Sr. De La PROVIDENCE, Francoise LSP
年 3 月 20 日在中國上海出生
Death of Sister Francoise De La Providence L.S.P.
Sister Francoise de la Providence, Marie Jose Remedios, died in the Home for the Aged in Aberdeen on 10 December 1985.
Sister Francoise was born in Shanghai, on 20 March 1912. She entered the novitiate in Shanghai, and made her first vows on 6 January 1946.
On 20 December 1954 she was assigned to the Home for the Aged in Ngau Chi Wan, Kowloon, where she served the aged until 20 March 1971, when she was assigned to help in the Home in Ipoh, Malaysia. After helping with the foundation there for some time, she received an assignment for Penang Malaysia. There she remained until 22 June of last year caring for the Aged with kindness and much devotion.
On 22 June, last year she arrived in Hong Kong. Shortly after this, it was discovered that she had leukaemia. She was admitted several times to St. Teresa’s Hospital, and also Queen Mary Hospital, where she was treated for her illness. In the hospital she continued her apostolic labours amongst the patients, and enjoyed the friendliest relations with the nurses and staff.
She accepted each admission to the hospital with a smile, because as she said: “If God has given me this sickness, I am not going to mope about it.” She was busy planning how to prepare Christmas decorations shortly before her last admission to Queen Mary Hospital.
On 4 December her condition was critical, and she asked that, if she was going to die, she might return to St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, because she wanted to die with her Sisters around her.
Sister Francoise was able to renew her vows during Mass celebrated in her room on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, something that she really wanted to do. On the following day her condition worsened, and at 2am 10 December, she died very peacefully, surrounded by the Sisters of the Community of Aberdeen, and the Mother Provincial of the Far East Province.
She was buried in the small cemetery behind the Home.
3 January 1986
安 貧 小 姊 妹 會 方 濟 各 修 女 ， 於 主 曆 一 九 八 五 年 十 二 月 十 日 凌 晨 二 時 在 聖 瑪 利 安 老 院 安 息 主 懷 ， 享 年 七 十 三 歲 。
方 濟 各 修 女 為 葡 萄 牙 人 ， 生 於 上 海 。 自 小 渴 望 獻 身 於 主 為 老 人 服 務 ， 遂 加 入 當 地 安 貧 小 姊 妹 會 。 在 一 九 四 六 年 矢 發 聖 願 。 先 後 曾 在 上 海 、 香 港 、 法 國 、 怡 保 及 檳 城 等 地 工 作 。 八 五 年 六 月 調 回 香 港 。
方 修 女 為 人 樂 觀 ， 平 易 近 人 ， 謙 厚 慈 祥 ， 甚 得
老 人 愛 戴 。 今 與 世 長 辭 ， 令 人 傷 感 。 該 會 籲 請 讀 者 為 亡 靈 祈 禱 。
1986 年 1 月 3 日
◆ 先賢錄－－香港天主教神職及男女修會會士 (1841-2010), 天主教香港教區檔案處, 2010.