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† Sr. Teresa Francis CARR sscc (Ireland)

   Sr. Teresa Francis, 90 years old, died on February 13, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. She entered the novitiate in 1947 in Weymouth, England, and she pronounced her perpetual vows on August 6, 1957 in Paris, France.


Sr Teresa Frances Carr

Born 21st January 1921, died 13th February 2011

Sr. Teresa Frances known as “Tess” was born in January 1921, of Irish parents in Haydock, Merseyside. Tess spent her early years in  Merseyside and when the war broke out she joined the WAAF  and was posted to Belgium where she worked as a Wireless and Teleprinter Operator. She was very proud of having served her country and  claimed that her expertise in Morse code was instrumental in confusing the enemy!!

 Tess entered the Congregation in Weymouth in 1950 and apart from her probationary year in Paris, spent most of her time in communities between Weymouth and Epsom. She went to Teacher Training college in Prestwich in Manchester and  taught in the primary school in Epsom where she was renown for her memorable drama productions and her love of travelling and organising school trips. She spent  2 years in Daventry  where she got involved in Prison chaplaincy. A ministry which she pursued on return to Epsom, in Wandsworth prison. She championed the cause of the prisoners, most of whom were innocent in her eyes!

When Tess retired and moved  to Clondalkin she became a well-loved member of the parish, actively involved in St Vincent de Paul where she made many friends, the Senior citizens group and her fidelity to the more mundane collection of parish envelopes, come  rain, hail or snow.

Growing older is not easy for any of us but it is especially difficult when we start to lose our independence. This really cost Tess as she was always “young at heart” and identified more with the younger group of sisters some 10 yrs and more behind her.

Tess loved her family, her country...especially Liverpool and the Congregation. She was always faithful to her prayer life and had a lasting impact on a friend when she shared her way of “offering her day to God in whatever form it might take” .

Tess spent the final years of her life with the Carmelite sisters in their nursing home in Dalkey and died peacefully 2 weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

May she rest in Peace