rd of May 1937 and on the 24th of May she was buried in the cemetery at Rosary Priory.

MAY22nd

SISTER GONZALES WALSH (Margaret) who died in 1970 aged 84 years – professed 64 years
Sister Gonzales was born in Ballymote, County Sligo on the 17th of August 1886 and entered the Congregation on the llth of October 1904. Sister made her Final Vows
on the 15th of July 1909.
Sister Gonzale’s early years in Religious Life were spent in South Africa where she held the Office of Prioress in different Convents. She also taught in the schools there for many years and was a very successful and devoted teacher. Sister was transferred to Rosary Priory in 1937 and from there to Launceston where she was Sub Prioress. In 1938 she was assigned to St Dominic’s, Ponsbourne Park and worked in the school for over a year. Owing to a breakdown in health she was again assigned to Rosary Priory and then spent some tune in a Nursing Home; when she had regained her health she returned to St Dominic’s in1941 and was Sacristan there. In 1954 Sister was  in St George’s Retreat-Burgess Hill, Sussex when she peacefully passed away on the morning of Trinity Sunday the 22nd of May 1970.
Sister Gonzales was of a very gentle and kindly disposition and was loved by her Sisters and the children whom she taught. She was always most obliging and helpful and even in the days of her illness she would offer her help to anyone she considered overburdened with work. Throughout her long illness she manifested a deep affection  for her Superiors and Sisters, her joy on seeing them when they visited was evident Several times the Augustinian Sisters from St George’s wrote that Sr Gonzales was very prayerful and always remembered her Dominican Sisters and her Congregation in her prayers. Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of Our Lady of Consolation. West Grinstead, and sung by our Sisters who had travelled from all our Convents to be present at the burial. Sister was laid to rest with the West Grinstead Sisters in the cemetery attached to the Catholic Church on the 26th of May 1970.

MAY21st

SISTER SOPHIE McNICHOLAS (Margaret) who died in 1995 aged 87 years – professed 66 years
Sister Sophie was born in Carrantian, Kiltimagh, County Mayo on the 25th of May 1907 and entered with the West Grinstead Sisters on the 12th of August 1927. Sister made her Final Vows on the 2nd of August 1932.
Sister Sophie entered the West Grinstead Congregation in her early twenties. She had very happy memories of her first introduction to the Religious Life and she often recounted some pleasant experiences of that time. She was, however, very happy when, with the entire West Grinstead Congregation she joined our Sisters at the Amalgamation in 1927. Sister fulfilled many duties in our Convents in England before being transferred to South Africa in 1953; she was equally conscientious in the work assigned to her in the various convents in South Africa. Sister Sophie’s retirement years in Marian House were peaceful and prayerful. She accepted her
final illness with great composure and resignation to God’s will. Sister died on the 21st of May 1995. After Requiem Mass at Marian House Sister Sophie was laid to rest in St Dominic’s cemetery Boksburg on the 24th of May 1995.

MAY 17th

SISTER GERTRUDE GERAGHTY(Alice) who died in 1956 aged 60 years – professed 38 years
Sister Gertrude was born in Dublin on the 25th of July 1896 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916. Sister made her Final Vows on the 18th of June 1921.
Throughout her Religious Life Sr Gertrude worked zealously for the common good; she had a great spirit of prayer and a great love for the Congregation. A year before her death she suffered a stroke which left her invalided, and a week before she died she suffered a second stroke from which she never regained consciousness. The Sisters stayed at her bedside day and night and she passed away on the 17th of May 1956 at Holy Rosary Convent, Dundee. Sister was buried at Lennoxton on the 18th of May 1956.

