SISTER de RICCI DUNNE (Bridget) who died in 1992 aged 80 years – professed 61 years
Sister de Ricci was born on the 16th of August 1911 at Cootehill, County Roscommon and entered the Congregation on the 12th of July 1929. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of February 1934.
Sister de Ricci was sent to South Africa in 1932 and assigned to Holy Rosary Convent Dundee where she spent ten years and was then transferred to Boksburg and later to Benoni where she efficiently ran the School as Principal. Sister was later Prioress in Dundee and her biggest task in the educational field was the amalgamation of our three High Schools into one in Boksburg.
Sister de Ricci resigned from the post as Principal in Boksburg in 1979 but continued her full time teaching until 1987 when she was transferred to Blaaubosch at the age of seventy- six years. Although it was a new and different cultural setting her love of her pupils, her love of teaching Biology, her exploration of Divine Creation overcame all differences and her students, many of whom were adults and Sisters from different African Congregations, benefited from her dedication and concern. Sister de Ricci was an excellent stimulating teacher but she is remembered even more for her qualities of honesty, self-giving, diligence and community building. She taught everyone how to pursue excellence in all undertakings. Sister led a very prayerful life and had a great sense of the presence of God everywhere and in everything.
It was because of her concern for her totally incapacitated sister living alone that she decided to go to Ireland in June. It was while she was there that her terminal illness was diagnosed and she returned to Rosary Priory where she experienced great peace and joy while she was lovingly cared for during the nine days before she returned to her Lord hi the eightieth year of her life. Sr de Ricci died on the 31st of July 1992 and was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery on the 3rd of August 1992.
SISTER WINIFRED LARAGY (Mary Ann) who died in 1926 aged 36 years – professed 15 years
Sister Winifred was born in Castletown, Geoghegan, County Wesmeath on the 22nd of November 1890 and entered the Congregation on the 22nd of October 1909. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1914.
Sister Winifred died in Port Shepstone Convent on the 29th of July 1926 aged thirty-six years and was buried in Umzumbe cemetery on the 31st of July 1921.
SISTER BRENDA Mc CABE (Teresa) who died in 1934 aged 23 years – professed 3 years
Sister Brenda was born in Newcastle, County Down on the 3rd of January 1911 and entered the Congregation on the 16th of April 1929. She was Professed on the 2nd of August 1931.
Sister Brenda contacted TB but the doctor failed to diagnose it for several months, Sister died peacefully on the 28th of July 1934.
SISTER JOACHIM STUBENVOLLE (Margaret) who died in 1976 aged 80 years – professed 53 years
Sister Joachim was born in Burkhares, Elithpleyslon, Germany on the 7th of August 1896 and entered the Congregation on the 18th of December 1921. Sister made her Final Vows on the 4th of August 1926.
Sister Joachim entered in Blerik, Holland and went to the Novitiate in Newcastle in 1921.Sister was always very hardworking and devoted to duty. Sisters remember her rising very early in the mornings to collect materials with the African girls to build our Convent at the Sacred Heart Mission. Sister Joachim, with the girls, and with very few conveniences, did the laundry for St Elmo’s and the Sacred Heart Mission for years. Sister was remarkable for her great devotion to the Rosary and said many a round of the beads daily. In January 1976 Sister, whose health had been failing for some time, was hospitalised in St Andrew’s Hospital, Harding where she received every care until her death. Sister Joachim died on the 27th of July 1976 she had a combined funeral service with Sister Cordis and both were laid to rest in St Elmo’s cemetery on the 29th of July 1976.
SISTER de SALES ROGERS (Elizabeth) who died in 1917 aged 36 years – professed 12 years
Sister de Sales was born in Aughanmore, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo on the 4th of December 1881 and entered the Congregation on the llth of October 1904. Sister made her Final Vows on the 15th of July 1909.
Sister de Sales was twelve years Professed when she died on the 27th of July 1917. Sister was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton on the 28th of July 1917.
SISTER ETHELREDA MARTIN (Catherine) who died in 1992 aged 91years – professed 66years
Sister Ethelreda was born at Marty, Kells, County Meath on the 26th of July 1901 and entered the Congregation on the 3rd of August 1924. Sister made her Final Vows on the 2nd of August 1930.
Sister Ethelreda’s apostolate was mainly in South Africa where she taught with dedication and a great sense of humour in various schools; Port Shepstone, Newcastle, Pietersburg, Germiston, Dundee and Boksburg. Sister gave Religious Education to children from Government Schools during several afternoons a week and on Saturdays.She was gifted with a quick lively wit and a good sense of humour which her community enjoyed. She was a very prayerful person and taught children that prayer was most important in their lives. Sister had a loving and charitable nature.
