...instruments of mercy in the hand of God...

Blessing of the new Chapel at West Wickham

Sr. Clarisse Nirere Makes her Final Vows

Sr. Etty Kelly RIP

Sr. Mary Jude's Diamond Jubilee

Sr Brenda Duncombe RIP

Sr. Cathleen Mcarthy RIP

Sr Margaret Moloney RIP

Sr. Teresa McManus RIP

Sr. Colette Anne McLeod RIP

Autumn Days 2010

Sr. Joan O'Donoghue RIP


100 years old! Sr. Colette Anne McLeod 

Coloma School Celebrates 140 Years

Autumn Days and Jubilees

40 years in Thornton Heath   

Icon for St. Matthew's, Jarrow

Sr. Mary Baptist Taylor RIP

Sr. Leonard Harrison RIP 

Sr. Etty Kelly RIP

Sr. Etty

The Daughters of Mary and Joseph

ask your prayers for their dear

Sister Etty

(Rosanna Kelly)

 who died on 20th April 2014

in the 51st year of her religious profession

aged 73 years.


 May she rest in peace

To read the Eulogy Click Here


Sister Mary Jude's Diamond Jubilee

The parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath, came together on Saturday, 27th April 2013, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of parish sister, Sister Mary Jude's profession of vows. Sister Mary Jude is a Daughter of Mary and Joseph, she has been in the parish for 16 years.

She was joined on the night by two of her nephews with their families, her fellow sisters of The Daughters of Mary and Joseph, along with a church full of parishioners. Bishop Paul was the Principal Celebrant and there were seven other priests concelebrating. At the reception, Sister Mary Jude was joined by her life-long friend since her school days, Bishop Howard.

Sister Mary Jude is still active in the parish, she organises baptismal catechises she takes communion to the housebound, she reads at Mass and runs the repository. Previously she had taught at both Coloma Prep and St Anne's Prep Schools. The party went on till quite late as so many had come to show their affection for this much adored lady.




Sr. Brenda Duncombe RIPSr. Brenda

In Loving Memory of


(Mary De Sales)

Daughter of Mary and Joseph

who died on

8th February 2013

in the 66th year of her

religious profession

aged 98 years

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for an Interview with Brenda

Click for Photos from the funeral


to see the powerpoint shown at the funeral


Sr. Cathleen Mcarthy RIP

Sr. Cathleen

In Loving Memory of

(Mary Xavier)

Daughter of Mary and Joseph

who died on

29th January 2012

in the 61st year of her

religious profession

aged 82 years

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Sr Margaret Moloney RIP


Margaret Moloney

Sister Margaret MoloneyThe Daughters of Mary and Joseph
ask your prayers for their dear

 who died on 4th October 2011

in the 51st year of her religious profession
aged  86 years.

The Requiem Mass was celebrated on

Monday the  24th October 2011 at 11.00 am

in the Main Chapel, Daughters of Mary and Joseph,
Layhams Rd, West  Wickham, Kent BR4 9QJ

May she rest in peace

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Sr. Teresa McManus RIP

Sr. Teresa McManusThe Daughters of Mary and Joseph
ask your prayers for their dear

Sister Teresa McManus

who died on 13th August 2011
in the 62nd year of her religious profession
aged 87 years.



May she rest in peace

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Sr. Colette Anne McLeod RIP

Sr. Colette AnneThe Daughters of Mary and Joseph
ask your prayers for their dear

Sister Colette Anne
(Annie McLeod)

who died on 2nd October 2010
in the 79th year of her religious profession
aged 100 years.

The Requiem Mass was celebrated on

15th October 2010 at 10.30 a.m.

in the Main Chapel, Daughters of Mary and Joseph,
 Layhams Rd, West  Wickham, Kent BR4 9QJ

The burial will take place at Green Lawns Cemetery,
Warlingham at 11.45 a.m.

May she rest in peace

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Autumn Days 2010 

From Friday 24th September until Sunday 26th, the sisters of the The Delegates feed backEnglish Region met at Emmaus.  It was an opportunity for the Chapter Delegates to feedback to the Region and share the highlights of the Chapter.  Helped along the way by Sr. Raymunda Jordan OP, we also tried to map out the next steps for us as a Region in the light of the Chapter and the changes that need to take place because of our changing circumstances.  It is a time of transition for us, a challenge and an opportunity.

