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Sisters of the Past

Sister Magdalen Mary Malone

12 April 1862 11 September 1937Magdalen_Malone_2

Profied March 2013

Mary Malone was born on 12 April 1862 in Kilkenny, Ireland.  Her parents were Margaret, nee Brien, and John. 
Mary’s sister Bridget, born in 1859, entered the Sisters of St Joseph in 1880, just four months after the newly established Congregation had arrived in Whanganui in 1880.  She was Sister Aloysius, one of the four Sisters to travel with Suzanne Aubert to Hiruharama/Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in 1883.

Mary entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 25 March 1886 and was professed in January 1888 taking the name of Magdalen.  She was the 11th entrant to the newly established Congregation.

In 1889, relatively early in her religious life, Sister Magdalen was chosen assistant to the Mistress of Novices and remained in this position for some years. 

There are no consistent records of appointments between 1890 and 1927, but they do show that Sr Magdalen was a foundation member of the Otaki Convent in 1894.  Along with Sisters Catherine Lafferty, Monica Neads, Bridget Matthews, Sister Magdalen formed the founding community all in their twenties and thirties.  They were a young community within a young Congregation, close to the spirit of the founders.

Sisters recall Sister Magdalen making the altar breads at Sacred Heart in Whanganui for many years.

From 1928 to 1937, Sister Magdalen was stationed at Sacred Heart Convent Whanganui, where Sisters recall her making the altar breads for many years.

Sister Magdalen died there at the age of 75 on 11 September 1937. She was buried in the Heads Road Cemetery, Whanganui.

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