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Sisters of the Past

Sister Hilary - Alice Reynolds

Profiled in November 2009

20 November 1902 – 29 August 1982

hilary-reynolds.jpgAlice Reynolds was born in Whanganui on 20 November 1902, daughter of Richard, a blacksmith and his wife Anne, nee McLaughlin. 

Alice grew up at the family home in Mosston, Whanganui with her two brothers and two sisters.
In later years Sisters recall her father delivering eggs to the Convent.

On 14 November 1922 she entered the Sisters of St Joseph and was professed on 19 January 1925 with the religious name of Hilary.

Hilary’s ministries were mostly in the practical support of Sisters and schools.
She spent much of her religious life in Whanganui at Sacred Heart Convent where she ran the laundry with Sr Raphael for many years.  Both were practical women who had everything working like clockwork, though it was heavy, hot and demanding work.   They often prayed the rosary as they ironed the clothes.
While in smaller houses Hilary often worked as parish sacristan, caring for the altar and needs of the liturgy.  During the war years they had difficulty getting the right starch to do the sisters head-gear and there were times of frustration as they had to continually re-do their work.
Helpers in the laundry remember Hilary’s great patience with them and the work at hand.

Hilary was gifted and creative.  She made beautiful stuffed toys – teddy bears ranging from small to 3feet tall.  She sewed beautifully.

As a community member Hilary is remembered as being warm and easy to live with.    While living and working at Sacred Heart she also became a ‘listening ear’ for many a boarder.

Hilary died suddenly at her brother’s home where she was visiting, on 29 August 1982.
Requiem Mass was celebrated for her in St Mary’s Parish Church, and she is buried in the Aramoho Cemetery.

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