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Sisters of the Past

SISTER ANTOINETTE - Kathleen Delia Miles

Profiled March 2011


20 March 1920  -  21 July 1974antoinette_miles.jpg

Ashley Clinton in Hawkes Bay was the birthplace of Kathleen Miles on 20 March 1920.  Her parents were Charles George Miles and Catherine Ellen, nee Duggan.  Kathleen was herself a twin, and had four brothers – Harold, Ray, Jack, and Reg.  Her sisters were Eileen (Mrs Butler), and Joan (Mrs Horgan).

It was thought that her parents owned a timber mill in the area of Otane, and may also have been farmers there.  On leaving school, Kathleen was employed with the boarding pupils at St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier as cook.

16 August 1942 was the day Kathleen left home for Whanganui to enter the Sisters of St Joseph community.  She was professed as Sister Antoinette on 15 August 1945.

Sister Antoinette proved herself to be very capable, and while still in her novititate training was cooking for 90 boarders and 40 Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent in Whanganui.  She was also a very skilled seamstress and made many of the habits for the Sisters.  She taught dressmaking and art at Sacred Heart College, Whanganui.  Embroidery was another skill she was able to enjoy and pass on to some of the school pupils.

Antoinette is remembered as an intelligent woman, quiet and reserved, but always ready to help others.  She spent most of her active ministry at Sacred Heart in Whanganui.

In 1974, she was in the local Belverdale Hospital recovering from an operation when she died suddenly on 21 July.  Her funeral was held at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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