SISTER DOMINIC BARNETT (Elizabeth Mary) who died in 1996 aged 78 years – professed 59 years
Sister Dominic was born on the 6th of May 1918 in Navan, County Meath and entered the congregation in Villa Rosa, Rome on the 12th of April 1935. Sister made her final vows on the 23rd of December 1939.
Dominic trained as a teacher at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and later studied for an Honours Degree in French and Latin at London University. Sister taught in St Thomas’Stanmore and in Rosary Priory and was appointed Novice Mistress. In 1957 Sister Dominic was sent to South Africa where she taught for ten years in Johannesburg and three in Pietersburg. However she wished to transfer to a contemplative community and spent ten years with the Dominican Nuns in Carisbrooke. Isle of Wight. In 1980 Sister Dominic returned to active Dominican life was again Novice Mistress for four years, after which she took up voluntary for people with Aids at the London Lighthouse. Sister was assigned finally to Rosary Convent, Eastbourne where she helped to establish a lay Dominican fraternity Sister was injured crossing the road outside the Convent and died of her injuries, on 1st of August 1996 in Eastbourne General Hospital. Sister was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Storrington on the 7th of August 1996. Sister Dominic was a prayerful person, kind to all and worked assiduously at all her undertakings.
SISTER EMMANUEL ARETZ (Bertha) who died in 1969 aged 82years – professed 54 years
Sister Emanuel was born in Emisburen, West Germany on the 8th of August 1888 and d the Congregation in Blerik, Holland on the 10th of December 1913. Sister her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1918.
Sister Emmanuel came to Newcastle Novitiate in 1914 and made her First Vows in 1915. She spent many years at the Sacred Heart Mission in Umsinsini where she courageously took part in the real mission of those pioneering days among the Bantu people. Sister also worked closely with the Dominican Fathers in the Boksburg Mission where, almost alone, she prepared many children and adults for the reception of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. It was her joy while on the Missions to use her free time in sewing and distributing clothes to the poor. Sr Emmanuel’s last assignment was to Lennoxton Mission Convent where she held the office of Prioress Sister’s declining years were spent at St Dominic’s Academy where she died on the 1st of August 1969 and was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton on the August 1969.
SISTER MALACHY Mc GUIRE (Brigid) who died in 1948 aged 62 years – professed 41 years
Sister Malachy was born in Toner, Ireland on the 5th of January 1887 and entered the Congregation on the 14th of September 1906. Sister made her Final Vows on the 21st of April 1911.
Soon after her Profession Sister contracted Rheumatic Fever and was practically an invalid for the remainder of her life. Sister died on the 1st of August 1948.
SISTER GERVASE COURTNEY (Bridie) who died in 2006 aged 86 years – professed 59 years
Sister Gervase was born in was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland in March 1920and entered the Congregation at St Albert’s Cork. Sister made her profession of Vows on 28th July 1947.
Sister Gervase joined the Dominican Congregation of Newcastle South Africa at St Albert’s, Cork and then completed her Religious training in Rosary Priory, England. Having made her first profession, she with 12 young Sisters left for South Africa to serve the Apostolate in different convent schools in Natal and the Transvaal.
Sister Gervase was assigned to the Convent in Benoni. Here she taught for many years as a dedicated teacher. She was always friendly and well liked by the pupils, parents and staff. Then Sister was assigned to the convents in Primrose, St Pius’s, Pietersburg, St Rose’s La Rochelle, and St. Dominic’s Newcastle. Her apostolate included teaching Christian doctrine and acting as Sacristan in various Convents. She had great love for the liturgy and showed real care for the Chapel especially at Marian House. To this retirement convent she was assigned in 1990 when she retired from active teaching. Sister was a cheerful member of the community and always showed personal interest and concern for all of the staff.
Sister Gervase suffered a severe stroke from which she did not recover. She died peace died after a few days in hospital. The sisters were with her when she died. Requiem Mass was celebrated on 7th August after which Sister was laid to rest in the convent cemetery. May her dear soul rest in peace.
SISTER BERNADINE GILLERAN (Marie) who died in 1962 aged 75 years – professed 54 years
Sister Bernadine was born in Glynsh, Ballina, Kiltimagh Co Mayo, Ireland on the 6th of January 1887 and entered the Congregation on the 14th of September 1906. Sister made her Final Vows on the 21st of April 1911.
Sister Bernadine endured the hardships and privations of the early days of the Congregation. Sister was sent to St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston when it opened and there she worked in the laundry and the kitchen. On her return to South Africa she worked in several Convents in Natal and spent over twenty years in St Pius Convent, Pietersburg. Though she suffered much for many years yet she never spent an idle moment. Coupled with her spirit of work Sister had a great spirit of prayer and edified all by her patient acceptance of suffering and resignation to God’s Holy Will. She died on the 2nd of August 1962 fortified by the Rites of Holy Church. Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Pius Convent in the presence of His Lordship Bishop Van Hoek, the Brothers of Charity and the Sisters of Charity. Sr Bernadine was laid to rest in the cemetery attached to our Convent in Pietersburg on the 3rd of August 1962.
