Obituary for Sister Audrey Carnall, FMSJ

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of 


Who died at Franciscan Convent, Burnley on Thursday 18th October 2018

Audrey Sylvia Carnall was born to her parents William and Phyllis Carnall on 15th September 1928 in the Wavertree district of Liverpool.  She was pre deceased by her parents, her two brothers and two of her three Sisters.  Her surviving Sister, Yvonne, lives in New Zealand.


Audrey was educated at Adelphi House Grammar School in Salford and in addition to her Leaving Certificate she had Certificates for Elocution. During her Teacher Training at Sedgley Park College she also obtained Certificates in Plain Song awarded by the Solesmes Plainsong School in Dublin.

Audrey entered the Congregation at St Philomena’s in Altrincham and entered the Novitiate on 1st November 1950 receiving the name of Sister Aquinas.  She made her First Profession on 1st May 1952 at St Philomena’s and her Perpetual Profession on 11th August 1957 in Asumbi, Kenya.

Sister Audrey was appointed to Kenya in 1956 and was to spend the next thirty four years teaching there.  She served in Rangala, Chepterit, Kibuye, Asumbi ,Kisii, Kaplong and Nyabururu.  She was Principal in a number of schools and local Superior in several communities. She is remembered as kind and patient with the children and Sister Patricia remembers the late Sister Madeline once describing Sister Audrey as “a really good teacher.”

When Sister Audrey returned to the UK in 1990 she spent five years in Market Drayton and a year in Herbert House before being appointed to Rochdale to do parish work in 1996. She remained there until poor health necessitated her retirement to Burnley in 2006. Here she remained fairly active, enjoying having more time for prayer and reading and she made a real ministry of praying for the needs of the staff and their families especially in the last few years when she became more or less confined to her room.

Sister Audrey celebrated her 90th birthday in September and enjoyed visits from friends and family members.  She received many flowers and took time to learn the Latin names for them so that when Sister Maureen visited she was able to tell her all the proper names.

Sister Audrey was admitted to hospital for one night on 6th October but then sent home. She gradually became weaker and died very peacefully early on 18th October.

Her funeral Mass will be held at Franciscan Convent Burnley on Wednesday 24th October at 11.30am followed by interment in Burnley cemetery.




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