The family of the Bosco Centre’s Sister Cecily have expressed their thanks for all the support they have received after her death, and are holding a mass next Sunday for The People of Bermondsey.
Sister Cecily Dunn was diagnosed with aggressive cancer earlier this year and spent her final days at the Bosco Centre in Jamaica Road – a convent with a nursery and youth club, as well as a school and college she set up to help those who have experienced challenges in the mainstream education system.
Anthony Schwarz, Sister Cecily’s nephew, said: “Although departed, she remains amongst you, especially in all the lives she touched through her friendship and work.
“Please continue to support the staff at The Bosco Centre as they continue to work with the youth of Bermondsey following Sister’s example and the values of St Don Bosco.”
Around 200 people attended the Sacred Heart mass and cremation in June, with coaches of mourners coming to pay their respects.
Fr David O’Malley, who conducted the funeral and memorial mass, said in his homily: “Cecily lived out, every day, her deepest desire to see young people come to life, to uncover their potential, to remove the obstacles to their growth.
“That was her vocation: to uncover in each young person the face of God, to help them to see how precious they were, how loveable they always are, whatever mess they get themselves into.”
Mass will be offered for The People of Bermondsey at St Peter and The Guardian Angels on behalf of the family of Sister Cecily Dunn on Sunday, September 18 at 9am.