Bishop Marcus celebrated the Vigil Mass for Vocations Sunday at St Malachy’s Church in Halifax where he presented Sr Anne Taylor, of the Cross and Passion Sisters, with the Diocesan Gold Medal for her sixty-three years of service in the Diocese of Leeds.
Sr Anne was born in Leigh and made her profession as a Cross and Passion Sister in 1958. She trained to be a primary school teacher and began her teaching career in St Anne’s School in Keighley. After eight years she moved to St Joseph’s School in Bradford where she taught for a further twenty years. In 1988 she became a Parish Sister and her long association with the Parish of St Malachy in Halifax began. She has visited many families, sick, and bereaved parishioners in the course of her ministry before moving last October to the Cross and Passion Convent in Middleton near Manchester.
In his homily on the Gospel of the Good Shepherd Bishop Marcus spoke about the quiet, solid witness of women in religious life and how the religious sisters at the English College in Rome had inspired him with their example during his own years as a seminarian.
At the end of Mass Winnie Hargreaves presented Sr Anne with a souvenir ‘Portrait of Halifax’ and a testimonial gift on behalf of Parish Priest Mgr Michael McQuinn and all the parishioners.