Good Samaritan Sister Dolores Carroll believes the key to a long, fulfilling life is study, travel and learning a new language. The well-travelled nun of 83 years celebrated her 100th birthday early November.
- The Catholic Leader
On her birthday, November 4, Bishop Brian Finnigan celebrated a thanksgiving Mass at Marycrest Hostel, Kangaroo Point, where Sr Dolores lives. Bishop Finnigan was joined by Bishop Ray Benjamin and 11 priests - Fr Tom Elich, Fr Frank Lourigan, Fr John Chalmers, Fr Ian Wren, Fr James O'Donoghue, Fr Des Holm, Fr John Adili, and Fr Lawrence Ayoub.
Sr Dolores was born in Ballina, NSW, the sixth child of Elizabeth Mae MacDonald, a Scottish, Presbyterian-to-Catholic convert, and John Joseph Carroll, a "strict Irishman" and a strong Catholic.
When she was 12, her mother died of cancer. "My aunt brought my mother down to Sydney to look after her and I wouldn't go home - I stayed too," she said.
'My mother was a very good Presbyterian before she became a Catholic, and I remember she made us say our night prayers. She was wonderful.'
The death of her mother was also when her family 'disintegrated. She said: 'From that time on our family, as it were, fell apart.
Photo: Good Samaritan Sister Dolores Carroll with Bishop Brian Finnigan at her 100th birthday celebration