Sister John Teresita Barry
1943 – 2014
Born: 1st April 1943
Entered Religious Life: 9th October 1967
Died: 31st October 2014
Introduction given at Sr John Teresita’s Funeral Mass by Sr Philomena Sayers RSC
On behalf of Stanhope Street community I welcome you all to our Eucharistic Celebration to celebrate the life and death of our beloved Sr John Teresita, known to her family as Winnie.
Welcome to Sr Mary Christian, our Superior General and Sr Phyllis our Provincial Leader. And a very special welcome to Sr John’s family from Warrenpoint, Co. Down. Her sisters Lily, Mary Rose, Bridie, Clare, Violet and Chris, her brother Michael, brother-in-law Gerry and sister-in-law Josie, her many nieces, nephews and their extended families, not forgetting her many friends.
A special welcome to the parishioners from James’ Street who were privileged to have journeyed with Sr John during the past 10 years.
Most of her Religious Life was spent in the Irish Province, apart from a year’s study course in Plater College, England.
Following her Religious profession in 1970 Sr John began her Pastoral Ministry work which took her from St Vincent’s Cork to Clarinbridge, to Walkinstown, to Bray and Clonmel.
In 1983 she was missioned to Donnybrook Parish, where she worked quietly and steadily as Parish Sister for the next 20 years. What turned out to be her final move came in 2004 when she was appointed to Stanhope Street community and her Pastoral Ministry was in the Parish of James’ Street.
Sr John was dedicated to her various Church duties, as well as visiting the housebound and bringing Holy Communion to the sick.
She was meticulous when arranging flowers on the altars. For special Feastdays she took off to the market early in the morning to get the best flowers available.
She was a kind and gentle person, but above all she was a woman of great Faith who loved to spend any spare time before the Blessed Sacrament. She rarely missed saying her three Rosaries daily.
She asked for little and lived simply – she gave her life in the service of others. The Lord took her as she had lived – quietly and gently.
She is now with God in the fullness of His Life and Love.
We all miss you Sr John – May she rest in peace.