Amadeus was born (Catherine Mary) in 1934. After being educated at St Mary’s Shaftesbury, entered at St Mary’s Ascot in 1954. After teacher training in London, she taught at the Bar Convent, York, and subsequently at our schools in Cambridge and Ascot. She became a chaplain at York University, and moved from there to become pastoral director at the English College in Rome, a post she held for nine years. After moving back to London, Amadeus later worked as one of the vicars for religious in the archdiocese of Westminster.
It was a fitting tribute to Amadeus’ work with students at York and Cambridge Universities, and seminarians in formation, that so many came to her funeral, and shared their memories of her enthusiasm and devoted care. At her funeral, Agatha Leach CJ said: ‘She gave 100% to the various church ministries she was appointed to and was much loved by the seminarians, bishops, priests and religious with whom she worked. This included not only her work in Rome but then in the Royal College of Valladolid in Spain, where she went for some time each year. Archbishop Bernard Longley gave a moving talk at a Mass of Thanksgiving for Sister Amadeus in May 2015 saying that she had influenced more than 187 seminarians in the College in Valladolid alone.’
May she rest in peace.
You can download a copy of Sr Agatha’s address at the funeral here.