Sr Aengus gave her life to helping others
THERE was much sadness at the news of the death of Sr Aengus Campion MMM last week (pictured). Sr. Aengus was born Eileen Campion in Ballagh, Co. Laois in 1927.
She trained as a pharmacist and worked in retail pharmacy for 10 years before joining MMM in 1963.
Readily adaptable, from 1967 to 1973 she worked as a hospital pharmacist in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
She returned to Uganda for a further 7 years before being assigned to England in 1980 for Mission Awareness work.
She returned to Ireland in 1984, also for Mission Awareness work, and was then vocation directress for MMM for 3 years.
In 1989, Aengus was assigned to Malawi, where she spent 13 happy years. During that time she also guided women in their early years in MMM.
In 2003, Sr. Aengus returned to Ireland. She worked in Dublin in pastoral ministry and with MMM Associates. She also visited people in prison. She was assigned to the MMM Motherhouse in 2011 for health reasons and helped with general duties.
Sr. Aengus moved to Aras Mhuire in August 2013 for nursing care and died there peacefully on 25 January 2018.
Many tributes appeared from around the world for Sr Aengus, including from her time in Africa.
‘I worked alongside side her at St Johns Mzuzu, Malawi. What an inspiration! If you ever felt a little low, you could pop along to the pharmacy for a chat with Sr Aengus - you’d soon be laughing again!
‘She had so many tales of her various exploits. Together we enjoyed a couple of rounds at the local golf course too. Keep smiling in heaven,’ one friend wrote.
‘I remember walking past the pharmacy at St Johns and smelling her home made eucalyptus cough mixture.
‘Rest in Peace my dear sister Aengus. I still remember your sweet smile, keep smiling in Heaven,’ others added.