Sister Teresa Patrick Nolan
1922 – 2015
Born: 10th August 1922
Entered Religious Life: 15th August 1939
Died: 27th November 2015
Sr Teresa Patrick Nolan was born Eileen Nolan on the 10 August, 1922 to Delia and Michael Nolan in Gloves, Athenry, Co. Galway. She was one of twelve children, five of whom survive her – Teresa, Nancy, Tommy, Martin and John.
She entered the Sisters of Charity on the 15 August, 1939. After Profession she went to Benada in 1942 and remained there for nine years, then she went to Lakelands in 1952 where she remained until 1995. After Lakelands, she spent some time in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Cappagh, and St. Michael’s in Harold’s Cross and then retired to Loyola House, Merrion in January, 2010.
She had an extraordinary love of children particularly her Lakelands children and followed their lives with interest and caring, she also took a keen interest in their families, helping out where she could. Testament to her caring life were the presence of some of her past children, now adults, who were exceptionally caring of her in her last illness and who remained with her almost constantly throughout her last week, and it was wonderful that two of them, Marian and Katie were there when she breathed her last.
Many tributes have been paid to her, she was a woman of prayer and never neglected her religious duties. She was always kind, cheerful, most helpful and very easy to live with, but her main task in life was caring for the children especially the vulnerable and those without a family. A number of sisters testified to the fact that she did without food for herself so that there would be enough for the children.
She was also very devoted to her family and kept up with them throughout her life, and because she came from a large family she had many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews whom she loved dearly and took a keen interest in all their lives – in the good and bad times.
In her room was found this quotation: “Call me when you are ready God. But please God, make me ready when you call.” Sr. Teresa Patrick was ready when God called her on the 27 November, 2015.
May she rest in peace.