By Simone Delochan
Someone in a crowd, after an animated discussion of which she was part, once commented to Sr Phyllis Wharfe SJC that she would make “a great archbishop”. Her response, “Are you trying to make me a man?”
Archbishop Jason Gordon during the homily at her Funeral Mass on November 26, quipped that she should have said instead: “Why would you offer me so little?”, such was the magnitude of her contribution to Church, society and nation.
To a large congregation which filled the chapel at St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain, Sr Maureen Alexander SJC, Provincial Superior, in her eulogy detailed the many accomplishments that marked the breadth of committed service Sr Phyllis proffered over the 50 years.
Her early exposure at the age of three and a half while at kindergarten under the care of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, and in the years following, inspired Sr Phyllis to make the choice of religious life at 19, and defer the national scholarship she had earned as a student of St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph.