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Sisters of the Past

Sister Cecelia – Cecelia Cerecito

Profiled August 2013

Died 28 November 1884

Miss Cecelia Cerecito entered the Sisters of St Joseph in Whanganui in October 1884.

She came from the West Coast of the South Island, where she had been a teacher.  She was well educated and capable of imparting instruction in the ordinary subjects as well as teaching music.  Described as being ‘of gentle and winning disposition’, she had earlier in her life desired to enter the religious life.  

Only a month after her entry, Cecelia suddenly became ill and worsened quickly, and despite the best efforts of her doctor she died two days later on 28 November 1884.   Her Sisters and the parish priest Dean Kirk were at her bedside.  

There was much grief in the parish at the sudden death of Cecelia, and a large crowd attended the Mass of Requiem.  In an account of her death in the Wanganui Herald note was made of her many Italian friends.

The cortege was said to have been one of the largest seen at the time, and many lined the streets as the procession made its way to the Heads Road Cemetery, where she was buried.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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