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Sister Magdalen Kilbane

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Formerly of Achill Island, Co Mayo

Sister Magdalen Kilbane (Nora), SHSp passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at her home, Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate in San Antonio, Texas. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland and entered the congregation in 1947. Her early years of ministry were spent in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. For thirty years, both as a teacher and an administrator, she shaped growing minds and emerging souls in Catholic Schools in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In 1978, she began six years of pastoral ministry at St Joseph’s Church in downtown San Antonio. Her time there prepared her to make the faith leap into 26 years of pastoral ministry in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here she worked to shelter the homeless, to instruct the overlooked, to lift the lowly to self-sufficiency, and to bring good news to those who struggled. She invited many to help her in her ministry through their donations and was always grateful for their generosity. Sister Magdalen had a fruitful Act One as an educator, a selfless Act Two as a missionary and a quiet Act Three in retirement. At the end of her list of ministry assignments, she quipped, “Here are my roots --- I hope the Father has the fruits.”
Sister Magdalen is predeceased by her sister Molly, brothers Paddy, John and Micheál. She will be sadly missed by her sisters in community, her sister Annie, her brothers Éamon and Thomas, her nieces, nephews and many friends. 
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.