Sisters of the Past

Sister Joseph Maud Holcroft

February 1873 22 January 1957Joseph_Holcroft

Profiled November 2012

Maud Holcroft was born to Mary, nee Sill, and Robert Henry Holcroft in Birmingham, England in February 1873. 
It is not known when Maud came to New Zealand, but when the first Sisters arrived in 1880, she and her sister Gertie were first day pupils when the new Sacred Heart Convent opened on 3 May 1880.
Maud entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 10 January 1891.  Her sister Gertie later became Mrs Swan.  Maud was professed as Sister Joseph on 15 August 1892.

Sister Joseph was a primary school teacher, and became a Foundation member of the community at Waverley in 1910.  There are no records of her places of Ministry until 1929 when she was appointed to Manaia.  She remained there until 1933, and then had appointments to Taihape, Otaki, Patea, Waipawa, Ohakune, Levin, Hawera and Whanganui.

In 1917 Joseph was chosen to be Mistress of Novices.  She was chosen again in 1920, and in 1923.

Sister Joseph died on 22 January 1957, aged 84 years.  Mass of Requiem was celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel and she was buried in the Aramoho Cemetery Whanganui.

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