OLA Remembrance Day: June 24th

 

Remembering our departed Sisters with a special event at Ardfoyle Convent, Cork.

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A view of the altar in the OLA Chapel at Ardfoyle Convent, Cork.

 

The biennial OLA Remembrance Day event will take place this Saturday, 24th June at Ardfoyle Convent, Cork.

Remembrance Day will commence at 3pm with the celebration of the Eucharist. All OLA Sisters from the Province who are buried in Ireland and in graveyards across Africa, Europe and the Middle East will be remembered. The book of necrology containing details of each OLA Sister will be placed before the altar during the mass.  According to the Provincial Archive records, 269 OLA Sisters from Ireland and Great Britain have been called to God since the congregation was founded in 1876.

The fourteen Sisters who have gone to the Lord since the last Remembrance Day in June 2015 will be remembered in a special way with a member of their respective families lighting a candle at the altar in their memory.

Holy Mass will be followed by the blessing of the graves in Ardfoyle Cemetery in the presence of their respective family members, friends, OLA Sisters and SMA Fathers.

The first two Irish OLA Sisters to reach Lagos, Nigeria in 1877 were Sr. Dominique Riordan from Cork and Sr. Felicity Kirwan from Dublin. They both died within months of arriving. The harsh climate along with the presence of tropical diseases such as malaria and yellow fever made West Africa a hostile environment for the early European missionaries.  Over the next quarter of a century, the average life-span of a Sister in West Africa would be five years.   Many OLA Sisters, especially in the early years have their final resting place abroad.

This June 24th, all OLA Sisters will be remembered with love and gratitude: As H.K. Barclay says ‘It never matters how far apart we are – what matters is how close we stay’.

Jesus himself wanted to be remembered and he left us a special way of remembering him, namely, the Eucharist. He said, ‘Do this in memory of me’.  This coming Saturday afternoon will afford an opportunity to share in this same Eucharist in memory of our departed Sisters.

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Source: www.lightuntomypath.com

 

 

Fourteen OLA Sisters have gone to God in the last two years:

 

Sr. Philomena WOULFE (Athea, Co. Limerick) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, England and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 5th July 2015, at the age of 90.

Sr. Dorothy O’BRIEN (Rineen, Skibbereen, Co. Cork) lived her missionary life in Nigeria and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 28th February 2016, at the age of 95.

Sr. Catherine O’CONNOR (Cork) lived her missionary life in Ghana, Nigeria and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 20th March 2016, at the age of 93.      

Sr. Teresa O’BRIEN (Shepperton, Skibbereen, Co. Cork) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, England and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 6th April 2016, at the age of 94.

Sr. Stella Marie O’SULLIVAN (Smithfield, Castlehaven, Co. Cork) lived her missionary life in Nigeria and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 8th April 2016, at the age of 92.

Sr. Elizabeth HAYES (Ballyneale, Co. Limerick) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, England and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 4th June 2016, at the age of 96.                            

Sr. Dolores DAVIS (Sligo) lived her missionary life in Ghana, Nigeria and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 18th August 2016, at the age of 96.                   

Sr. Deanna DONOHUE (Portlaoise, Co. Laois) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, Tanzania, England and Ireland and died in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, on 31st August 2016, at the age of 73.          

Sr. Liguori SMIDDY (Garryoughtra, Co. Cork) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, England and Ireland, and died at Ardfoyle on 27th October 2016, at the age of 91.

Sr. Marciana O’KEEFFE (Midleton, Co. Cork) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, France, Italy and Ireland, and died in Ardfoyle on 14th November 2016, at the age of 90.

Sr. Fidelma CAFFREY (Ballina, Co. Mayo) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, England and Ireland and died in Ardfoyle on 21st December 2016, at the age of 88.

Sr. Catherine BUCKLEY   (Derrynagasha, Kinsale, Co. Cork) lived her missionary life in Ghana, England and Ireland, and died in Ardfoyle on 2nd March 2017, at the age of 91. 

Sr. Catherine FARRELL (Donaskeigh, Tipperary) lived her missionary life in Nigeria and Ireland, and died in Ardfoyle on 6th March 2017, at the age of 85. 

Sr. Nuala HARTY (Rathcallan, Cork) lived her missionary life in Nigeria, America, England, Italy and Ireland and died in Marymount Hospice, Cork on 10th May 2017, at the age of 81.  

 

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