Remembering Sr Xavier O’Dwyer RIP

In his poem “AFTERWARDS” Thomas Hardy reflects on what one must leave behind in death as he wonders how people will remember him. Will it be as one who noticed the ordinary, often unnoticed, ‘mysteries’ of everyday life, the beauty in the ‘glad green leaves’ of May and the many aspects of  nature in its daily and seasonal changes?

How do we remember Sister Xavier O Dwyer of Booleen, Bansha?  She is remembered in many ways by many people.  She certainly was one who, in Hardy’s words, ‘had an eye for such mysteries’, for the extraordinary in the ordinary.  The opening of the first buds in Spring, the blooming of each flower in season, primroses, cowslips, slips and seeds from places she visited and planted by her ‘green fingers’ were all appreciated by her. The evidence can be seen here and there in our garden!

We remember Xavier as a dedicated teacher whose interest in her pupils continued long after their days at school in Scoil Angela.  Pupils, past pupils, parents and staff were friends with very many of whom she kept up contact – not surprising when we consider that as teacher and principal she had spent forty years in Scoil Angela.   In later years she formed another apostolate in the secondary school by sharing a lunch time prayer space for anyone who wished to join her in the prayer room. Many of these and other contacts became subscribers to the monthly publication The Messenger of the Sacred Heart which she delivered, or had delivered, up to very near the end of her life. For years, too, she was a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul local Conference.

As an Ursuline follower of Saint Angela Merici we remember Xavier as a prayerful, loyal, dedicated member and friend, missed by us and by her family.  We sympathise with her sisters Kathleen and Joan and her nieces and nephews all of whom were very dear to her.

Solas na bhFlaitheas da hanam dilis. 

           “I lionta De go gcastar sinn” a Shiur Xavier.