Sister Canisius of the Holy Spirit

Margaret Martin was born at Huntly, New Zealand on January 27, 1907 was the younger of two children. Margaret was unusually intelligent. She specialised in Latin and Greek. One of her teachers had a profound influence on her and Margaret began to read deeply on religious issues and firmly resolved to become a Catholic which caused intense grief to her mother. She did secretarial work for Bishop Cleary. When the Carmelite Nuns came to Auckland in 1937, Margaret was the first postulant to enter and received the name Sister Canisius. Over the next thirty years she served the Community as Sub-Prioress, Formator, then as Prioress for a number of years while bearing the burden of ill-health. The spirit and observance of the Monastery was much influenced by her strong personality. Over the years Sr. Canisius felt drawn to a more solitary life and in 1974 obtained permission to live a hermit life in Fiji with the support of Auckland Carmel. Eventually she settled at the Krist Jyoti Ashram, Namata. In 1997 she was admitted to Nadi Hospital and died there on October 17, aged 91. Her Funeral and Burial took place at the Krist Jyoti Ashram, Fiji.