Sister Teresa of St. Joseph

Kathleen Casey, born in Bendigo, Australia on December 26, 1904. Kathleen and her sister Monica entered Melbourne Carmel after they had both helped their elder brother Edward when he began his medical practice in an outback town in Queensland. Kathleen had time there to reflect on the life of St. Therese whose biography she had read and she chose to enter Carmel without realizing that Monica had also been led to that decision. Together they received the Carmelite Habit on September 22, 1932, and made their Profession the following year two days later.
In 1944 Sr. Teresa of St. Joseph responded to the appeal for help from Auckland Carmel and she arrived in Auckland in March of that year. Her sister Monica - Sr. Beatrix also offered to help in Auckland Carmel and she arrived in 1946. That year Sr. Teresa was elected Prioress, an office she was repeatedly called to fill, at different times for five Trienniums. The Community is gratefully indebted to her for her long and faithful service as Prioress and at intervals as Formator. In October, 1985 Sister had a sudden stroke which caused paralysis. Toward the end of 1988 she was very admitted to Mercy Hospital. Later Sister was transferred to Mercy Parklands and finally she was cared for at the Sisters of St. Joseph Marian Wing, Mission Bay, Auckland, where she died on January 28, 1997.