SISTER BERNARD GROSS (Paula) who died in 1967 aged 78 years – professed 57 years
Sister Bernard was born in Germany on the 16th October 1889. On April 19th 1909 she entered the Novitiate in Holland and that same year she was assigned to South Africa where she made Final Profession on the 21st August 1913.
Sister Bernard spent a number of years in charge of the Junior Boarders at Newcastle and Port Shepstone. However, most of her religious life was spent at Dundee. There, as guest Mistress and later as Laundress, she worked untiringly at all times, especially for the local Missions, making and embroidering altar requisites for the Convent Chapel and Mission churches. Sister Bernard had her full share of illness and suffering. Partial loss of sight during the last year of her life was a great cross, borne with great patience. Sister Bernard died on the 1st September 1967 and was interred in the Cemetery at Lennoxton on the 3rd September 1967. May she rest in peace.
SISTER MATILDA EINHAUSER (Eliga) who died in 1962 aged 74years – professed 54years
Sister Matilda was born in Lindkirchen, Germany on the 7th February 1888. She entered the Congregation in South Africa on the 6th November 1906 and made Final Profession on April 21st 1911.
Sister Matilda spent many years in South Africa as Sacristan at Port Shepstone and was also in charge of the garden. When she was assigned to England she spent many years at Rosary Priory and St Dominic’s Priory, Ponsbourne Park where she remained until her death on the 5th September 1962. Her remains are interred in the Convent Cemetery.May she rest in peace.
SISTER JOSEPHINE RYAN (Bride) who died in 1963 aged 87 years – professed 52 years
Sister Josephine was born in Co Tipperary on the 13th November 1876. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on October the 22nd 1909 and made Profession on July17th 1914.
For many years Sister Josephine was in charge of the Boarders of St Thomas’ Convent, Lennoxton. She had wonderful rapport with the children. A Memorial Plaque, donated by her past pupils in Lennoxton, testifies to their lasting affection and gratitude. During the war years she looked after the Boarders at St Dominic’s Convent, Ponsbourne Park, Hertfordshire and later returned once again to South Africa.For some months before her death she had been in failing health. Her condition was aggravated by a severe fall, which caused her acute suffering. Having been fortified by the last Rites of the Church, she passed to her reward on the 5th September 1963. Sr Josephine is buried at St Thomas’ Convent, Lennoxton.May she rest in peace.
SISTER KIERAN POWER (Margaret) who died in 1911 aged 17years – professed 1year
Sister Kieran was born in Co Kilkenny, Ireland on the llth January 1894. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on the 22nd October 1909 and was professed on the 17th July 1911. Sister Kieran died on the 1st September 1911 at the age of seventeen and the first year of her Religious Profession. She was interred in Lennoxton Cemetery after Requiem Mass on the 2nd September 1911.May she rest in peace.
SISTER ITA LIPPER (Emily) who died in 1976 aged 88years – professed 71years
Sister Ita was born in Limerick on the 13th June 1888. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on the llth June 1904 and made Profession on July 15th 1909. Mother Monica and Sr Lucy, her two sisters had already joined the Congregation.
Sister Ita taught for most of her life in our Natal schools and proved herself a brilliant teacher. Her main subjects were English, Latin and Mathematics. In 1937 she was appointed as Prioress of St Dominic’s, Port Shepstone. From there she attended the General Chapter in Rosary Priory, Bushey Heath and after the Chapter, remained in England for ten years. During that time Sister Ita was Principal of St Thomas’ Convent Stanmore.
In 1947 Sister Ita returned to South Africa and to the teaching staff at Port Shepstone. However, by 1968 as she was no longer able for full tune teaching, Sister was transferred to Our Lady of Fatima School, on a part time basis, with students who needed extra tuition in Latin and Mathematics.
During her long illness, Sister was edification to all at Umzumbe, where she was warmly welcomed, and nursed with the greatest dedication by Sister Rosemary and others. Sister Ita died peacefully on 6th September 1976. Her remains lie interred in the lovely little cemetery at St Elmo’s, Umzumbe.May she rest in peace.
SISTER IMELDA O’CONNELL(Julia) who died in 1982 aged 82years – professed 51years
Sister Imelda was born in Macroom, Co. Cork on the 27th November 1900. She entered the Novitiate at Rosary Priory on the 4th August 1929 the year after her sister, Sister Aquinas. She was Finally Professed on the 17th February 1934.
Sister Imelda spent most of her Religious Life in St Rose’s Convent, Burnt Oak and St Thomas’ Convent, Stanmore teaching and as Deputy Head until her retirement. Gifted with a beautiful singing voice, Sister loved the Liturgy and tried to take part in the Office as long as she was able. During the last few months of her life she was nursed lovingly by the Sisters and Dove her own sister, at Rosary Priory, where she died on the 7th September 1992, on the eve of the feast of the Birthday of Our Lady. Three Priests, past pupils of the school Concelebrated at the Requiem Mass. The Head Teacher, also a past pupil, accompanied by teachers and children were present at the funeral together with many Sisters and friends. On a beautiful evening in brilliant sunshine Sister Imelda was laid to rest near her sister, Sister Aquinas to await the resurrection.May she rest in peace.
SISTER BONAVENTURE BUCKLEY (Mary Antoinette) who died in 2003 aged 85years – professed 66years
Sr Bonaventure was born in Church Street, Cahair, County Tipperary on the 25thSeptember 1918 and baptised as Mary Antoinette Buckley on the 27th September.
