Sister Felicity Kelly, R.I.P.

Sr Felicity Kelly was born in 1942 in Rutland, Co. Carlow.  She entered Franciscan life in Littlehampton in 1957, aged fifteen, and made first profession of vows in 1960.  She then helped to care for the boys boarding at Copthorne school.  In 1968, she qualified as a RGN and was appointed to St Francis Nursing Home where she lived and worked for many years.  Later, when the Surgical Operating Theatre opened in St Francis, Sr Felicity, trained to become a theatre Sister and scrub nurse.  By 1983, she was Matron in St. Francis.  For many years, she went to Lourdes as a nurse to accompany the sick pilgrims and was a most popular helper.  In 1997, after the operating theatre in St Francis closed, Sr. Felicity went to work in Worthing Hospital and lived in St Joseph’s Convent, Littlehampton.  When not at the hospital, she spent much time visiting parishioners and former patients in the local area.  Sister served on the General Council from 2008 and moved to St. Anne’s community in Burgess Hill, providing pastoral assistance in the residential home and local Parish.

Sister Felicity celebrated her Golden Jubilee of religious profession in 2010.  In 2014, Sr Felicity returned to St Joseph’s Community.  In 2016, she was sadly diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition.  As this illness progressed, she moved to St Joseph’s Nursing Home as a patient, maintaining her great interest in other’s welfare through friendship and intercessory prayer.  She departed this life on 22nd February 2020.  May she enjoy her eternal reward and continue to intercede for us all.

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