Sr Catherine Lim passed away on Jan 9 at the age of 94.

Canossian Sr Catherine Lim was called back to the Lord at the age of 94 on Jan 9, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Sr Catherine was born in Singapore on Oct 5, 1922, to devout Catholic parents: Peter Lim Ah Pin and Florence Teo.

She was baptised on Oct 8, 1922 at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul and studied in CHIJ Victoria Street (the present CHIJMES).

On June 11, 1942, four months after the fall of Singapore, Sr Catherine entered the Canossian Convent as a postulant and took her first vows on June 7, 1945, two months before the Japanese surrender.

Sr Catherine was in the teaching profession from 1945 to 1968, having taught in Canossa Convent Primary School in Aljunied Rd, St Anthony’s Convent in Middle Rd as well as in the Convent School in Kluang and the Sacred Heart Convent in Malacca.

After having witnessed a tragic incident, which affected her health badly, she stopped teaching and was assigned to different tasks in the convent. In 1990, she was transferred to St Magdalene’s Community in Jalan Merbok, Singapore, where she remained till her death.

One of Sr Catherine’s hobbies was knitting. After her retirement from teaching, she spent her free time reading and knitting about 250 beautiful woollen cardigans for her fellow Sisters. It was done with so much love and many Sisters still treasure this precious gift from her.

Sr Catherine had always been very prayerful. She knew the litany of Our Lady by heart and would lead the community in this prayer with a loud and clear voice. Even in her old age, Sr Catherine would often pray aloud this intercessory prayer: “Lord, grant peace in the world, in our hearts and in our homes.”

In order to make sure Sr Catherine had some exercise, she was accompanied to New Horizon Day Care Centre three times a week. She became quite popular there and did her bit to encourage other residents.

She was made their Bingo captain, calling out the numbers loudly in English, Malay, Teochew and Hokkien, so that others could participate.

Sr Catherine visited this centre until December 2016 when she had a fall and needed to be hospitalised.

She passed away peacefully at 1.55 am on Jan 9 in the presence of the Sisters at St Joseph’s Home.

Submitted by the Canossian Sisters

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