In 1935 she went to St Albert’s Convent, Cork as an Aspirant where her education was continued under the tutelage of Mother Ursula. At the end of December 1935 she went with the other Aspirants to Rosary Priory where they were received into the Congregation on the 29th of December 1935.
Sr Bonaventure was clothed in the Habit on the 4th of August 1936 and the following year pronounced her First Vows, but because of the wartime conditions prevailing at that time her Group renewed their vows annually; they made their Final Vows on the 6th of January 1942. Sr Bonaventure was in the Novitiate when the Convent received a direct hit in November 1940, fortunately all escaped unhurt. And so life went on. It was in the ﬁeld of Elocution that Sister excelled, and whilst still a Novice she passed all the Student examinations with Honours and having completed the necessary examinations in the Theory and Practice of Elocution was granted a Teachers Diploma (A.T.C.L) by Trinity College of Music in 1939. Sister did her Teacher Training in St Mary’s Training College, Fenham Newcastle on Tyne 1941-1943.
It was at St Thomas Girls School Stanmore that Sister Bonaventure began her teaching career in July 1943, following on from there Sister was at various times on the teaching staff of St James Burnt Oak, St Thomas Stanmore, St Joseph’s Launceston and Rosary Priory. As a community member Sister Bonaventure was generous and helpful and solicitous for the well being of others. She was Prioress in St Thomas Stanmore when the Convent and School closed and she courteously and capably saw the community and premises through that rather taxing situation. Sister held the office of Sub-Prioress in Launceston and in Stanmore, and the office of Prioress in Bushey, Boxmoor and Stanmore.
When Sister retired from teaching in the Voluntary Aided Sector, she spent some months in Rome followed by six years in Boxmoor from 1989 to 1995. In Boxmoor Sister did some voluntary work with stroke groups. In 1995 Sister Bonaventure was assigned to Rosary Priory where her health began gradually to deteriorate, In order to give Sister the specialist medical care she needed Sister was transferred to St Mary’s Nursing Home, Stone, Staffordshire in April 2001 where she was lovingly cared for by the Dominican Sisters and Staff and frequently visited by her sister, Sister Jude, and others of our Sisters. Sister Bonaventure died in St Mary’s Home on the 8th September 2003 and after Requiem Mass in the convent chapel at Rosary Priory on the 16th of September her body was laid to rest in the cemetery in Rosary Priory. May she rest in peace.
SISTER MARY JOHN LOVELY who died in 1963 aged 63years – professed 46years
She died in the 5th year of her second term of Office as Superior General.
Mother Mary John was born in Dublin in 1901. She was received as a Postulant in the Novitiate at St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston in 1917. She pronounced her Vows on the 19th of July 1919. Shortly after her First Profession she was sent to South Africa and was assigned to St. Catherine’s Convent, Germiston and afterwards to St Dominic’s Convent, Boksburg where she spent 16 years teaching in the School and studying. Sister was appointed Prioress and Headmistress of St Pius’ Convent, Pietersburg.
In 1947 Mother John came to England for the General Chapter and was appointed Prioress and Headmistress of St Thomas’ Stanmore. When this School was Trannsferred to Rosary Priory in 1950 she was appointed to continue as Headmistress at Rosary Priory. At the General Chapter held in 1953 Mother John was called from the ranks to fill the responsible Office of Mother Superior General, to which Office she was re-elected in 1959.
Mother John was a woman of brilliant intellect and versatile ability coupled with deep humility. She was endowed with exceptional organising ability and many sided artistic talents — gifts which found scope in personal achievement and generous sharing in earlier Religious Life and which later were used to good account in her great work for the Congregation. She was a winning and painstaking teacher and she exercised a deep and lasting influence on the many generations of pupils who passed through her classes and who remember her with gratitude and love.
Mother John was a person of deep faith, of strong religious convictions, of constant prayer, devoted to duty, one who knew the pain of Christ in a very intimate way, for her life was one of intense physical suffering, heroically borne and from whence she drew her knowledge of souls and her power to guide them.
‘Our Mother’, as we called her was a religious of rare charm and ready wit. Deeply appreciated and sincerely loved by members of her own Congregation and by priests and Religious of other Orders. She was a true daughter of St Dominic and a worthy successor of our Mother Foundress. Mother John worked untiringly for the Congregation. The Sisters were her first concern, for them she was always the person to whom they could turn at all times. Her last effort for the Congregation was her Canonical Visitation of the Houses in South Africa. She undertook this Mission early in 1963 knowing full well that she was not long for this world. After her return to the Mother House her health deteriorated rapidly. She bore her intense sufferings with patient resignation, offering all for the Congregation she loved and served so well. Mother John literally died in harness for, up to a few days before her death she transacted business and directed correspondence.
She received the Last Rites of holy Church in full measure and her death, like her life, was calm, composed and dignified. She was much consoled by two Cables from the Vatican bringing her the Holy Father’s Blessing; she voiced her unworthiness at this mark of honour. One of her last acts was to beg the pardon and forgiveness of the Sisters. She passed to her Eternal Reward on Sunday morning, the 8th of September, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, shortly after the Holy Mass which had been offered for her. The priest came from the Altar to her bedside and her soul passed to her Creator while the priest was reading the Prayers for the Dying and the Salve was being sung. The Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated on the 12th of September by the Dominican Fathers of Haverstock Hill and three Dominican Brothers served at the Altar. Canon A Rivers represented the Westminster Archdiocese. Dignitaries, Ecclesiastical and Civil were also present. She was laid to rest beside Mother Foundress’s first resting place in the Convent cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER CRONIN BYRNE (May) who died in 1966 aged 80years – professed 56 years
Sister Cronin was born in Dublin on March 3rd 1886. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on November 21st 1909 and made Profession July 16th 1913.
