Sister celebrates 75 years of profession


Sr Magdalene with her niece, Her Excellency Mary Whelan, Irish ambassador,designate to The Netherlands, and her nephew Alan Whelan, emeritus St Benedict's College. Colchester

Sr Magdalene with her niece, Her Excellency Mary Whelan, Irish ambassador,designate to The Netherlands, and her nephew Alan Whelan, emeritus St Benedict's College. Colchester

On 8 September, the Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sister Magdalen Quinn of The Little Company of Mary, Westcliff-on-Sea, celebrated the 75th anniversary of her final profession on 8 September 1934.
 
In her long active ministry she served as a nursing sister in hospitals in Edinburgh (St Raphael's) and London (Dollis Hill) as well as parishes in Liverpool.   She also served as housekeeper to Bishop Patrick Casey during his time as auxiliary bishop in Wesminster and finally as Bishop of Brentwood.
 
The anniversary Mass was celebrated by Fr Alfred Buttigieg SJ, chaplain to Little Company of Mary Sisters in Westcliff-on-Sea.  By coincidence Fr Alfred himself celebrated the 50th anniversary of his entry to the Jesuit novitiate in Stamford Hill on 8 September 1959.
 
(Photo on headline page shows Fr Alfred presenting Sister Magdalene with a specially commissioned Papal Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI)

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