Sisters of the Past


Profiled  March 2011


17 April 1911  -  21 November 1974tarcisius_keegan.jpg

Maureen Keegan was the daughter of Peter Keegan and his wife Mary nee Roche of Hawera, Taranaki.  She was born on 17 April 1911 to a family noted for its deep faith.  Of the family of six, three daughters and three sons, five entered religious life.  All three girls became Sisters of St Joseph, - Eileen became Sr Rose and Mary became Sr Anne.  Two sons entered the priesthood – Peter became a Redemptorist priest and Bernard a Diocesan priest.  The third brother Patrick married and had a family of nine.

Maureen entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 24 September 1930, joining her sister Eileen.  Her sister Mary entered five years later.  Maureen was professed as Sister Tarcisius on 23 January 1933.

Tarcisius became a primary school teacher and during her 44 years of religious life she was stationed in many areas.   She was a proficient principal and class teacher, and served terms as a local superior at Levin, Otaki and Hastings. She was appointed to lead the foundation community pioneering catechetical teaching in the Taupo area. 

Tarcisius was described as a most zealous, generous and hospitable person.  Her gentle warmth and consideration was much appreciated in community, as was her encouragement of young Sisters and beginning teachers.  Those who lived with her remember her sense of fun and delightful giggling!

Tarcisius was living in the Sisters’ community in Feilding when she needed to undergo surgery in Whanganui.  She died suddenly the day following the surgery on 21 November 1974.

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel, Whanganui, by her brothers, Fr Peter and Fr Bernard, as well as Fr Patrick Kinsella, parish priest of Whanganui.

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