We Remember the Death of Catherine McAuley 11th November 1841

Catherine McAuley’s energies in the summer of 1841 were occupied with retreat instructions for postulants and novices, preparations for reception and profession ceremonies on August 19, and plans for the departure of the founding Sisters to Birmingham on August 20. During her stay in Birmingham, she was tired and confined to her room, her cough worsened by fresh air. En route home, she visited the site of the future convent in Liverpool, and took her companion, a novice, to visit her parents. Back at Baggot Street by September 21 she saw a physician who declared her right lung "diseased." Making light of his verdict, she nonetheless delegated some of her responsibilities to her assistant, though she herself wrote loving letters to many sisters, scarcely mentioning her illness. At the end of October she became bed-ridden, and was anointed on November 8. On Wednesday, November 10, her condition was recognized as beyond hope of recovery. As she lay dying on November 11, fully aware of the fatigue and sorrow of those around her bed, she made one last request. She asked a sister to tell the community to "get a good cup of tea - I think the community room would be a good place - when I am gone & to comfort one another - but God will comfort them." She died that evening at ten minutes to eight, and was buried the following Monday, in the newly created cemetery at Baggot Street. A handmade sign was hung in the House of Mercy, begging the solicitude of the poor girls and women whom she so loved: "Pray for the soul of poor Catherine McAuley."

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