Sisters of the Past

Sister Sebastian Kate Therese Eising

Profiled February 2013

31 October 1897 23 September 1945

Kate Therese Eising was born in Pahiatua on 31 October 1897.  Her parents were Sarah, nee Nash, and Carl Eising.  Sarah had been born in Roscommon, Ireland, and Carl in Sonnenberg, Germany.  Carl’s mother had arrived in 1875, walked to Takapau, and obtained land in Lower Norsewood.

Kate was the eldest of the Eising family.  Her siblings were Albert, Margaret, John and Percy, who died as an infant.

Entering the Sisters of St Joseph on 4 May 1919, Kate was then professed as Sister Sebastian on 9 March 1921.

Sebastian became a community Sister and ministered in communities in Otaki - at three different times, Hawera, Patea, Ohakune, Levin, Hastings, Waipukurau, and Whanganui.  She had great skill in painting and drawing, and made beautiful bookmarks.  Her sewing skills were also in demand and she made children’s clothes for fund-raising Shop Days.  During the war years she worried about the scarcity of food, and not being able to get starch for the Sisters’ head-gear.

Sebastian died suddenly in Whanganui on 23 September 1945.  She had that morning walked from St Mary’s Convent Grey Street Whanganui, to Mass at St Mary’s Church in the Avenue.  She was 47 years old.

Mass of Requiem was celebrated at Sacred Heart and Sister Sebastian was buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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