On March 2, Sr Angela Hennessy died peacefully at Beneavin House Nursing Home, Dublin. She had reached her 97th year and was in failing health for some time. A native of Ardmayle East, she was the eldest in a family of eight born to Thomas and Agnes Hennessy and the last surviving of her siblings.
She was fortunate to get a secondary education at St Philomena’s Academy, Cashel, before answering that inner call to become a member of a religious community. She joined the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary at Killeshandra, Co. Cavan,
in 1941 where, five years later, she had her final profession. Sr Angela’s life then took a new turning when she commenced her work on the mission fields in Nigeria, America and Kenya, working among the disadvantaged and bringing dignity, respect and freedom to countless people. She viewed education as the gateway to personal independence, advancement and hope. Using her organisation skills and her determination to leave no stone unturned, she was instrumental in establishing educational centres where few had existed while at the same time nurturing the Gospel message of love.
Sr Angel returned to Ireland in the late 1970s, working within her religious community and getting involved in pastoral work in the local communities. She then had more time to visit her native parish and renew old friendships. She also had the opportunity to be of assistance to her siblings in the twilight of their lives, bringing her great consolation and peace of mind.
Sr Angela was reposed at the Holy Rosary Convent, Artane and her funeral Mass was celebrated at St Brendan’s Church, Coolock. Burial took place at Dardistown Cemetery. She is regretted by her nephews Thomas, Richard and Padhraigh, nieces Agnes and Marie, sister-in-law May, grandnephews, grandnieces, great grandnephew, extended family, friends and the Holy Rosary Sisters. May she rest in peace.