Sister Marie Paul McCarthur
1924 – 2012
Born: 8th June 1924
Entered Religious Life: 15th July 1957
Died: 29th October 2012
An appreciation of Sr Marie Paul McCarthur
Sr. Marie Paul McCarthur was born on the 8 June, 1924 at 1145 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow to Margaret and William McCarthur. She was baptised Agnes. From 1947 to 1950 she did her nurse training in Ruchill Hospital. She was highly trained in the nursing field, and before her entrance to Religious life she worked in the Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Southern General Hospital and with the Glasgow District Nursing Association. After her religious training in Mount St. Anne’s in Milltown, from 1957 until 1960, she spent a short time in Kilcreene, Co. Kilkenny and then went to St. Margaret’s Hospital, Clydebank. She spent a short time in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross before going to Zambia in 1963.
She worked in Chikuni Mission Hospital, Mazabuka Hospital and Choma Hospital until 1980 when she returned to Ireland. She spent a short time in the Hospice and then went to Merrion where she stayed until 1988. Zambia called again and she worked in Chikuni from 1988 until 2003 where she did Pastoral Work and Nursing. She retired to St. Michael’s in the Hospice and remained there until the 25 July, 2011 when she came to Loyola where she died on the 29 October, 2012
She was especially noted for her kindness not only to the patients she nursed but also to their families. She worked tirelessly and loved the poor, and it was confirmed by those who worked with her that she nursed many TB patients back to health, particularly in Choma. She loved Knock and travelled there a number of times yearly. She was very generous and when giving a gift she had an instinct of what the person would like!
Her last few years were very difficult, she felt the cold terribly, but she was profuse in her thanks for any little help one offered. Talking to her sister, Alice, on the phone recently she said that everyone was very kind to her and this was a source of comfort to Alice who could not be with her. I think her life could be summed up by a text Sr. Pereka sent when she heard of her death. For those of you who do not know, Sr. Pereka is from Zambia and is on the General Team.
“She was Christ’s compassion personified. Her friends in Zambia will be sad to hear that she is gone. Anyway she did her bit and no doubt she is in heaven. I’m sorry to be missing her funeral. I lived with her as a young sister and she was so affirming and a great example of love and respect for the poor.”
May she rest in peace.