Boylan, Sr. M. Assumpta

Congregational Register No. 162
D.O.B. 23 07.1919
First Profession 17.03.1949
Died: 31.07.2002 Aged: 83 years

Born in Oldcastle, County Meath, Eileen Boylan came from a family of four, two sons and two daughters. After finishing her schooling she stayed at home to help her mother who was ill and eventually died. It was only when Eileen was twenty seven that she felt free enough from family responsibilities to follow her calling into religious life.

Eileen took the name Sr. M. Assumpta on entering MMM in 1946. All her religious life was spent in Ireland, and her profession was recorded in her file as "helper". She worked in the hospitals in Clonmel and Waterford, and she also spent some time in Rosemount in Dublin when it was a house for students. But most of her life was spent in Drogheda. She worked for several years in the I.M.T.H. Cafeteria and also looked after the Hospital Oratory for a number of years, work which she especially loved.

Throughout her life she suffered from ill health which gradually became more and more disabling. For a large part of her life she had understood this to be due to a childhood injury which the family had neglected. Only as a mature adult did she learn from a doctor that her condition was probably congenital spinabifida; this knowledge brought her much comfort and joy, restoring her faith in her family.

From the 1980s until the time of her death, she had constant illness and suffering. When Aras Mhuire opened in 1994 she became part of the founding community of sisters there. She died peacefully and free from suffering in Aras Mhuire on 31st July 2002 and is buried in Drogheda.

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