Bhutan’s Queen Mum saddened by death of Wicklow nun (Sister Mary Tarcisus)

Wednesday October 21 2009

The Queen Mother of Bhutan has expressed her sorrow at the recent passing of a County Wicklow nun who used to teach her.

Sister Mary Tarcisus passed way earlier this month in Kalimpong, North India. She was a member of the St. Joseph of Cluny Order. Formerly from Carnew’s Main Street, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Kate Doyle.

For over 60 years Sister Tarcisus laboured over in India and received many awards for her highly regarded teaching abilities. She also received the highest award given to educators by the Indian Government in 2005, the Bharat Ghurav Award. In a letter addressed to James and Michael Doyle, her surviving brothers, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Sangay C. Wangchuck, laments the Irish woman’s passing. She also goes on to describe her sense of ‘honour and privilege’ at having being a student of Sister Tarcisus.

It says: ‘I am deeply grieved to learn about the tragic loss of Mary Doyle fondly known to me as Sister Tarcisus. I had the honor and the privilege of being a student of your sister during my many years at St. Joseph’s Convent, and will always cherish my memories of her generosity and compassion.

‘Sister Tarcisus’ passing is indeed a great loss for her family and everyone who knew her, and while we mourn her death we must also celebrate the life of a wonderful human being whose only aim in life was to spread joy and happiness. The measure of a life well-lived is not in the power and wealth accumulated, but in the multitude of lives touched and in the goodness left behind. The outpouring of sympathy and grief on her passing bears testimony to a selfless life filled with kindness and generosity.’

The sister’s family said it It has been very comforting to read all the accolades that have been paid to her by a large number of her former pupils on facebook. She is survived by her brothers James and Michael, niece Catherine and husband Aidan, relatives and a large circle of friends. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Myles and Patrick.

Sister Tarcisus’ Month’s Mind Mass is being celebrated in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Carnew on November 2, 2009 at 7.30 p.m.

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