SISTER ANGELICA BARON (Franziska) who died in 1965 aged 62 years – professed 42 years
Sister Angelica was born in Kempa, Oppein, Old Silesia Germany on the 6th of March 1901 and entered the Congregation on the 7th of August 1921. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of May 1926.
Sr Angelica suffered a slight stroke and was removed to Pietersburg Hospital where she received medical care and was anointed; two days later she suffered another stroke from which she did not recover. Sister died on the 17th of May 1965. Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated in the convent chapel by the Benedictine Prior assisted by two Benedictine Fathers. The Bishop and many Benedictines and Sacred Heart Brothers attended the Mass and funeral with the Sisters. Sr Angelica was laid to rest in the public cemetery Pietersburg on the 19th of May.

SISTER LEWIS KOSTIAL (Emma) who died in 1952 aged 62 years – professed 37 years
Sr Lewis was born in Obersaifer, Austria on the 14th of September 1889 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1919.
Mother Lewis lived most of her Religious Life on our Native Missions where she spent herself in devoted service to her Community and to the thousands of African people who passed through her hands. Mother Lewis was Superior in several convents and for one year was Vicaress of the South African houses; her special concern was the sick on whom she lavished generous care. While she was most capable and wholehearted in the many Offices given to her by Obedience she was completely unassuming and selfless and entirely devoted to the Congregation. Mother Lewis died as she lived — in harness — taking suddenly ill after Horas. Mother Lewis died on the 17th of May 1952 and was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton on the 19th May.

MAY 16th

SISTER EVANGELIST POWER (Elizabeth) who died in 1950 aged 75 years – professed 50 years
Sister Evangelist was born in Dublin on the llth of November 1875 and entered the West Grinstead Congregation on the 17th of June 1898. Sister made her Final Vows on the 24th of June 1905.
Sister Evangelist moved to Ponsbourne Park with the West Grinstead Sisters at the time of their amalgamation with us, she worked there wholeheartedly until her death, which was within a few weeks of celebrating her Golden Jubilee. Sister was an excellent Bursar and Infirmarian; she was very kind and sympathetic to the sick and suffering. Sister Evangelist had been in rather poor health for some tune but nevertheless her end came suddenly as the Sisters were singing the Salve at her bedside. Sister Evangelist died on the 16th of May 1950 and was buried in the cemetery in Ponsbourne.
SISTER de PAUL DUGGAN who died in 1973 aged 89 years – professed 55 years
Sister de Paul was born in County Kilkenny on the 6th of September 1884 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916. Sister made her Final Vows on the 18th of June 1921.
Sister de Paul spent the greater part of her Religious life in St Dominic’s Convent Boksburg where she devotedly cared for the Junior Boarders who were deeply attached to her. Sister was outstanding in her love for her community and was always kindly interested hi the apostolic activities of the Sisters, she had a sense of humour and a quick wit which remained with her to the end. As the result of a fractured femur, during the last year of her life, Sister was for the most part confined to her room until she died on the 16th of May 1973 as the Sisters were reciting the Prayers for the Dying. Sr de Paul was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Boksburg on the 18th of May 1973.

SISTER CESLAUS MURPHY(Kathleen)who died in 1925 aged 38 years – professed 17 years
Sister Ceslaus was born in Killarney, County Kerry on the 5th of November 1886 and entered the Congregation on the llth of October 1904. Sister made her First Vows on the 6th of January 1908 and her Final Vows on the 6th of January 1911.

MAY 14th

SISTER BENVENUTA KAVANAGH, (Nellie) who died in 1996 aged 78 years – professed 59 years
Sister Benvenuta was born in Abbeydorney, Tralee, County Kerry and entered the Congregation on the 29th of December 1935. Sister made her Final Vows in 1942.
Sister Benvenuta went to St Albert’s Sundays Well Cork for a preparatory period of some months before entering the Novitiate in Rosary Priory and later she did her Spiritual Year in Villa Rosa Rome. Sister went to South Africa in 1938/39 and there she taught Junior children in various Convents, she was a very successful Music teacher. In 1986 Sister came to England at her own request, she had become very frightened at the violent situation in South Africa and her health was not good. Sister was assigned to Holy Rosary Convent, Eastbourne, and found it a difficult transition adjusting to life in England where so much was unknown to her. She did adjust and created her own apostolate of visiting elderly housebound people. In 1993 Sister was assigned to Rosary Priory and despite her pain and discomfort she remained gentle, undemanding and gracious. She endeared herself to the community with her quiet humour and witty repartee. Sister Benvenuta died on the 14th of May 1996 and was buried in the cemetery in Rosary Priory.

