IJ Sr Josephine Healy passed away on Dec 17. A memorial Mass will be held for her on March 17.

Infant Jesus (IJ) Sister Josephine Healy passed away peacefully at the IJ Sisters’ nursing home in Cork, Ireland, on Dec 17, 2011. She was 92.

The Infant Jesus Sisters are inviting all who know Sr Josephine, who served at CHIJ Katong, to a memorial Mass celebrating her life at the Church of the Holy Family, Katong, on Sat, March 17 at 9 am.

Ever since former students and friends of Sr Josephine heard of her return to God, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in to the IJ Sisters. All speak of a Sister who lit up their childhood, a Sister whose love of life, sense of fun and capacity to reach out to each one in a special way made childhood and later adulthood a treasured experience.

Sr Jo, as she was fondly called, was born in Tralee, Ireland, and on completing her training as a teacher and specialist in Speech and Drama, came to Singapore.

As a teacher, she had the special gift of engaging children and exploring with them so many creative areas which brought delight to life in school.

Some speak of how they grew in sensitivity as she held Literature lessons on Katong beach, where, under her guidance, their eyes opened to the wonder of creation.

Sister’s many gifts of dance, song, drama, love of poetry and Literature brought life to her lessons and left a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to have been taught by her.

Her generosity of spirit knew no bounds and calls for help were always answered, whether convenient or not. The wellspring of this generosity came from her deep faith which embraced all who crossed her path.

Her compassion was extended to all in need and the pain of many a complicated life was eased by her empathy, the deep concern which she communicated, and the hope she radiated.

To come in contact with Sr Jo was to be aware of the joy and love which characterised her personality. No one tribute could capture the rich tapestry of influence which Sister had in all her encounters. She loved people and had an inimitable capacity to bring out what was best in children especially.

We mourn Sister’s passing but thank God for the rich blessing of her life. Her closing years were spent in the peace and beauty of the IJ Sisters’ nursing home in Cork, Ireland, where so many Singaporeans visited her to express their love and gratitude. May Sr Josephine rest in peace.  CONTRIBUTED BY THE IJ SISTERS

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