Sister Ethelreda had been in poor health for many years but she carried on cheerfully leading Community life until three days before her death. After receiving the Last Sacraments in the presence of the Sisters she breathed her last on the 27th of July 1992 and was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Boksburg.
SISTER CORDIS WEIR (Martha) who died in 1976 aged 83 years – professed 58 years
Sister Cordis was born in Rosco, County Dublin on the 21st of November 1893 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916. Sister made her Final vows on the 18th of June 1921.
Sister Cordis worked assiduously in the domestic side of Convent life and was remarkable for her great spirit of prayer, the audible rendering of her devotions easily be heard .Sister suffered from an incurable illness and declined medical aid as she thought she could help herself and not be a burden to others; it was only in the last three weeks of her life that she accepted assistance. She was very considerate, kind and thoughtful, and never ceased to express her gratitude for the least service rendered. Sister was not confined to bed but assisted at Mass and Office to her last day. Sister Cordis died on the 26th of July 1976. A combined concelebrated Mass was said by Fr Marian OMI, Fr Raphael and Fr Andrew CMM, for Sister Cordis and Sr Joachim. Both Sisters were laid to rest in the cemetery at St Elmo’s on the 29th of July 1976.
SISTER FINBARR CROWLEY (Margaret Mary) who died in 2000 aged 88 years – professed 63 years
Sister Finbarr was born in Ballyviniteer, Mallow County Cork on the 30th of December 1912 and entered the Congregation on the 8th of September 1931. Sister made her Final Vows on the 4th of August 1938.
After training as a teacher in Pietermaritzburg.Sister Finbarr was one of the pioneer Sisters at St Elmo’s Boarding School, Umzumbe, there she was a dedicated teacher and lovingly assisted those children with learning problems. She then proved herself a zealous missionary at the Sacred Heart Mission, Umsinsini. Later she was sent to various Convent schools, Port Shepstone, the Academy Newcastle, and then to St Catherine’s Convent, Germiston.
In 1979 when Sister had retired from classroom work she went to fulltime ministry at Dikatole (Germiston) where her great love for the poor and the underprivileged found full scope. When the people of Dikatole moved to Eden Park Sister extended her ministry there with joy and enthusiasm and even when she had retired to Marian House she often went back there. The community of Marian House were blessed to have her with them. Her sense of humour and her verse making gave much pleasure while her spirit of prayer and devotion to the Eucharist kept alive her faith and strengthened her in her physical suffering. Sister Finbarr died in Glynwood Hospital on the 26th of July 2000. And after a concelebrated Requiem Mass she was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Boksburg.
SISTER PIA INDERFURTH (Catherine)who died in 1975 aged 81 years – professed 50 years
Sister Pia was born in Loberich, Kempen, Germany on the 15th of July 1894 and entered the Congregation in Blerik on the 1st of August 1923 where she received the Habit. Sister made her Final Vows on the 21st of November 1929.
Sister was sent to our Mother House in Newcastle in 1924 and was assigned to many responsible departments in the various Convents to which she was sent. She worked as Sewing Mistress, Guest Mistress and Sacristan and these tasks she performed with perfection. Sister worked with great diligence, she prayed with devotion but when the time came for recreation she was a cheerful companion with her sense of humour and spontaneous laughter. Sister worked in the European Schools and in the African Mission Schools and was always a prayerful person. She suffered much from asthma and offered her sufferings in a spirit of penance and reparation for the sins of the world. Sister died in peace and resignation on the 24th July 1975in the eighty-first year of her age. Sister Pia was buried in the cemetery in Lennoxton
SISTER RITA PIONTEK (Martha)who died in 1999 aged 96 years – professed 64 years
Sister Rita was born in Silesia, Germany on the 29th of October 1902 and entered the Congregation on the 10th of November 1922. Sister made her Final Vows in July 1928 Sister Rita worked with great missionary zeal in many of our Convents in Natal and in the Transvaal. Sister learned the Zulu language to enable her to carry out her mission more effectively; she used this skill to great advantage as a teacher and catechist at St Joachim’s Mission, Umsinsini. Sister Rita, with other Sisters in the community, visited the people in the area, ministering to the sick and dying, and baptising when a priest was not available. She was Novice Mistress at Lennoxton. She encouraged and promoted vocations. Sister Rita was endowed with many gifts. She was a talented Congregation seamstress. She was a very prayerful person and spread devotion to the Rosary; she made Rosaries and distributed them to many. Sister Rita had two German nieces in the Congregation, Sister Alberta and Sister Donatus.
