Sisters of the Past

Sister Clare Kathleen Delahunty

Profiled February 2013

19 June 1898 10 June 1943

Longburn, New Zealand, was the birthplace of Kathleen Delahunty on 19th  June 1898.   Her parents were William John and Mary, nee Hehir, of County Clare, Ireland.  Her siblings were Annie, Nellie, Agnes (Mrs Hitching), Molly, and William.   Annie entered the Sisters of St Joseph, Whanganui in 1899, and was professed as Sister Imelda in 1901. 

Kathleen entered the Sisters’ community on 31 August 1918 and she was professed on 9 March 1921, taking the name of Sister Clare.  As did Sister Imelda, Sister Clare became a music teacher, but she may have taught in school as well. 

At some early stage in her life, Clare who was a tiny person, contracted tuberculosis, and though cured of this, she live a restricted life from then on.  As was customary then for TB patients, her bedroom was in a spot suitable for sunlight and fresh air, and her meals were served separately.

However Clare worked well with her sister Imelda, and supported her by doing the marking of music theory papers. 

Sister Clare died in Whanganui on 10 June 1943 aged 43 years.  She was the first Sister to be buried in the Aramoho Cemetery after her Requiem Mass in the Convent Chapel.

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