20 Nov HOLY SOULS – Day 18
Sr Dorothy of Jesus (Makepeace) was born in London on June 3rd 1904, the only child of devout Catholic parents. She was educated at Sydenham High School, where she excelled in mathematics, and was accepted at Girton College, Cambridge, where again she was considered a brilliant student. Wanting to dedicate herself to something more than teaching maths, she went to Kings College, London, to study medicine, and the impressive list of qualifications she obtained over the next ten years bears witness to her exceptional ability. She held posts in several London and Birmingham hospitals until in 1937 she became Medical Inspector for the Children’s Branch of the Home Office. Her faith was an essential part of all she did and she was a very active Catholic. She became President of the Guild of the Blessed Sacrament and was nominated a Dame of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. She was a regular pilgrim to Lourdes and was for many years on the medical bureau for the enquiry into miracles. It was a very full and fruitful life, but on March 15th 1942, the day Mother of Jesus died at Notting Hill, Dorothy awoke from a deep sleep and knew instantly that she must do something about the vocation to Carmel that had been stirring within her for some time. It was necessary for her to remain, however, with her elderly mother and she waited patiently for eighteen more years, keeping in close contact with Carmel all the while. She finally entered in 1960 at the age of fifty-six.
The well-known doctor had become a postulant in Carmel where she manifested the greatest docility, willingness to learn and eagerness to absorb all things Carmelite. She enjoyed entertaining the community at recreation with stories from her varied past, but she was always very modest about her distinguished career. In 1973 she suffered her first stroke. This was followed by others and life became a valiant struggle against growing limitations until she finally became a complete invalid. She died on March 3rd 1987.
The image to the right shows Sr Dorothy with the Si Marto, Father of Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima (she is on the right of the picture)