Sister Cronin spent a total of twenty-six years in many of our Convents in South Africa, involved mostly in charge of the Boarders. In 1934 she was transferred to England and spent the last years of her life in St Thomas’ Convent, Stanmore where she took charge of the Refectory. In her Obituary we read that she was very thorough in her work and exact in the last detail. She showed thoughtful regard for the needs of all members of the Community.For the last year of her life she had been in poor health. She died on the 8th of September 1966 and is interred in the Cemetery at Rosary Priory. May she rest in peace.
SISTER DYMPNA O’REILLEY(Kate) who died in 1977 aged 92years – professed 71years
Sister Dympna was born in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland on the 7th February 1886. Sister came to the Novitiate in South Africa on11th October 1904 and made her Profession on July 15th 1909.
Sister’s first assignation was to Holy Rosary Convent, Dundee where she taught in the Junior school for many years. Generations of students enjoyed her attractive methods of teaching and because of a pleasant disposition she found favour with all whom she came into contact. When she retired from the classroom, Sister was assigned to Benoni where she busied herself until her health deteriorated. Sister Dympna died at St Elmo’s Umzumbe on the 8th September 1977, while the Priest and Sisters were praying around her bed. Burial took place in the Convent Cemetery on the 10th September, after the concelebration of Requiem Mass. May she rest in peace.
SISTER CONCEPTION KINSELLA (Margaret Teresa) who died in 1927 aged 33years – professed 14years
Sister Conception was born in Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland on the llth October 1894. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on the 6th April 1911 She received the dominican habit in December 1911 and made Profession on the 5th January 1912 Sister Conception died on the 9th September 1927 at St Dominic’s Convent, Port Shepstone. She was buried in the Convent Cemetery at St Elmo’s Umzumbe after the celebration of Requiem Mass. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ASSUNTA KIRWAN (Maureen Dolores ) who died in 1997 aged 62years – professed 45 years
Sister Assunta was born in Moutmellick, County Leix, on September 27th 1934 and At age seventeen she entered the Novitiate and made her First Vows on August 1st 1951 Sister made her Final Vows on September 27th 1955.
Sister had a keen interest in Art and specialised in it during her training. Sister Assunta began her teaching career at the newly opened St Michael’s Secondary School Garston, Herts where she went on to become Head of Religious Education and then Senior Mistress. It was during her time at St Michael’s, Garston that Sister Assunta began the close relationship with our Dominican Brothers that grew with the years.
While at St Michael’s Sister began her Extra Mural Studies at St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill where she received a Diploma in Biblical and Religious Studies and at this point too she was taking parties of students to Spode House, Rugely, Staffs for Retreat weeks. Such was her pastoral inclination, growing from those days, that she went on a permanent basis to Spode where for several years she was involved in running the Centre with Father Conrad Pepler O.P. Religious Studies was the great love of her life and she went on to work for a B.A. in Theology and subsequently a Master of Arts in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Durham. In line with our itinerant tradition she took many Groups ‘In the Steps of St Paul’, and to the Holy Land and to Russia.
At the General Chapter held in Rome in 1993 Sister Assunta was elected Prioress General. In the fourth year of her term of Office she became ill and was admitted to the Middlesex Hospital in London. Sister’s illness progressed very rapidly and after a few weeks hospitalisation in the Middlesex she was transferred to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney where she died on the 10th of September 1997. Sister’s Requiem Mass was concelebrated in St Dominic’s Priory Church, Haverstock Hill by the Community of Dominican Fathers with whom she had worked so closely. After the Mass her body was brought to Rosary Priory and interred in our cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ALOYSIUS BOYCE (Jane Charlotte) who died in 1902 aged 18years – professed 1year
Sister Aloysius was born in Belfast on the 17th December 1884. She set sail for South Africa on the 9th January 1902, with Sister Reginald Murphy and nine other candidates. On the 4th August, the ten joined the Novitiate, but having been a Postulant for a few months, Sister Aloysius found herself the victim of tuberculosis. She was clothed in the Habit on the 4th August 1902 and Professed on her deathbed on the 10th September 1902, aged eighteen years of age. After the celebration of Requiem Mass Sister was buried in the vault at Newcastle.May she rest in peace.
SISTER YOLANDA KILKELLY(Ellen) who died in 1919 aged 64years – professed 33years
Sister Yolanda was born in Cape Town, South Africa on the 17th March 1856. She entered the Novitiate in Newcastle in July 1885 and was professed on 25th March 1887.
Sister Yolanda died on the 10th September 1919. Sister was buried on the same day in Lennoxton Cemetery after Requiem Mass had been celebrated. May she rest in peace.
SISTER CASIMIR JUNG (Martha) who died in 1945 aged 52years – professed 30years
Sister Casimir was born in the parish of Laborge in Germany on the 22nd August 11894 She left Germany for the Novitiate in South Africa on the 10th December 1913 made Final Profession on July 17th 1918.
Sister Casimir was assigned to the Boarding department of a number of our schools, where she helped many young children to grow and develop in a happy environment. She was always ready to give a helping hand, which led towards the smooth running of the Community.Sister Casimir suffered from poor health for many years and spent long periods at the Hospital in Port Shepstone. She died on the 10th September 1945 after receiving the Last Sacraments. She was interred in the Cemetery at Umzumbe, following Requiem Mass at the Convent. May she rest in peace.
