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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Gifted musician who lived simply

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:20

The late Sister Callista O'Connor C.P. SISTER CALLISTA (Maureen) O'Connor died peacefully at the Cross and Passion Convent, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 on Thursday, December 13.

Aged 93 years old. she had been a Sister of the Cross and Passion for 70 years Sister Callista was born in Tralee and though her family moved to Scotland while she was young, she was always proud to tell everyone that she was from Kerry. She spent most of her teaching life in St Michael's College, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland and in Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

She taught music and was, herself, a very gifted musician.

She played the piano like a concert pianist and enthralled everyone who heard her and continued to play until a year before her death.

St Iranaeus said that ' to sing', (and we can add , ' to make music',)' is to praise God twice over'. This Sr Callista did and not only with her music. Her life was lived in praise of God and she reflected His love by her gracious and gentle presence, lived in humility and in a spirit of gratitude. She was welcoming, friendly and hospitable and lived simply and humbly, accepting life as it was.

But when she played the piano she was an aristocrat. 'MUSIC, when soft voices die, Vibrates in the memory' (Shelley).

Sr Callista's life and music will continue to vibrate in the memories of those who knew her. She was pre-deceased by all her sisters and brothers.

She is survived by her sister- in- law, Eileen, nieces, nephews and cousins. ' Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis'

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