Martha entered the Sisters of Compassion in February, 1907, but due to heart trouble and the advice of Dr. Herbert, she returned home. Martha re-entered the Sisters of Compassion in 1909 and was given her Religious name Sister M. Helen on her Reception Day. Sister was Professed on 19 March, 1918. She was the younger sister of Sister Patrick who had entered the Sisters of Compassion in 1902.
Throughout her life, Sister Helen suffered ill-health but in between her illnesses she was able to join different Communities in Jerusalem-Hiruhārama, Whanganui and Silverstream.
In 1944, she returned to the Infirmary at Island Bay very ill. Doctor O’Regan decided to operate, but found he could do nothing for her due to a malignant growth. Her acceptance throughout this time was most edifying, and she endured great pain without a murmur. Sister Martha was anointed on Good Friday, and died a few days later on Easter Sunday surrounded by the Sisters of Compassion who were praying at her bedside.
Birth Entered Professed Died Place of Death Place of Burial
11.09.1889 27.02.1907 19.03.1912 23.04.1944 Island Bay Karori Cemetery