SISTER BERNARD O’TOOLE (Kathleen) who died in 1959 aged 53years – professed 32years
Sister Bernard was born at Barna, Co. Galway, Ireland on the 28th May 1907. She entered the Congregation on the 5th February 1926 at Rosary Priory, Bushey Heath and made Profession February 2nd 1931.
Sister was assigned to South Africa in 1928 and taught in our school in Natal until 1940. She was then transferred to St Rose’s Convent, La Rochelle as Principal of the Junior school, where consistent interest in and love for both students and staff made the school a happy place.
Sister’s final years were marked by ill health, which she patiently endured until
her death on the 11th September 1959. Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Convent Chapel at Boksburg, on Saturday 12th September. Sisters assembled from the neighbouring Convents. The Celebrant was Father D. McGrath O.P. who afterwards officiated at the graveside. Sister Bernard was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery, Boksburg. May she rest in peace.
SISTER LEONARD Mc SWEENEY (Annie) who died in 2006 aged 84years -professed 50years
Sister Leonard, was born in Blackrock, Cork City on the 6th of July 1922. Sister grew up in a close knit happy family of one sister and several brothers. On leaving school Annie started work as a Weaver’s apprentice and worked happily at her job. Apparently she had boundless energy and filled her days and nights with dancing, singing concert going and walking with her friends. At the age of twenty-nine that era was replaced by a different calling.
On the 7th of September 1951, Annie and two other girls, were accepted into the Novitiate at Rosary Priory and there followed the reception of the Habit in July of the following year when Annie was given the name Leonard as her patron. First Vows were made in August 1953 and three years later and on the 1st of August 1956 Sister Leonard made her Final Vows.
Sister Leonard’s happy disposition stayed with her all her life, even though she was older than most others when she entered yet she accepted novitiate constraints readily and with equanimity. Sister’s prayer life was always a part of daily living, her spirit of good humour reached out to others. She was helpful to all and her cheerfulness was a boon in community, she used to say that she had never had an unhappy day in her life. Sister Leonard’s principal work was as Cook, a job she did singlehanded very often. Sister had her own Herb Garden and this added to her cuisine which she loved to enrich for the benefit of all; she loved her work and was even tempered and competent and wasn’t fazed by numbers to be catered for in the Dining Room. Sister was assigned to Rosary Priory, Launceston and for a short time to Eastbourne and always these changes were happy events.
Sister Leonard suffered much ill health in recent years and this was borne bravely. All visitors to the convent were greeted heartily and often entertained by songs from her vast repertoire. Sister died in the afternoon of the 13th of September and was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery after Requiem Mass on the 18th of September 2006. May she rest in peace
SISTER VERONA BERNARD TRANTWAN (Bertha) who died in 1977 aged 92years – professed 65years
Sister Verona was born in Wurberg, Bavaria, Germany on the 6th May 1895. Sister first of all entered in Blerick, Holland and then went to the Novitiate in South Africa on the 8th November 1908 and made Final Profession on the 17th July 1915.
Sister was then assigned to Newcastle, where she served the Community as Guest Mistress and Cook for many years. In 1977, while in retirement, she was transferred to St Elmo’s Convent, Umzumbe and died on the 13th September 1977. Those who knew Sister well spoke of her great spirit of prayer and contemplative disposition both at work and before the Blessed Sacrament.
Sister’s departure from this earth came while the Priest and Sisters were reciting the prayers for the dying on the 13th September 1977. After Requiem Mass,Sister Verona was buried in the Cemetery at St Elmo’s on the 16th September 1977. May she rest in peace.
SISTER AGNESKIDD KIDD (Eileen) who died in 1980 aged 90years – professed 69years
Sister Agnes was born in Newcastle, Natal South Africa on July 21st 1890. She entered the Novitiate in Newcastle on the 22nd November 1909 and made Profession July 17th 1914.
Sister’s family was not Catholic, but Sister Agnes attended the Convent school in Newcastle. She later became a Catholic and in spite of opposition from her family decided to become a Dominican.
Sister Agnes worked closely with our Foundress, Mother Rose Niland. She was sent to England to open the convent of Rosary Priory. She was also instrumental in bringing about the amalgamation of the West Grinstead Community. Sister was a General Councillor, Assistant Novice Mistress, and held the office of Prioress at Boksburg, Benoni and Dundee. Sister was a gifted Music teacher and taught in a number of schools for many years. Even in retirement Sister Agnes maintained an untiring interest in the Congregation, the Missions and kept up a correspondence with many past pupils and priests.
During the last few weeks when her health began to fail, she was happy that many Sisters as well as family were able to visit. Having received the Last Sacraments of the Church and during the singing of the Salve, Sister passed to her Maker on the 14th September 1908. Many Sisters, relatives and friends were present at the Requiem Mass at Durban North and burial in the Convent Cemetery at Umzumbe. May she rest in peace.
SISTER LEO McKENNA (Frances) who died in 1950aged 62years – professed 40years
Sister Leo was born in Co. Cavan, Ireland on March llth 1899. She joined the Congregation in South Africa on the 22nd October 1909 and made Profession on 17 July 1911.
Sister Leo was especially devoted to the Dominican Liturgy and to all things Dominican. Although she suffered during the latter years of her life, her death came unexpectedly. She received the last Sacraments and the blessing of the Apostolic Delegate the evening before she died. She died peacefully during the singing of the Salve on the 15th September 1950. She is interred in the Cemetery at Lennoxton. May she rest in peace.
