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After sister Aloysius’ departure

Dear Friends,

The passing of time will help, as it always does, with curing the ache and healing the wounds left by Sister Aloysius’ departure and I am sure that in due time joy and gratitude will prevail in our remembrance of her.

Take from my heart all painful anxiety, let nothing sadden me but sin” prayed in her ‘Suscipe’ venerable Catherine McAuley, foundress of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’.

Let’s follow her wise exhortation.
We were glad to see at Sister Aloysus’ departure Service the extent of the appreciation she enjoyed. People of higher or lower standings, religious or lay, all paid their last tribute to ‘Sister’. From Great Britain travelled to Bucharest Father Colin Gordon (Scotland) and six friends from ‘Sisters of Mercy‘: Sr. Evelyn Gallager, Sr. Mary McGrath, Sr. Austin Costelo , Sr. Anna Maloney, Sr. Paula McGilloway, and Sr. Rose Carmel.
From the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest were there to attend the ceremony Bishop Cornel Damian, Fr. Farcaş Nicolae, six priests from the St. Theresa Church and the Seminary, nuns and choir of the Popeşti Leordeni Monastery and nuns from other orders from Bucharest. Their service and chanting will be not forgotten.

But none of those eager to accompany ‘Sister’ were more touched there than those whose ailments were comforted by her words and served by her body for so many years: the orphans, the elderly, the boys from Nazareth House, patients from Budimex Hospital, and many others. Together with the volunteers, nurses and doctors, also present at the service, they recreated for the last time the ‘mission field’ of our dear Sister, lined up in a ‘good bye’ ceremony in a sunny winter day.

We shall grieve indeed, over her departure, but not too much. For we know that: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” Rev.21:4

With this thought in mind let’s carry on, dear friends, each of us, with a life she would smilingly approve.

Thank you,
Traian Despa

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