SISTER HlPOLLITUS GIL REISER (Caicekia) who died in 1913 aged 22 years – professed 6 years.
Sister Hipollitus was born in Rosenan, Innstadt, Passu on the 21st of September 1880 and entered the Congregation in Blerik on the 8th of November 1907. Sister made her Final Vows on the 15th of July 1912.
We are told in our centenary book “Being Driven Forward” that the first postulant that entered in Blerik, Holland returned from South Africa as Sr Hipollitus. Sister was an outstanding needlewoman who passed on her skills to others, working in silk embroidery and fine needlework during the times when she was not workingin the kitchen or garden.
Sister died on the 2nd of August 1913 and was buried on the feast of St Dominic, August the 4th 1913, in the Cemetery of St Anthony’s R.C Church. in Blerik, near Venlo, S Holland.
SISTER de SALES PHELAN (Mary Catherine) who died in 1994 aged77 years – professed 60 years
Sister de Sales was born in Greenville, Kilmacow, County Kilkenny on 31st of May 1917 and entered the Congregation on the 7th of February 1932. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of August 1938.
Sister de Sales did her Teacher Training at Sedgley Park, Manchester. Much of Sr de Sales teaching career was spent at St Joseph’s Launceston and St Mary’s Boxmoor. Sister was Prioress of Boxmoor when she was elected Regional Superior for South Africa at the 1975 General Chapter. Sister had personal and spiritual qualities which fitted her admirably for the task. It was said of her that her words and actions possessed meekness that captivated hearts, that her generosity and concern for the poor knew no bounds and that her interest in the Sisters was wholehearted. After twelve years in South Africa, Sister de Sales offered as an interim measure, to help in Liberia and she was there until a Coup necessitated leaving promptly. In 1991 Sister de Sales was elected Prioress of Holy Rosary Convent, Eastbourne, and in 1993 she underwent major surgery in the District Hospital. From then onwards Sister was in poor health and she died peacefully in the Convent on the 4th of August 1994. Sister was buried in the Catholic Parish Cemetery in Storrington.
SISTER URSULA BUTLER (Mary Catherine) who died in 1982 aged 83 years – professed 65 years.
Sister Ursula was born in Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland on the 7th of July 1899 and entered the Congregation in Blerik on the 13th of August 1915. Sister made herFinal Vows on the 31st of July 1920.
Sister Ursula worked zealously in our Convents in Benoni, Germiston and Newcastle until 1934 when she was transferred to England, to Rosary Priory. Sister spent some years in Ireland, in Cork, teaching the Aspirants. Subsequently Sister was recalled to Rosary Priory where she was given charge of the School, she was also appointed Prioress. Sister obtained an Honours Degree at London University. In 1955 Sister Ursula was made Head Teacher of the newly opened St Michael’s School at Garston, Herts a post which she held until her retirement in 1965. In 1968 Sister was sent to St Joseph’s Launceston as Prioress and Head Teacher where she worked with quiet competence and success.
The last years of Sister’s life were spent at Holy Rosary Convent, Eastbourne where she spent her days in much prayer and in the performance of household duties, all of which were done with perfection and care. Sister Ursula died quietly and peacefully in Esperance Nursing Home on the 5th of August 1982 and she was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Storrington on the 10th of August 1982.
Sister Germaine was born on the 28th of November 1894 in Lisduff, Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland. She entered the Congregation on the 30th of April 1925 and made her profession of Vows in August 1927.
Sister Germaine spent most of her Religious Life in St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston where she worked most devotedly for the common good. Her outstanding virtues were her obedience, love of holy poverty and devotion to the Divine Office. Sister Germaine died on the 6th of August 1948 and was buried in the Convent Cemetery.
SISTER MAJELLA LYONS (Annie) who died in 1913 aged 77 years – professed 48 years
Sister Majella was born in Borris, Ireland on the 24th of January 1889, she entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914 and made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1920.
Sister Majella worked in many of our Convents in South Africa where she endeared herself to all by her simplicity and her sincerity. The last few years of her life were spent in Boksburg where her health began to fail. Throughout her illness her one desire was to give as little trouble as possible as she was lovingly cared for by the Sisters. All were edified by her deep spirit of prayer. When Sister’s condition deteriorated the doctor advised that she be sent to Ladysmith Sanatorium where she passed away peacefully on the 6th of August 1963 fortified by the Rites of Holy Church.
SISTER GERTRUDE O’ LEARY (Ellen) who died in 2012 aged 83 years – professed 55 years.
Sister Gertrude was born in Meadstown, Kinsale, Co Cork on 29th December 1929. She was baptised and named Ellen on 30th December 1929 and Confirmed in June 1943. Sister entered the Congregation on 9th September 1955, received the habit and the religious name Sister Mary Gertrude on 31st July 1956 and made her first profession of vows 1st August 1957.