SISTER FRANCIS O’TOOLE (Mary) who died in 2000 aged 83 years – professed 67 years
Sister Francis was born in Hospital, County Limerick on the 16th of July 1916 and entered the Congregation on the 9th of February 1932. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of August 1938.
Sister Francis came from a very musical family and this gift she used in her teaching career. Much of her teaching was with Primary therefore she taught general subjects as well as Music. Sister was Chantress and Organist and she played the organ in many of the neighbouring churches. Her spiritual life was centred round the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary; she had a great devotion to Our Lady of Banneaux and went there many tunes on pilgrimage. When Sister’s health became poorly she was assigned to Rosary Priory, she had many spells in hospital, she was lovingly cared for in Rosary Priory Convent but eventually she was cared for in St Mary’s Dominican Nursing Home in Stone, Staffs, where she died on the 14th of May 2000. Sister was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery after Requiem Mass on the 18th of May.

SISTER AIMO DOOLEY (Ellen) who died in 1974 aged 79 years – professed 56 years

Sister Aimo was born in Lismore, County Waterford on the 25th of November 1895 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916 and she made her Final Vows on the 18th of June 1921.Sister Aimo died in Harding Hospital on the 14th of May 1974 and was buried in the cemetery at St Elmo’s on the 16th of May 1974

MAY 13th

SISTER Antonia Kelly (Johanna) who died in 2011 aged 84 years – professed 65 years
Sister was born in Linascry County limerick on the 25th of September 1927 and entered the Congregation on the 4th December 1944. Sister made her Profession of Vows on the 27th of July 1945.Sister sailed out to South Africa where she arrived on Christmas Day 1950 and was assigned to St Elmo’s School in Umzumbe, Natal where she taught for some years.. She also taught in our schools in Port Shepstone, La Rochelle, Benoni, Germiston, and Durban North. Before she retired to Marian House she worked with Fr Duffy OMI (R.I.P.) at Redhill Parish.
Sister Antonia was an extremely gentle person with tremendous love and compassion for everyone. The Sisters she lived with have very happy memories of her generosity, sense of humour, exemplary affirmations and wonderful respect for everyone. She loved animals and when she retired to Marian House she began feeding the wild cats in St Dominic’s School grounds and they were soon tamed and faithfully followed her when she went for a walk!
In 2006 Sr Antonia began showing signs of Alzheimer’s, yet she remembered hymns and songs and sang beautifully to everyone’s delight. The nursing staff at Marian House loved Sister Antonia and appreciated her kind words to them at all times even to the last few days before she died.
Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fathers Martin Roden OP and Raphael Ntlou OP at Marian House on 17th May 2011. Sister was laid to rest in the Convent cemetery. May She Rest in Peace.

MAY 12th

SISTER REGINALD BRENNAN (Henrietta) who died in 1966 aged 78 years – professed 48 years
Sister Reginald was born in Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, County Offaly on the 28th of February 1889 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916. Sister made her Final Vows on the 18th of June 1921.
Sister Reginald spent the greater part of her Religious life in St Pius Convent, Pietersburg and in St Dominic’s Convent, Port Shepstone where she conscientiously and lovingly discharged the duty of Mistress of Boarders. Her marked devotion to duty, coupled with a deep interest and great love of her young charges, endeared her to all. During the last year of her life Sister suffered intensely from a serious illness which medical science failed to alleviate but nevertheless she was present at all Choir duties and community exercises up to a few days before her death. The end came quickly and fortified by the Rites of the Church she passed peacefully to Our Lord whom she had so faithfully served. Sister died on the 12th of May 1966 in Germiston Hospital and was buried in Boksburg Convent Cemetery on the 14th of May.