Sister Rita had lovingly served members of our communities in Germiston La Rochelle, Durban North, Dundee and Lennoxton. When Sister was in germiston she accompanied Sister Evangelist when they went out daily from the convent to the Catholic Mission at Elsburg Township (near what is now Dikatole).
Sister Rita died peacefully at Marian House on the 23rd of July 1999 and was buried
in the Convent Cemetery on the 27th of July 1999.
SISTER BRIDE KELLY (Mary Josephine) who died in 1934 aged 58 years – professed 16 years
Sister Bride was born in Dublin on the 24th of May 1877 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916. Sister made her Final Vows on the 3rd of July 1921. Sister’s singularly happy and holy death from which was absent the slightest shadow of fear was God’s great reward to her selfless life which, forgetful of its own ailments, thought only of augmenting the happiness of others. Sister Bride died on the 20th of July 1934 and her burial took place in Umzumbe cemetery.
SISTER JEROME CLEARY (Mary Bridget) who died in 1982 aged 87 years – professed 56 years
Sister Jerome was born in Birr, Killaloe, County Clare on the 18th of September 1895 and entered the Congregation on the 28th of June 1924. Sister made her Final Vows on the 2nd of August 1929.
Sister Jerome worked in many of our Convents in England until 1932 when she was transferred to South Africa. Sister taught in the Junior Schools in many of our Convents. In 1976 when she was in poor health she was transferred to St Elmo’s. Umzumbe where she was lovingly cared for until her death. Sister Jerome had a great spirit of prayer and was loved by all for her endearing qualities and ready repartee. Sister died in Port Shepstone Hospital on the 20th of July 1982 and on the 22nd of July she was buried in the Convent Cemetery in Umzumbe after Requiem Mass had been celebrated for the repose of her soul.
SISTER BRENDAN COTTER (Elizabeth Mary) who died in 2010 aged 87 years – professed 56 years
Sister Brendan was born on 20th October 1923 in Cork City Ireland. Sister entered the Novitiate on13th July 1952 received the Dominican habit in January 1953 and made Profession on 26th January 1954.
Sister Brendan had completed her nursing training and was working as a State Registered Nurse for some years before entering our Congregation. Sister was considered to be a true gift in the communities of which she was a member. Her skill at nursing was greatly appreciated both within the community and in her places of work.Sister enjoyed teaching French and Geography in our school at Storrington. She was a dedicated teacher whose children enjoyed her sense of humour.
Sister Brendan was a born nurse who thoroughly enjoyed nursing. She returned to nursing full time at Edgware General Hospital in the 1960’s. Sister loved books and was always ready for a good debate which she enjoyed. With her enquiring mind and quest for truth she questioned and discussed current issues in church and society. Sisters and friends valued and enjoyed her friendship, her determination and her sense of humour.
Some of Sister’s happiest years were spent in Oxford where she worked in Blackfriars Library, she assisted with the cataloguing and was ever ready to guide and assist students in their research. She was a great blessing when she became involved in giving shape and order to community libraries.
Sister Brendan was a woman of prayer, who over the years had internalised our Dominican motto: “to contemplate and to give to others the fruit of contemplation”Sister, aware of her frailty, asked to be assigned to Rosary Priory some months before she died. Throughout her time in Rosary Priory Sister continually expressed her gratitude for the care she received. Sister was admitted to Watford General Hospital on 21st June. Sister knew that God was calling her home and she was ready to respond to that call.
Sister Brendan died peacefully in Watford General Hospital on Sunday 18th July 2010 and returned to her Lord whom she had served so faithfully.
Sister’s Requiem Mass was celebrated at Rosary Priory on Tuesday 27th July 2010.Sister was laid to rest in Rosary Priory Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
SISTER HENRY TOKER (Mary) who died in 1954 aged 71 years – professed 49 years
Sister Henry was born in Dublin on the 2nd of March 1884 and entered the Congregation on the 11th of October 1904. Sister made her Final Vows on the 15th of July 1910.
Sister Henry was General Bursar for the South African convents throughout most of her life. Sister had a great zeal for the general good and took a keen interest in the young Sisters doing everything she could to help them. For many years Sister Henry was Boarders’ Mother winning the lasting esteem and affection of the children and their parents by her solicitude for their every spiritual and temporal need. Sister had to relinquish that work when she was attacked by a very crippling form of arthritis that she bore for the last fifteen years of her life with great fortitude. In her wheelchair Sister attended all the prescribed community exercises and kept the Congregation and local accounts. until her last illness. Sister Henry died peacefully and in full consciousness on the 18th of July 1954 while the Sisters were singing the Salve. Sister was buried in the convent cemetery in Lennoxton on the 19th of July 1954.
