The oldest nun and fourth oldest person in Britain Sr Anne de Clerque-Wissocq de Sousberghe – died last week aged 111 at a Catholic retirement home in north west London
Known as Sr Romain, in 1965 she published a best-selling guide to catechesis called Tell My People, which was very much in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and which she described as being “about what was inside people, not what was on the outside”.
“Children believe in the invisible. In adults that belief in the invisible has been killed off,” she said.
She was born in Brussels in 1904 to a well-off family and aged 25 joined a French order founded in 1856 and dedicated to the poor, the Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls.
Sr Anne lived through two world wars and worked well into her eighties, enrolling as a student at Kingsway Art College at 94. The oldest serving nun to date was Sr Eugenie Blanchard who died in 2010 aged 114.