SISTER KEVIN LENNON (Maud) who died in 1972  aged 91 years – professed 62 years
Sister Kevin was born in Cork City on the 1st of October 1881 and entered the Congregation on the 21st of November 1908. Sister made her Final Vows on the 16th of July 1913.
Sister Kevin had a great spirit of prayer and a fervent devotion to Our Lady; her Psalm Book and her Rosary were her constant companions. Most of Sr Kevin’s Religious Life was spent in Boksburg where she taught, not only in the Convent School, but also in St Albert’s African Mission. Many of her former African pupils attended her funeral.
Sister Kevin attended Mass until the day before her happy death. On Ascension Thursday she suffered a slight stroke and received the Sacrament of the Sick. Towards evening she revived and very pleasantly greeted all the Sisters around her letting them know that her one wish was to go to heaven. On Friday morning she got a second stroke and passed peacefully to her reward on the 12th of May 1972. On Monday the 15th of May the Sisters sang the Requiem Mass according to the new Rubrics after which Sister was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Boksburg.

MAY 11th

SISTER AGNES HARNEY (Nellie) who died in 1909 aged 21 years – professed 1 year

Sister Agnes was born in Kilmacow on the 26th of September 1888 and entered Congregation on the 16th September 1906 and made her Vows on the 21st April 1908. Sister died on the 11th May 1909.Sister was buried in the cemetery in Lenoxton.

SISTER TERESA DIFFLEY (Catherine) who died in 1928 aged 26 years – professed 3 years
Sister Teresa was born in Cloonfad, County Roscommon on the 17th of October 1902 and entered the Congregation on the 15th January 1924 and made her Vows on the 8th of December 1925. Sister Teresa died on the 11th May 1928 and was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery on the 12th of May 1928.

SISTER ANDREW POT (Juliana) who died in 1971 aged 79 years – professed 55 years
Sister Andrew was born in Friesland Holland on the 20th of March 1893 and entered the Congregation on the 3rd of August 1915. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1920.
Sister Andrew was a person who throughout her life gave of her best; she was devoted to caring for the sick and infirm and her favourite employment was gardening. Shortly before her death Sister expressed a wish to visit her niece, Sister Mary Edith, at Bonekamp Convent, Marianhill, but on her return she became seriously ill and passed away three days later at the age of seventy-eight years. Sister died on the 11th May 1971 and after a concelebrated Mass at the Academy Sister was buried in the convent cemetery in Lennoxton on the 13th of May 1971.

MAY 9th

SISTER BERNADETTE CASPER (Wanda) who died in 1976 aged 89 years – professed 48 years
Sister Bernadette was born in Kimberley, South Africa on the 3rd of February 1896 and entered the Congregation in Rosary Priory on the 6th of March 1928. Sister made her Final Vows on the 12th of December 1932.
Sister Bernadette, while in England, was engaged in the Offices of Infirmarian and of Boarders’ Mother in Rosary Priory and in Ponsbourne Park; she had also been Prioress in Ponsbourne. In 1947 Sister returned to South Africa and was assigned to St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle where she was in charge of the large Boarding School. Sister Bernadette worked there indefatigably for the remaining twenty-nine years of her life; she devoted much time, energy and ingenuity to the beautifying of the Academy grounds. Sister endeared herself to the pupils and to the local people, she was an active member of the “South African Women’s Institute”. In her late seventies Sister Bernadette was transferred from the Boarders to the Office of House Bursar. When Sister contracted pneumonia she was hospitalised in Pietermaritzburg and later wished to return to her Convent. The four hour journey by car was made to the Academy and four days later, on the 9th of May 1976, without warning or struggle Sister went to the Lord she had loved and served so well. A big number of mourners, family, friends and townsfolk came to the Requiem Mass and burial to pay their last respects to the “Big Sister with the Big Heart”. Sister was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton on the 11th of May 1976.