SISTER SEBASTIAN O’SULLIVAN (Mary) who died in 1957aged 70years – professed 51years
Sister Sebastian was born in Limerick on the 3rd March 1888. She entered the Congregation in South Africa on llth October 1904 and was professed on July 13th 1909.
She spent many years of her life teaching in a number of our schools. She was truly Dominican in her Spirituality and therefore always very eager to pass on to others the many prayers and traditions of the Dominican Order. All who knew Sister Sebastian admired her great zeal and kindness shown to those in her care.She had a great fear of death, but having been fortified by the Rites of the Church she died on the Feast of Our Lady of Dolours, the 15th September 1957, almost at the same time as Prayers were being said for her in the Mother House at Rosary Priory. She was laid to rest among our Sisters in the Cemetery at Umzumbe on the 16th September 1957. May she rest in peace.
SISTER LAMBERTINI SCANLON(Elizabeth) who died in 1966 aged 62years – professed 40years
Sister Lambertini was born in Leitrim, Ireland on the 19th September 1903. She entered the congregation in England on September 8th 1923 and made Profession on the 2nd August 1930.
For some years, Sister Lambertini was assigned to the Novitiate, helping with the
formation of the Novices. Later, she was transferred to St Dominic’s Convent Ponsbourne Park, where she worked with the Boarders, her kindness and charity endeared her to the children. The last seven years of her life were spent at St Rose’s Convent, Burnt Oak as Habit Mistress where once again she worked with great diligence.
Following an operation on September 16th 1966 at Edgware General Hospital, Sister Lambertini died peacefully, surrounded by the Prioress General, Mother Ceslaus and the Sisters of St Rose’s. After Requiem Mass in the Convent Chapel, St Rose’s on Tuesday 20th September 1966, Sister was laid to rest in our Cemetery at Rosary Priory. May she rest in peace.
SISTER SUSO HANNON (Mary Frances) who died in 1966 aged 79years – professed 40years
Sister Suso was born in Co. Sligo on the 17th February 1888. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on the 1st November 1910 and made Profession on the 5th January 1916.
Sister was involved in teaching in many of our schools, both in general subjects and in the Music Department. The last twenty years of her life were spent at St Pius’ Convent, Pietersburg, and during the greater part of this time, she suffered from poor health. Sister’s death, on the 16th September 1966, was peaceful and calm after days of suffering.
Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Benedictines as well as the Sacred Heart Fathers.The Sisters and pupils sang the “Mass in English for the first time”. Many of Sister Suso’s former pupils attended the funeral. Sister was laid to rest in the Cemetery at St Pius’ Pietersburg on the 18th September 1966. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ELIZABETH DILLON (Margaret) who died in 1995 aged 75years – professed 46years
Sister Elizabeth was born at Clonuff, Co. Kildare on the 2nd October 1919. On the 20th September 1947, Sister joined a group of Postulants gathered at St Albert’s Cork, en route to the Novitiate at Rosary Priory. She was professed on January 25th 1953.
The greater part of Sister Elizabeth’s life was spent in Launceston, Cornwall, where she held such posts as Cook, Refectorian, Laundress and Sacristan, until the Convent and School closed in 1984. The Priests who came to say Mass at the convent on a daily basis found Sister to be very friendly and courteous. Sister Elizabeth was very sad to say “Good Bye” to St Joseph’s forever, but she soon settled at Rosary Priory. She attributed much of this to the presence of one of her favourite “Novitiate” companions in the Community. She spent the remainder of her life at Rosary Priory helping in the Convent and spending many hours in prayer. She took upon herself many small unobtrusive tasks that greatly helped the day-to-day smooth running of the Convent.
When a terminal illness was diagnosed, Sister refused surgery and calmly waited quietly in her room, lovingly visited by her family and the Communities nearby. She was a great source of edification to all by her resignation, tranquility, peace and constant prayer. She died while the Sisters were singing the Salve on Sunday 17th September 1995, and was buried in the Cemetery at Rosary Priory after Requiem Mass. May she rest in peace.
SISTER FRANCESCA FLANAGAN (Catherine) who died in 2012 aged 85years professed 64 years
Sister Francesca was born in Castlebar, Co Mayo on 12th October 1927. She was baptised and named Catherine on 15th October 1927 and Confirmed in June 1940. Sister entered the Congregation on 5th November 1946, received the habit and the religious name Sister Mary Francesca on 28th July1947 and made her first profession of vows 22nd October 1948
Sister Francesca was a woman of deep faith, a great Dominican certainly with Truth as her motto and totally committed to the well being of children and their families. She was always a huge presence wherever she was and thrived on being fully human.
Sister taught in our schools in Garston, Stanmore and Burnt Oak. She was the Head Teacher of St Martin’s School for many years. Sister had the ability to mix a ‘no nonsense’ approach to life, with a deep compassion and a great sense of humour. She was committed to efficiency, good practice and believed deeply in the value of Catholic Education. Sister Francesca was a grassroots person and had a deep influence on many people who saw her as just, upright and a great friend, especially to those in trouble of any kind.
When Sister retired from St Martin’s School she took on the responsibility of Bursar for the Community at Rosary Priory. The Sisters who spoke of her said that she was a great Bursar. She loved the garden and flowers and with the help and patience of her workmen, she ensured that the grounds were beautifully kept through all seasons. She was a woman of deep faith she was just and prayerful, she responded well to the needs of the Community. Her kindness, thoughtfulness, loyalty, capacity for friendship, generosity and availability to those in need endeared her to many.
