Sisters of the Past

Sister Patrick Margaret Troy

Profiled June 2013

December 1858 17 October 1889

Margaret Troy was born in Tipperary, Ireland in December 1858.

Margaret entered the Sisters of St Joseph, Whanganui, on 22 August 1880, and was professed on 25 September 1882, taking the religious name of Patrick. 
She was one of three young women who entered the Sisters the same day.  They were the first to join the new foundation of four Sisters who had arrived from Perthville NSW on 24 April 1880.

Sister Patrick was founding member of the Hawera community in 1885.

Just 6 months after making her Final Profession, Sister Patrick died on 17 October 1889.  She was just 31 years old. She had evidently always suffered “some weakness in her chest and lungs”.

In an article printed in the local newspaper, an account of her funeral is given.  Parish priest Dean Kirk celebrated the Mass and gave the eulogy. 
In this he  “briefly reviewed the virtues expected in a lady entering the Sisters of St Joseph, and related …how faithfully the late Sister Patrick had had from the beginning practised all the counsels of the religious life”.
The procession following the cortege was described as very long, and Sister Patrick was laid to rest in Heads Road Cemetery, Whanganui.

On 29 November 1889, a poem entitled “In Memoriam - Good Holy Nun” appeared in the Catholic Times of Wellington.  It was ascribed to ‘Waratah’ of Whanganui and dedicated to Sister Patrick.

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