Celebrating Jubilees - March 2008

Three Sisters of St Joseph have reached very special milestones in their lives this year – Sr Justin Collins with 75 years of service, Sr Margaret Hurley with 60 years and Sr John Bosco Kendall with 50 years.

Unfortunately due to ill-health, Sr Justin was not able to join in the celebrations held on Saturday 15 March.  A special celebration will be held for her when she is well enough

A large group of Sisters, family and friends gathered in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Jane Winstone Village to participate in a liturgy of celebration and gratitude.  Women who had joined the Sisters’ congregation with the original groups were remembered and honoured, and candles were lit honouring those who had died.  Each Jubilarian made her Renewal of Commitment, and after presenting those attending with a memento, were offered a blessing by the whole congregation.

A large group sat down to the Jubilee luncheon at Kingsgate, where personal tributes were offered to Margaret and John Bosco. 


Margaret Hurley (left), and John Bosco (right), both attended Sacred Heart College and after entering the Sisters’ community, taught in primary and secondary schools of the Sisters of St Joseph. 
Margaret then taught the Catholic faith to adults and children in country areas, where she was also a parish leader.  She worked as a chaplain in Murupara, a logging town reeling at that time from the effects of re-structuring.  From there she moved on to emergency housing, adult literacy in the prison, and is still involved in teaching English to new immigrants.  Her interest and skill in art and music continues to have an important place in her life.

John Bosco moved from teaching, to involvement with finance and administration for the Congregation, and on to parishes as a pastoral assistant. She was chaplain to the Catholic Women’s League for a number of years.  On returning to live in Whanganui she helped with the transition of Sacred Heart College to Cullinane College, and has been  involved in Policy work for the Sisters’ Trust Board.  John Bosco’s competency on the computer has led to her involvement in many creative

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