Sister Aloysius was the first teacher of the school at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay when it began about 1915. However, she was transferred to Buckle Street in 1916, and was on the staff of the St. Patrick’s College Emergency Hospital during the Epidemic of 1918.
Sister is remembered for her great love for children, especially the little boys at Island Bay. This was brought out by the fact that one of them, Jim Ryan, had come from Melbourne to be present at the Requiem Mass. He had left the Home when he was 12 years old, and Sister had kept in touch with him over the years. It was a wonderful tribute he paid to her memory to express his gratitude. For nearly twenty years Sister Aloysius was in charge of the crèche at Buckle Street. She had a gift for handling little children and exercised great control of them. She had a great zeal for lapsed Catholics, and brought many a strayed sheep back to the Fold. She once expressed a wish that she might die “in harness”. God in His Goodness granted her wish, for only a day passed between her going off duty and going home to God.
Sister died at St. Joseph’s Home, Silverstream on Friday, 13 April, 1962. She was the first Sister of Compassion to die at the Silverstream Home of Compassion, and was buried at Karori, Wellington. May she rest in peace.
Born Entered Professed Died Place of Death Place of Burial
05.09.1885 13.10.1907 28.09.1910 13.04.1962 Silverstream Karori Cemetery