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Catholic Pic April 2020

Mrs Agnes Jolliffe (Tilly), a parishioner of Our Lady of Assumption, Gateacre, was presented with the Bene Merenti by Bishop Tom Williams at Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral last month.


Tilly is known and much loved and for over 40 years has been organising pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Lourdes, Fatima, Rome, Assisi and San Giovanni and closer to home days of prayer at Holywell, Pantasaph, Bala and the (now closed) Poor Clares Monastery at Hawarden.


She raises funds for many charitable causes including for the Vocationist Fathers and the upkeep of Bala Church.  She was a volunteer at the St Frai Hospital in Lourdes for sixteen years and for many years with the Missionaries of Charity at Seel Street.


Tilly was blessed with three sons and always prayed if none of them was called to the priesthood, would God send her someone to support.  Her wish was fulfilled when she met Father Jean-Paul Illuga in 2009, at St Paschal Baylon, who put her in touch with a young neighbour of his in the Republic of Congo.  Allidor had no family and had a calling to be a priest.


Tilly was honoured to support him for many years and later opened up the fundraising to her pilgrim friends to fund a laptop vital to his studies.


The group had the joy of buying his Ordination vestments and Chalice and Tilly organised a Pilgrimage to Pantasaph for Mass when he was ordained on 15 July 2017.

Papal Award for Tilly

She was a volunteer at the St Frai Hospital in Lourdes for sixteen years