Sister Killian Amond, FMSJ. R.I.P.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of


who died at Franciscan Convent, Burnley on Saturday 9th December 2017

Ellen Amond was born on 18th September 1937 in Carlow, Ireland and baptised the same day. She is survived by her Sister, Maureen and her brother Oliver. She entered the novitiate on 6th January 1955 and made her First Profession on 29th June 1956 receiving the name Sister Killian. Between 1956 and 1961 when she made Perpetual Profession Sister Killian served in Lochwinnoch, Herbert House and Blackburn.

In 1968 Sister went to Tilburg and attended dressmaking classes. Her file records that she was second in a class of 35 and was the first English speaker to pass the exam in the history of the Tilburg School of Fashion Design. In 1973 she moved to Roosendaal where she spent two years before being appointed as Local Superior in Dartry House, Franciscourt and Didsbury. In 1986 she was appointed Local Superior in Blackburn and she oversaw the major upgrading work to the building in the late eighties camping out with Sisters Ludwina and Margaret Quinn while everyone else was moved out. She formed a group of professional people such as doctors and the local coroner as a fundraising committee and a considerable sum of money was raised towards building costs. She was highly organised and gifted and when the new Registered Home opened it was beautifully furnished and homely revealing the talents of the three Sisters who worked so hard behind the scenes.

Sister Killian remained in Blackburn for a further five years and became a well known figure in the town where she did the shopping always dressed so smartly with her gloves and high heels and matching handbag. She was teased a lot but took it all in good humour and a twinkle in her eye.

After doing a renewal course in Hawkstone Hall in 1994 Sister Killian was appointed to the Generalate and worked in the finance office. She then went to the new house in Canterbury for a couple of years before being appointed to the shop in Rhyl where she and Sister Maura Keane did their best to make a success of the new venture. Signs of the onset of dementia began to show during this time and in 2005 she was moved to Burnley where this cruel illness advanced rapidly and Sister Killian deteriorated both physically and mentally until she became totally dependent on our dedicated care staff. In the last couple of years she was even unable to recognise family members who visited and were very attentive to her. However, whenever her Sister, Maureen, phoned the carers would put the phone to her ear and she often showed a flicker a recognition. Maureen visited from Ireland just a couple of weeks before she died. This once highly talented smiling Sister became a shadow of her former self and after many years of patient decline she died peacefully in the afternoon of Saturday 9th December 2017.

The funeral Mass for Sister Killian will be on Tuesday 19th December at 10.30am at Franciscan Convent, Burnley followed by interment in Burnley Cemetery.



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