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Sisters of the Past

Sister Annunciata - Kathleen Claire Carolan

Profiled in May 2005

26 September 1908 – 8 October 1990

 The daughter of James and Claire Carolan, both from Ireland, Kathleen was born in Wellington in 1908. She had one brother, Connor. She grew up in the Marton district, and there received her primary education. She then travelled to Wanganui to attend Sacred Heart Convent.

At the age of 19 she joined the Sisters of St Joseph and was professed as a sister on 17 January 1930. Now Annunciata, she entered upon a teaching career, which spanned approximately 50 years, half that time spent in Hastings and the other half at Wanganui. From 1943-46 she was principal of Tenison College and again from 1957-69. As a linguist, she encouraged many a student at both Sacred Heart College and Tenison College, to master French and Latin. She was also a teacher of biology and taught a variety of science subjects in the curricula of both schools. From an early age she received tuition in pianoforte and music teaching was one of her spare time activities. In her later years she taught only part-time and was engaged in remedial work.

Throughout her life, she was noted for the compassionate, pastoral concern she exercised toward her pupils, especially the poor and less able. She had a very bright disposition, despite a long period of ill health. She enjoyed the company of others and always displayed a quick wit, even in the latter days of her life when she was very much dependent on others for her needs.

Annunciata died at Nazareth Rest Home, Wanganui, on 8 October 1990. Her funeral was held in St Mary’s Church Wanganui, and she is buried at Aramoho Cemetery.

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