Remembering Sr Pius O’Gara RIP

Sr. Pius O’Gara    1931-2020

Sr. Pius was born in Co. Roscommon to Robert and Anne O’Gara and was predeceased by her brothers Michael Joe and Martin. Her brother Robert being her only surviving sibling.

Having competed her secondary education at Ursuline College, Sligo, she then went to Dublin to pursue secretarial studies. But the Lord continued to call and she entered the Ursuline and was professed in 1953.

Following some years as an assistant in the boarding school in Sligo and having qualified in home economics Sr. Pius was assigned to run the one- year Home Economics Certificate course in St. Ursula’s at St. Angela’s College until 1986. She then transferred as bursar to the College where she spent the rest of her of her working life and where she is remembered with deep affection and love. Her care and concern for students was her top priority.   It was said of her that there was nothing she didn’t know and nothing she would ever tell!

Sr Pius reached out to others throughout her life.  She loved helping others, whether they were students in the College, colleagues, neighbours or indeed anyone in need.  She motivated the students in becoming socially aware and the party for seniors was a highlight for up to 200 people each Christmas. Fund raising for Dogs for the Blind was another cause very dear to her heart. Among the many anecdotes told by the scores who attended her funeral, one colleague said she had a great fund -raising technique. Having arrived in their office they would drop a contribution in her can and then she would look them in the eye and say “Is that it?”. At which prompt they would dig deep again.

Sr. Pius loved all animals and the college cats were smooth, sleek and very well fed. She also loved to grow things and her pleasure during the years of her retirement was to spend time in her green house. But  she never ceased her outreach to the wider community outside the college and she was a valued member of the board of directors of Shalomar, a residence for homeless men and also chaired the Board of Management of Scoil Ursula Primary School for some years.

May the memories of her kindnesses and generosity of spirit sustain us at this time of grieving.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dhílis.