Sr. Albert Kenny R.I.P.
Sr. Albert (Nora) Kenny was born in Raheenleigh, Cullohill, Co. Laois on 1st August 1925. Her parents were
Nora (nee Kavanagh) and Laurence Kenny. Albert had two brothers Edmond and Michael and
five sisters, Maimie, Sr. Margaret (Loreto), Eileen, Rita and Dympna. She is survived by her sisters, Eileen, Rita and Dympna, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.
Albert entered St. John of God Novitiate, Wexford on 17th October 1943. She made First Profession on 1st September 1946 and Final Profession on 26th August 1949. Having completed her Teacher Training in Manchester, Albert taught in Fishponds, Bristol and Cardiff. Then in 1960, she volunteered for the Nigerian mission in Adazi and remained there until the outbreak of the Nigerian / Biafra war in 1967 when the Sisters were advised to leave Nigeria. Albert then continued her teaching ministry in Fishponds. At the General Chapter in 1971, she was elected to the General Council of the Congregation and was appointed Secretary General, a position she held until 1977. Before returning to teaching in London in 1987, in the intervening years Albert ministered in various capacities including Pastoral Care and Administration in Wexford Convent, Owning, Aut Even and Ely Hospital.
In all areas of her ministry, Albert gave of her best. Sharing her gifts and talents was a hallmark of her life. She won the affection of all those to whom she ministered. She was a woman of great Faith, generosity and a real spirit of dedication.
Not one to retire from ministry, Albert took charge of the Altar Bread Department in Kilkenny in 1996. She continued in this ministry until eventually ill health took its toll. During her prolonged illness, which she bore with faithfilled endurance, she was lovingly tended by the careers in Kilkenny Convent, her Sisters in community and family members. Albert died peacefully on 22nd April 2014. Her funeral Mass was concelebrated at St. Patrick’s Church. Chief celebrant was Fr. Roderick Wherty, concelebrants were Frs. Kieran O’Shea, James Dollard, Sean O’Donohoe, OFM Pat Farrell, Seamus McEvoy and Tom McGree.
She was laid to rest in Foulkstown Cemetery. Beatha Siorai is no doubt hers now in the full embrace of God’s love.