Remembering Sr Anne Conway RIP

Last Easter Sunday, a great sorrow visited the Ursuline family, it was the unexpected and untimely death of our beloved Anne Conway. A few days before she died, she wrote about her intimate and loving relationship with her God and how that love was her strength and energy throughout her life. She graced us Ursulines with an awareness of the abiding presence of our founder, Saint  Angela Merici and strengthened us in our Ursuline calling.
The door of her heart was always wide-open. She was ever inclusive in her relationships. Her loving nature, her joyfulness, wisdom, insight, empathy – and so much more-were very evident to all who met her. Indeed, her great gift was to be with people in their joys and their sorrows. She was an esteemed Sister, family member, friend, mentor, teacher, always ready to engage and go the extra mile, no matter what the cost and no matter what time of the day or night!
Anne joined the Ursuline family on the 26th August, 1975 and was professed on the 16th July, 1978. She served in a variety of places and ministries, including our schools in Cabinteely, Dublin, Waterford and Brecon, Wales. She initiated Family Ministry programmers in Leeds; Menevia, Wales and Waterford. She was Student Welfare Officer in St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo. She also served on several congregational commissions and on our general leadership team.
After Anne returned to Waterford eight years ago, she became a dedicated member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She brought energy and wisdom to the Society, and, of course, her boundless generosity and big-heartedness touched the lives of many. She served on local and area leadership, whilst continuing to visit and help those in need.
Anne was hard-working and efficient and did not spare herself. But she knew how to relax! She was an avid supporter of Man United. She loved to visit her family, whether in her beloved North, the West, Kilkenny, Leeds and the U.K, France or further afield. She was creative, too, in finding ways of renewing her energies by traveling on the Continent or beyond. Then, there were visits to her dear friends, whose love gladdened her heart, and who were there for her in times of need.
We, in her community, have been strengthened by the prayer, sympathy and support of so many, as we walk the road of grief in our sorrowing for Anne. We journey with all those who loved her, especially her brother, Brendan, sisters-law, Helen, Margaret and Mary, her nieces, nephews and all her extended family.
May the God of Compassion bring comfort and consolation to us all.
“I lionta Dé go gcastar sinn!”