Sister Elizabeth Fearon died peacefully at St Mary’s House, Brighton on Wednesday 14th August 2019, aged 96 years. She was born in Cuba in September 1922 and entered the community at Holy Cross Priory in August 1968. She was the first Superior at Tiruvannamalai, India where she made her Final Profession in February 1976. May she rest in peace.
Sister Anitha made her Final Profession at Yercaud in India on 31st August and Sister Faustina and Sister Emmanuelina made their First Profession of Vows in Uganda on 22nd August and we offer them our prayers and congratulations!
The third Jubilee celebration this year was held at Holy Cross Priory, Heathfield, on the feast of the Holy Cross in September. Congratulations to Sister Euphrasia and Sister Delsiya!
St Benedict’s Retirement Home was blessed and officially opened on 12th September at Millewa Sri Lanka.
Sister Priya and Sister Usha made their first Profession of Vows in July 2019 in Bangalore India. We offer them our warm congratulations and prayers!
Sister Thaya and Sister Swarna celebrated their Silver Jubilee in Sri Lanka in June 2019 during a visit of the General Council. Bishop Cletus OSB was the main celebrant and family members and sisters from all the Sri Lankan houses were present for the Mass and lovely meal!
Sr Catherine celebrated her Golden Jubilee on 6th August 2019, exactly 50 years from the day of her First Profession in 1969. Sr Catherine was joined by family members and sisters from the English houses for Mass and lunch at St Mary’s House in Brighton.
Sister Sheila Shanley died peacefully at Holy Cross Care Home, aged 82 years, on Saturday 16th March 2019. She entered the Community in 1962 and was the longest serving member and the first sister to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, in 2015. Her funeral took place at Holy Cross Priory, Heathfield on 29th March. May she rest in peace.
The sisters have always cared for the elderly since they arrived at Mundika and as well as the home for residents there is an Outreach service where the sisters visit people in the villages to give support and to monitor their health and welfare. Our picture show some of the residents and sisters taken during a recent visit of Sr Kathy and Sr Carmel.
Following the General Chapter last year only three members of the General Council live in England so we arranged a full meeting in Kenya and plan to have others at different locations. Our pictures show the meeting taking place in the convent at Mundika and another one of the group under a mango tree.
In December 2018, five Sisters made their Final Profession of Vows at the Parish Church in Jinja, Uganda. They were Sisters Jacinta, Clare, Beninya, Maria Gorette and Kizito. It was a colourful, joyful, outdoor celebration which lasted all day! The photos show the group receiving a solemn blessing and at the end of the Mass with the Bishop and Sister Kathy.
In February, six sisters renewed their vows at the convent in Jinja as seen in the picture above.