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Gallagher - Sarah Jane - Sister Mary Rita

Sarah Jane GALLAGHERAge: 75 years18881963

Name
Sarah Jane GALLAGHER
Given names
Sarah Jane
Surname
GALLAGHER

Sister Mary Rita

Name
Sister Mary Rita
Type
religious name
Name prefix
Sister
Given names
Mary Rita
Birth January 9, 1888 26 22
Citation details: GALLAGHER SARAH J 24145/1888 LAWRENCE P SARAH J TAREE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Birth of a sisterCatherine GALLAGHER
about 1890 (Age 23 months)
Citation details: GALLAGHER CATHERINE 33559/1890 LAWRENCE P SARAH TAREE
Birth of a brotherLaurence Martin GALLAGHER
February 28, 1892 (Age 4 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER LAURENCE M 34531/1892 LAURENCE P SARAH J TAREE
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Birth of a sisterNorah GALLAGHER
about 1894 (Age 5 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER NORAH 32393/1894 LAWRENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Birth of a brotherPatrick Bernard GALLAGHER
about 1897 (Age 8 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER PATRICK 7325/1897 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Death of a paternal grandfatherLawrence GALLAGHER
October 10, 1898 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER LAWRENCE 16054/1898 JOHN JOHANNA STROUD
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Birth of a brotherJoseph V GALLAGHER
about 1899 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER JOSEPH V 16124/1899 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Death of a brotherJoseph V GALLAGHER
about 1899 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER JOSEPH V 7406/1899 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Birth of a brotherJohn D'Arcy GALLAGHER
about 1900 (Age 11 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER JOHN D 16921/1900 LAWRENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Birth of a sisterMary D GALLAGHER
about 1902 (Age 13 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER MARY D 26552/1902 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Birth of a sisterRita GALLAGHER
August 25, 1904 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER RITA 37048/1904 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
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Birth of a brotherFrancis Eugene GALLAGHER
about 1905 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER FRANCIS E 38005/1905 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Birth of a sisterZita GALLAGHER
about 1907 (Age 18 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER ZITA 8042/1907 LAWRENCE P SARAH J STROUD
Birth of a sisterMarie Colleen GALLAGHER
September 16, 1909 (Age 21 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER MARIE C 41941/1909 LAURENCE P SARAH J STROUD
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Note: The obituary for Sister Mary Mel has her birth year as 1910.
Death of a paternal grandmotherHonora
May 28, 1915 (Age 27 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER HONORAH 8633/1915 GARRET CATHERINE STROUD
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Death of a brotherLaurence Martin GALLAGHER
March 28, 1918 (Age 30 years)
Cause: Killed in action
Marriage of a siblingPatrick Bernard GALLAGHERMary Ethel MOYLANView this family
about 1922 (Age 33 years)
Citation details: 3753/1922 GALLAGHER PATRICK B MOYLAN MARY E TAREE
Death of a fatherLawrence Patrick GALLAGHER
February 14, 1934 (Age 46 years)
Address: At his residence "Kinkora" in Charles Street.
Citation details: GALLAGHER LAWRENCE P 3244/1934 LAWRENCE HONORA RYDE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: The Gloucester Advocate (NSW : 1905 - 1954) Tuesday 20 March 1934 p 4 Article The Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 - 1954) Wednesday 14 March 1934 p 2 Article The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 - 1954) Wednesday 14 March 1934 p 2 Article
Occupation
Apostulate
1934 (Age 45 years)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Employer: Order of St. Joseph
Publication: The Gloucester Advocate (NSW : 1905 - 1954) Tuesday 20 March 1934 p 4 Article The Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 - 1954) Wednesday 14 March 1934 p 2 Article The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 - 1954) Wednesday 14 March 1934 p 2 Article
Note: Her apostolate was spread over the Diocese of Maitland in the various convents of the Order: Lochinvar, Largs, Cessnock (Nulkaba), Kurri Kurri, Cardiff (twice), The Junction, Aberdeen, Dungog, Port Macquarie, Brookfield, Charlestown and Denman. A great part of her time was spent at the Boys' Boarding School at Aberdeen.
Death of a motherSarah Jane MOY
about 1946 (Age 57 years)
Citation details: GALLAGHER SARAH JANE 74/1946 PATRICK CATHERINE SYDNEY
Death September 3, 1963 (Age 75 years)
Address: Mater Misericordiae Hospital
Citation details: GALLAGHER JANE 23921/1963 LAURENCE SARA HAMILTON
Burial September 5, 1963 (2 days after death)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Obituary after 1963 ( after death)
Text:

