Country Leadership – Ireland and Great Britain

Sr. Marie Ryan
Sr. Eleanor Hennessy
Sister Caitriona Leonard
Sister Colette O’Leary
Sister Marie Ryan, C.B.S., Congregation Team, Country Leader, Sisters of Bon Secours-Ireland and Great Britain

Sister Marie entered the Congregation of Sisters of Bon Secours of Paris in 1963. She obtained diplomas in Catechetics, Theology, and Counseling and earned post-graduate diplomas in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Leadership.

A registered nurse, Sister Marie has held various positions within the Bon Secours acute health care services from 1970 to 1984, including Mission Coordinator of Bon Secours Health System Ireland from 2000 to 2009. She served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Bon Secours Ireland from 1989 to 1992 and also from 2000 to 2009. For six years, she served as Chaplain to Hospital Staff at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, Ireland. In addition to her current position as Country Leader, Ireland and Great Britain, Sister Marie is a member of the Congregation Leadership Team for the Sisters of Bon Secours worldwide.

Sister Eleanor Hennessy, Member, Country Team-Ireland and Great Britain

Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Sr Eleanor joined Bon Secours in 1967 and, following her nurse training, qualified as a State Registered Nurse. Following further training in the area of Public Health, Sr Eleanor ministered to the people of Cobh, Co Cork for many years. A strong advocate for the needs of the elderly and those living with Alzheimer’s, Sr Eleanor was appointed Co-Ordinator of the newly opened dedicated Care of the Elderly Day Unit in Cobh in 2001, a position she held for over 10 years. Following her retirement from the Park Road Centre, Sr Eleanor was appointed Co-ordinator, St. Joseph’s Community, Glasnevin, Dublin where she continues to minister today.

Sister Caitriona Leonard, Member, Country Team-Ireland and Great Britain; Member

Born in Dublin, Sister Caitríona Leonard entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland in 1954. A State Registered Nurse with Diplomas in Coronary and Intensive Care Nursing, in the early part of her career Sister Caitriona held various positions in the Bon Secours acute health care services in Ireland and gave three years’ service at Clinique du Bon Secours, Amiens, France. Subsequently, from 1959 to 1985, Sister Caitríona’s main areas of interest were in Oncology and Palliative Care.

In 1986/7, she received her E.N.B 931 and E.N.B. at the Royal Marsden Hospital London, and has also been awarded Graduate Diplomas in Counselling, Palliative Care, Catechetics, and Family Crisis Management. Sr. Caitríona was a founder member of the Irish Association of Nurses in Palliative Care, a member of the Munster Branch of the Irish Cancer Society, one of the first Hospice Home Care Nurses in Kerry (holding this last position from 1991 to 2001. Sister Caitríona served on the board of directors of BSHS from 1993 to 1996. From 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the Congregation Leadership Team in Paris.

Sister Colette O’Leary, Member, Country Team-Ireland and Great Britain

Sister Colette was born in Cork, Ireland and entered Bon Secours in 1967. Following her nursing training at Bon Secours Hospital Cork, she nursed there for some years, before spending over 10 years nursing at our Hospital in Glasnevin, Dublin and a few years in Geriatric Nursing at Tralee General Hospital, County Kerry.

In 1994 Sr Colette was elected to the Congregation Leadership team in Rome and in 1996 the Congregation Team transferred to our Mother House in Paris. Sr Colette continued to serve on the Congregation Leadership Team until 2004.

On her return to Ireland Sister Colette studied an MA Programme on Pastoral Development at All Hallows College, Dublin. The focus of her Thesis was on ‘Developing a Holistic Approach to Healthcare within Parish Ministry’.

Appointed to Parish Ministry in February 2007, Sr Colette continues in this role today, serving the people of Ballincollig, Co. Cork.


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