CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Canossian sisters bid farewell to two

Hong Kong (SE): The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute bade a final farewell to Sister Margaret Renoldi on November 5, just 120 days after her 100th birthday and in her 80th year of religious life; and Sister Amelia Ip on November 14, just shy of her 81st birthday. They were both at the Villa Bakhita Canossian Convent, Hong Kong. 

Sister Renoldi was born in Saronno, Italy, on 8 July 1911. She joined the Canossian religious family in Vimercate, Italy, going to India in 1932, where she made her first profession in Belgaum on 25 December 1933. She was sent to China in 1937, where she made her final profession in Hankow, in 1939. 

Born in Hong Kong on 5 December 1929, Sister Ip joined the Canossian Sisters on 14 August 1952, making her first profession on 24 December 1955 and her final profession in Rome, Italy, on 20 June 1961.

Sister Renoldi taught at the Sacred Heart College English Section in Macau from 1949 to 1959 and from 1971 to 1974. In Hong Kong, she worked at St. Francis’ Sacred Heart College, Kennedy Road, and St. Mary’s Canossian College, Tsimshatsui. She also served as superior in The Philippines. In Hong Kong, she helped with the first formation of aspirants, postulants and novices. Later, she served the sisters in different ways, sharing her motherly love, care and patience.

Sister Ip taught at the Sacred Heart Canossian College, Pokfulam, and St. Mary’s Canossian College, later becoming the principal. She also worked at the Sacred Heart Canossian College in Macau for a year. She was later superior and principal of the Canossian Convent School, Shaukiwan, up to 1982. 

After two years in England, she was made principal of Pui Tak Canossian College, Aberdeen, working there from 1984 to 1992. She then worked at the Caritas Medical Centre. In 1999, she moved to Canossa Hospital and began working in archives at the Canossian Provincialate. 

Sister Renoldi retired to Villa Bakhita in 1995, and Sister Ip to the same place in October 2004.

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

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