Sister Madeleine of St. Joseph

Antalena (Nina) Hutchinson was born on August 1, 1897 in Red Hill, Queensland, Australia. Her Irish father and a Maltese mother were good Catholic parents. Nina had a great desire to be a nun but when her father died she set aside this hope in order to support her family, and cared for her mother until her death. Nina's spare time was spent in helping others in a quiet and unobtrusive way, especially through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Institute for the Blind. The Discalced Carmelite Friars made a foundation in Brisbane in 1948 at it was through them that Nina came to Auckland Carmel to be an Extern Sister in 1954. Her brave decision involved separation from family and friends; however her quiet dignity, sympathetic manner and ready smile won the respect and confidence of all who came in contact with her. In 1973, after a slight stroke, Sister Madeleine was cared for within the Monastery Enclosure until her death on November 2, 1978.