Obituary Sister Patricia Dee, FMSJ

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of


who died in Blackburn Hospital on 9th August 2017 aged 88 years


Mary Dee was born in Ballylongford, Co Kerry on 31st October 1928, one of nine children of Jeremiah and Norah Dee and was baptised the following day.  She entered the Congregation on 14th August 1944 and the Novitiate on 6th July 1945, receiving the name Sister Mary Patricia.

After her First Profession on 15th August 1946 Sister Patricia was appointed to St Bede’s College in Manchester where she was trained in cookery by her senior Sisters.  She made her Perpetual Profession in Altrincham on 8th September 1951.  In 1953 she moved to Mill Hill, London where she was first cook and remained there for ten years, delighting the priests and students alike with a great variety of beautifully cooked food.  She was to return there again in the 1980’s.

In 1970 Sister Patricia was appointed to Freshford in Ireland and with Sister Beatrice and a number of other Sisters was asked to set up a care facility for the elderly. £29,000 was needed for building work and was raised in two years thanks to the generosity of the local people. With the help of local traders and volunteer builders working evenings and weekends the work was completed and Prague House was opened with twelve residents and twenty six meals going out each day to elderly residents still in their own homes.  The name Prague House was chosen because Sister Patricia had great devotion to the Infant of Prague.  Sister Patricia remained in Prague House until 1986.  She returned there in 2004 but in the meantime she worked for a year in the Stanhope Housing Project in Dublin and then returned to care of the elderly between 1993-1999, this time as Superior in the Convent of St Francis, Cork.  She also served as Regional Councillor and Assistant Regional.

In 1999 Sister Patricia was appointed to the new community in Merseybank in the UK.

She volunteered one day a week at Cornerstone Project for the Homeless and ministered to people living on the local estate where she endeared herself to so many.   When she returned to Prague House Sister Patricia was still active but as the years went by her health deteriorated and she needed care.  When the Sisters left Prague House she remained and received care for several months but Sister wanted to be cared for with our Sisters and asked to be appointed to the UK where she settled very well.

Sister Patricia always had a great interest in people and loved to spend time talking to them. Many people sought her out and asked for prayers because it was known that her prayers for others were often answered.  She had great devotion to the Rosary and spent many hours in prayer each day both while she had a busy active life and in her later life when she maintained that God had given her this time in order to pray more.

Patricia had a ready smile and a great sense of humour.  She reached out to others and with her charismatic personality and warm Irish charm many people found it hard to say no to anything she asked of them.  She was determined to do her best in any undertaking often at a cost to her own health but she always put others first.

Sister Patricia suffered a small bleed on the brain in the early hours of Sunday 6th August, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord and was admitted to Blackburn Hospital where she died very peacefully on 9th August 2017. Her funeral Mass will take place at Franciscan Convent, Burnley on Thursday 17th August at 11.00am followed by burial at Burnley Cemetery.




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