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Sisters of the Past

Sister Bernard Mary Cleghorn

11 August 1883 20 April 1966Bernard_Cleghorn

Profiled April 2012

Mary Cleghorn was born in Masterton on 11 August 1883 to Miriam (nee Matthews, and Arthur Cleghorn.  Arthur was a carpenter, and Miriam had been born in Dublin.  They eventually had eight daughters and three sons, and at some stage the family moved to Pahiatua. 

Mary entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 11 January 1908, and was professed as Sister Bernard on 24 January 1910.  She began her teaching ministry, and taught in many of the Josephite Primary Schools.  She was a member of the foundation community at Mangaweka in 1922, and taught in Otaki twice, as well as Taihape, Hastings, Waipukurau, Waverley twice, and Patea.  Bernard usually taught the junior classes and is remembered by former pupils as being a good teacher, very loved by pupils and appreciated by parents.

Bernard retired from teaching, and came to live at Sacred Heart Convent in Whanganui, where she was remembered as being very prayerful.  She was  always gentle, gracious and helpful, and was never idle.  Although she suffered greatly throughout much of her life from spinal difficulties she was most uncomplaining, and lived very frugally. 

Sister Bernard died at Sacred Heart on 20 April 1966, and after her funeral Mass in the Chapel there, she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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