Sisters of the Past

SISTER PAULA - Patricia Mary Minogue


Profiled October 2011

16 October 1919  -  10 April 1969paula_minogue_3_001.jpg

Patricia, the second child of Alpha, nee Hooper, and Joseph Minogue, was born in Wellington on 16 October 1919.  She had four sisters - Josephine, Margaret, Anne, Marie, and twin brothers, Peter and Paul.  The family moved to Hastings where she attended St Joseph’s Primary School.

Paula entered the Sisters of St Joseph in Whanganui on 8 February 1939.  She was professed on 24 January 1942 as Sister Paula, and by then she was already teaching at St Anthony’s Primary School in Whanganui.   Her teaching ministry took her to Catholic primary schools in Ohakune, Otaki, and back to St Anthony’s in Whanganui. 

In 1948, Paula was diagnosed with a deterioration of the spine following an accident that she had suffered in Otaki.  Unsuccessful surgery took place in Wanganui, and after some time arrangements were made with a specialist in Dunedin to operate.   However that operation did not take place as Paula’s father died suddenly.  Some time elapsed until a specialist operation in Auckland, but there was no marked improvement.   At about that time, Sr Benigna had taken over nursing in the new infirmary at Sacred Heart, and Paula returned to Wanganui where she spent the rest of her days.

Paula’s room became a frequent and favoured calling place for Sisters and friends alike.  All shared their joys, sorrows, and worries with her, and all received a gentle, open and welcoming reception.  Paula always remained keenly interested and in close contact with the community of Sacred Heart and the wider congregation for many years. Others, particularly religious and priests, often sought her counsel.  She spent her life giving strength to others through prayer and encouragement.  She delighted in attending Mass daily from her bed in the upstairs section of the Chapel and kept in touch with the Sacred Heart Secondary School girls whom she could see through her window.

Though her teaching ministry was brief, Paula’s openness and compassion towards all she met became her ministry.  She died on 10 April 1969, and Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel.  She is buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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