Sister Marcella Hyland
1935 – 2017
Born: 29th March 1935
Entered Religious Life: 15th July 1957
Died: 21st November 2017
The following is the ‘Welcome’ given at Sr Marcella’s Funeral Mass by Sr Ann Marie McGeever, the Local Leader in Stanhope Street community.
“Good morning. On behalf of Stanhope St Community and our Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity, I welcome all of you who have joined us in celebrating Eucharist (thanksgiving) for the life of Sr Marcella. A special welcome to her brother Bill, her sisters Eileen and Kathleen, her sister-in-law Anne, extended family, friends and sisters.
Our celebrant today is Monsignor Paul Callan, Vicar General, who is chaplain to our community, and with him are Fr Brian Gough, Chaplain to St James Hospital, and Canon Damian O’Reilly, recently appointed chaplain to St Vincent’s who attended Marcella during her final illness. Fr Paddy Madden, our Parish Priest here in Aughrim St has welcomed us using the church, together with Fr Cori. We appreciate that you are able to be with us today.
Marcella was born in Mountmellick in 1935. Sometime later the family moved to Dublin, and in 1957 Marcella, in response to God’s call entered our Congregation in Mount St Anne’s, Milltown. July this year was the 60th anniversary of her entrance.
At her reception into the novitiate she was given the name Sr Joseph Thechla and was known by that name for many years until the opportunity arose and she was able to reclaim her baptismal name chosen by her parents.
She was professed in 1960 and apart from three years spent in Airdrie, Scotland and some sabbatical time in Rome, all her religious life has been in the Irish Province. For many years her main ministry was in the area of hospitality, in 19998 she began studies in Pastoral Ministry in Milltown Park. When her studies were completed she was missioned to St James Hospital where she made a contribution to the pastoral care of the frail elderly in Hospital 4. This continued until 2015 when she retired from Ministry but very much kept in contact with the Pastoral Care Team members.
Marcella was a very private person, sharing did not come easy to her so sometimes it was difficult to get the full picture, a bit like a jigsaw that has missing pieces!!!
She had many interests in life, for example, reading, listening to music, arts and crafts and in recent times joined a local knitting group. She enjoyed television, especially nature programmes, quizzes and anything to do with antiques.
Time spent with family was enjoyed and appreciated by her, and she loved to hear how everyone was doing. In September of this year she travelled to Lourdes with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage. It was a wonderful experience for her, so much so that she hoped to repeat it next year.
Times of quiet and reflection were important to her, and it was with great disappointment only two weeks ago she cancelled her Advent Triduum in Ballyvaloo.
Marcella had poor health most of her life, but she kept going and her last hospital appointment was basically a routine check-up, so her passing from life came as a huge shock to everyone; it happened so quickly.
Her work here on earth is now complete; her suffering is over.
May she rest in peace with God.”