A Time of Remembrance

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As we celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, we are reminded of the OLA sisters who have gone home to God over the last year.

Sr Marian Hankard

Sr Marian Hankard, baptised Mary, was born in Bartlemy, Rathcormac, Co Cork, on 21st January 1931.  She wrote to Ardfoyle at the age of 22 stating that she had a great desire to be a missionary nun and begging the Rev Mother to accept her as a postulant.

Marian entered in August 1953 and made her first profession in 1956, consecrating her life to the service of God’s kingdom especially in Africa.

She spent the first few months after her profession working in the SMA house in Clogh, and then went to London to serve in the OLA community and hostel there. After her final profession in 1962, she went for studies and qualified in England as a General Nurse and a Midwife. Finally in 1967 she travelled to Ghana and worked in Asikuma for two years before going back to London to do a Diploma in Tropical nursing. In 1972, she returned to Ghana and spent the next ten years there, first in Asikuma and later in Nkwanta hospital, working both as a nurse and as an administrator. In 1982, she went from Ghana to Nigeria and spent the next 17 years there, working in Agbor, Zawan and Abeokuta.

She was called home to God on 27th December 2017.

Sr Eileen Wall

Sr Eileen Wall was born in Shandangan on 8th June 1925. At the tender age of 21, she wrote to Ardfoyle requesting to enter the congregation.  She entered Ardfoyle on  26th September 1946. She made her first profession on 8th March 1949, and was called to her eternal rest, 69 years later, on 9th March 2018.

Sr  Eileen spent twelve in Ghana (in Fosu and in Asikuma), twenty four in Nigeria (in Ibadan [Oke-Offa and Ikire], Ogwashi-Uku and Abeokuta), nine in England (five in training in London and four as a nurse in Leigh), five in Castlemagarrett in Mayo, and the last eighteen back in Ardfoyle.

Eileen gave herself faithfully to her mission wherever she was sent over the 69 years of her consecrated life.

Sr Joan Amor

Sr Joan was born in Chingford, England on 1 March 1927 and was the last of our English sisters. It was in her mid-thirties that she felt called to the religious missionary life and came to Ireland as a novice with the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Drogheda.  When this did not work out, she went to Northern Nigeria as a lay volunteer in the OLA run St Gerard’s Hospital in Kaduna. 

In 1970, still feeling called to consecrate her life fully to mission in Africa, she requested to enter with the OLAs. Special permission was sought, as she was already 43 years of age. Permission was granted and she made her first profession on 16th September 1972.

She accomplished her Mission of Evangelisation in Nigeria and Ireland and entered God’s eternal peace on 2nd June 2018.

Today we remember these sisters with fondness. They touched many lives in their ministry. We thank God for the blessing of their lives and pray that they now rest and rejoice forever in the peace and joy of God’s love. 

We also hold in our prayers the departed sisters from other OLA provinces:

OLA District of Togo

Sr Marie Josiane Amaizo

OLA Province of Italy

Sr Maria Virginia
Sr Gianna Maria

Province of France

Sr Jeanne André
Sr Magdeleine Rouliere
Sr Ginette (Genevi ève) Gagne
Sr Marie Louise Marbacher
Sr Jeanne Strasser
Sr Therese Contoz
Sr Madeleine Marie

Province of Lebanon

Sr Madeleine Abi Nader
District of Hollande
Sr Wilhelma van Beek

May they rest in eternal peace.