Hogan, Sr. Sheila

Hogan, Sr. Sheila

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 239
D.O.B. 24.09.1909
First Profession: 17.03.1952
Died: 28.05.1990 Aged: 81 years

Sheila Hogan, from Dublin, entered MMM in September 1949. She was forty years of age and already a qualified nurse and radiographer.

As a mature woman, changing her life style, and especially fitting in with a group of much younger novices, must have been difficult for her, but her years with MMM were full and happy ones. Sr. Sheila’s ministry took her to the USA, Tanzania and, principally, Drogheda. Along with a full day’s work, Sr. Sheila had energy for bridge groups, Our Lady’s Circle and flower shows! She also became an active member of the Drogheda Gardening Club, the Old Drogheda Historical Society and the Louth Archaeological Society.

After gardening and flowers, her special hobbies were swimming and tennis. One of the most important weeks on the calendar was the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in June. She loved this event so much that she arranged to take her annual holiday to coincide with it so she could follow the tournament on television.

After profession, she worked as a radiographer in the hospital in Drogheda until 1954, when she went to the USA on promotion work. She also spent three months as an administrative intern in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston.

On her return to Ireland, she was assistant novice mistress from 1956 to 1957. In 1958 she was assigned to Tanzania, nursing in Dareda and Kabanga until 1961. She then returned to Drogheda.

Sr. Sheila was always involved in reading. She loved good literature and she was ever ready to share about these books during conversation in the refectory.

Almost to the end of her life, even though crippled with arthritis, she was still part of the Beechgrove telephone switchboard team. She took pride in all she did, especially in her small nursery of plants along the windowsill.

Sr. Sheila died and is buried in Drogheda.