On Saturday 11 October two Mercy Sisters were honoured with a special Mass and party by the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Kensal New Town, to celebrate their 50 years of ministry within the parish.
Sr Margarita Cunningham and Sr Angela Moroney both arrived in Kensal New Town in 1964, working as teachers in the parish primary school. They retired as head teachers of the same school in the mid-1990s. While working at St Mary’s Primary School and since retiring the two sisters have worked alongside numerous priests in the parish. ‘They have been the golden thread of this parish in the last 50 years’, said Fr Peter Scott, the Parish Priest. ‘They have provided and co-ordinated excellent catechesis, as well as pastorally supported many parish families. They have worked in the parish so long that they have taught some of the grandparents of the present children attending the School.’
Mass was celebrated by Mgr Phelim Rowland and concelebrated by four previous parish priests.
At the end of Mass, the Sisters were led out of the packed church by pupils of St Mary’s, through a walkway of honour made up of ex-pupils to the School hall for a special party.