Those who knew and lived with her referred to Sister Gertrude as a very humble, quiet person, who never pushed herself forward or chose to be in the limelight. Yet in her own quiet way she accomplished much and touched so many lives by her sincerity and genuineness. She was a lovely community Sister, very generous and hard working. She was fun loving and had a sense of humour which endeared her to others; she would always be the first to offer hospitality to others. She loved walking and when she lived in Osterley she delighted in her daily walks in the Park – where she felt close to nature and close to the beauty of God’s creation; something she greatly enjoyed.
As a true Dominican, she had a great love and appreciation of the “Liturgy of the Hours” -especially a sung “Liturgy.” The Eucharist was the centre of her life, and for as long as she was able she attended daily Mass with the community. She had a deep devotion to Our Lady; her rosary beads were never far from her fingers.
Sister Gertrude’s musical talent was recognized and encouraged from an early age. She played both piano and violin. She was a very dedicated teacher and taught mainly in Storrington and in St James’s Burnt Oak. Sister Gertrude was an outstanding “Head of Music” at St James’s. During the I970’s and 1980’s she led a lively and dynamic department which included an orchestra, Ceili Band, and a Mega choir, all of which performed publicly during the school year. Sister Gertrude initiated the “St Patrick Night Concerts” and the “Christmas Concerts,” still held today. Her enthusiasm for music was infectious -one of the ways in which this was demonstrated was in the famous “jam sessions” when of an evening pupils, supposedly for sheer pleasure, were either cajoled or volunteered to participate in Sister Gertrude’s “jam packed” music recitals. Her joy, at whatever price, was to bring happiness to others.
Sister Gertrude demonstrated the same commitment and dedication during her time in Liberia. She worked tirelessly for others. When Sisters health began to fail she was assigned to Rosary Priory. The last seven years of Sister Gertrude’s life were spent in St Augustine’s Nursing Home in Addlestone, Surrey, run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, where she was cared for with much love and attention. She was visited regularly by our Sisters. On Tuesday 7 August Sister quietly breathed her last and returned to her Lord whom she had served so faithfully for fifty five years.
Father Piers Linley OP celebrated Sisters Requiem Mass at Rosary Priory on Wednesday 15th August, the feast of the Assumption. Sister was laid to rest in the Convent cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER CARMEL CANNON (Margaret Mary) who died in 2006 aged 90 years – professed 71 years
Sister Carmel was born in was born in 1916 in Co. Mayo, Ireland. She entered the Congregation in 1933. Sister made her profession of vows on the 21st October 1934.
Sister Carmel entered the congregation at Rosary Priory, England. Sister was assigned to St Elmo’s, Umzumbe, Natal. It was here that Sister began her apostolate in South Africa. Sister Carmel remained in St Elmo’s for 32 years teaching the educationally challenged children and slow learners. She had a wonderful gift in helping these children. She was devoted to them and they to her. Sister was assigned to St Catherine’s Convent, Germiston for eight years. In 1977 Sister was transferred to Benoni Convent School. She worked here until she retired from teaching in 1989.
But Sister remained on in Benoni where she was engaged in Parish Ministry, visiting the sick and bringing them Holy Communion. She also visited those who were House-bound and in Retirement Homes. Even after her retirement to Marian House, Boksburg, she continued with her Hospice work and encouraged and advised people and families of patients. Sister Carmel was a woman of deep Faith, prayer and compassion. She had a good sense of humour. She spent the last years of her long life at Marian House where she showed courage and patience under much suffering, she died on 7th August surrounded by her community days before her ninetieth birthday. She was buried in the Convent Cemetery after a Requiem Mass was concelebrated in St Dominic’s Chapel. May she rest in peace
SISTER GABRIEL LOVELY (Eileen) who died in 1992 aged 79 years – professed 61 years.
Sister Gabriel was born in Dublin on the 23rd of June 1913 and entered the Congregation on the 2nd of October 1929. Sister made her Final Vows on the 3rd of August 1934.
Sister Gabriel had a varied teaching career; she worked with the educationally disadvantaged. Sister was in charge of Boarders, Principal of St Pius Convent School and Prioress. Except for a short period in England Sister expended her great energy and enthusiasm in our South African projects. In 1966 Sister Gabriel was transferred to St Dominic’s Boksburg where she taught in the School and did Catechetical work in the new Township of Reiger Park. She enlisted the help of the pupils from St Dominic’s and began an Uplift Programme that was to continue for the remainder of her life.
