Mahon Parish says farewell to Assumption Sisters

This week Holy Cross Parish, Mahon, Cork, says a fond farewell to the Little Sisters of the Assumption who have lived and worked in the Parish since 1981.

Sr. Carmel Hamill and Sr. Mary Malone are moving from Ballinure Crescent to start a new chapter in their lives.

Sr. Mary Malone and Sr. Carmel Hamill, both of Little Sisters of the Assumption, Mahon (left) Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, and Sr. Jennifer McAleer, Good Shepherd Sisters, Montenotte, at the Liturgy of Thanksgiving for Consecrated Life at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne on Feb 2, 2020.

The Little Sisters of the Assumption have had a 155-year association with Cork. The Cork congregation was originally based in Grenville Place in the city centre, but moved to Assumption Road, Blackpool in 1906. The Assumption Road convent closed in 2005.

In Mahon, the Sisters established a Family Resource Centre and provided essential supports to families and communities from the early days of the parish.

Mahon Parish has paid tribute to the Sisters on their Facebook page and thanked the Sisters including Sr. Bride Counihan who was one of the first Sisters in our Parish and lived and worked in what was then a very young community with little or no facilities.

“Through the years we were so lucky to have such wonderful women here – who nurtured the families into a caring friendly community.”

“We will miss them greatly and we also remember them and all the other Sisters who have lived and worked among us down through the years. We will be forever grateful for all the work they did in helping build the Faith Community as well as in the wider community.

“We ask the good Lord to look after Sr. Mary and Sr. Carmel and let them enjoy some quality down time after all their hard work during the past few months.”