Sister Catherine Hamilton
1926 - 2020
Born: 28th August 1926
Entered Religious Life: 8th October 1945
Died: 16th January 2020
Catherine Teresa was born to Margaret (nee Carroll) and John Hamilton, in Clonlara, Co. Clare on the 28 August, 1926. She had one sister, Maura, with whom she had a very close relationship until Maura’s death.
She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown, Dublin on 8 October, 1945 and made her First Profession on 4 May, 1948. She was a student from 1948 until 1955 graduating as a Primary School Teacher from Carysfort and also as a graduate from UCD. In her Leaving Certificate she obtained First Place in Ireland in Irish, Mathematics and Latin. She herself said she was “a good scholar”.
She taught in Ballaghadereen and Benada Abbey for a short time and moved to Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown where she spent twenty one years, and then to Stanhope Street where she spent five years. In 1990 she spent a year in Maynooth studying Theology.
In 1991 she went to Charles Lwanga College in Zambia where she taught for two years. She came home on sick leave and stayed a year and in 1994 she went back to Chikuni where she worked in School and Youth ministry.
She was a born teacher and wherever she went she used her talents, initiatives and determination to improve facilities to offer the best education possible to the young people in her care. It seems she had a strict exterior but behind all that she had a heart of gold and helped many people in an unseen and hidden way.
She loved mathematics and could recite long verses of poetry from heart right into old age. She was not ‘into’ sport, but loved cats and in any house where she lived, she made sure they got the best nourishment. She loved reading and in latter years, she was never without a holy book in her hands.
She spent hours in the Oratory praying and towards the end of her life, her days were taken up with prayer from when she got up until she retired. She said her happiest years were those she spent in Zambia where she did some wonderful work and will be long remembered.
In 1996 she went to Stanhope Street in semi-retirement and then to Lakelands in 2009 in retirement. Her health declined and she was transferred to St. Patrick’s, Kilkenny in 2015 and thence to Loyola, Merrion where she spent her last years. She was much loved by the Nurses, Carers and Staff and they will miss her dearly.
She had a deep abiding love for her family and they for her – Aunty Kitty – will never be forgotten by them.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris.