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1 Jul 2020

Jane Dodgson – Sr. Dolores

(much loved ex-Assumption Sister) RIP 4th May 2020

Jane’s brother, Hugh, asks that we add: "Jane asked that there be no Obituary, but her brother has given permission for this brief account".

Jane Dodgson was born in London in 1933, but most of her childhood was spent in Gloucestershire, where she attended the village school.  Both of her parents were converts, her father from Anglicanism and her mother, born a Jew, was baptized as a young child at the request of Jane’s grandfather, himself a convert.

Her Secondary schooling was with both Ursuline and Franciscan sisters.  After a year’s pupil teaching with the latter, she attended Maria Assumpta Training College Kensington, where she trained for Infants and took Art as her special subject.

Her first teaching post was in Cadogan Square, after which she became a postulant of the Religious of the Assumption in Kensington, taking the name Dolores Emmanuel, completing her noviciate in Richmond Yorkshire where she made her first Vows.

After some years in charge of Middle School in Richmond she became Deputy Head in St. Francis Xavier’s RC Comprehensive School in Richmond. Here she developed a talent for the teaching of Religious Education to the modern teen-ager.  In 1970 she was appointed to Kensington to share in the lecturing of this subject.

After living in several communities of the province, in 1987 she left for Caldey Island, where she lived as a hermit for over twenty years. For health reasons she left for sheltered accommodation in Tenby in 2010, but in 2013 after a series of strokes, went to the Sisters of Nazareth in Cardiff.  She died in Cardiff University Hospital on 4th May 2020.

Because of the restrictions required by Covid 19 her body has been cremated.  Her brother has permission from the Abbot of Caldey to bury her ashes on the island when conditions permit.

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