The 4 remaining members of the leadership team, Srs. Margaret Eason, Mary Hickey, Mary Lees and Deirdre Slade will continue as a team until March and then the Region will decide whether it is necessary to elect a 5th member.

On Sunday we celebrated the jubilees of Srs. Anna Mahoney (70 years), Margaret Homan(70 Years), Cathleen McCarthy (60 years) and Margaret Moloney (50 years); 250 years of religious life between them!  Unfortunately Sr. Margaret Homan was not able to be there.  Fr. Richard Lear CJ celebrated mass with us and we enjoyed a wonderful meal at Emmaus, thanks to their excellent staff.

Sr. Joan O'Donoghue RIP

Joan O'Donoghue    The Daughters of Mary and Joseph
            ask your prayers for their dear

Sister Joan

who died on 2nd August 2010
in the 56th year of her religious profession
aged 76 years.

The Requiem Mass was celebrated on
Friday 20th August 2010 at 11.30 a.m.
in The Chapel,
Layhams Road,
West Wickham, Kent

                                    May she rest in peace.


                                 Click Here to read the eulogy and tributes from the local paper.

The funeral was a great tribute to Sr. Joan's life of love and compassion.  Around 800 people attended an Ecumenical service in New Addington on Thursday evening and about 400 were at the Requiem Mass on Friday.  There were people from many places and walks of life including friends, DMJs, family, bishops and priests.

Fr. John O'DonoghueFr. Tony Charlton

Fr. John, Bishop Pat Lynch, Bishop Howard TrippSr. Margaret Eason dmj

A final Farewell


Sunday 25th April 2010 was a day of celebration for two of our sisters.  Sr. Margaret Moloney celebrated her Golden Jubilee, 50 years of religious life, with mass at Coloma Court Care Home and lunch with the sisters and some of her family in St. Joseph's community.

Sr. Margaret with Sr. Colette AnneSr. M. Dorothy, Sr. Anna and Sr. M. Joseph Sr. Margaret, Sr. Helen and Family membersSr. Margaret and neice

At the same time, in Herne Bay. Sr Margaret Homan celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, 70 years of religious life, with DMJ's and sisters from St. Peter's Care Home where she lives.

Sr. Margaret HomanSr. Etty dmj and Sr. Jane lsu

Srs. Etty, Agnes and MaregaretCutting the cakeSr. Margaret opening gifts


100 years old! Sr. Colette Anne McLeod

On 20th April 2010 Sr. Colette Anne celebrated her 100th birthday.When she was born in Scotland in 1910 her parents were told, so the story goes, that she would not last a day.  Look at her now 100 years on!

Sr. Colette Anne and her card from the QueenSurrounded by flowers

When she entered with the Daughters of Mary and Joseph she went to Belgium and with the outbreak of World War II was unable to return.  Most of her working life was spent there.  After she returned to England and retired she found another ministry as a "lollipop lady". She also became very involved in the Charismatic Renewal.
The big birthday was celebrated by a special mass in the nursing Home which was televised so that Sr. Colette Anne could watch in her room. Later there was tea with the community and a cake to be shared.

Sr. Colette and Barbara Lee (an old friend)Cutting the cakewith Sr. Eileen and Sr. Maria GorettiWith Sr. Josephine and Sr. Helen

Coloma School 140th Anniversary Mass

 Westminster Cathedral

On Monday September 28th Westminster cathedral was filled with a sea of blue blazers as the 1000 pupils of Coloma and 700 guests gathered to celebrate 140 years of the school. Having begun in 1869 with 3 sisters and one pupil, Coloma has become a thriving and successful school specialising in Music and Science.

  Fr Robert PreachingFr. Robert incenses the Altar 

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Robert Hamilton cj, the Superior General of the Josephites who, like the DMJs, were founded by Canon CoBannernstant William van Crombrugghe.  In his sermon he pointed out how this young priest in 19th century Belgium had recognised the importance for sodiety of giving young women a good Christian and academic education.  Coloma continues this work today and this year will be dedicating their charity work to the new Coloma primary school in Uganda. 