At Sister’s Requiem Mass in Reiger Park, her co-worker Fr Stan Brennan OFM, paid tribute to her as one who taught all people from illiterates to school leavers, and was involved in Tertiary Education in day and night classes where she organised the Commercial Department.. She established the Catholic Women’s League, the Legion of Mary, The Altar Boys’ Society, Girl Guides, Brownies and Scouts. She took Holy Communion to the sick, visited, washed, and cared for the sick in their own homes and assisted poor oppressed people in every way possible. Sister Gabriel’s chief concern was the building up of the new parish of St Francis. She organised Catechetics, got Catechists trained and enabled the residents to take over the various parish activities. She was instrumental in having a Day Care Centre for the aged established which cares for Senior Citizens of all denominations.
During the last five years of her life her health failed and her physical energy waned while her mind and spirit longed to continue the work of Evangelisation. After a long illness Sister Gabriel returned to her Creator on the 8th of August 1992. The community of Reiger Park – Catholics and Christians of various denominations – held a night Vigil in St Francis Church the night before she died. They kept a night Vigil in Church with her body on the night before her funeral and hundreds of people attended her Requiem Mass in St Francis Church and accompanied the funeral cortege to St Dominic’s Cemetery Boksburg where this devoted Dominican and great apostle was laid to rest on the 11th of August 1992.
SISTER BEDE HARTE (Elizabeth) who died in 1960 aged 71 years – professed 40 years.
Sister Bede was born in Armagh, County Sligo on the 9th of June 1889 and entered the Congregation on the 3rd of August 1918. Sister made her Final Vows on the 20th of July 1924
Sister Bede was an invalid for many years before she died.Sister was looked after very devotedly by the Sisters and died happily in Holy Child Convent Benoni on the 9th of August 1960 and was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Boksburg on the 10th of August.
SISTER MARIETTA DOHERTY (Mary Teresa) who died in 2009 aged 79 years – professed 58 years
Sister Marietta born on 5th May 1930 in Ballyloskey in County Donegal, Ireland, she entered the Convent at Rosary Priory, England on 22nd ‘December 1949 and made her First Profession on 1st August 1951.
In October 1952, together with six other young sisters she left Southhampton by boat for South Africa and arrived in Cape Town three weeks later. Sister Marietta was assigned to Newcastle and a year later to Durban North. From there she did her teacher training at Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. She then taught at Durban North and later in La Rochelle and Germiston. She also did a nurses training at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. She nursed at Blaauwbosch Clinic in Natal for a year and at Johannesburg General Hospital also for a year.Due to continued ill health she was then assigned to Marian House when it opened as a Retirement Home in 1989 and she helped in organizing the nursing of our elderly sisters.
Despite ill health she was always cheerful with a great sense of humour and was able to dispel any tension with her witty remarks. She was also a great supporter of Radio Veritas and each month collected donations for Radio Veritas to help with evangelization. Sister Marietta’s love of people, her friendliness and hospitality was always evident when anyone called at Marian House.
She was admitted to Sunward Park Hospital, Boksburg on 2nd August and died a week later. Her identical twin sister Nora and her sisters Rose and Anne and brother Neal came out from England and Ireland to attend her Requiem on 14th August, which was concelebrated by Dominican Fathers Emil Blazer, Martin Roden and Raphael Ntlou. May she rest in Peace.
Sister Cyprian was born in Ryhill, Monovea, County Galway on the 25th of December 1935 and entered the Congregation on the 16th of January 1952. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of August 1956.
Sister Cyprian spent two years in the Juniorate in Rosary Priory before entering the Novitiate in 1952. After First Vows Sister was sent to Storrington where, as one of the foundation members, she worked zealously in St Norbert’s Parish School. Benoni was the next scene of her labours. Her next assignment to St Joseph’s Convent Primrose. Later Sister was assigned to St Catherine’s, Germiston where she worked untiringly as a teacher, Bursar and Co-ordinator of a First Holy Communion Programme for Primrose Parish. She made time to visit the sick and lonely of Germiston and Primrose for whom she showed great concern.
Sister Cyprian is remembered as a truly edifying member of her community — generous and helpful at all times. She was deeply spiritual and passed on to her pupils, and parents and many who depended on her, the fruits of her prayerfulness. During the long months of her battle with cancer she was courageous and patient. She attended Mass and all community exercises even though obliged to use a wheelchair. On the evening of the 10th of August 1989 Sister went peacefully to God. On the feast of the Assumption, after concelebrated Mass in St Augustine’s Church, Germiston she was laid to rest in Boksburg Convent Cemetery.
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SISTER XAVIER O’CONNELL (Kathleen) who died in 1999 aged 82 years – professed 36 years.
Sister Xavier was born in Coolmakee, Ballyhooley, County Cork on the 30th of November 1916 and entered the Congregation on the 8th of September 1961. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of August 1967.
