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Sister Constance RIP

Sister Constance had a stroke on Sunday 8th July and died on the morning of Tuesday 10th July.  Her requiem was on Friday 13th July, and the below words are from the address given by Sister Janet Elizabeth OHP.  A full obituary will be included in the Advent edition of our newsletter.

Sister Constance OHP 1917 to 2012, Professed 25-02-1954

Sr Constance was quite old when she joined the Novitiate in 1952. She was already an experienced teacher having gained her teaching certificate in 1936 – with a credit in Needlework... She had, for a long time, felt a calling to do missionary work and later, when in OHP, she spend many years at Mampong, (Ghana) working in the Training College. It was a place where her down to earth methods set many a student on the path of a teaching career.

Constance excelled with the very young and older people who were not high fliers.

Sr Constance returned, from Ghana in 1969 to our London house in Doughty Street to be near her parents. Here She taught in tough London Primaries and worshipped at the University Chaplaincy Church of Christ the King where she was much loved. She enjoyed the lively worship and contact with young people.

Having to retire when she reached pensionable age, Constance came back to the Priory in 1982 and soon found work with disadvantaged adults at Dalewood, the Whitby Adult Literacy Centre; work which she continued until she was 87 years old. She took her Dalewood students to all manner of places, bird sanctuaries, museums and stately homes. Even after finishing at Dalewood, Constance helped with extracurricular activities for the Junior Boarders in St Hilda's School. She was a person who expressed her mission and vocation in action and service.

Walking had been Constance’s passion since her youth; she loved the countryside, the scenery, the birds and animals, her knowledge of the local area being phenomenal. She was still part of St Oswald’s walking retreats in her late eighties! Her spirituality was creational and her prayer was nourished by her love of nature. Her other passion was cats.

Throughout her life, Constance served through her actions.

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells the righteous, who did not know they were righteous, “Truly, just as you did good things for one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Come you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Constance is one of the blessed.

There are many rooms in the Father’s house. Constance’s room will have a rucksack, walking boots and a cat and be open to all she served and encouraged in her long life.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Posted On: 20/07/2012

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