Sr. De St. GABRIEL, Flavie LSP
Death of Sister Flavie L.S.P.
Sister Flavie de St. Gabriel - Letitia Menezes - died at the Home for the Elderly in Aberdeen on Sunday, 28 January 1990.
Sister Flavie was born in Mangalore, India, on 28 August 1903. She joined the Little Sisters of the Poor there and was sent for her Novitiate to the Mother House in Frances, where she made her first Profession on 19 March 1930.
Her first assignment was to Columbia, South America, where she served until the year of her preparatory formation for Final Profession, again at the Mother House on 24 February 1935.
During her long religious life of 59 years, she served the Aged in different parts of the Far East - first at Singapore and Rangoon. In 1961 she came to the Home in Ngau Chi Wan, Kowloon.
From February 1969 until her death, she served at the Home in Aberdeen. In spite of having to carry the cross of a painful illness for many years, Sister Flavie did much to help the Elderly and indeed everyone else by her cheerful kindness. Very gifted in handicrafts, she helped to interest and occupies the Aged in this way until shortly before her final illness. Even during the last weeks of intense suffering she kept her smile and inspired everyone by her devotion to spontaneous prayer and by singing many of her favourite hymns.
At 7:30 a.m. on 28 January she was still fully conscious and
was able to follow the community Mass relayed to her sick-room by the P.A.
system. Very meaningfully, God called her during the reading of the Gospel of
the Mass, which on that day was that of the Beatitudes. This seemed like God’s
approving stamp on a life lived totally in the spirit of the Evangelical
Vocation of a Little Sister of the Poor.
9 February 1990
◆ 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.