Tipperary Nun Marks 100th Birthday In Melbourne

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tipperary Nun Marks 100th Birthday In Melbourne thumbnailPictured is Sr Francesca Slevin, originally from Kilregane, Lorrha, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 28th November 2016 in Clayton, Melbourne.

SISTER Francesca Slevin, originally from Kilregane, Lorrha, Nenagh, County Tipperary, celebrated her 100th birthday on 28th November 2016 in Clayton, Melbourne.

Sr Francesca, a nun with the order of Saint Joseph of Cluny, has lived in Australia since 1960. Her celebratory birthday Mass, where Sr Francesca renewed her vows, was presided over by local priests and also by the Most Reverend Peter J Elliott, Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Born Catherine Slevin in 1916 to John and Mary Slevin, she was professed Sister Francesca of Christ the King in Paris in 1937. Sr Francesca spent most of her working years in pastoral work in Australia, but also New Zealand (9 years), the Caribbean island of Martinique (10 years) and Fiji in the South Pacific (5 years).

On her 100th birthday, Sr Francesca, who enjoys good health, was delighted to receive an Apostolic Blessing in writing from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. She also received a birthday letter and a generous centenarian bounty, the national award made by the Irish President to people who have reached 100 years, from President Michael D Higgins.

In his letter to her, President Higgins said: 'Born as you were, in the second decade of the 20th century you have lived through remarkable times in the history of Ireland and the world.'

Sr Francesca also received a letter from Brendan Caolla , Ambassador at the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra and birthday cards from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia.

On her special day, Sr Francesca was joined by her community of religious sisters in Clayton, friends and family of those she had administered pastoral care to over many years and by her nieces Michelle Hoctor (Nenagh and Dublin), Mary Young (Rathcabbin, Roscrea and Hobart, Tasmania) and her nephew Michael Slevin (Mohill and Dublin). Cousins Brendan and Dianne Slevin based in Queensland, also celebrated the occasion.

Sister Francesca was one of five nuns in the Slevin family from Lorrha her sisters, Sister Ignatius Slevin (Bellmullet) and Sister Maura Slevin (Whitby) were both Sisters of Mercy. Sr Brigitte Slevin was with the Ursuline Sisters in Monistrol-Sur-Loire in France and Sr Anna Slevin, also a Cluny sister spent most of her life in The Gambia and Sierre Leone.

They are deceased. Sr Francesca has a sister and brother living in Ireland Chrissie Hoctor in Nenagh and Timothy Slevin who lives in Mohill, County Leitrim.


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