Rosanne was associated with the Sisters of Compassion from an early age, frequently visiting the Home which was in close proximity to her boarding school. Prior to entering, she would often assist with the children in the kindergarten.
On 18 March, 1943, Rosanne entered the Sisters of Compassion, and received her Religious name Sister Mary Therese of Liseux, on 15 September, 1943. Sister was Professed on 15 September, 1945. While still newly Professed, she began to study for her General Nursing, gaining her State Certificate in June, 1950.
In 1952, Sister Therese had a period of convalescence in Carterton, and a caretaker role for the newly acquired property prior to the opening in 1956.
Further nursing studies continued with Maternity & Midwifery training, which she passed with Honours. Sister then obtained a Diploma in Administration at the Postgraduate School of Nursing. Her teaching skills lead to her appointment as Senior Tutor at the Home of Compassion Training School. Sister was an excellent teacher, and many of the Sisters expressed gratitude for her skill and encouragement as she tutored them through their nursing exams giving them confidence to pass.
One of Sister Therese’s talents was her artwork which she shared generously, making cards for various occasions and Christmas decorations to brighten the Home; this she did for many years. By correspondence, she studied for a Diploma from the Art Institute in Melbourne. She also edited the monthly newsletter, and stimulated budding writers to record their stories which she illustrated. During Sister Therese’s Novitiate days, 1943-1946, she was asked to submit several sketches of a Sisters of Compassion Crest; from these, at least six and all different, the crest we now have was selected. Sister wrote that she always looked upon it as a special privilege to be asked to do so.
Ever ready for new challenges, Sister Therese offered her services to the Wilcannia Mission. Once the dispensary was set up, Sister returned to the Island Bay Home. Another enjoyable adventure for her was visiting the sick in their own homes and also joining the Meals on Wheels group. Through her weekly delivery of meals she spread the compassionate spirit of love and concern to many elderly people.
Finally, Sister Therese’s health deteriorated, and on Sunday, 20 May, on the Feast of the Ascension, she departed from this life. The Vigil was held at Heretaunga, but the actual Funeral Mass was held at the Chapel at Island Bay on Tuesday, 22 May, 2007.
Sister Therese was a good Community Sister and her sense of humour provided many lighter moments when things got too serious. Sister led a life of prayer and goodness, faithful to the end.
Born Entered Professed Died Place of Death Place of Burial
25.08.1923 18.03.1943 15.09.1945 20.05.2007 Wellington Karori Cemetery