Sister Della Bannon
1954 – 2014
Born: 9th January 1954
Entered Religious Life: 28th January 1974
Died: 18th September 2014
Sr. Della Bannon, baptised Brigid Mary, daughter to Peter and Bridie Bannon (nee Kavanagh) was born in Cave near Clarinbridge, Co. Galway on the 9th January, 1954.
She attended the local Religious Sisters of Charity Primary School, Clarinbridge and the Presentation Convent Secondary School. Oranmore, Co. Galway.
Della entered the Novitiate of the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown on the 28th January. 1974. She received the ‘habit’ and the name Sr. Marion on the 27th October, 1974. She made her Religious profession on the 30th October, 1976. Some years later Sr. Marion reverted to the name Della as that was how she was known to her family.
She spent the next four years as receptionist in Milltown and helping in the kitchen.
In 1980 she was assigned to the Training Centre in St. Patrick’s, Kilkenny, where she spent six years ministering to people with learning difficulties.
A different challenge awaited Della in 1986 when she was missioned to Maamba, Zambia to work in the Home Craft Centre and surrounding parish.
In 1992 she returned to Ireland and began a course of studies at Mater Dei and the Grafton Academy.
Two years later she was back in the missions at Maheba Refugee Centre, Zambia where she ministered for eleven years.
In 2005 she moved to Mulanga as a pastoral worker. She returned to Ireland a year later.
From 2006-2008 Della did supply work and helped in the Provincialate and at the Sanctuary, Stanhope Green, Dublin.
In June, 2009 she was appointed assistant leader in Stanhope St. Community.
Della lived a very simple life. When sickness came she accepted it with fortitude and courage, never a complaint. She was kind, patient, generous and full of compassion. She saw only goodness in everybody. She was always a welcoming presence for all who came to visit either on holiday or Sisters home form the missions.
On Tuesday, 16th September Della went on a short break with her friend in Wexford. Having collapsed on the night of Wednesday the 17th she was rushed by ambulance to the Wexford General Hospital and placed on life support in the Intensive Care Department. She had suffered a major brain haemorrhage and no intervention was recommended. During the next ten hours her condition remained critical but peaceful.
She died peacefully at 3:50pm surrounded with love and with prayers by a number of our Sisters and members of the immediate family.
Her remains were returned to the Convent Chapel in Stanhope Street on Sunday 21st and her Requiem Mass was celebrated in Aughrim Street Church the following morning. She was buried in community cemetery in Donnybrook.
Della’s sudden departure has left us devastated but she has left us many, many memories.
An Dheis De go raibh a hAnam.