SISTER MARGARET MARY MURPHY (Margaret) who died in 1939 aged 62 years – professed 41 years
Sister Margaret Mary was born in Caherbane, County Clare on the 8th of May 1878 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of September 1896. Two years later Sister made her Perpetual Vows on the 10th of April 1898.
Sister Margaret Mary was one of the Pioneer Members of the Congregation giving her wholehearted support to her Superiors and filling many responsible positions. Sister was Prioress of Holy Rosary Convent, Dundee in 1917 and Sub-Prioress in several other Convents. Sister was sent to England as Novice Mistress in St Dominic’s Convent, Ponsbourne Park and later returned to South Africa. Sr Margaret Mary’s happy, holy death occurred in Boksburg where she was sent to inaugurate the School Orchestra. Sister was Sub-Prioress at Dundee at that time but a severe attack of illness prevented her return to Dundee; she bore her illness with loving patient endurance and resignation.The same zeal which marked her Religious Life was characteristic also of her death. Sister died on the 18th of July 1939 and was buried in the cemetery in Boksburg on the 19th of July 1939.
SISTER MERCEDE LENANE (Margaret) who died in 1991 aged 100 years – professed 77 years
Sister Mercede was born in Ballybunion, County Kerry on the 29th of March 1891 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of July 1912. Sister made her Final Vows in 1917.
Sister taught in many of our Convents both in Natal and in the Transvaal. She was a dedicated and determined person, devoted to her work and loved by her pupils. She had a deep spirit of prayer which she passed on to her pupils.In addition to teaching in our schools Sister Mercede spent several years in one of our Mission Out Stations teaching during the day and catechising in the parish when her day’s school work was over. On retirement from teaching Sister devoted her time to caring for the Sacristy. For several years before her death, although chair bound she faithfully attended daily Mass and all other community exercises.
Sister thoroughly enjoyed her 100th birthday. She retained all her faculties to the end. She was naturally versatile and easily captured the admiration and friendship of those with whom she came in contact. Sister Mercede’s peaceful death on the 17th of July 1991 came as a termination to a long life of faithful service. Requiem Mass was concelebrated in Marian House Chapel following which Sister was laid to rest hi the convent cemetery on July 19th 1991.
SISTER ANN FLANNERY (Annie) who died in 2009 aged 88 years – professed 69 years
Sister Anne was born on 12th January 1921 in Castlerea, County Roscommon, Ireland. She entered the Congregation in 1939 and made her First Profession on 3rd August 1940 at Rosary Priory. Sister Anne was sent to South Africa where she lived for sixty three years.
She was a Primary School Teacher in many of the Newcastle Dominican Convent Schools: St Dominic’s, Boksburg; Benoni; St Elmo’s, Umzumbe; St Catherine’s, Germiston; St Rose’s, La Rochelle and St Dominic’s Academy, Newcastle. Sister also served as Prioress at St Catherine’s Convent, Germiston and as Primary School Principal at St Rose’s School, La Rochelle.
Sister Anne was always a cheerful and dedicated teacher and was well loved by her pupils who knew her as Sister Jacoba. Her lively spirit, hearty laugh and sense of humour will always be remembered by the Sisters, Staff and past pupils and friends. She was an avid reader who was always grateful for any religious articles, books, and Irish magazines and was keen to discuss these articles with whoever was interested.
Sister Anne retired to Marian House in December 1989 when Marian House was opened. She was always a great help to the community, when she became ill and frail she continued her interest in reading and encouraged others to do the same. Sister Anne died on 16th July2009 at Marian House, Boksburg where she had been well cared for by the Sisters and Care-givers, whom she appreciated with much affection. Sister Anne was buried at Marian House cemetery on Monday 20th July 2009 after a Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Martin Roden OP. May She Rest in Peace.
SISTER HYACINTH CULHANE (Katie) who died in 1936 aged 57 years – professed 37 years
Sister Hyacinth was born on the 30th of June 1880 in Ballinagone, Glin, County Limerick, she entered the Congregation on the 1st of September 1898. Sister made her Final Vows on the 14th of June 1900.