She bore her illness with great patience for some considerable time. Having returned home from Watford General Hospital, Sister was lovingly cared for by the community and the carers until she died peacefully on 20th September when she returned to her Lord after completing 64 years of faithful service.
Father Piers Linley OP celebrated Sisters Requiem Mass at Rosary Priory on Wednesday 26th September. Sister was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ALPHONSUS FILGATE (Annie) who died in 1907 aged 25years – professed 4years
Sister Alphonsus was born in Drogheda, Ireland on the 13th April 1882. Sister Alphonsus was one of the ten candidates who travelled with Sister Reginald Murphy to South Africa on the 9th January 1902. She made Profession on the 8th December 1903. Sister died on the 20th September 1907, at Holy Rosary Convent, Dundee. She was buried at Lennoxton on the 21st September 1907 after Requiem Mass. May she rest in peace.
SISTER Pudentia Hosli (Helena) who died in 2014 aged 90 years professed 61 years
Sister Pudentia was born in Udenhout, The Netherlands on the 28 May 1924. Her baptismal name was Helena, Maria, Anna Gerarda, but she was affectionately called ‘Leny” by her family. She grew up in Holland during World War 2 and with her family endured the hardships of the bombings and removals. She was called by God to serve humanity and this longing prompted her to enter Religious Life.
Sister Pudentia joined the Newcastle Dominicans at Rosary Priory, Herts, England in 1952, through the influence of Sister Albrica whom she met in Holland. When her novitiate training was complete she was sent to South Africa. Her first assignment was St Dominic’s Newcastle. Later she was transferred to St Mary’s Blaauwbosch. In this community she was surrounded by families in need. Her desire to serve the poor was truly fulfilled. Her outreach knew no bounds and with the help of her family in Holland and friends she was enabled to fulfil her dream of dedicated and whole hearted service. Wherever there was a need she was there to help.
She was a most creative person and could knit, sew and embroider garments. This creative ability she passed on to others. She developed vegetable gardens and encouraged families to plant their own veggies to feed the family.
Wherever she met a child with a physical problem she sought help from doctors, often she got special treatment for young disabled children. Trees and flowers were also planted to give beauty to the surroundings. She even got recognition and help from the Dutch Liliane Fonds, for her many needs in the Blaauwbosch area.
In 2004, when her health began to fail, she was transferred to Marian House, Boksburg, but her work continued. Garments were made, blankets were produced and funds continued to come in to assist the various projects. Sister Pudentia was never idle.
Sister Pudentia had a great spirit of prayer and was often found before the Blessed Sacrament in quiet prayer, as she watered all her activities with the love and spirit of God. During her final weeks, she suffered much, but longed to see the face of God and prayed for this. The community supported Sister in every way possible, but it became evident that she needed special treatment in hospital, where she died peacefully on the 21 September 2014. She was surrounded by some of her Sisters from St Rose’s and Marian house. After her Requiem Mass celebrated on Monday 29th September attended by her many friends Sister was buried in Marian House cemetery. May she rest in Peace.
SISTER ANTHONY O’SHEA (Deborah) who died in 2012 aged 93years professed 72 years
Sister Anthony was born in Charleville, Co Cork on 26th June 1919. Sister entered the Congregation on 5th September 1938, received the habit and the religious name Sister Mary Anthony on 25th March 1939.Sister made her first profession of vows 2nd April 1940
Sister Anthony’s first ministry was teaching and education from 1943 to 1982. She served in Burnt Oak, Rosary Priory, Stanmore and finally some twenty four years in Garston. Sister Anthony was a woman of deep faith, a great Dominican certainly with Truth as her motto; she was totally committed to the well being of young people and their families.
In many ways she was ahead of her time and had ways of involvement in parishes that were relatively new. She had great faith, hope and love of the Church. From 1982 to 1987, Sister Anthony was part of The Stevenage Team where she put her heart and soul into this new experience. She described it as an enriching and rewarding time in her life.
For many years, she devoted herself to the Ecumenical Movement in Hertfordshire. In Boxmoor too, she was very active in Scripture sharing and reflection.
She was committed, in her own words, to “Unity in Diversity” among Dominicans. She was a stalwart member of the Joint Novitiate Community, and had a great influence on the novices and development of our younger members. Her great love of all that was Dominican was passed on, almost by osmosis. She was always eager that our younger Sisters be familiar with the history of the Order and its great tradition.
She was a great listener and confidante and showed the mellow, compassionate, loving side to her character more easily as life went on.
When it was clear that Sister Anthony needed Nursing Care, she expressed her wish to go to Stone where she would be with Our Dominican Sisters.She bore her illness with great patience. Sister was lovingly cared for until she died peacefully on 21st September when she returned to her Lord after 72 years of faithful service.
Father Adrian Walker concelebrated Sisters Requiem Mass at Rosary Priory on Wednesday 2nd October. Sister was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ANTONINUS BRENNAN (Margaret Mary) who died in 1994 aged 80years – professed 62years
Sister Antoninus was born in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo in 1913. Sister entered the Novitiate at Rosary Priory on the 22th August 1932, made First Profession on the 12th August 1934.
