Sister Alacoque was Professed on 17 March 1933, at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay.

Sister Alacoque did her General Nursing training in our Hospital and graduated in December 1937. Later she did the Midwifery Course at St. Helen’s Hospital, and in June 1946, obtained her certificate as a Registered Midwife.

In 1947 Sister Alacoque was diagnosed with cancer.  She edified everyone by her patient resignation and union with God’s will.  Sister Alacoque had a quaint and pithy way of expressing herself.  On one occasion just after the March Retreat of 1948, she said she would not die before the 20 March, as she wanted to be alive to see her niece (Sister Mary Campion Walsh) receive the habit of a Sister of Compassion.  She received her wish. Even in her pain Sister had a smile for everyone, and liked to chuckle over the woes of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves!

During Sister Alacoque’s last lingering illness, she displayed great fortitude and patience in the midst of much suffering and edified all who came to visit her before she died on Monday, 12 April 1948. She had received the Last Sacraments earlier in the day, and the Community, her brother, and other relations had prayed around her bed all that afternoon.

Born                   Entered               Professed             Died                 Place of Death      Place of Burial

25.04.1904       13.08.1930         17.03.1933        12.04.1948          Island Bay             Karori