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Nun thanks shoppers who helped after hitting her head in Chapel Market

Nun of 60 years suffered painful injury out at market

16 February, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Sister Kathleen Doran in a recent photograph with her friend, priest Lawrence Pelosi

AFTER more than six decades as a nun, she is well versed in stories of Good Samaritans.

So Sister Kathleen Doran is unsurprisingly keen to thank the strangers who rushed to her aid when she hit her head on a lamp-post in Chapel Market. Passers-by called an ambulance after she fell and opened up a bloody wound.

Sister Kathleen, who did not want the Tribune to print her age – and it seemed rude to ask – said: “They were kind people who stood by me, waiting with me for an ambulance. These people make the world a kind place and should be thanked.”

She added: “You ought to thank the people that help you. I wasn’t alert because I had hit my head.

“It was a simple fall but there was a lot of blood. There were piles of people who helped.”

Sister Kathleen pictured in 1956

Now recovered after the incident last month, Sister Kathleen says living in Islington is “very nice” and she still likes to do her shopping at Chapel Market.

“They all know me down there. I’m only doing shopping with everybody else who’s got to live,” she said.

And she revealed how she had celebrated in style after reaching the milestone of 60 years as a nun a couple of years ago.

“It was marvellous,” she said. “I renewed my vows to the Church and my priest friends from Australia joined me on the day too.”

Sister Kathleen moved to Islington eight years ago from Wales and lives at Duncan Terrace with Sisters Marcellina Cooney and Martin Joseph Taylor.

She said she sees her task as visting people when they are vulnerable.

“I visit the sick and the elderly,” she said. “I work at the St John Evangelist Primary School with children who have difficulties. I also help the lonely and the handicapped.

“The visits mean so much to them. I wouldn’t put one person in front of another. They are all exemplary people coping with age and life’s difficulties in a cheerful manner with no moaning, and they all enjoy chatting.”


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