Sister Anthoninus’ early years were spent in Ponsbourne Park and Launceston looking after the Boarders and teaching in the Junior school. During her time in Launceston she was Prioress for a continuous period of nine years. Sister was later appointed to Loreto House, Bayswater and finally to Rosary Priory. In 1961, she was appointed General Bursar, a post she filled conscientiously for twenty years. Sister also used her skills in helping to set up a system of office administration in London Colney, the nearby newly established Diocesan Pastoral Centre. In addition Sister taught Catechetics at Loreto House and Rosary Priory. Her interest in and support of Catholic education was very much part of her life’s work.
Sister Antoninus was a very cheerful and just person, prayerful and interested in the well being of people right up to the end. Sister died suddenly on the morning of the 22nd September 1994. After Requiem Mass in the presence of members of her family, Sisters and friends she was interred in the Cemetery at Rosary Priory. May she rest in peace.
SISTER de MONTFORD BRENNAN (Mary) who died in 1990 aged 93years – professed 72years
Sister De Montfort was born in Ballinakill, Co Offaly (Queens County) on the 20th November 1897. She was the youngest in a family of twelve children, three of whom became members of our Congregation; Sr Reginald, Sr de Montfort and Sr Magdalen. Sister Sebastian Moran, her niece, also joined the Congregation.
Sister de Montfort was one of a group of 19 young girls who set sail as Missionaries for South Africa in 1916, during World War One. The sea voyage was very dangerous as many of the ships were torpedoed during those years. She entered the Novitiate at St Dominic’s Academy on the 29ih November 1916 and made Profession on the 18th June 1921. Sister was gifted with many and varied intellectual gifts which she used to great advantage in the teaching and missionary work in our schools. In 1953, she was elected to the General Council.On her return to England, Sister also worked in the Senior School at Rosary Priory teaching English and Latin in the Sixth Form.
Sister de Montfort spent the last years of her life at St Michael’s Convent, Garston until she fell, broke her femur and needed nursing by the Dominican Sisters at their nursing home in Stone, Staffordshire where she died on 23rd of September 1990. Sister was buried at Rosary Priory on the 27th September 1990 after Requiem Mass in the Convent Chapel. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ASSUMPTA FENNELLY (Hannah) who died in 1919 aged 24years – professed 4years
Sister Assumpta was born in Tipperary, Ireland on the 25th April 1895. She entered in South Africa on the 27th May 1914 and was professed on the 5th June 1919.
Sister Assumpta died on the 24th September 1919. She was buried in the Convent Cemetery at Boksburg after Requiem Mass on the 25th September 1919. May she rest in peace.
SISTER BERNARD FLESKES (Johanna) who died in 1982 aged 93years – professed 66years
Sister Bernard was born on the 22nd November 1888 in the Rhineland. At the age of twenty-five, before the First World War broke out, Sister was one of thirty German young women who set out from Blerick in Holland, accompanied by Mother Albert where they remained for some time before setting sail for South Africa. On the 22nd May 1914, Sister Bernard was one of the thirty young women who entered the Novitiate at St Dominic’s Convent, Newcastle. She made Final Profession to Mother Rose Niland our Foundress on January 5th 1919.
Sister Bernard was already a qualified Music teacher before going to South Africa, therefore she spent all her active life teaching music in our Benoni and Germiston schools. She loved her subject and the countless numbers of girls who studied music with her over the years have fond memories of their school days and above all her kindness and deep respect for all, including the not so gifted. She was appointed Prioress of Benoni Convent and attended the First General Chapter at Rosary Priory in 1931.
Sister Bernard spent her last years at St Dominic’s Newcastle, where she still maintained interest in the pupils and assisted in whatever way she could in the Boarding School. Sister Bernard also had a great flare for toy making which she continued to do for the forthcoming fetes and for the Missions, until her sight failed. Her spirit of prayer was edifying, and up to a few days before her death she rose early, as was her custom, to pray for the needs of the Church, the Congregation, the needs of the world and the badly needed rains.
Sister Bernard died peacefully at the Academy on the 25th September 1982, while the Sisters were singing the Salve. She was buried in Lennoxton Cemetery after the celebration of Requiem Mass. May she rest in peace.
SISTER CARMEL KISSANE (Catherine) who died in 1922 aged 29 years – professed 5 years
Sister Carmel was born in Listowel, Co. Kerry on the 20th December 1893. She entered the Novitiate in South Africa on the 29th November 1916 and made Profession on the 17th July 1922.
Sister Carmel died on the 25th September 1922. Sister was buried in Lennoxton. May she rest in peace
SISTER AQUINAS LOVELY (Elizabeth) who died in 1975 aged 68years – professed 47 years
Sister Aquinas was born in Dublin on the 9th July 1908. She joined the Congregation on the 24th September 1926 and made Profession on August 2nd 1931. Sister Aquinas was the sister of Mother John (Prioress General 1952—1963) and Sister Gabriel, who was also a member of the Congregation.
Sister Aquinas taught in England for some years before going to South Africa in May 1940. She filled many offices in the Congregation including: Bursar in Benoni, in charge of Boarders at St Dominic’s Academy and St Dominic’s Convent Boksburg. When Fatima Convent School opened, Sister was appointed Principal. Sister next fulfilled the office of Prioress at Boksburg and Primrose.
Sister Aquinas was a personality, loved and revered for her gentle, kindly disposition. Sister Gabriel had the joy of being with her sister at the end, which came quietly and peacefully, fortified by the Rites of the Church and surrounded by the members of St Elmo’s Community on the 25th September 1975. Sister Aquinas was buried 29th September 1975, the Feast of the Archangels, in the convent cemetery, Umzumbe. May she rest in peace.