Sister Hyacinth was one of the early helpers in the foundation of our Congregation and filled many important offices. In 1915 she was sent to England to found our first branch house at Launceston, Cornwall, where a Novitiate was opened; many Sisters were trained there to carry on the work of our Congregation. Sister had helped for many years in the Native Mission in South Africa where she edified all by her work, prayer and devotion to duty. In 1935 Sister was transferred to Rosary Priory where she was elected Novice Mistress. Sister Hyacinth endeared herself to all by her self-sacrifice and unselfish disposition; she was of a very bright and childlike nature and had an intense love of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary. In her last illness she suffered much with great patience and resignation. Sister died on the 15th of July 1936 and was buried on the following day, 16th of July 1936, in the cemetery at Rosary Priory.
SISTER HILARY MEIMEZYK (Sophie) who died in 1991 aged 99 years – professed 68 years
Sister Hilary was born hi Oppeln, O Schlesien, Germany on May 1st 1892 and entered the Congregation on the 7th of August 1921. Sister made her Final Profession on the 1st of May 1927.
Sister Hilary spent the greater part of her Religious Life in Newcastle where she cared for the Boarders in the Academy who appreciated her love and self sacrifice; the health and welfare of the Boarders was always uppermost in her ideals. Sister had a great devotion to the Holy Rosary, a devotion that she instilled in her young charges. In the Boarding Department she was most economical yet kept the Boarders’ quarters in perfect condition, she never desired any extra personal accessories or aids. When Sister retired from active work and became incapacitated she spent her time in prayer and bore her sufferings patiently. Sister passed away suddenly in Marian House surrounded by the community on the 15th of July 1991, she was buried in the convent cemetery on the 17th of July 1991.
SISTER ANDREW GALLAGHER (Mary Rose) who died in 2003 aged 88 years – professed 70 years
Sister Andrew was born in Waterside, Dunaskin, Ayrshire on the 6th of March 1915 and entered the Congregation on the llth of June 1931. Sister made her Final Vows on the 12thMarch 1936.
Much of Sister Andrew’s Religious life was spent in South Africa where she was a class teacher for Infant classes in Dundee, in Newcastle and in Boksburg. Sister also taught Music and this was something she loved all of her life. Sister Andrew’s work with Infants continued when she came to England and she loved to help with school productions where her musical talent was a great asset. She spent many years in Storrington where she enjoyed teaching and was loved by pupils and parents. Sister was always ready to go wherever needed; she was in Loreto House London, in St Rose’s Burnt Oak, and in Harpenden. It was in Harpenden that she became incapacitated with a hip problem that necessitated hospitalisation and surgery and thus she came to live in Rosary Priory where as always she was a very supportive member of the Community. For the past several years she assisted the Sisters who were involved in administering the St Cecilia’s Guild for the Blind; each Christmas and Easter she wrote several hundred personal greeting cards to each client, arranged them alphabetically, addressed them and had them posted. Although Sister had several medical ailments of which she was aware she bore them patiently, but never paraded them. On the 4th of May 2003 Sister’s 70th Anniversary of Profession was celebrated.
Sister Andrew lived the Dominican ideals of Prayer and Service until the day of her death. She took an active part in Community Liturgy, she prayed daily with frail members of the Community and spent time daily in personal prayer and reflection in the Choir. Sister Andrew was a very sisterly member of the Community — cheerful, helpful and understanding. On the 14th of July Sister Andrew was admitted to Watford General Hospital where she died on the morning of the 15th of July 2003. Sister’s Requiem Mass was concelebrated by her brother Father John Gallagher and Father Michael Platts O.P., Convent Chaplain, on the 23rd of July 2003. Sister was laid to rest in the convent cemetery at Rosary Priory.
SISTER ALBAN NOON AN (Catherine) who died in 1990 aged 73 years – professed 50 years
Sister Alban was born in Belgrove, Cobh on the 22nd of February 1917 and entered the Congregation in Rosary Priory on the 26th of January 1938. Sister made her Final Vows on the 2nd of August 1942.
Sister Alban remained in Rosary Priory for six years serving the community in various offices. In 1945 Sister was transferred to Ponsbourne Park, and it was there and later at Storrington, that she spent the greater part of her life as Boarders’ Mother, a task in which she was very successful. Sister always took a great interest in the children while winning their confidence and goodwill by her kindness and generosity. Sister Alban had considerable musical ability which she loved to use and share with others. Throughout her life Sister was a tireless worker for the common good. Although she had suffered from a heart condition for many years and had been gradually weakening she continued as normally as possible to the end which came suddenly and peacefully on the 14th of July 1990. Requiem Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of England Parish Church on the 23rd of July and was attended by her family, Sisters from the various convents as well as many friends and acquaintances from the parish. Sister Alban was laid to rest in the lovely cemetery on the hill within sight of the South Downs which she loved so dearly.
