Celebrating a century of Sr Susan Mary
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May 14, 2024

Sister Susan Mary Waters, who has been a Sister of Notre Dame for over 75 years, celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday 5 April.

Born in Barrhead, Renfrewshire in April 1924 and raised in a family deeply rooted in faith, Sr. Susan Mary's early years were shaped by the teachings of her Catholic upbringing.

She first encountered nuns at her secondary school, St Margaret's FCJ convent in Paisley, and even this early on she felt her first call to follow in their footsteps – a call she would feel often throughout early life.

Inspired by the example of the Sisters of Notre Dame, she answered the call to join their community, dedicating herself wholeheartedly toa life of prayer, service, and devotion.

Throughout her life, Sr. Susan Mary's commitment to education and service remained unwavering.

From her days as a teacher at St. Anne's Girls' School in Leeds to her later role as headmistress at Everton Valley, she touched the lives of countless students, instilling in them not only knowledge but also values of compassion, integrity, and faith.

Sr. Susan Mary celebrated with the community on Friday, and with her family on Sunday. As well as gifts, warm wishes, and two fantastic cakes, there was also a birthday card from King Charles, and a bench donated by her family in honour of the occasion.

As she celebrates her centenary, Sr. Susan Mary's life serves as a testament to the power of faith, love, and resilience. Her dedication to God and to her community has left an indelible mark on all who have had the privilege of knowing her.

The Archdiocese of Liverpool extends heartfelt thanks to Sister Susan Mary and wishes her a very happy birthday!

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