New Zealand Governor General pays tribute to a “captivating nun”
On May 10th 2016 Sir Jerry Museum visited our Home in Dunedin to wish Sister Marie (Annie Fitzpatrick) happy birthday. She had reached 102 years of age on April 22nd.
Sir Jerry first met Sister Marie in 2012 when he had invested her with the Queen’s Service Medal. He said that at the time he was deeply struck by her years of service, her vitality in assisting people younger than herself and the spirituality which she radiated. For this reason he decided to come and visit our home because he knew there must be something special here.
Sir Jerry also greeted residents including Jean Miller (102), Rena Clark (101), Arthur Cook (100) and Bridget Dolan (97). As Maria Coorey was named on the list of Residents reaching 100yrs – and who at this time was dying - Sir Jerry also wished to visit her. He said a prayer for her then bent over her and whispered a blessing in her ear. Maria died while he was present.
On leaving, Sister Marie thanked him and said: ”You have made everyone so happy.” He replied: “No I am the one who is happy.”
Sir Jerry Museum’s five years as Governor General ends on August 31st 2016.
Photo: courtesy of Otago Daily Times
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