The music was beautifully led by the Coloma special choir.  Pupils, governors and  staff read, served and took part in the offertory procession.

             A globe Head and Deputy Head GirlsA senior Teacher   Girls Present the offertory Sr. Sheila, Governor  Mary Griffin, Deputy Head  

At the beginning of the Mass Mrs. Maureen Martin, the Headmistress and a DMJ Associate, thanked everyone for their contributions to the day and over the years.  At the end of Mass Sr. Linda Webb, the DMJ Superior General also said a few words of thanks and encouragement. 

Mrs. MartinMrs Martin, Fr. Robert, Sr. Linda, Head and Deputy Head GirlsSr. Linda
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Autumn Days and Jubilees

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th September were very busy and very joyful days for the DMJs of the English region as we met in Emmaus for our Autumn Days.

On Saturday we were facilitated by Sr. Raymunda Jordan OP. in moving towards a more Gospel life together in community.  She pointed out that now is a Holy Saturday moment for religious and urged us to focus on being in communion for mission rather than the getting hung up on the structure of community.  Each community then met to pray and decide on a response, a concrete step, to help us grow in our life together.

In the evening, the sisters who taken part in the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee in Uganda shared their experience with us.Sr. AgnesSr. Sheila shows off her jubilee skirtSr. Cathleen

On Sunday Sr. Linda and Sr. Kate, from the general team, worked with us on our journey towards the General Chapter 2010.  We began with reflection and faith sharing on the Gospel of the day (Mark: 9:38-43,45,47-48).  We asked ourselves how this spoke to the aim of the day which was "to facilitate in faith the reawakening of the Regional purpose..."  We agreed on the following:

"As women of hope and integrity our purpose is to deepen our relationship with Christ in prayer and contemplation so that we may respond with compassion to the spiritual needs and the fragmentation of our society in England today.  We reach out especially to those "for whom society says ‘there is no place for you here'".

We then went on to consider this might point to for the Congregational purpose and began to reflect on the type of leadership structure which could facilitate this.

Fr. RichardIn the middle of the day we took time out to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sr. Bernadette Lecluyse and the diamond jubilee of Sr. Teresa McManus. Both spent many years in Africa.  Sr. Teresa lived and worked in Burundi, mainly with prisoners.  Sr. Bernadette was also in Burundi before she was elected as Superior General.  After her time in office she became a hermit, first in Cameroon and then here in England.  Mass was celebrated by Fr. Richard Lear cj in the Emmaus chapel followed by a wonderful lunch.

Sr. Teresa And Sr. MargaretSr. BernadetteCutting the cake

We are also very happy to welcome Sr. Clarisse Nirere from Burundi who will be studying here.

Srs. Bernadette, Teresa and Clarisse

40 years in Thornton Heath

ODMJ community and Fr. Francisn the evening of Friday, 25th September 2009, the Daughters of Mary and Joseph celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their arrival at the Parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath.

Bishop Paul





Bishop Paul Hendricks was the main celebrant of a mass at which the sisters renewed their vows. He was joined by Fr. Francis Moran (parish priest), former parish priests and clergy from the deanery.  There were many DMJs, parishioners and friends. It was a wonderful celebration followed by a typical Thornton Heath feast in the hall.

 DMJ's singingThe Feast









Father Francis commented: 'Many, many thousands of parishioners of St Andrews are greatly indebted to the Sisters, who have lived Bishop Paul & Sr. Mary Judeand worked among us over the last four decades. They have helped countless young people, visited the elderly and sick at home and in Mayday Hospital and given tremendous practical help to those on the margins of society in this area. It is great to have this opportunity to recognise and celebrate all they do. Long May it continue.'
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DMJ Sisters in Thornton Heath Community since 1969

