by NZ CATHOLIC staff
Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, staff from St Joseph’s Primary School, local parishioners and friends gathered to celebrate Sr Veronica Keaveney’s 60 years of faithfulness to her religious life.
Sr Veronica’s diamond jubilee of religious profession commemoration was held on March 19, the feast of St Joseph.
Her special celebration Mass was held on Saturday, March 21, at 1.30pm, in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Opunake.
She was thanked for her considerable teaching service in Catholic education in New Zealand.
Sr Carmel Cole, the province leader, also expressed her gratitude to Sr Veronica for generously giving 59 years of her religious life to the order’s mission work here in New Zealand.
Sr Veronica was born in County Roscommon in Ireland and entered the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in 1952. Three months after her first profession in 1955 she was missioned to New
Zealand and, apart from a few years teaching in the aboriginal missions in Western Australia, has been here ever since.
The jubilee Mass was followed by some speeches from parishioners and friends then the jubilee cake was cut and a generous afternoon tea prepared by parishioners followed.