Sisters of the Past

Sister Colette - Gertrude Mary Hogan

Profiled August 2010

31 October 1888  -  23 June 1977colette_hogan.jpg

Gertrude Mary Hogan was born to Thomas and Catherine, nee Curtain, in Patea on 31 October 1888.  She had a sister, Clare, who never married.

When Gertrude entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 2 February 1912, it is thought she was already a certificated teacher. 
She took the religious name of Colette, and was professed on 23 January 1914. 

Sister Colette’s teaching ministry of around 50 years, took her to Catholic Primary Schools in most of the Josephite areas of the lower North island.  She was appointed principal at St Anthony’s School Gonville where she remained for some years.  She was an excellent teacher and was noted for her pupils’ success with scholarships.  For several years a student of hers won the Mother Xavier Scholarship to board at Sacred Heart College.

Her sister Clare who later lived in Wanganui used to visit Colette often.   Sisters recall Collette being an industrious woman, a good knitter, and one who always seemed to have some work on hand.
In 1975 Colette retired to Whanganui where she died at Sacred Heart Convent on 23 June 1977.  Her Mass of Requiem was celebrated at Sacred Heart Chapel and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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