Sisters of the Past

Sister Sylvester Teresa Gould

July 1889  -  4 May 1962Sylvester_Gould

Profiled July 2012

Teresa Gould was born in Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand in July 1889.

Teresa entered the Sisters of St Joseph in Whanganui on 14 January 1916 and was professed as Sister Sylvester on 23 January 1918.  She lived her religious life with commitment and faithfulness.

She became a primary school teacher, and taught in many of the Josephite Primary schools.  She was a conscientious teacher and taught the middle classes.  She loved gardening and keeping the grounds tidy.  Sisters recall her rubbish fires which on at least one occasion meant Sisters rushing out in the night to douse one.

During the 1940’s, she was stationed at Sacred Heart Convent in Whanganui, and held the position of sacristan. Sisters remember her working in the Chapel with her habit pinned up, her white starched apron, cleaning the brass and arranging the flowers on the altar.  She was a perfectionist in this role, and the sanctuary, brass vases, candlesticks and altar rails were always bright and shining.  It was said she could continue placing flowers on the altar till there was no space left.

In 1962 she was living in semi-retirement in Levin when she died suddenly and unexpectedly on 4 May 1962.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel in Whanganui and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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