Remembrance service celebrates life and legacy of Sister Patricia
Sr Patricia's friends and family at the bench erected in her memory

Remembrance service celebrates life and legacy of Sister Patricia

A REMEMBRANCE day was held for a founding member of the Beacon of Light Counselling Centre in Clondalkin. On Monday evening, residents remembered Sister Patricia Kidd OSF, to celebrate her positive contribution to the community.

“Sr Patricia passed in June 2020, but due to Covid-19, we could not organise a remembrance service for her or mark her passing as we wanted,” said Geoffrey McCarthy, General Manager, Beacon of Light Counselling Centre.

“Her family friends, work colleagues and those from the local community gathered to pay homage to Sr Patricia, to celebrate her life and the legacy she left behind in the Beacon of Light.”

At the service at the Beacon of Light premises in Collinstown, Neilstown, the words most attributed to Sr Patricia were: kindness, benevolence, wisdom, and hope.

“We here at the Beacon of Light like to think we continue her work,” said Geoffrey.

Terry O’Hara, Nuala Byrne, Sr Carmel and Betty Dowling

The centre ordered a bench and a commemorate plaque for the remembrance day.

A message on RIP.ie from June 30, 2020, said: “Sr Patricia (Patty) Kidd, (Philadelphia, USA and formerly of Ferns Road, Kimmage), peacefully, in The Convent of The Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia, surrounded by her fellow sisters.

“Patty had been a devout member of the Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years.

Beacon of Light staff at the remembrance service

Most recently known for establishing The Beacon of Light Counselling Centre in Neilstown, Dublin.

Patty will be deeply missed by her surviving family members, May, Liam, Betty, Jerry, Damian, Bernadette, nieces and nephews.”