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After sister Aloysius’ departure

January 29th, 2013 No comments

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

Sister Mary Aloysius Kiernan

January 23rd, 2013 No comments

Dear friends,

On the night 13/14th of January 2013 Sister Aloysius went to be with her Lord. She entered painlessly in that night (she confidently returned my ‘good night’ wish on the phone before she went to bed) to wake up in a glorious, never-ending morning.

As we all know, ‘sister’ –  that’s how everybody called her around here – won the respect of the grown-up and the love of the children. But not any children, those who were passed by almost everybody else’s love. The abandoned and the forgotten. So many of them breathed easier because she lived.

Now the time has come for her to rest.

May she rest in peace!

The love she earned in our hearts will never die.

Sister Mary Aloysius Kiernan dies at 89

Sister Mary Aloysius Kiernan dies at 89

The burial procession was held on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Bucharest, Romania.


Traian Despa


Pitlochry in aid of Lawside Romania Project

We just want to mention an event that took place on Sunday 13th March 2011 at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Operatic concert group Ensemble performed a programme called Bless ‘Em All, an evening of wartime music and a touch of nostalgia.  All profits from this event have been donated to the Lawside Romania Project.

Thank you very much!