SISTER GENEVIEVE MAKER (Anna) who died in 1908 aged 18 years – professed 3 months
Sister Genevieve was born in Fournmile Water on the 7th of February 1890 and entered the Congregation on the 14th of September 1906. Sister made her Vows on her 12th of March 1908 and died on the 9th of May 1908. Sister was buried in the Lennoxton cemetery on the 11th of May 1908

MAY 7th
SISTER de RICCI O’BRIEN (Teresa)
who died in 1956 aged 69 years – professed 48 years
Sister de Ricci was born in Bagnalstown on the 24th of September 1887 and entered the Congregation on the 16th of September 1906. Sister made her Final Vows on the 21st of April 1911.
Sister de Ricci worked unsparingly for the Congregation in South Africa and is England. She was a good Religious and much loved by all those who knew her. She held the Office of Prioress at different periods and endeared herself to the Sisters. For many years before her death her health gave cause for serious anxiety. Sister bore her great pains with heroic fortitude and her unalterable patience during many months of inactivity and acute suffering edified all who came into contact with her. Her death was peaceful and happy. Sister died in Burnt Oak on the 7th of May 1956 and was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery on the 15th of May 1956.

MAY 4th

SISTER JOSEPHNOLAN (Catherine) who died in 1940 aged 76 years – professed 41 years

Sr Joseph was born hi Knockerra East, County Clare on the llth of October i«* and entered the West Grinstead Congregation on the 23rd of March 1897. made her Final Vows in April 1904.

Sister Joseph had at one point been Superior in the West Grinstead Congregates After the amalgamation Sister entered generously into the spirit of our Congregaa* and never tired of expressing her gratitude for all that had been done for the ‘Wcs Grinstead Sisters by Mother Rose. In Ponsbourne Sister was hi charge of the Hafac Room and all testify to her willingness to assist those who needed her help, she ine a remarkable spirit of prayer and recollection and was of a kind and genre disposition. For some years her health had given her trouble and on the evening at the 4th of May she got a sudden heart attack and received the Last Rites of tie Church and while the Salve was being sung she passed peacefully away. Sister was buried in the Convent Cemetery at Ponsbourne on the 7th of May 1940.

MAY 3rd

SISTER BAPTIST LOFTUS (Mary Kathleen)who died in 1960 aged 70 years – professed 44 years

Sisterr Baptist was born in Bonniconlon, County Mayo on the 8th of August 1895 an entered the Congregation on the 7th of August 1920. Sister made her Final Vows o the 8th of August 1925.

Sisterr Baptist had a great love for the Dominican way of life; she was especially devoted to the Divine Office. Long before the present trend towards the use of the vernacular she helped young members of the Congregation to a better understanding of the hymns and psalms. Private spiritual reading was an essential part of her daily life. She was a gifted teacher particularly of Mathematics and Latin. For years Baptist suffered ill health, which lessened her teaching commitments, she had hoped to resume her work one day but that was not to be. On the 20th of April she was taken into Colindale Hospital and died there ten days later fortified by the rites the Holy Church.. Sister Baptist died on the 3rd of May 1966 and was buried in Rosary Priory Cemetery on the 5th of May 1960

SISTERR JULIANA KLANE (Teresa)who died in 1970 aged 88 years – professed 57 years

Sister Juliana was born in Dinklage, Germany in November 1882 and entered the Congregation on the 6th of November 1911. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1916.

Sister Juliana’s whole life was spent in the service of others. Even at the end of her days she was still keenly interested in the works of the Congregation and of the Church and spent much time in prayer for their needs. She had a special interest in the African people with whom she had worked for many years. Although in indifferent health for the last year of her life she made every effort to be present at Mass and Community Exercises. On the 29th of April Sister had a stroke and received the Last Sacraments, she was admitted to hospital where she died peacefully on the 3rd of May 1970 while the Sisters were reciting the prayers commending her soul to God. The Requiem Mass was sung by the pupils of Our Lady of Fatima Convent School, thus fulfilling a wish that Sister had often expressed. Sister Juliana was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery at Umzumbe on the 5th of May 1970.

