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Sisters of the Past

Sister Ignatius Mary Catherine Thompson

7 October 1915 28 May 1963Ignatius_Thompson

Profiled June 2012

Catherine Mary Thompson was born in Palmerston North on 7 October 1915.  Her parents were Mary, nee O’Neill, and Albert Thompson.  Both her parents died during the flu epidemic in World War 1, and she and her brother were brought up in the care of two aunts.

Catherine entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 10 August 1933, and was professed as Sister Ignatius on 20 January 1936.  She was quite young, and greatly appreciated being in the presence of other young women in the community.

Ignatius taught in Primary schools of the Sisters throughout the lower North Island, and was remembered as a very good teacher. 

Those who lived with her recall her gentleness and good humour, and how she was always bright and cheerful.

She became ill in 1962 and suffered greatly, dying quite suddenly in hospital on 28 May 1963, aged 48 years.

Mass of Requiem was celebrated in the Chapel at Sacred Heart Convent and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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