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Sisters of the Past

Sister GERARD Alice Casey

Profiled January 2012

8 March 1880  -  30 July 1967Gerard_Casey

Alice was born in Normandy, Taranaki on 8 March 1880, to Ellen, nee Keohane, and Cornelius Casey.  Cornelius, a farmer, was thought to have been born in Bantry, County Cork in Ireland, and his wife Ellen at Caheragh, County Cork. They had been married at Thames in 1872, and after farming at Normanby, Taranaki they later retired to Wanganui.Alice was the sixth child of twelve Mary, James, Cornelius, Joseph, Ann, Alice, Francis, Matthew, Ellen, Cecelia, Catherine, and Margaret.

Alice began her training as a teacher on leaving school, and then entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 2 March 1905.  Her eldest sister, Mary, had entered the Sisters community in 1893 and was by then professed as Sister De Sales.  Alice was herself professed on 23 January 1907 becoming Sister Gerard.Sister Gerard taught in almost all the Josephite Primary schools in the lower North Island, spending a large proportion of that time at Holy Infancy, Aramoho, Whanganui.  She was a tall woman and possibly because of that was remembered by some former pupils as rather forbidding, but she had a great love of teaching and developed strong bonds with her pupils.  In community her sense of humour brought forth a good supply of stories.

Gerard died in Whanganui on 30 July 1967.  She had been a professed member of the Congregation for 60 years.
After a Mass of Requiem at Sacred Heart Chapel, she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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