Sister Xavier was deeply imbued with the spirit of Dominicanism. It was seeing the work of the Dominican Fathers as they moved among the people doing pastoral work that drew her to Dominican life. While Sister was earning her livelihood in Cork she also worked at fund raising for the Kiltegan Fathers. She was forty-five years of age when she came to the Novitiate. Sister Xavier was assigned to several convents as community cook and she went gladly wherever there was need for her superb culinary skills, but above all, she was valued for her contribution to community life; her prayerfulness and cheerfulness made her a welcome asset in every house. Hospitality was one of her very strong charisms and when Garston Convent became a Retreat Centre Sister Xavier was a strong back-up to the Sisters involved. Later Sister worked in Reception in Rosary Priory, she died quietly in her sleep on the llth of August 1999. Her funeral took place with that of Sister Callista Jennings who died the same day. After Requiem Mass both Sisters were interred in the Cemetery at Rosary Priory on the 18th of August
SISTER CALLISTA JENNINGS (Brigid) who died in 1999 aged 79 years – professed 60 years.
Sister Callista was born in Couenbeg, Clonakilty, County Cork on the 11th of June 1920 and entered the Congregation on the 10th of September 1937. Sister made her Final Vows on the 2nd of August 1942.
When she had completed her schooling Sister Callista began an apprenticeship in Dressmaking, a skill which in later years was developed further in the Convent. Sister spent most of her Religious Life in St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston where she qualified in Domestic Science and Needlework and also obtained certificates in Music. She taught in the Junior School where she was loved by pupils and parents. Likewise when she came to Rosary Priory she taught in the Prep School and loved the children and was loved by them in return. During her retirement years in Rosary Priory Sister was attentive to the needs of the less mobile members of the community. Sister Callista suffered much for many years from arthritis and during her last illness suffered greatly. Sister died peacefully on August 11th 1999. Her Requiem Mass was combined with the Funeral Mass for Sister Xavier and she was buried on the same day as Sister Xavier in Rosary Priory Cemetery on the 18th of August 1999.
SISTER GUNDISALVO STROBL(Anna) who died in 1970 aged 96 years – professed 60 years.
Sister Gundisalvo was born in Metterten, Bavaria on the 3rd of October 1874 and joined the Congregation in Blerik, Holland in 1904, she entered the Novitiate in Newcastle, Natal on the 21st of November 1908. Sister made her Final Vows on the 16th of July 1913.
Most of Sister’s life was spent working and caring for the underprivileged on our African Missions where she exercised her skill in medicine, crafts, and photography, and in giving assistance and homely advice to those in need. Sunday afternoons found Sister at the organ giving vent to her musical talents; she is best remembered for her young mind and spirit and her concern for others. Her last interest was at St Michael’s Indian School Redhill where she devoted her time to knitting and sewing for the poor.
Sister was confined to bed for the last six weeks of her life. She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in bed and enjoyed and appreciated everything. The Sisters caring for her during that time were greatly edified by her patience, her spirit of prayer and appreciation for the least service rendered to her. Sister died on the 12th of August 1970. The funeral Mass was sung by the pupils of Our Lady of Fatima School on the 14th of August and Sister was laid to rest in St Elmo’s cemetery Umzumbe.
SISTER ALBERTA BYRNE (Kathleen) who died in 1946 aged 52 years – professed 27 years.
Sister Alberta was born in Dublin on the 21st of February 1895 and entered the Congregation on the 24th of October 1917. Sister made her Final Vows on the 20th of July 1922.
Sister Alberta was among the first group of Irish postulants whom Mother Reginald brought to the newly erected Novitiate in St Joseph’s, Launceston. In 1920 Sister was sent to South Africa where she worked indefatigably for twenty-seven years in God’s service. Sister was Prioress of Holy Child Convent, Benoni when she died on the 12th of August 1946.
Sister Alberta never lost her first fervour. The outstanding feature of her spirituality was her love for the devotions of the Order and her great zeal for souls; she had a great devotion to St Philomena and it was on the feast of St Philomena that she died. Requiem Masses were celebrated before, Sister was buried in the cemetery at St Dominic’s Boksburg.
SISTER PETRONILLA SHARKEY(Margaret Christina) who died in 1920 aged 20 years – professed 3 months
Sister Petronilla was born in Togher, Dunleer, County Louth on the 4th of September 1900 and entered the Congregation on the 2nd of February 1919. Sister was ill and in danger of death. She made her Vows on the 16th of May 1920. Sister Petronilla died on the 12th of August 1920 aged twenty years and was buried the same day in the cemetery in Lennoxton.
SISTER URIEL McDONNELL (Cassie) who died in 1985 aged 80 years – professed 58 years
Sister Emilia was born in Sligo on the 13th of July 1905 at Ballyscally, Clogher, County Tyrone Sister entered the Novitiate in West Grinstead in 1924 and came to our Novitiate at Rosary Priory on the 8th of September 1925. Sister made her Final vows in August 1930.
Sister Uriel was sent to South Africa in 1937 and taught in St Elmo’s where she was appointed Prioress. From 1956 to 1964 Sister filled the Office of Vicaress and bared herself to all by her understanding and kindness. When the House of Studies was opened in Pietermaritzburg Sister Uriel was appointed Superior there and was known for her great hospitality, especially to priests, her special charism was devotion to the sick and dying. On the closure of Pietermaritzburg Sister was assigned to St Elmo’s where she died suddenly on Wednesday 14th of August 1985.