SISTER VINCENT O’CALLAGHAN (Annie)who died in 1984 aged 89 years – professed 65 years

Sister Vincent was born in Waterford on the 25th of July 1895 and entered the Congregation on the 24th of October 1917. Sister made her Final Vows on the 20th of July 1922.

Sister Vincent entered the newly opened Novitiate in Launceston and there spent a number of years teaching in the school and helping in the convent. Later she was transferred to Ponsbourne where she looked after the Boy Boarders with loving care and brightened up their rooms with her artistic paintings. Sister lived in St Albert’s Convent in Cork for a number of years and then in Holy Rosary Convent, Eastbourne. Sister Vincent had a pleasant character, she was religious and hardworking. There were times when she aroused the mirth of the Sisters by her frugality, but on the whole, she was gentle, good natured and cheerful, she was a good religious pleasing to the Lord who chose her. Sister died in Holy Rosary Convent Eastbourne on the 3rd of May 1984 in her eighty-ninth year and was laid rest in the cemetery in Storrington on the 7th of May 1984.

MAY 2nd

SISTER PHILIPPA BURKE (Mary)who died in 2013 aged 86 years – professed 54 years

Sister Philippa was born in Tuam, Galway, Ireland on the 24 August 1927. She entered the novitiate in Rosary Priory, Herts, England in April 1947 and made her first profession of Vows on 28 July 1949.                                                                 Sister was assigned to South Africa in 1950 arriving in Durban 25 December 1950 with eight other Sisters. Her first assignment in South Africa was to St Dominic’s on Sea, Port Shepstone where she taught the Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes for some years.  Besides her days work in school she was the Sacristan in the Parish Church and cared for the elderly and sick Sisters in the house.
Her next assignment was St Rose’s, La Rochelle. Again she taught a large class of   boys and prepared them for receiving their First Holy Communion.Sister was later assigned to Villa Assumpta, Junior School, Pietermaritzburg as Principal of the new school.
In 1972she was asked to take over as Principal in Our Lady of Fatima’s, Junior School Durban North. A call she filled with confidence and dedication. When her health began to fail Sister relinquished the role as Principal, but, continued teaching until she retired.
Sister was a woman of deep faith and always had a great time for Mass and the Rosary. She believed that what was given away freely came back in abundance. No one left her door empty handed.
On her retirement she filled her days taking care of the house. She was a welcoming hostess for visitors and Sisters.
Sister Philippa retired to Marian House and  when she no longer was ableto take care of herself, was cared for with great love and attention . She died peacefully on 2nd May 2013
Her Requiem Mass was celebrated by Father Lewis Tsaro O.P and attended by many friends, past pupils and Sisters from other congregations. Sister was laid to rest  in Marian House Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

SISTER ANNUNCIATA SCHMOOR (Katherine)who died in 1973 aged 90 years – professed 60 years

Sister Annunciata was born in Ochtrup, Germany on the 16th of September 1884 and entered the Congregation on the 6th of November 1911. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1916.

Sister Annunciata was one of the pioneer members of St Pius Convent, Pietersburg and when St Pius’ celebrated its Golden Jubilee Sister was the only pioneer alive to attend the function. Sister was also one of the community at St Dominic’s Convent. Newcastle when the Fire broke out on the night of May 5th 1935. Sister Annunciata was a very prayerful soul; she spent many years in the Holy Child Convent Benoni where she worked untiringly for the common good. She took a keen interest in gardening and spent much of her tune in beautifying the gardens at Benoni Convent.

On the 26th of March Sister was knocked down by a car and suffered severe injuries, she was admitted to Boksburg Hospital where she bore her pains with remarkable patience. Sister Pius died on the 2nd of May 1973 and was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Boksburg on the 4th of May 1973.

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