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Sisters of the Past

SISTER BRENDAN - Lucy Mary Clark

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1892  -  1 December 1976

In 1892 Lucy Mary was born to Frances Caroline, nee McCabe, and her husband James Clark.  James was a wheelwright who had emigrated from England, and the family was then living in Cambridge NZ.  It is thought she had several brothers and at least one sister. 

When her parents died, Lucy moved to live with her aunts, the Misses Mills who ran a General Store in Riverlea, Taranaki. She thus joined other early settlers still breaking in the land.

 She entered the community of the Sisters of St Joseph in Whanganui on 2 November 1911, and was professed as Sister Brendan on 23 January 1914.  Brendan was a House Sister, a support to the school Sisters in communities right throughout the Josephite area.  She spent time in Ohakune, Levin, Patea, Mangaweka, Waverley, Manaia and Whanganui.

Those who lived with Brendan remember her as always being cheerful and happy, working hard and constantly on all the household chores, as well as looking after the hens and doing the gardens.  At Sacred Heart Convent she carried large scuttles of coal in to heat the kitchen Aga stoves.

She had a great interest in royalty, and gathered information which she kept in scrapbooks on members of the British Royal family.  She was also fun-loving and ready to play practical jokes on other community members.  The overall impression she gave to others was one of contentment and congeniality.
In later years she developed an infection in her hand and needed to have a finger removed.

She had great love of her family and her brothers, and Sisters remember her visiting a brother in Woodville in later years, and catching up on other members of the family.
Her sister in Christchurch had a daughter who became a Sister in the Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions, and a son was ordained a priest for the Christchurch Diocese.

Sr Brendan died at Sacred Heart Convent on December 1, 1976, and Requiem Mass was celebrated for her in the Convent Chapel.  She is buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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