SISTER ELENORA MURPHY (Nora) who died in 2010 aged 82 years – professed 83 years
Sister Eleanora was born in Careysville near Fermoy Co. Cork Ireland on 10 March 1927 She entered the Novitiate in September 1947 received the Habit in July 1948 and made Profession on 28th July 1949
Sister once wrote ” listening to a radio broadcast when I was about eight years old and hearing a missionary priest home from Africa tell of his work for souls fired me with the desire to become a Missionary.”It was an advert in the ‘Cork Examiner’ that eventually pointed her towards our Congregation. When sister received the Dominican habit she was given the name Sister James. After Vatican II Sister reverted to a combination of her baptismal name and her mother’s name and from that time she was known as Sister Eleanora.
Sister taught in our Schools in Burnt Oak, Stanmore and Garston. When a request for Volunteers came from the University of Asmara, Eritrea in 1973 Sister was allowed to offer her services. Unfortunately when war had broke out in Eritrea Sister and others had to flee for their lives. Sister described her time in Eritrea as one of the richest periods of her life. “I was teaching students who wanted to learn and I was involved in devising a programme suited to the African student and working closely with the National University at Addis Ababa.”When Sister returned to England she was asked to apply, at the request of the Diocese, for the post of Headship at a school with many problems. Sister was offered the post which she retained for eight challenging but happy years. When Sister left Our Lady of Walsingham School (it had been renamed) another door opened for her. Sister spent a further eight very happy years as one of the team of Chaplains at Sussex University after which she spent a year’s Sabbatical in Rome. On her return to England Sister was invited to work in the Archives. Sister was an Executive member of the Catholic Archives Society. Sister was one of the authors of the book “Being Driven Forward” written to celebrate the Centenary of our Congregation.Sister was an avid reader. She loved to study, to read and to discuss topical issues; she had a great interest in what was happening around her, in the world, in the Church, and in the Dominican Order.
With courage Sister Eleanora bore her cross of suffering. Especially during the last weeks of her life when weakness and frailty overcame her, it was a consolation to know that everything possible was done to keep her comfortable and free from pain. One of the sisters was with Sister Eleanora when she passed away in the “Peace Hospice” in Watford in the early hours of Tuesday morning 13th July.
Sister’s Requiem Mass was celebrated at Rosary Priory on Monday 19th July 2010. Afterwards, Sister was laid to rest in Rosary Priory Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Sister Laurentia was born in Drogheda on the 20th of December 1899 and entered the Congregation on the 29th of November 1916.Sister made her Final Vows on the 3rd of July 1921.
Sister Laurentia spent most of her Religious Life in South Africa where she worked in the schools as Headmistress and Bursar. Sister’s outstanding virtues were her kindness towards the poor and underprivileged, as well as her devotion to the spiritual and secular education of her pupils. In spite of her demanding duties as Principal she always found time to assist at Parish Fetes and other fund raising activities. She encouraged her pupils to pack food parcels for poor Missions in the Northern Transvaal. Her last years were spent in Durban North Convent where she helped the Chef to complete his studies for the Diaconate. Sister Laurentia passed away suddenly on the 13th of July 1982 and was buried in the cemetery at Umzumbe on the 16th of July.
SISTER CATHERINE MARY FOLEY (Catherine) who died in 1983 aged 70 years – professed 29 years
Sister Catherine Mary was born in Coolcullig, Coachford, County Cork on the 15th of February 1912 and she entered the Congregation in Rosary Priory on the llth of January 1951. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of August 1955.
Sister Pius (as she was then known) arrived in South Africa on the 9th of October, 1952 and began her teaching career at St Catherine’s Convent, Germiston. Sister taught and worked zealously for many years in various convents in the Rand and in Natal. She was a woman of great prayer and was loved by her many pupils throughout the years. On retirement from the classroom she worked whole-heartedly at “Operation Upgrade”.
Sister had a fall on the 6th of January 1983 and was transferred to Addington Hospital, Durban; she suffered intensely because of repeated surgery on her hip and the consequent immobility. Sister Catherine Mary bore her sufferings with steadfast patience and endeared herself to the nurses and our Sisters who visited her frequently at the hospital, her death came as a blessed release from her great sufferings. Sister died peacefully on the 13th of July 1983 having been fortified by the Rites of Holy Church. Sister was buried in the convent cemetery at Umzumbe on the 15th of July 1983.