Sr M Rita Gallagher

Died 03 September 1963 Jane Gallagher, born on 9 January 1888, was the daughter of Laurence Gallagher and Sarah Moy. She was one of a family of thirteen children: five sons and eight daughters. Five of the daughters became religious Sisters: three Sisters of St. Joseph, Lochinvar, and two entered the Sisters of St. Joseph at Goulburn.

In preaching at her funeral Mgr Forde said that "Sister Mary Rita was a member of a very remarkable family, noted for its Catholicity, whose various members settled in the Krambach district. They were noted for their strong faith and devotion to the Mass, and God blessed them by calling many members to the religious life. It was a good Catholic home, a daily Rosary home. It was due to the generosity of the Gallagher family that a Catholic school was established at Krambach in the early days despite great difficulties for the Gallagher family and for the Sisters of St. Joseph.”

Her apostolate was spread over the Diocese of Maitland in the various convents of the Order: Lochinvar, Largs, Cessnock (Nulkaba), Kurri Kurri, Cardiff (twice), The Junction, Aberdeen, Dungog, Port Macquarie, Brookfield, Charlestown and Denman. A great part of her time was spent at the Boys' Boarding School at Aberdeen.

Trust and confidence in God was a notable trait in Sister’s character. Hers was a gentle soul, steeped in the love of God and His Blessed Mother and throughout her religious life of forty-nine years, she strove to win souls for God by this gentleness, forbearance and understanding. If an excuse could be found for an erring one, Sr Rita found it and many a young lad she taught in Infant classes declared he owed his deep faith to the lessons given him by Sr Rita.

On Tuesday, 3rd September 1963, Sr Rita died in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital at Waratah, as quietly and peacefully as she had spent her life. Although in failing health for some time, she had been up and about and was attending a Retreat when she suddenly took ill on 2nd September and was taken to the Mater where she died the following morning.

On Thursday, 5th September, a large number priests of the Diocese assembled in the Convent Chapel at Lochinvar to chant the Solemn Office and assist at the Requiem Mass offered for the repose of her soul. Right Rev. Monsignor Forde, V.G., presided in the Sanctuary. Celebrant of the Mass was Rev. Father D. Heffernan, with Rev. Father J. Woods and Rev. Father P. Brady as Sub-Rev. Father T. B. McCosker was Master of Ceremonies. The cantors were Rev. H. Fenton and P. Morrissey (Belmont).

Following the Mass, the interment took place in the Lochinvar cemetery. The pall bearers were Mr. Darcy Gallagher, Mr. Stanley Collins, Mr. Daniel O'Connell and Mr. M. McBain.

From Lochinvar Magazine 1963

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: about 1885Taree, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
2 years
herself
Gallagher - Sarah Jane - Sister Mary RitaSarah Jane GALLAGHER
Birth: January 9, 1888 26 22Taree, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 3, 1963Waratah, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
Australian Army CrestLaurence Martin GALLAGHER
Birth: February 28, 1892 30 26Taree, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 28, 1918Egypt
3 years
younger sister
4 years
younger brother
Patrick Bernard GALLAGHER
Birth: about 1897 35 31Stroud, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 26, 1966Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
Joseph V GALLAGHER
Birth: about 1899 37 33Stroud, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1899Stroud, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
John D'Arcy GALLAGHER
Birth: about 1900 38 34Stroud, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1987New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
Gallagher - Rota - Sister Mary Louis of Our Lady of Perpetual SuccourRita GALLAGHER
Birth: August 25, 1904 42 38Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 14, 1984Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia
16 months
younger brother
Francis Eugene GALLAGHER
Birth: about 1905 43 39Stroud, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1977New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
Gallagher - Marie Colleen - Sister Mary MelMarie Colleen GALLAGHER
Birth: September 16, 1909 47 43Krambach, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 9, 1986New South Wales, Australia

