CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 11 August 2018

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Farewell to two Canossian sisters

Hong Kong (SE): The Canossian Daughters of Charity recently bad farewell to two long serving companions.

Sister Maria Pirotta died peacefully in her sleep at the Villa Bakhita Canossian Convent, Caine Road, on August 30, at the ripe age of 98, while 78-year-old Sister Margaret Lee passed away at Canossa Hospital in the early morning of September 3.

Sister Pirotta was born in Italy on 14 January 1913. She joined the Canossian family in Vimercate, Italy, on 14 September 1932, and made her first profession on 11 April 1936.

Six months later, she left Italy for Macau, where she learned both Portuguese and Chinese, while also being involved in a variety of charitable ministries. She made her final profession on 15 August 1941. 

Sister Lee was born in Hong Kong on 1 February 1933. On 14 August 1952, four years after her baptism, she joined the Canossians making her first profession in Hong Kong in 1955 and her final profession in Rome in 1961. 

After completing her training and studies in education, she taught at St. Mary’s Canossian School, Tsimshatsui, and the Canossian Convent School, Shaukeiwan. 

In 1965 she became the principal of Sacred Heart Canossian Primary School, Caine Road.

In 1973, she was appointed to head the Holy Family Canossian College until February 1979, when she was nominated as a provincial councillor.

She returned to Holy Family in 1985 as superior of the community and principal of the college. 

From 1988 to 1991, she went to Oxley, Australia, for study and pastoral services. She returned to Hong Kong in 1991 and served as superior and administrator of the Honeyville Canossian Retreat House, Pokfulam.

In her final years, Sister Lee lived bravely with her illness. 

Sister Pirotta was a novice mistress in Macau and then in Hong Kong from 1944 to 1962. 

She was then called back to Italy and received her mandate as superior in the Missionary Community of Vimercate.

In 1967, she was nominated superior and later, general delegate to the Canossian houses in England. 

She returned to Hong Kong in 1973, as superior at Canossa Hospital, and later the Sacred Heart Canossian Convent, Macau.

She offered her apostolic services in Oxley from 1979 to 1980, later working in the communities of Annunciation parish, Tsuen Wan, and Holy Family parish, Kowloon, until 2001, when health issues compelled her to retire to Villa Bakhita.  

The Canossian Sisters thank the readers, relatives and friends for their prayers for the repose of their souls. May they rest in peace.

 

 Sister Maria Pirotta, left, and Sister Margaret Lee, right.  

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