There is no record of Rhoda May’s childhood or her siblings. Rhoda entered the newly founded Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion when she was 24 and at her reception into the Noviciate received Rose as her Religious name.
She was privileged to have known Mother Aubert and received from her spiritual instruction and guidance. Following her Profession, Sister Rose had several appointments assigned to her for varying length of times. She was especially dedicated to the care of babies in the Auckland Home of Compassion and when it closed in 1916 she returned to the Mother House at Island Bay. Later Sister was appointed to the General Council for a period of seven years before spending time at St Joseph’s Home, St Joseph’s in Buckle St, St Raphael’s Home in Carterton and St Vianney’s Home in Timaru.
These multiple transfers gave Sister Rose the opportunity to serve Christ under many guises, in the elderly, the sick and handicapped children, adults with drug addictions, and the homeless men and women of Wellington. Her compassionate approach and caring attitude welcomed all who needed encouragement or support to improve their wayward lifestyle.
She was blessed with 69 years as a Professed Sister of Compassion with herself receiving care at the Island Bay Home of Compassion. Her gentle nature and fondness for birds was seen when late in life she befriended a budgie named Blue Boy who acted and responded to her voice. This gave great delight to her.
Sister devoted her life to God’s service willingly and generously as a faithful and dedicated Sister of Compassion.
Born Entered Professed Died Place of Death Place of Burial
23.02.1885 01.05.1909 02.10.1911 08.09.1978 Wellington Karori Cemetery