SISTER EMILIA CROFTON (Bridget) who died in 1983 aged 91 years – professed 65 years.
Emilia was born in Sligo on the 5th of November 1892 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916. Sister made her Final Vows on the 18th of June 1921.
Sister Emilia spent most of her Religious Life in South Africa where she taught in Schools: she was a very efficient and devoted teacher, she was frank and upright in her dealings with pupils and friends. Sister was blessed with a beautiful singing voice which she used generously at Mass and at the Divine Office. Her cheerfulness and sense of humour endeared her to the young Sisters with whom she came into contact. They found in her a true friend ready to listen and to give a helping hand. She had a deep spirit of prayer and trust in God. Her last assignment was to Our Lady of Fatima Convent, Durban North, where, after a short illness she died on the 14th of August 1983 and was buried in Umzumbe cemetery on the 17th August1983.
SISTER PATRICK LYNCH (Hannah) who died in 1954 aged 92 years –professed51 years
Sister Patrick was born in Tralee, County Kerry on the 15th of July 1863 and entered Congregation on the 9th of January 1902. Sister made her Vows on the 8th of December 1903.
Sister Patrick entered at a time, as can be noted from the above, when there wasn’t a period of several years novitiate preceding profession. Sister’s was Bursar and General Councillor. Sister Patrick’s latter years were spent in Rosary Priory where she edified all by her simplicity, kindliness and sisterly charity. She was exact in the observance of the common life, punctual at all exercises in the Choir and Refectory until she was confined to bed in the March preceding her death. As a patient she was exemplary, kind and thoughtful for those who looked after her, the Rosary beads rarely left her hands. Sister died as she had lived, peaceful and calm, and without agony. On the feast of the Assumption 1954 Sister Patrick breathed her last as the Sisters were singing the Salve. Her funeral took place the following day and she was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery.
SISTER ATHANASIUS HAZLETT (Mary) who died in 1974 aged 75 years – professed 52 years
Sister Athanasius was born in Clooncard, Manor Hamilton, County Leitrim on the 10th of August 1900. She entered the Congregation in Launceston on the 11th of January 1922 and made her Final Vows on the 19th of July 1929.
Sister Athanasius was assigned at various times to many of the Convents in England as well as Ireland and Rome. Her whole life was one of service to the community and care for the common good. She was kind-hearted and generous to anyone who was in need of support.The final years of her life were spent in St Thomas’ Stanmore, where, although in poor health herself, she cared for the sick with true charity and devotion, as well as discharging other offices in the community. Sister had a life long devotion to Our Lady and on the feast of the Assumption Sister died in Edgware Hospital.The following day the 16th of August 1974 Sister was laid to rest in the cemetery in Rosary Priory.
SISTER DIONYSIUS STURE (Sophie) who died in 1949aged 61 years – professed 27 years
Sister Dionysius was born in Peke Eipsel, Germany on the 2nd of November 1888 and entered the Congregation on the 7th of August 1921. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of May 1926.
Sister Dionysius led a very hidden life as she filled the office of Habit Mistress during all her years in the Convent. Sister was very prayerful and even to the end of her life when she was gradually growing weaker she managed to rise for daily Mass. Sr Dionysius went to her eternal reward on the 16th of August 1949 and was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton.
SISTER ENDA CARROLL, (Christine) who died in 1948 aged 56 years – professed 32 years
Sister Enda was born in Sligo on the 27th of December 1893 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914. Sister made her Final Vows on the 14th of April 1921.
Sister Enda was a good Religious devoted to her duties in the religious as well as the temporal order. Always a painstaking teacher she was still at her post when struck down by her last illness. Sister was taken ill on the feast of the Assumption and in spite of all that medical skill could do she yielded up her soul to God on the 17th of August 1948. Sister Enda’s death took place in Dundee and she was buried in our Lennoxton cemetery.
SISTER EUGENE O’ SHEA (Nellie) who died in 2010 aged 90 years – professed 70 years
Sister Eugene was born on 21st October 1920 in Ballymagiliott Co. Kerry Ireland. Sister entered the Novitiate on 8th November 1938 received the Dominican habit in August 1939 and made Profession on 3rd August 1940.
