Sister Philomena Farrell
1934 - 2020
Born: 6th June 1934
Entered Religious Life: 18th February 1954
Died: 29th September 2020
Philomena, daughter of Thomas Farrell and Winifred Burke was born in Toomevara, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on 6th June 1934. She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity on 8th February 1954 and made her Final Profession on 17th August 1959.
Philomena lived her life in the light and spirit of our Foundress Mary Aikenhead, devoting herself to the Sick and the Poor. She did this mainly in St. Vincent’s Hospital, firstly in Stephen’s Green and then in Elm Park. Philomena also spent three years in the Arthur Davidson Hospital in Zambia before returning to St. Vincent’s in 1968 and from there she went to the Convalescent Centre in Linden and then to Shalom where her ministry in Loyola Nursing Home was very much appreciated by all who experienced her compassionate and caring presence.
Philomena was a great woman of prayer. She had great devotion to Our Lady and loved to visit the Shrines of Knock and Medugorje where she prayed for all the intentions of her family and many friends to whom she was very close.
On 30th May 2016 Philomena was missioned to Temple Street community where she settled happily. However as her physical condition deteriorated she decided she needed more care and was admitted to Nazareth House on 3rd April 2019. In spite of the difficulties she was experiencing, Philomena rarely complained and when her body no longer could keep up with her astute mind and determined will, she let go with grace and dignity, even though it was difficult and painful for her – a remarkable turnaround for a woman who had spent her life caring for others.
Following a short stay at Beaumont Hospital, Philomena died peacefully on 29th September 2020. Her funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Richard Dyer S.J in Gardiner Street Church. Because of the Covid-19 restrictions only 25 people were able to attend. Sister is buried in the community cemetery at Donnybrook. May Philomena now rest in peace.