BirthG - Births Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: GALLAGHER SARAH J 24145/1888 LAWRENCE P SARAH J TAREE
Quality of data: primary evidence
BirthObituary - Sister Mary Rita
OccupationObituaries - Gallagher - Lawrence Patrick
Publication: The Gloucester Advocate (NSW : 1905 - 1954) Tuesday 20 March 1934 p 4 Article The Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 - 1954) Wednesday 14 March 1934 p 2 Article The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 - 1954) Wednesday 14 March 1934 p 2 Article
DeathG - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: GALLAGHER JANE 23921/1963 LAURENCE SARA HAMILTON
DeathObituary - Sister Mary Rita
BurialObituary - Sister Mary Rita
ObituaryWeb Site - Sisters of St. Joseph, Lochinvar
Text:

Sr M Rita Gallagher

Died 03 September 1963 Jane Gallagher, born on 9 January 1888, was the daughter of Laurence Gallagher and Sarah Moy. She was one of a family of thirteen children: five sons and eight daughters. Five of the daughters became religious Sisters: three Sisters of St. Joseph, Lochinvar, and two entered the Sisters of St. Joseph at Goulburn.

In preaching at her funeral Mgr Forde said that "Sister Mary Rita was a member of a very remarkable family, noted for its Catholicity, whose various members settled in the Krambach district. They were noted for their strong faith and devotion to the Mass, and God blessed them by calling many members to the religious life. It was a good Catholic home, a daily Rosary home. It was due to the generosity of the Gallagher family that a Catholic school was established at Krambach in the early days despite great difficulties for the Gallagher family and for the Sisters of St. Joseph.”

Her apostolate was spread over the Diocese of Maitland in the various convents of the Order: Lochinvar, Largs, Cessnock (Nulkaba), Kurri Kurri, Cardiff (twice), The Junction, Aberdeen, Dungog, Port Macquarie, Brookfield, Charlestown and Denman. A great part of her time was spent at the Boys' Boarding School at Aberdeen.

Trust and confidence in God was a notable trait in Sister’s character. Hers was a gentle soul, steeped in the love of God and His Blessed Mother and throughout her religious life of forty-nine years, she strove to win souls for God by this gentleness, forbearance and understanding. If an excuse could be found for an erring one, Sr Rita found it and many a young lad she taught in Infant classes declared he owed his deep faith to the lessons given him by Sr Rita.

On Tuesday, 3rd September 1963, Sr Rita died in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital at Waratah, as quietly and peacefully as she had spent her life. Although in failing health for some time, she had been up and about and was attending a Retreat when she suddenly took ill on 2nd September and was taken to the Mater where she died the following morning.

On Thursday, 5th September, a large number priests of the Diocese assembled in the Convent Chapel at Lochinvar to chant the Solemn Office and assist at the Requiem Mass offered for the repose of her soul. Right Rev. Monsignor Forde, V.G., presided in the Sanctuary. Celebrant of the Mass was Rev. Father D. Heffernan, with Rev. Father J. Woods and Rev. Father P. Brady as Sub-Rev. Father T. B. McCosker was Master of Ceremonies. The cantors were Rev. H. Fenton and P. Morrissey (Belmont).

Following the Mass, the interment took place in the Lochinvar cemetery. The pall bearers were Mr. Darcy Gallagher, Mr. Stanley Collins, Mr. Daniel O'Connell and Mr. M. McBain.

From Lochinvar Magazine 1963