Reading and maintaining a keen interest in life seems to be the secret of an active long-life for Cecily Fernbank who celebrates her 100th birthday on 6th August.
Members of Pax Christi gathered this week to celebrate with Cecily, a volunteer with Pax Christi for almost 30 years. Cecily, who lives in Ladbroke Grove and is a member of St Francis of Assisi parish, Pottery Lane. Cecily began volunteering with Pax Christi when the office was in the parish in the 1970s. Cecily was also a member of the Pax Christi working group on Northern Ireland, maintaining the press and news archives for twenty years and helping at conferences and events in support of peace in Northern Ireland. Cecily continued to volunteer with Pax Christi until three years ago - always paying careful attention to detail in whatever job she undertook and keeping a critical eye on peace and justice news items
Speaking at the Pax Christi gathering for Cecily, Fr Gerry Mc Flynn, former Chaplain to Pax Christi, paid tribute to Cecily and her sharp mind and interest in issues of peace and justice. He described Cecily's home as an old fashioned book shop, full of piles of books and journals on theology and philosophy and of course The Tablet.