On Saturday the 27th November, Sister Joseph Kelly, resident in Loyola community St Mary’s Merrion celebrated her 100th birthday.
Sister Joseph is a very alert centenarian and in the weeks preceding the celebration she drew up the list of all the family and friends that she wished to be invited to her party. Guests of all ages travelled from far and near to be present with her for the occasion.
The celebration began with Mass in the main chapel of St Mary’s and was celebrated by Fr. Tony Little CSsP, a regular visitor to St Mary’s and a friend to all the sisters in Loyola. This was followed by a splendid meal provided and served by the staff of the centre and served in the tastefully decorated dining room. One of the main attractions of the celebration was of course the birthday cake resplendent with 100 candles, which with help from the younger guests Sister Joseph blew out.
A further highlight was the letter from the President of Ireland and the bonus cheque which had been enclosed.
An enjoyable time was held by all, and while many were tired at the end of the day – not so Sister Joseph! She was delighted with the many cards and greetings she received from family, friends and from within the Congregation.
The celebration continued with a second party on a slightly smaller scale the following day to which all the residents and staff of Loyola were invited. It was a weekend of celebration and a weekend Sister Joseph thoroughly enjoyed.