Sister Frances Lombard
1928 – 2015
Born: 30th March 1928
Entered Religious Life:
Died: 27th October 2015
Sr. Frances Lombard was born to Hanora and William Lombard on the 31 March, 1928 in Kilmalcoda, Co. Cork. The most important part of that address is Cork, she was very proud to be a Cork woman. She had two sisters with the Presentation Sisters, May and Ann in Western Australia, and her sister Elizabeth was a Mercy Sister in Colwyn Bay. Her brothers were Jack, Willie, Dominic, Brendan, Coleman, Anthony and Pat. She received her early education at the Convent of Mercy, Clonakilty, and later attended the College of Home Economics run by the Sisters of St. Louis, Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford. She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity on the 3rd February 1947. She received the habit and the names Teresa Aloysius on the 5th August 1947. She was professed on the 13th August 1949.
She began her religious life in Hackney where she worked in the Parish, then came short spells in Donnybrook, St. Vincent’s, Cork, Baldoyle and Cappagh. She then spent two years training in Nursery Management. She ministered in Temple Hill from 1958 until 1987. Her main Apostolate was with children. Her ministry included the care of infants prior to their adoption and the management of a Training School for Nursery Nurses. These Nursery Nurses were much sought after by families and nurseries.
In 1987 she was appointed Local Leader in St. Joseph’s, Kilkenny and she was in that position until the convent closed in 1989. In January 1988 she was appointed Resident Manager of Childcare Services in St. Joseph’s, a position she held until she went on sabbatical in 1994. After her sabbatical she returned to live in St. Patrick’s, Kilkenny. During this time she had an office in the grounds of the former St. Joseph’s Convent and was involved in Pastoral Care. She worked on the Aftercare Team with young adults, all of whom had been resident in St. Joseph’s. She was also involved in providing records to past residents.
Many of the past residents kept up with her. A day after her death a card arrived from a colleague who had worked with her in Kilkenny saying how wonderful she was caring for children and he enjoyed working with her because she was always ‘professional and fair’.
She was of a quiet disposition, very intelligent and a woman of prayer. She loved music, horses and took a keen interest in the Royal Family and loved the many pictures of them in HELLO magazine which her niece sent to her very frequently. Her family were wonderfully supportive of her and visited her as often as possible, she loved them all dearly.
She went to Providence community, Merrion in 2011 and soon after became a resident in Loyola. Some of these years were very difficult for her, particularly in the beginning, but she never complained and when asked ‘how are you?’ she always replied, ‘I’m fine,’ with a smile. She eventually settled down and appreciated how good the nurses and carers were to her. She died peacefully in Loyola on the 27th October, 2015. She was laid to rest in Donnybrook Cemetery after her funeral Mass in Merrion Convent Chapel. May she rest in peace.