Sister Eugene was a dedicated and gifted teacher. She taught in a number of our schools, the Annunciation, and St. James’ Burnt Oak, St. Joseph’s Launceston, St Thomas’ Stanmore and St Michael’s Garston. Sister was noted for her diligence, her devotion to duty, her regularity and her sincere interest in the well being of those whom she taught and with whom she worked. Her qualities of generosity, kindness and compassion endeared her to her. Sister Eugene retired from teaching in 1985. She returned to Rome, where she had been during her novitiate, for a year’s sabbatical. She recalled vividly her experiences during her time in Rome a place which was dear to her heart. On returning from her sabbatical Sister was assigned to St Mary’s Boxmoor, where she was an active member of the community until she was assigned to Rosary Priory in 1995. Sister continued to play an active role in community life until failing health prevented her from doing so. She loved our Dominican liturgy, had a deep spirit of prayer and contemplation and a deep devotion to our Lady and the Dominican Saints. During the year 2005 Sister’s health deteriorated significantly and consequently she needed constant nursing care. Sister moved St. Mary’s Nursing Home which is managed by the Stone Dominican Sisters. Sister was visited regularly by our Sisters. She was unable to communicate with her visitors for some months before her death. Two of our Sisters were with Sister Eugene when on 18th August she eventually returned to her Lord whom she had served so faithfully for over 70 years. Sister’s Requiem Mass was celebrated at Rosary Priory on Friday 27th August 2010. Following the celebration of Mass, Sister was laid to rest in Rosary Priory Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER LELIA CARROLL (Margaret ) who died in 2006 aged 96 years – professed 68years Sister Lelia (Margaret) Carroll was born in 1910 in Waterford; Ireland. Sister Lelia joined the Congregation in England. Having made her Religious profession in 1938 she was assigned to South Africa. It was here that Sister spent the next 68 years of her long life. The convents where she carried out her apostolate were Boksburg, Benoni, Primrose, and Gala. She was a dedicated teacher and Music was her forte. Even after her so-called retirement to Marian House where she spent the last 16 years of her life, Sister Lelia carried on with her violin playing with the small Ensemble of Marian House which performed in the Chapel for Christmas and Easter Services. This same ensemble went to other retirement homes e.g. Nazareth house and St Anne’s, Edenvale to entertain the old folk. Sisters Leontia and Lelia were the foundation members of the Ensemble.
Sister Lelia was a lovable and loving Sister. She lived a full life and used her talents in many different ways. She was a sincere, generous and humble person and kept interested in local and world affairs as much as possible. She used her little radio to listen to the main news events. Sister was a woman of prayer and faith and joined in with the prayers as she lay on her death bed. She died on 19 August 2006. in Sister was buried in the Convent Cemetery after a Requiem Mass had been concelebrated by Fathers Dominic Baldwin, Peter Hortop, and Dick Broderick in the chapel of Marian House. May she rest in peace.
SISTER FERRER BISHOFF (Helen) who died in 1981 aged 82 years – professed 59 years
Sister Ferrer was born at Ibenburen, Germany on the 21st of July 1900 and entered thee Congregation on the 7th of August 1921. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of May 1926.
Sister Ferrer died on the 22nd of August 1981 and was buried in the cemetery St Elmo’s, Umzumbe on the 24th of August 1981.
SISTER LAMBERTINI KEYENBERG (Ann Maria) who died in 1923 aged 37 years – professed 6 years
Sister Lambertini was born in North Brabant, Netherlands on the 12th of February 1886 She entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916.
Sister Lambertini had but a short period of time in the Religious Life, she died in the hospital in Pietermaritzburg on the 22nd of August 1923 and was buried there in the Co vent Cemetery on the 23rd of August 1923.
SISTER GENEVIVE DOLAN (Hannah) who died in 1917 aged 89 years – professed 64 years
Sister Genevive was born in Roscommon, Ireland on the 2nd of April 1887 and entered the Congregation on the 22nd of October 1909. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1915.
Sister Genevive taught in the Academy and in Pietersburg but it was at St Dominic’s Port Shepstone that she spent most of her Religious Life. The young children whom she lovingly taught revered her and even in her old age some of her pupils called to visit her. Sister had to retire from teaching because of deafness but as an avid reader
she kept well abreast of current affairs. Sister was transferred to St Elmo’s Umzumbe in 1956 and there she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in January 1972. The last years of Sister’s life were spent in great suffering heroically borne; she died a happy and peaceful death on the 22nd of August 1917 and was buried in the Convent Cemetery at Umzumbe on the 24th of August 1917.
SISTER CRESCENTIA GOGLER (Maria Anna) who died in 1978 aged 84 years – professed 62 years
Sister Crescentia was born in Oberrbrinung, Bavaria on the llth of June 1894 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1919.
Sister Crescentia worked long and lovingly at the Sacred Heart Mission, Umsinsini. where she spent many years of her life. She built up Kwa Hlongwa School — and Out Stations — where she lived with a companion from Monday to Friday. Hers w:as no easy life; while she was able to sacrifice herself and bear many hardships, her Sister companion had to be changed often. The African people loved her and saw in her the genuine missionary spirit. She worked at Lennoxton too but her health broke down and she spent the last years of her life at St Elmo’s where she did some gardening and rejoiced at beautifying the environment. When she could no longer do any manual work she prayed, the Bible and the Rosary were her mainstay. In her last illness she was lovingly cared for spiritually and physically. Several African friends were present at her Requiem Mass and burial and one of her ex-pupils spoke at the graveside of Sister’s bravery and Christian courage. Sister Crescentia died on the 25th of August 1978 and on the 27th of August she was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery at St Elmo’s.
