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Sisters of the Past

Sister Christopher - Kate Malone

13 July 1873 11 April 1955

Profiled November 2012

Hawera Taranaki, was the birthplace of Kate Malone to Ellen, nee Kelly, and John Malone, on 13 July 1873.  A sister Mary, was two years older, and a brother later became a priest.

Kate cared for her aged parents until they died and on 9 April 1927 at the age of 54 she entered the Sisters of St Joseph.  She was joining her sister Mary, now Sister Xavier who had entered in 1889.
Kate was professed as Sister Christopher on 17 January 1930. She taught primary school pupils in Waverley, Manaia, then back to Castlecliff in Whanganui, Aramoho and finally in Waipawa.

Sisters recall the two Malone sisters being very different.  Mary, Sister Xavier, had been in leadership positions from her early religious life and died as Mother General in 1946.  Kate, Sister Christopher, was very gentle and greatly loved by the many friends she made.  There were other family connections in the Sisters of St Joseph Sister Gabriel, Mary Malone, and Sister Clement, Maggie Malone, also from Taranaki were cousins.

Sister Christopher died on 11 April 1955.  Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Chapel at Sacred Heart Convent and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery Whanganui.

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