Mother Mary of St. Joseph

Mary Healy was Sub-Prioress and Novice Mistress in the first six years of the Auckland Carmelite Community. She was born at acres, Rathe, Dallyduff, in County Kerry, Ireland on May 6, 1873. Her parents, Jeremiah and Catherine Healy, together with their young family came to Australia and settled in Queensland while Mary was still a child.
She entered the Sydney Carmel on October 28, 1906 and was Professed three years later, on September 12, 1908. In1943 Mother Mary of St. Joseph was elected Prioress and during her three years in office she suffered much from ill health. Skilled at sewing and widely read, Sacred Scripture was always her favourite reading. Early in August 1959 she contracted a severe form of influenza and died peacefully in the Auckland Carmel on August 8.