SISTER HYACINTH KENNY(Mary Josephine)who died in 2001 aged 86 years – professed 56 years
Sister Hyacinth was born in Dublin on the 25th of March 1915 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of November 1943. Sister made her Final Vows on the 29th of July 1948.
Sister Hyacinth trained as a teacher at the Frobel Institute in West Hill London. Over the years she taught most subjects in the Curriculum and most age groups. She brought to her work strong religious and practical experience and untiring industry in planning and carrying out assignments. It was Sr Hyacinth’s interaction with staff and students that is remembered with affection. On retirement Catechetics figured largely in her apostolate and for many years in her retirement at Holy Rosary Convent, Eastbourne she was involved with the community in outreach to the parish and in supporting the Lay Dominican apostolate. When Sister became less mobile she went to Rosary Priory where her prayer life was even more enhanced and where she was cared for by the Sister in charge of the sick and her team. As Sister became more frail she was transferred to St Mary’s Dominican Nursing Home in Stone where she died on the 26th of August 2001, her funeral took place in Rosary Priory, on the 30th of August 2001.
SISTER LIDWINA BOOYEN (Drieka) who died in 1946 aged 75 years – professed 36 years
Siste Lidwina was born in Boerden, Holland on the 19th of August 1876 and she entered the Congregation on the 22nd of October 1909. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1914.
Sister Lidwina was a Religious devoted to prayer, work and obedience, she died in Petersburg on the 26th of August 1946.
SISTER PATRICIA WALSH (Mary) who died in 1981 aged 80 years – professed 46 years
Sister Patricia was born in Ballagh, Bushey Park, Galway on the 5th of March 1902 and entered the Congregation on the 14th of September 1934.
Sister Patricia was a talented Commercial teacher also including Art in her schema. She taught in several of our Schools, including La Rochelle, Dundee and Port Shepstone. When Sister’s health began to decline in 1979 she was transferred from Villa Aquinas to St Elmo’s where nothing was spared to alleviate her suffering. Sister endeared herself to all and used her wit and talents to advantage to the end. Sister died on the 27th of August 1981 and was buried in Umzumbe on the 29th of August after a concelebrated Requiem Mass.
SISTER BERTRAND) CARTY(Katie) who died in 1940 aged 69 years – professed 46 years
Sister Bertrand was born in Wexford on the 3rd of January 1871 and entered the Congregation on the 25th of October 1892. Sister made her Vows on the 21st of November 1894.
Sister Bertrand was one of the earliest members who helped in the building up of our Congregation. Sister filled many important Offices in the Congregation, she was Prioress successively in St Elmo’s Convent, Umzumbi, St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston, St Rose’s Convent, Burnt Oak. In all those duties she worked conscientiously always giving her wholehearted support to her Mother Superior General to whom she showed a filial devotion. The Holy Rule was her constant study, and it seemed a coincidence that her death took place on the feast of St Augustine the author of the Rule.
Sister Bertrand was simple, sincere and unobtrusive in manner and was esteemed by all those who came into contact with her. She was filling the Office of Sub-Prioress at St Dominic’s Convent, Ponsbourne Park when she met her death. On the night of August the 28th 1940 there was very heavy aerial bombardment and Sister was on her way to the Air Raid Shelter when she collapsed at the foot of the stairs. The Chaplain, who was resident, was summoned immediately and he administered the Last Sacraments there where she collapsed and died. Sister Bertrand was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Ponsbourne Park.
SISTER CORONA (ERLMEIR(Katherine) who died in 1938 aged 69 years – professed 30 years
Sister Corona was born in Altenkirchen, Germany on the 20th of November 1869 and entered the Congregation on the 6th of November 1906. Sister made her Final Vows on the 21st of April 1911.
Sister Corona’s Religious life was characterised by simplicity of heart and gentleness of disposition. She was a truly spiritual soul, humble and obedient and devoted to any work given to her. Her very holy death after a short illness was the reward of her holy life. She died on the 28th of August 1938 and was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton.
SISTER STEPHANA BAUMGARTNER (Theresa) who died in 1941 aged 50 years – professed 29 years
Sister Stephana was born in Geirsetial, Bavaria on the 8th of October 1891 and entered the Congregation on the 1st of November 1910. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1915.
Sister Stephana suffered from acute rheumatism which affected her whole system and made her a complete invalid almost all of her Religious life; she was lovingly cared for by the Sisters in the Convent to which she was assigned. Sister was of a sweet and gentle disposition and bore her great sufferings patiently and uncomplainingly. Sister died on the 29th of August 1941 and was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Umzumbe.