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Sisters of the Past


Profiled March 2011


4 April 1893  -  3 July 1974barbara_green.jpg

Agnes Green was born in Wellington on 4 April 1893 to Stephen William Green and his wife Francis Edith, nee Colley, formerly from London.     Her father was a book-binder.       

Agnes entered the Sisters of St Joseph community in Whanganui on 4 December 1917.  She was professed on 27 March 1919, taking the religious name of Barbara.

Sister Barbara was a music teacher, and she taught in many of the Josephite branch convents, from Hawkes Bay to Taranaki and Levin.

Barbara had a caliper on one leg and it is thought to have been the result of polio.  This meant she walked with a limp, but it did not appear to curtail her ministry.  She was remembered as quite a private person.

Sister Barbara retired to Sacred Heart Convent in Whanganui in 1960, and died there on 3 July 1974. 
Her funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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