SISTER DOMINIC LYNCH, (Mary Kate) who died in 1945 aged 46years – professed 22years
Sister Dominic was born in Cork on the 18th January 1874. She joined the Convent on the 29th September 1896 and made Profession on the 10th April 1898. Sr Rose Lynch is a sister of Sister Dominic.
Sister Dominic was an exemplary Religious and a talented teacher. She was loved by all her pupils over whom she exercised a powerful influence for good. Sister was struck by bad health when still quite a young Religious and she suffered with heroic fortitude for five years.
Sister Dominic gave her soul to God on the 26th September 1945. She was buried in the Cemetery at Lennoxton after Requiem Mass in the Convent Chapel celebrated in St Dominic’s Convent. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ALOYSIUS SCHMIDT (Alfra) who died in 1923 aged 38years – professed 20years
Sister Aloysius was born in Westerdorf, Bavaria on the 28th March 1887. Sister joined the Novitiate on the 9th November 1903 and made Final Profession on the 1st June 1908. Sister Aloysius died on the 26th September Sister was buried after the celebration of Requiem Mass in the convent chapel. May she rest in peace.
SISTER TERESA PICHLER (Barbara) who died in 1954 aged 83 years – professed 50 years
Sister Teresa was born on the 1st January 1872. Sister left Germany for the Novitiate in South Africa, which she entered on June 10th 1903 and made Profession on the 2nd April 1908.
Sister Teresa spent her long Religious life at Newcastle, where she worked with the Boarders and in many other areas of the Convent until the infirmities of old age prevented her from engaging in a full-time Apostolate. She worked to within one week of her peaceful death on the 29th September 1954. Sister Teresa was buried in the Cemetery at the Academy on the 1st October 1954. May she rest in peace.
SISTER AEGIDIUS TICK (Margaret) who died in 1960 aged 76years – professed 49 years
Sister Aegidius was born in Germany on the 27th November 1884. She entered the Congregation in South Africa as a Postulant on the 7th May 1910, was clothed in December of the same year and made Final Profession on the 5th January 1915.
Sister Aegidius worked long and laboriously for many years doing various household duties. Despite the fact that she never enjoyed good health; patience and cheerfulness were her Hallmarks.
Sister Aegidius died on the Feast of St Michael, 29th September 1960. She was buried in the Convent Cemetery at Lennoxton on the 30th September 1960 after the Requiem Mass was celebrated. May she rest in peace.
SISTER TERESA PICHLER, (Barbara) who died in 1954 aged 83years – professed 50years
Sister Teresa was born on the 1st January 1872. Sister left Germany for the Novitiate in South Africa, which she entered on June 10th 1903 and made Profession on the 2nd April 1908. Sister Teresa spent her long Religious life at Newcastle, where she worked with the Boarders and in many other areas of the Convent until the infirmities of old age prevented her from engaging in a full-time Apostolate. She worked to within one week of her peaceful death on the 29th September 1954. Sister Teresa was buried in the Cemetery at the Academy on the 1st October 1954. May she rest in peace.
SISTER HELEN Carroll(Helen Mary)who died in 2003 aged 65 years – professed 46 years
Sister Helen was born in Fermoy Co Cork on 16th October 1948.
She entered the congregation on 8th September 1965 received the habit and the religious name Sister Mary Verona on 31st July 1966. Sister made her first profession of Vows on 1st August 1967.
Sister was assigned to St Dominic’s Ponsbourne for some time before her assignation to Villa Rosa where she lived whilst studying at The Regina Mundi Pontifical Institute for some four years.
Sister taught at St James School before she became a member of the Caring Church Team in the late 1970’s. Sister was for a short time a member of our community at Stevenage before joining the community at St Michael’s Garston as a member of the Retreat Centre Team in 1984.
In 1988 Sister was assigned to our convent in Harrow. Sister Helen was the Parish Catechist at St Josephs Church, Wealdstone and Harrow Weald for a number of years. She organised parish pilgrimages to Lourdes on a number of occasions.
In 2003 Sister was elected Prioress of St Catherine’s Oxford where she remained until her assignation to Wales in 2008. Deteriorating health issues contributed to Sisters short time in Wales.
Sister was assigned to St Albert’s community Edgware where she lived, with some periods of respite care at Rosary Priory, until her sudden death on 30th September 2013 at Conquest Hospital St. Leonard’s on Sea East Sussex.
Sister Helen loved people and was passionate about justice for all; she was open and accepting of difference and so was very helpful to people experiencing difficulties. Her enthusiasm as Parish Sister was inspirational. She was equally helpful with young and old affirming to all. She was involved in every parish group; she had a great impact on people and events. She loved life and lived it to the full.
Fr Peter Preston together with other priests concelebrated Sisters Requiem Mass at Rosary Priory on Wednesday 9th October. Sister was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER ANTHONY McMAHON (Margaret) who died in 1941 aged 64 years – professed 42 years
Sister Anthony was born in Wicklow, Ireland on the 25th March 1898. She entered the Dominican Congregation at West Grinstead, Sussex on the 5th March 1898 and made Profession in November 1904.
Sister Anthony joined our Congregation at the Amalgamation in 1929 and was assigned to Ponsbourne Park. Sister Anthony taught in the school there and helped with the Boarders until her health began to fail. Her death, which occurred in the evening of September 30th, was a happy release to her. Sister was always grateful for the care given to her. This was mainly due to her kind and genial disposition. Sister Anthony was buried in the Convent Cemetery on 1st October 1941 after Requiem Mass was celebrated. May she rest in peace.