Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ireland’s oldest nun passes away

Tributes are been paid in Carlow town and across the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin to one of Irelands oldest nuns who passed away this week.

Sister Finian Ann Morrissey, passed away on Sunday January 17 last at the incredible age of 104.

Sr Finian was a member of the Brigidine Order and gave her long life to serving God, the missions and educating others.

Sr Finian was the eldest of four children and helped rear her siblings, including her brother, Dan, founder of Dan Morrissey Limited, following the death of her parents at a young age.

In 1930, she joined the Brigidine Convent in Tullow and spent a period in Dublin before being selected to help in the establishment of a Brigidine Convent in Denbigh, North Wales.

In 1958, Sr Finian returned to Ireland and worked with the boarders in the Brigidine Convent in Mountrath, Co Laois.

Following ill-health, Sr Finian spent a period in Fughart House, Tullow, before arriving at Riverdale Nursing Home in Ballon in 1997.

In her youth, Sr Finian was gifted with her hands and indeed many churches the world over still possess her beautiful altar linen and vestments.

She was also one of the founders of the Apostolic Workers in Mountrath, where her unstinting work for the missions was felt most.

Sr Finian maintained very good health throughout her long life and in 2005 celebrated her 100th birthday with a party, joined by the Morrissey family, her Brigidine community and the residents and staff of Riverdale Nursing Home.

Noted for her sense of humour and fun, Sr Finian could recall some of the country’s most memorable events over the past century.

Her life of devotion to God, education and the missions was recalled at her requiem Mass at St Fintan’s Church, Mountrath on Tuesday, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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