Sister Anastasia - a Memorial Mass is to be held in Uckfield on Sunday, July 8.

Memorial Mass to be held in Uckfield for Sister Anastasia

Sister Anastasia, one of the last three Sisters of Mercy to live at St Michael’s Convent, in Uckfield, has died.

She passed away peacefully at Midhurst where her order is based and her funeral was held last Wednesday, June 20.

Memorial Mass

A Memorial Mass is due to be held at 9.30am, on Sunday, July 8, in St Phlip’s Catholic Church, New Town.

Everybody is invited along to share memories, and perhaps photographs of Sr Anastasia, and enjoy a cup of tea and cake afterwards.

Sr Anastasia was particularly well-known among parents of children attending St Michael’s Nursery, and the children themselves, because, with Sister Barbara, she used to greet them on arrival each morning.

Foundations

Sr Anastasia came to Uckfield in 1956 and a year later helped dig the foundations of the Catholic church.

She was matron of St Michael’s boarding school at the convent, which catered for between 60 and 70 girls aged between four and 16. She also taught biology and some RE.

The boarding school was closed in 1987 and Sr Anastasia helped move a nursery school at Longbury into the convent.

Sale

The Sisters of Mercy – Sr Anastasia, Sr Lucy, and Sr Barbara – moved out of St Michael’s Convent in November 2009 following the sale of the building.

The convent has since been demolished and is now the site of new homes.

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