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To live for Christ not ourselves

Every long innings comes to an end and Columban Father John MacGrath ended his time on this earth on June 14 when he succumbed to his long battle with cancer.
 
Although remembered as softly spoken and gentle in his ways, his benign demeanour masked an interior strength, which must have come to the fore as a member of a premiership-winning football team in his youth. It remained within him as a quiet resilience that brought him through the many challenges he faced in his life.
 

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Farewell to Maryknoll China hand

MARYKNOLL (SE): Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll died on 28 May 2019 at Cedar Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Ossining, New York, the United States of Americ. She was 85-years-old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years. 
 
Born in New York City on 22 1933 Sister Carroll graduated from St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx and entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll in 1952.
 

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Jean Vanier humanitarian, philosopher and theologian dead at 90

TORONTO (CNS): Jean Vanier, the author of some 30 books, a member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize, member of France’s Legion of Honour and the founder of the L’Arche communities and co-founder of Faith and Light, died in Paris, France, on May 7.
He had been suffering from cancer and was assisted at a L’Arche facility. He was 90-years-old.
 

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Remembering a joyful missionary

HONG KONG (SE): A Memorial Mass was offered at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, Central on March 19 for the soul of Sister Graciela San Diego of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Angels (MNDA), who passed away on March 5.
 
People also prayed for the soul of Sister Florence Yongi, another MNDA sister who recently died when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10.
 

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Maryknoll centenarian goes home to the Father

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffmann, died on March 14 at Maryknoll, New York, the United States, she was 104-years-old and had been in the consecreated life for 85 years.
 
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 13 August 2014,  she was a swimming instructor, a Red Cross volunteer and an office worker before entering the Maryknoll Congregation at the Maryknoll Motherhouse in Ossining, NY on 4 June 1933.
 

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De La Salle Brothers bid farewell to a cheerful confrère

HONG KONG (SE): The De La Salle Brothers announced that Brother Alphonsus Breen of the St. Joseph’s College Community in Hong Kong, died on January 5 at Ruttonjee Hospital. He experienced old age with good cheer and graceful, enduring the gradual wearing down of his body with no complaints. He was 88 years old. 
 

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Final rest for faithful servant

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Marie Isabelle Tchang, of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital on 26 December 2018 after a long illness. She was 98-years-old and had been a religious for 67 years.  
 
Born on 1 July 1920 in Kunming, China Sister Tchang entered the Hong Kong Novitiate on 20 July 1948.  After her First Profession, she studied and obtained a Teacher’s Certificate from the newly opened Grantham Teachers’ Training College, now a part of Education University of Hong Kong. 

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Beloved Jesuit mourned

HONG KONG (SE): Father Alfred Deignan of the Society of Jesus died in the early hours of December 11 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. He was 91-years-old.
 
Father Deignan was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, on 25 March 1927.  He entered the society at Emo Park, Portlaoise, Laoise, on 7 September 1945 and was ordained to the priesthood on 31 July 1959 in Dublin. He professed his final vows on 5 November 1977 at Ricci Hall, where he was warden from 1970 to 1978.  
 

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Final rest for Maryknoll sister

 HONG KONG (SE): Sister Mary Doretta Leonard died on November 27 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of Americ. She was 93-years-old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.

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Final farewell to Maryknoll sister

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Barbara Ann Walenty died on October 24 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 90-years-old and had been a sister for 61 years.
 
Born in Detroit, Michigan on 26 May 1928, with four brothers and two sisters, Sister Walenty attended Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan, becoming a registered nurse. She then worked at the Detroit Memorial Hospital for two years and at Highland Park Hospital for three years.
 

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