Sr. Mona Kelly, OLM

May 11, 1930January 11, 2021

SISTER MARY MONA KELLY, OLM Died on January 11, 2021 at Providence Healthcare after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by her parents Bernard and Evelyn (Murphy) and brother Doug, Mona is loved and greatly missed by sister Evelyn O’Neil (the late Patrick), brothers Bernard (the late Betty) and James (Gloria), her sister-in-law Audrey, nieces and nephews and her sisters in the Congregation of Our Lady’s Missionaries. Mona was born in Saint John New Brunswick where she attended school. She entered Our Lady’s Missionaries in 1951 and studied nursing at St. Joseph School of Nursing, Hotel Dieu Hospital Cornwall, Ontario. Mona’s first mission outside Canada was Nigeria where she worked at healthcare in clinics and small hospitals. She also served as a nurse in Northeast Brazil and for short periods of time in Biafra, Mozambique, Northern Canada and St. Joseph’s and St Michael’s Hospitals in Toronto. Mona served as the congregational leader of Our Lady’s Missionaries from 1983 to 1987. She then returned to mission in Northeast Brazil where she lived until her return to Canada in 2010. During her second time in Brazil Mona dedicated herself to two ministries dear to her heart. She worked with economically poor families who with her guidance and support created a housing development that included a community center to provide for skills training and community gatherings. Mona’s dedication to this project was one of the main causes for awarding her the Order of Canada, which she received in 2000. Her other main ministry was with street children and youth in the city of Fortaleza. All who knew Mona were aware of her concern for children and youth. After her return to Canada Mona directed some of that concern to participation in the Becoming Neighbours program that accompanies refugee families. She loved her family and her community and was faithful to the vision of OLM and its founder Father Dan Macdonald, on whose anniversary she died. Mona is remembered as a courageous woman of strong faith who had a heart for those most in need and especially for the children, and would do whatever she could to help people to realize their potential. There are people in several countries who join Our Lady’s Missionaries in remembering Mona with affection and gratitude. A celebration of Mona’s life will be held at a later date


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Sr. Mona Kelly, OLM

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Sue Wicks

January 24, 2021

To all of Mona's family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
I have wonderful memories of Mona both in Toronto and in Brazil. My Mom, with the help of Mona, opened up "Little Libraries" in Brazil and I was lucky enough to stay with Sister Mona and the the other wonderful Sisters in Fortaleza. Mona's love of people and care for the community was something i will never forget. She made everyone feel important. We had many great laughs thanks to her witty sense of humor. She was loved in her community and it was easy to see why. I am lucky to have spent time with Mona and I know my Mom would feel the same way. She has made a difference in so many lives. A very special person, for sure.
Sue Wicks

Marion Drumm

January 19, 2021

It is with great sadness that Brendan and I learned of Mona’s death. We were privileged to have known Mona- a wonderful friend in Nigeria and Toronto. What a joy it was for me as a young Irish doctor to meet Mona in Vandeikya (1981). Mona was a woman who took the message of Vatican 11 and translated it for us all, priests, nuns and lay people. She personified faith in action. Mona made life better every day for everyone she met.
Mona was a highly respected nurse-midwife. The advice was clear from the MMMS: when Mona brought a patient to the hospital herself- call for help and pray. But she always came with a plan and great compassion for her patients. I learned so much from the wise woman who liked to smoke, particularly around the labour ward.
Vandeikya, in the 1980’s, was an oasis of love and compassion providing refuge for many missionaries. A remarkable group of women: Patricia, Gwen, Rosemarie, Cathy (RIP) and Mona who showed us how mission was changing, and the real meaning of justice and equality.
Mona became Congregational Leader in 1983, the year I joined Brendan in Toronto. She was so generous with her time and support as I adjusted to living in Canada as wife and mother. I remember many wonderful evenings in the Motherhouse including hearing Mona recall her request that Brendan bring a special consignment of medicines to Vandeikya in 1982. He was extremely worried that these important supplies might be taken by Nigerian customs. Mona recounted the look on his face when the first items recovered from the package were 2 half bottles of Canadian Club.
Being in Toronto those years with Mona was very special when we both wanted to be “on mission” Working with her sorting medical equipment for Africa and engaging Doreen Wicks in her plans for libraries in Brazil holds fond and inspirational memories.
Mona’s ancestors from Ireland will welcome her home.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis. (May her faithful soul rest at God’s Right Hand)

Anne Downing

January 17, 2021

Dear Evelyn and Family,
So sad to hear your Sister Mona passed away. Deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Greg and Anne

Frances Doherty

January 17, 2021

Sorry to hear of the death of Sister Mona Kelly, OLM. Thinking of you all during this time. Marion Doherty and family, Riverview, New Brunswick

Gretchen Phinney

January 16, 2021

Sending love and prayers for Mona. She certainly was one of a kind that made an impact on the world.

John Gallant

January 16, 2021

Mona was the coolest. Smoking a cigarette while riding her motorcycle and doing Christ’s work.

sharon spence

January 16, 2021

Dear Evelyn&Family
MY deepest symapthy for the loss of your beloved Mona.
You always had the kindest words about Mona and her life she was deeply loved by you, and has you once said to me she was the funny crazy sister who was always laughing and joking she will be deeply missed by you. She almost looks like your twin what a beautiful looking lady
xo Sharon Spence

Bill and Denise Dickie

January 16, 2021

Sincere condolences to Evelyn and all of Mona’s family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.We met Mona in Cornwall when she visited with Evelyn and family.

Norma (Nisbet) Gibson

January 14, 2021

To all of Mona's family.
Sincere condolences to all of you. I grew up on the Kingston Peninsula at Chapel Grove and one of my first memories of Mona was working with her and Germaine Boyce with Gerry O'Hara (Married to my sister Bernice) at the "Fresh Air Camp" St. Bridget's held every summer. One day later I saw Mona maneuvering expertly driving onto the ferry in her Dad's big car smoking a cigarette. Backward country girl that I was, I thought she was the neatest gal ever! (I was 14, so Mona would have been 16). She was a wonderful person and I'm sure there is more joy in Heaven today now that Mona is there. NORMA