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Sisters of the Past

Sister Alacoque Catherine Ness

Profiled January 2012

3 August 1889 12 September 1967

Wellington was the birthplace of Catherine Ness, on the 3 August 1889.

Catherine entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 4 May 1919, and was professed on 9 March 1921, taking the religious name of Alacoque.
Sister Alacoque began her primary teaching ministry in Taihape, and from there on taught in most of the Josephite primary schools, returning several times to Hawera and to Hastings.

Alacoque was an excellent teacher, known particularly for her skill in teaching mathematics.  She often used music in rote teaching of tables, and her classes always excelled.   Alacoque was a good community member with a great sense of humour.  She was noted for her favourite sayings and a love of practical jokes. Despite suffering from much ill-health during her life, she always remained cheerful.

Sister Alacoque died on 12 September 1967.  She was buried at Aramoho Cemetery after a Mass of Requiem at Sacred Heart Chapel.

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