Kathleen Rathe,      Parish Sister            1969 -1992    RIP
Patrick O'Grady,      House and parish      1969 -1971    RIP
Sheila Jerome,        Student Nurse          1969 -1970
Teresa Clements,    Teaching Coloma
                            and parish               1969 -1970    RIP
Anatolia Kabarebiraho, Student and parish 
1969 -1970   Africa
Mary Anastasia O'Connor, Teaching St. Anne's, Sanderstead 
                                                         1970 -1971    RIP
Marie Paula Tomei, Head Teacher Regina Ceoli 
                                                         1971 -1974    RIP
Pauline Plummer, Teaching and parish     1971 -1978
Margaret Mary Davis, Ministry to Irish Travellers/parish 
                                                          1971 -1973   Ireland
Celia Beale, Teaching St. Joseph's           1974 -1975
Margaret Eager, Teaching St. James the Great
                                                         1974 -1992    RIP
Mary Peter O'Leary, Parish Sister            1975 -1992    RIP
Jennifer Condron, Ministry to Irish Travellers
1976 -1978    RIP
Bernardine Angel, Forces Chaplaincy       1985 -1988
Annette Lawrence, Novice on placement in parish
      at "The Passage" and at Coloma.    1988 -1989
      Teaching St. Mary's, then Coloma    1995 -1999
      Student                                       1999 -2001
      Retreat work/congregational           2006 - now
Sylvia Probst, Retired missionary          1988 -1989      RIP
Sheila Barrett, Nursing Mayday             1990 -1993
Paula Spark, Student Nurse and parish   1990 -1995
Joyce Anderson, Retired and parish       1992 -1993        RIP
Susan Cogan, Parish Sister                  1992 -1997
Ann Jordan, parish                              1992 (4months)
Margaret Eason, Lecturer in Scriptureat Seminary
                       w/e parish                  1991 -1997
Mary Goretti Betchetti, Wickham Court Nursing Home
                                                      1993 -1996
Agnes O'Shea, Parish Sister                1995 -1996
                     Student                      2007 -2008
Deirdre Slade, Retreat work and parish
                                                     1996 -1997
Noreen Murray, Nursing Cardinal Hume centre
                                                    1996 -1998
Teresa McManus, Retired and parish   1997 -2000
Mary Jude Parkinson Parish Sister       1998 - now
Margaret Moloney, Retired and parish 2001 -2005
Beatrice Ndayubaha Student and parish 2002 -2004   Africa
Sheila Moloney, Mayday Hospital Chaplaincy
                     Congregational Ministry 2004 -now
Jennie Eldridge Parish Sister               2009 -now

Icon for St. Matthew's, Jarrow

When St. Matthew's Church in Jarrow was redecorated last year, Fr. Peter Martin, the parish priest wanted to replace the icon of the Mother of God of Perpetual Succour in the lady chapel.  On Easter Tuesday the new Icon, written by the hand of Sr. Annette Lawrence dmj, was blessed and put in place in the altar.

Fr. Peter Blessing the IconThe icon in place

 Sr. Annette with the Icon

The new icon is in the traditional colours of older Orthodox icons.  The Mother of God wears the red of humanity as her outer cloak with the blue of the spiritual for her inner garment. Jesus wears the gold  and whiteof the divinity and uncreated light.  He looks towards the angels carrying the instruments of the passion while gently supported by his mother. 


Fr. Peter, Sr. Philomena Whyte and Sr. Annette

Sr. Mary Baptist Taylor RIP

Sr. Mary BaptistThe Daughters of Mary and Joseph
ask your prayers for their dear

Sister Mary Baptist

who died on Ist November  2008
in the 65 th year of her religious profession
aged 94 years.

The Requiem Mass was celebrated  on
Thursday 13th November 2008
in The Chapel, Layhams Road,
West Wickham, Kent

                                                      May she rest in peace.

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Sr. Lennie

Sr. Leonard Harrison RIP

The Daughters of Mary and Joseph ask your prayers for their dear

Sister Leonard
(Mary Harrison )

who died on 26th September  2008
in the 67 th year of her religious profession
aged 88 years.

The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday 3rd October 2008
at 1 pm in the Emmaus Chapel, West Wickham, Kent. 

For the Words of remembrance shared at Sr. Lennie's Requiem Click Here.



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