SISTER REGINALD MORRISSEY (Anne)who died in 1966 aged 67 years – professed 31 years
Sister Reginald was born in Clonreddon, Cooraclare, County Clare on the 10th of October 1898 and entered the Congregation on the 4th of August 1929. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of February 1934. – Sister Reginald was already a qualified teacher when she came to the Congregation, she worked for many years at St Rose’s Burnt Oak and taught in the Annunciation School; Her health began to fail under the strain of the War years and for some time previous to her death she was an invalid. However, she bore her sufferings patiently and was always most grateful and courteous to those who attended her. Sister died in the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford on the 12th of July 1966 and was buried in Rosary Priory cemetery on the 14th of July 1966.
SISTER CATHERINE PLEWINA (Genevive)who died in 1973 aged 78 years – professed 58 years
Sister Catherine was born in Zaborze Darf, Poland on the 3rd of February 1896 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914. Sister made her Final Vows on the 27th of May 1914.
Sister Catherine spent the greater part of her life in South Africa where she was appreciated for her diligence and sisterliness. When Sister Catherine returned to England in 1971 she was assigned to St Joseph’s Convent, Storrington where she lived for about two and a half years. During that period she was a most devoted generous member of the community who endeared herself to all by her childlike simplicity and candour. .She passed peacefully away on the11th of July 1973 as the Sisters were concluding the prayers for the dying. Sister Catherine’s remains were brought back to the Convent chapel, Storrington, and she was buried in the local Catholic cemetery on the 14th of July 1973.
SISTER CARMEL LAVERS (Bertha)who died in 1970 aged 86 years – professed 47 years
Sister Carmel was born in Nigel,Transvaal, South Africa on the 20th of March 1899.She entered the Congregation on the 18th of April 1922. Sister made her Final Vows 1st of May 1927.
Bertha Lavers was enrolled as a pupil in our Convent in Heidelberg in 1905 and five years later as a boarder in our Convent at Newcastle. At the age of twenty-three she began her postulancy in the Academy where she received the Habit and the name Carmel. As a community sister she was charitable, prayerful and obedient. Throughout her religious life she taught Music with outstanding success in our Convents at Lennoxton, Germiston, Benoni, Port Shepstone and Dundee. She was gentle and kind to all her pupils who loved her dearly. In 1966 Sister’s health began to fail, throughout her long illness she edified everyone by her heroic patience and resignation. She was lovingly and devotedly cared for by our Sisters until she was admitted to the General Hospital, Johannesburg.Sister Carmel died peacefully on the 8th of July 1970 and was laid to rest in the cemetery in Boksburg 10th July
SISTER FIDELIS DREWNIOK (Clara)who died in 1984 aged 92 years – professed 68 years
Sister Fidelis was born in Dortendorf, Germany on the 27th of October 1892 and entered the Congregation on the 27th of May 1914. Sister made her Final Vows on the 5th of January 1919. Sadly there is no record of Sister other than the entry Number 32 in the Register which gave the above details and record her death as occurring on the 8th of July 1984. Sister was aged ninety two years when called home.
SISTER ANNA MOLENAAR (Geertje)who died in 1948aged 64 years – professed 37 years
Sister Anna was born in Warnhuizen, Holland on the 7th of October 1882 and entered the Congregation on the 22nd of October 1909. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1914. – Sister Anna was an exemplary Religious with a great spirit of prayer and fidelity to all religious exercises. Sister died in Pietersburg on the 7th of July 1948.
SISTER SALOME COOGAN (Mollie)who died in 1952 aged 48 years – professed 26 years
Sister Salome was born in Martery, Kells, County Meath on the 6th of December 1903 and entered the Congregation on the 28th of June 1924. Sister made her Final Vows on the 2nd of August 1929. – Sister Salome spent all her Religious Life at St Joseph’s Convent, Launceston. She was devoted wholeheartedly to prayer and to her many duties. Sister was fulfilling the Office of Sub-Prioress at the time of her death. Sister was preparing for school when she had a heart attack and died within fifteen minutes; Sister was anointed and her soul went to God on the 7th of July 1952. Sister was buried in the Convent Cemetery .When the Convent closed her remains were transferred to the cemetery at the adjoining Church of St Cuthbert Mayne.
SISTER OSANNA FARRELL (Anne)who died in 1976 aged 78years – professed 54 years
Sister Osanna was born in Ballinakill, Aries, County Carlow on the 15th of August1898. Sister entered the Congregation in Launceston on the 9th of March 1920 and her Final Vows on the 15th of November 1924.
