Costello, Sr. M. Cornelia

Sr. M. Cornelia CostelloNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 479
D.O.B. 20.03.1931
First Profession: 06.05.1961
Died: 02.08.1984 Aged: 53 years

Mary Enda Teresa Costello entered MMM at Clonmel on September 8th 1958. Although she was originally from Kerry, she had lived most of her life in Dublin.

A qualified teacher at the time of her entrance, she gave invaluable service to MMM in the early years following Vatican 11 - in formation ministry.

After Profession in 1961, she took a degree in Theology in Regina Mundi in Rome, returning after that to give classes and Renewal Courses to the Professed Sisters until she became ill. Following her recovery, she spent some time in Rosemount and then in Clonmel as Postulant Mistress. These ministries were interrupted by periods of ill health and hospitalisation. She suffered ill health on and off for many years.

In 1969 she was asked to work on the Constitutions in preparation for Chapter.

Sr. Cornelia is remembered as an academic, prayerful - and vulnerable.

Her brother had joined the Columbans in pursuit of his desire to be a missionary but had died while still a seminarian. This inspired Mary to take his place, as it were - but sadly not overseas.

She died and is buried in Drogheda.