Remembering Sr Christina Harte RIP

Sr. Christina Harte was born on the 22/12/1932 and went to God on Christmas evening 2019.

One of a family of five boys and two girls, Christina entered the Ursuline Convent, Sligo in 1952. Following her profession, she qualified as a home economics teacher and taught for a number of years on the staff of Ursuline College. Many past students attended her reposing and recalled fondly the skills she imparted. As one student recalled “Mother Merici ( as she was known then) taught me never to waste and to reuse in an era before it became fashionable.”  Indeed, this was a hallmark we all recognise and fondly remember!

She also served the community in a variety of roles as Counsellor and Zelatrice. The latter was a role that existed in the more monastic tradition of the 60’and early 70’s. Essentially the role was associated with looking after the needs of the Sisters – a role that coloured much of the rest of her life as she continued to serve – quiet and kind.

Christina was also bursar for many years from the time when the convent was quite a large enterprise with primary, boarding and secondary schools and a large and active community and also played a leading role in the move of the community to the purpose-built house in Temple Street. Catering was her special interest and she was generous in passing on her skills to those who assisted her.

It says a lot about Christina that she continued to help others by volunteering in the Faith and Light charity shop in Sligo into her mid- eighties.

Throughout her life she looked after everyone, faithful, unobtrusive with a quiet sense of humour and of the ridiculous.

We thank God for the gift of sharing our life with Christina, someone we loved and who, without a doubt will continue to care for us from her heavenly home.