Sister Teresa Ursula Kennedy
1922 – 2022
Born: 4th September 1922
Entered Religious Life: 11th October 1943
Died: 12th April 2022
Anna Kennedy, daughter of John Kennedy and Elizabeth Egan was born in Ballyroe, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny on 4th September 1922.
She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown on 11th October 1943 and was received into the Novitiate on 29th August 1944 taking the name of Sr Teresa Ursula. She was professed on 30th August 1946.
Following profession she studied in Mountjoy Street for one year before beginning her teacher training in Carysfort College. Following her training she was missioned to Gardiner Street for one year and then taught in Lakelands, Milltown and Stanhope Street. In 1958 she moved to Crumlin and taught in Walkinstown school for four years. Following periods in Basin Lane, Stanhope Street and Tramore she moved to Milltown in 1968 where she taught in Farrenboley school. In 1972 she was appointed principal of the Josephian School in Mountjoy Street and continued in this post until 1986 when she was missioned to Stanhope Street. In 1988 she took a sabbatical and moved to Lakelands. While there she took up a post as supernumerary teacher in Scoil Mhuire primary school. She is remembered by many as a very kind teacher and a devoted principal in the Josephian School.
In 1990 she moved to Basin Lane and did outreach work at Mater Dei School as well as being a member of the parish team. She visited the homes and promoted friendly relations between school and home. She paid particular attention to new pupils for admission, children in First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes and sick pupils or sick parents, whether at home or in hospital. When Basin Lane closed in 1990 she moved to Mountshannon and continued her ministry there until she retired to Tramore in 2002.
In Tramore Sr Ursula continued to run a prayer Meeting and was very assiduous in preparing for this and in carrying it through. She also took Communion to some of the locals on the First Fridays.
In 2013 when Sr Ursula was in need of extra care she moved to the Mary Aikenhead Unit in Kilkenny. Here she continued to be interested in everything that happened and she liked to be involved in all that was going on.
She took up painting again and donated some of her work to the St Patrick’s Fund and the Cathedral restoration fund. She spent four very happy years there in retirement and moved to Lakelands in 2017 when Kilkenny closed.
She was a Kilkenny woman and had a keen interest in all GAA matches. She was very proud of the Kilkenny Hurlers. She knew each one of the team by name and was always ready to cheer them on. The highlight of each week for her was the Kilkenny People newspaper arriving in the post. This was read from cover to cover and the sports section studied in great depth.
Family were very important to Sr Ursula and she enjoyed many visits from family members and friends during her last two years when she was confined to bed. During her confinement she accepted willingly the care that she received from the very devoted staff in Lakelands. She was looking forward to her 100th birthday and was well advanced with her plans.
After a long and fulfilled life she died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of April 12th 2022. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Star of the Sea parish church in Sandymount and she is buried in the community cemetery in Donnybrook. May she rest in peace.