Monday, 17 January 2011

Remebering Sr Denise Wood

“A star studded life of service” summed up Sr. Denise Wood, artist and mathematician, of the Congregation of St Dorothy. She died on 17th November as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident when on the way to early Mass on 3rd October.

The Chief Celebrant, and preacher, at her Funeral Mass on 2nd December was Rt Rev Stephen Ortiger O.S.B.who said "Sr Denise now shares Christ’s victory over death. Rejoice in her and our faith”

Sr Doreen, the Regional Superior, paying tribute to her friend and colleague, said Sr. Denise joined the Dorotheans in her early twenties, first qualifying as a music teacher. She went on to gain a B.A. in education in the United States. She spent much of her life teaching Maths, English, Italian, Needlework, Music, Catechism and giving Religious Instruction. Knitting was a great hobby; in breaks between marking piles of exercise books, and right through until her last days. She also embroidered beautiful altar cloths which are much treasured.

In 1975 she was elected Counsellor to the Mother General of the Congregation for a period of six years. Next she was elected Provincial of Malta and U.K., being one province for the Dorotheans. Later she became Superior of 2 convents in Malta (Sliema and Mdina) and finally Redhill.

Whilst keeping a humble and low profile, she was prayerful, a natural leader, a great organiser, and often used her keen sense of humour to diffuse a situation. Her example motivated others to pray assiduously and work without counting the cost.

Christian symbols of crucifix, book of the gospels, and photograph of St. Paul Frassinetti, foundress of the Congregation were placed upon her coffin.

As befitting a person so well loved and respected, the parish farewell took place with every possible ceremony. He coffin was received into St Joseph’s church, part of the Nativity of the Lord Parish, the previous afternoon. Later on Evening Prayer for The Dead was said; later still there was a vigil Mass at 8.00 p.m. and finally Night Prayer two hours later.

May she rest in peace

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