50th Anniversary of Ursuline Sisters in Cabinteely

On August 29th 2013 the Ursuline Sisters celebrated their 50th Anniversary of coming to Kilbogget House, Cabinteely. In 1963 the Ursuline Sisters of Waterford had come at the request of the then Archbishop , Dr. JC Mc Quaid to open a Day School in Kilbogget House. In a short space of time Kilbogget House was transformed into “Our Lady of the Angels” a name which was suggested by Dr. Mc Quaid and which references St. Angela Merici who founded the Ursuline order in 1535. Soon a new school building was a necessity as the Ursuline Convent School went from strength to strength. By 1975 when Cabinteely Community School began the Ursuline Sisters handed over a thriving school with an exceptionally high standard of work and a tradition which continues to this day. The Ursuline Sisters still provide two nominees on the Board of Management and up until very recently were still represented on the teaching staff.

The celebration began with a Mass of thanksgiving in St. Brigid’s Church. The chief celebrant was His Grace Most Reverend Dr. Diarmuid Martin. Symbols showing the history of the last fifty years were brought to the altar . It was such a joy to have the choir, the soloists and harpist from Cabinteely Community School, all under the direction of Catherine Mc Morrow.

We were joined by many of the first teaching staff who taught in Kilbogget House, former colleagues from both the Junior and Secondary schools , Ursuline Sisters Waterford and Ursuline Sisters who lived in the Cabinteely Community down the years, Ursuline Associates, friends and neighbours. Many had the joy of visiting Kilbogget House as it is today.

Following the Eucharistic Celebration we adjourned to the Parish Centre where a delicious sit down meal was provided by Frank and his staff from “The Horse and Hound”. Sr. Patricia Murphy, Waterford one of the original community of Sisters, Sr. Rosemary Fitzsimons,  former Principal of the Junior School and Mr. Pat Doyle, the first caretaker cut the Jubilee cake. Sr. Mary Mc Hugh Congregational Leader, Mr.  Liam Ryder first and retired Principal of Cabinteely Community School and Ms. Una Balfe (Junior School) recalled their memories of those early days. It was a lovely time to catch up on one another’s news and reminisce about old times.

Without the support of the priests of the parish this day would not have been possible, we are deeply grateful and our sincere thanks to Frs. Arthur, Tom and Connor.

Alleluia! for how the Ursulines Cabinteely came to be 50 years ago and for how we are today!