Com­mu­nity is saddened by Sr Euphra­sia’s pass­ing

Wexford People - - NEWS OBITUARIES -

THERE WAS great sad­ness ex­pe­ri­enced in Wex­ford town re­cently with the news that Sr Euphra­sia Cado­gan SSJG, had passed away.

Orig­i­nally from New­bawn, Sr Euphra­sia died peace­fully in the care of the staff at Sal­lyville House, New­town Road, Wex­ford, on Mon­day, April 30. In her 98th year, her re­turn to God came rather sud­denly, fol­low­ing a short ill­ness.

Sr Euphra­sia was born Margaret Cado­gan in Chicago, U.S.A. She was the sec­ond daugh­ter of Joseph and Margaret Cado­gan and shortly af­ter her birth the young fam­ily re­turned to Ire­land and set up a drap­ery and gro­cery busi­ness in New­bawn.

Margaret, or Peg as she was more af­fec­tion­ately called by friends and fam­ily, at­tended na­tional school in New­bawn and went on to com­plete her sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in St. Mary’s Sec­ondary School.

In 1938, she and a friend set sail for the St John of God Novi­tiate in Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia. That friend who trav­elled with her, Sr Kil­lian Stafford, still lives in the com­mu­nity there.

Sr Euphra­sia was pro­fessed in May 1941 and min­is­tered in Perth and Goul­burn, be­fore re­turn­ing to Ire­land in 1947. Upon her re­turn she taught at the con­gre­ga­tion’s Ju­nio­rate in Bal­li­namore, County Mayo.

When the Ju­nio­rate closed, Sr Euphra­sia did Ir­ish teacher train­ing at Eden­derry, Rath­downey, be­fore trans­fer­ring to Kilkenny in 1964.

She re­mained there un­til her re­tire­ment in 1986.

How­ever, re­tire­ment was not in Sr Euphra­sia’s think­ing and hav­ing been in­volved vol­un­tar­ily in the Kilkenny branch of the IWA since 1965, she then threw her­self whole-heart­edly into work­ing and fundrais­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion. She was a great sup­port for ev­ery­one in­volved in the es­tab­lish­ment of Claddagh Court in Kilkenny and she con­tin­ued her work with the IWA un­til her health de­te­ri­o­rated a few years ago.

Sr Euphra­sia was a woman of strong be­liefs and con­vic­tions. She was very prac­ti­cal and car­ing in na­ture and was al­ways con­cerned for those who were cop­ing with life’s many chal­lenges. Al­ways a per­son to put other peo­ple be­fore her­self she was gen­er­ous in giv­ing her time and never con­sid­ered her own com­fort.

One of her fel­low sis­ters in the St John of God or­der in Wex­ford com­mented: ‘This was par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent in her fi­nal years when her sim­ple liv­ing was an in­spi­ra­tion to all who knew her.’

A gifted seam­stress she pro­vided cos­tumes for school shows when she was teach­ing.

Sr Euphra­sia’s Re­quiem Mass, at­tended by fam­ily and friends, was cel­e­brated in St Pa­trick’s Church, Kilkenny. The Chief Cel­e­brant was the Very Rev­erend Rod­er­ick Whearty, as­sisted by Very Rev­erend Liam Bar­ron, PP, Mul­li­na­vat. Fol­low­ing the mass Sr Euphra­sia’s re­mains were laid to rest in Foulk­stown Ceme­tery.

She is sadly missed by her nieces, Peg, Pat and Mary, her neph­ews, Joe and Mau­rice and their fam­i­lies, and her many friends.

May she rest in God’s eter­nal peace.

The late Sr Euphra­sia Cado­gan.

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