Sisters of the Past

Sister Philomena Julia Roache

24 July 1866 21 November 1951Philomena_Roache_4

Profiled December 2012

Turakina, a small farming settlement south of Whanganui, was the birthplace of Julia Roache, on 24 July 1866.  As an older sister was born in Wales in 1863, it is presumed that her parents were, at that time, recent immigrants to New Zealand.

Julia entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 31 January 1885, and was professed as Sister Philomena on 3 October 1886. 

She joined her older sister Mary Anne, who had entered the Sisters in 1881, and was professed as Sister Agnes on 2 July 1883.  Sister Agnes was dispensed from her vows and left the congregation in 1888.

A sister recalls that when Sister Philomena was teaching in Patea she was much loved - so much so, that many of the girls took her name at Confirmation time.  Sisterr Francesca Bourke was a Book-keeping pupil of Sister Philomena at Sacred Heart Convent for the first term of 1937.

Sister Philomena died in Whanganui on 21 November 1951.  Mass of Requiem was celebrated for her at Sacred Heart Chapel in Whanganui, and she was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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