Sister Osanna was a deeply prayerful Dominican, she a was teacher of great insight and ability during the many years she taught at St Rose’s Convent.La Rochelle and at St Catherine’s Germiston. During the time betweenn her retirement and her last illness Sister Osanna continued to exercise an apostolate of counselling and instruction through correspondence and by the distribution of Catholic books, magazines and newspapers. Sister died in Germiston Hospital 7th July 1976 and was buried in the convent cemetery at Boksburg .The concelebrated Mass was in ST aUGUSTINES Church. Germiston WHICH WAS filled with friends and past pupils. The Celebrant Father Dominic Baldwin O.P. paid tribute to his former teacher in his homily.
SISTER EDITH ROACH (Mary)who died in 2000 aged 86 years – professed 47 years
Sister Edith was born in Trimdon Village, County Durham on February the 19th 1914 and entered the Congregation at Rosary Priory on the 16th of January 1952. Sister made her Final Vows on the 1st of August 1956.
Sister Edith trained as a nurse on completion of her schooling and served in hospitals during and after the “Blitz”. After First Profession Sister Edith went to South Africa and was assigned to St Elmo’s Convent, Umzumbe. Her professional nursing skills stood her in good stead as a community Sister and as Assistant Boarders Mother to the boys who loved her for her enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Her skill in nursing her was appreciated at St Dominic’s Academy, Newcastle, and at St Pius’ Convent, Pietersburg and finally with the frail and elderly Sisters in St Elmo’s. Sister’s Christ like qualities of kindness, generosity, compassion and self-sacrifice attracted others to her. When Marian House, Boksburg opened Sister Edith had reached retirement age, the community of Sisters there were blessed in having her with them as a member of the group where she continued to be her bright, joyful self and delighted her companions with the wealth of jokes at her disposal. Moreover Sister witnessed to a spirit of prayer and contemplation and a love of the Eucharist. Sister died as she lived, “A woman of peace”. Her death took place in Marian House on the 5th of July 2000 and after Requiem Mass she was interred in the convent cemetery.
SISTER ROCH BAYER (Catherine)who died in 1966 aged 77 years – professed 54 years
Sister Roch was born in Dusseldorf, Germany on the 5th of December 1889 and entered the Congregation on the 1st of November 1910. Sister made her Final Vows on the 17th of July 1915.
Sister Roch began her religious life in 1909 in our convent, St Paul’s, in Blerik, Holland and a year later went to South Africa. Sister worked for many years as Teacher and Mistress of Boarders at St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle. Later she was transferred to the Transvaal where she taught Afrikaans and Commercial Subjects in several of our schools. Sister was a Religious of strong faith and wholehearted devotion to duty. She possessed a versatile intelligence, read widely and was keenly interested in the important movements of our times both religious and political. Sister was a keen gardener and a lover of animals she spent many hours beautifying the grounds of the Convents in which she lived and worked. Sister died on the 2nd of July 1966 in St Catherine’s Convent, Germiston and after the Requiem Mass conducted by Fr Egbert Cole O.P. Sister was buried in the convent cemetery Boksburg.
SISTER PASCHAL SPEARE (Ellen)who died in 1972 aged 83 years – professed 60 years
Sister Paschal was born in Dromahair, County Leitrim on the 14th of February 1889 and entered the Congregation on the 1st of November 1910. Sister made her Final Vows on the 22nd of December 1916.
She was loved by all the Sisters whom she often regaled with her quite witty remarks. Sister had a slight stroke and was cared for by the Sisters until she needed medical attention, she was then transferred to St Andrew’s Hospital, Harding where she died on the 1st of July 1972 fortified by the Rites of Holy Church. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Elmo’s and she was interred in the cemetery in Umzumbe on the 4th of July 1972.
SISTER BONAVENTURE MULRENAN (Maria)who died in 1909 aged 28 years – professed 3 months
Sister Bonaventure was born in Gurma, Ireland, on the 6th of December 1881 and entered the Congregation on the 16th of September 1906. Sister was clothed in the Habit on the 12th of April 1907 and professed on the 21st of April 1908. Sister died, aged 28 years, on the 1st of July 1909 and on the same day was interred in the cemetery in Lennoxton
SISTER LEONTIA O’BRIEN (Bridie)who died in 1929 aged 27 years – professed 10 years
Sister Leontia was born in Bally looby, County Waterford on the 25th of April 1902 and entered the Congregation on the 24th of October 1917. Sister made her First Vows in 1919 but had to wait for her twenty-first year before making Final Vows on the 19th of July 1923.
Sister died on the 1st of July 1929 in the twenty-seventh year of her age and the tenth of her Religious Profession, her burial took place in the cemetery in Boksburg on the 3rd of July 1929.