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Olympic Torch Nun

Our Founder Sister Mary-Joy Langdon, a Catholic sister belonging to the international community of the Infant Jesus Sisters, was a torch bearer for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Sister Mary-Joy participated in the Olympic Torch Relay as the torch passed through Acton in west London.

Sister Mary-Joy is no ordinary nun – if there is such a thing. In 1976 she became Britain’s first female fire fighter when she joined the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in Battle. In 1984 she joined the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, who themselves are celebrating their 350th anniversary this year. And in 1989 she founded Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre where she brought joy to thousands of children with and without disabilities.


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