It was with great sadness that we learned of Sr Carmel’s death on Friday 3rd June. Sr Carmel worked for the Catholic Children’s Society for many years and carried a mixed caseload of adoption, fostering and family work. She was so well known and loved and appreciated and remembered all her “babies”, their families and history down to the minutest detail. There was no need to check the files when Carmel was around! She had great passion for families and promoting positive attitudes and responses to some difficult and complicated situations where young and single pregnant mums were concerned. She was part of the Diocesan Team who attended and spoke at the World Council of Churches consultation in 1974, presenting a study paper on the work of Shrewsbury Diocese and how it supported those faced with unwanted pregnancy post 1967 Abortion Act.
After her retirement she continued to support the Society in a volunteer role and we all looked forward to the days when she was with us as a staff team. She would arrive with the latest news of “the babies”, a listening ear for colleagues and an endless stream of jokes and funny stories and commentaries on the match. She was a real tonic!
When her health made coming to the office more difficult she continued to pray for the Society, worried about its funding, begged wool for the Sisters in her community in Rock Ferry to knit baby clothes for those in need and loved the occasional update, cup of tea and chat when staff members stopped by to see her. She will be missed
She was a valiant and passionate woman who loved and fought for the rights of children and families whenever and wherever that was necessary. May she rest in peace.
The funeral is on the 20th June at 11.00am. St. Anne’s Rock Ferry, Birkenhead.