THE Bishop of Nottingham, the Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, will preside at a deanery requiem mass in Spalding next month for popular Holbeach parish sister Theresa Anne Aylward, who has died aged 62.
Sister Theresa Anne, a member of The Sisters of Providence and The Immaculate Conception, was based at the town’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church for 16 years.
Shortly after retiring from her career as a district nurse, Sister Theresa Anne’s health began to deteriorate and she returned on December 4 to her convent in Hampstead to receive the medical care she needed and to be with her community.
She died in The Royal Free Hospital on March 21 – the hospital where her nursing career began.
A requiem mass was held at the convent on March 31. Among those attending were Holbeach parishioners, representatives of Spalding parish and the headteacher of the Spalding St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Louise Yarnell.
Spalding parish priest, Father Jim Burke, was one of the concelebrating priests.
The local Catholic deanery was also represented by the Dean, Canon Michael Bell, of Sleaford, and Father Clement Orango, the parish priest from Bourne.
Spalding’s requiem mass for Sister Theresa Anne starts at 7pm at St Norbert’s Church on May 2.
The bishop leading the service was a long-standing friend of hers.
Sister Theresa Anne’s sister, Bernadette O’Donoghue, will travel from Ireland to represent the Aylward family.
Church leaders have issued an open invitation to all who knew Sister Theresa Anne to attend the service, which will be followed by a reception in the community hall.