Sister Angelina of the Cross

Angelina Helen Picone was born at Sale, Victoria on November 11, 1912, she was the second of seven children of profoundly Catholic Italian parents, Francesco and Francesca Maria Picone. Angelina was twelve when her father died. She entered the Carmelite Monastery in Melbourne on May 3, 1934, and during her postulancy, her mother died. This double grief of the family was assuaged by a loving and devoted grandmother who gave herself completely to the family. In December 1953 the Carmel of Melbourne made a new foundation in Adelaide and Sister Angelina was one of the founding members. She made her Profession on August 15, 1936. Eight years later when Auckland Carmel appealed for help she volunteered and arrived in Auckland on February 16, 1944. With her generous spirit and cheerfulness Sister was a great help in the making of Altar breads and the work of the house. Her full strong voice was a real asset in the Choir. Community recreations were enlivened by her ready wit and dry humour. She was elected Sub-Prioress and later Prioress. In 1957, and again in 1974 Sister Angelina underwent major surgery; she died the following year on August 19, 1975 at Mercy Hospital.