Vale Sister Pauline O’Regan

03 May Vale Sister Pauline O’Regan

Details of the Vigil and Funeral Mass for Sister Pauline O’Regan RSM, CBE, DCNZM are as follows:
VIGIL on Monday 6 May, 7pm, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 118 Lonsdale Street, New Brighton.
FUNERAL MASS on Tuesday 7 May, 11am, at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch.
Sr Pauline passed away on Thursday 2 May at Christchurch, surrounded by her Mercy community and family, aged 96 years. Please join our College in prayer for her.



On Friday 3 May, we received the sad news that Sr Pauline O’Regan, formerly known as Sr Jerome, has died. The name will resonate for many of you as she was such an important part of our history as a College. She was instructed to become Principal at the tender age of 28, of a school with a roll of 48 girls, and very poor academic standards and results such that in her first few years here she thought it would be better to close the school. By the time she left 17 years later, we were a school of 450 and she had raised the academic, sporting and cultural standards and performance enormously.

Obviously, she also had to oversee the building of much of the College to accommodate the increasing numbers year by year. I know they were not able to have a master plan developed, but simply added another classroom as the demand required.

She was known to be passionate, a gifted teacher, and a very strict disciplinarian. Whenever I visited with her in recent years, I rarely managed to spend much time without several past pupils of hers dropping in to visit her while I was there. I did manage to have a wonderful visit with her just before Christmas, when no one else arrived. She had asked me for an art work from a Villa student and I was able to deliver her a lovely painting from a former student which she loved receiving. We had such a lovely chat, and even at 96, she was extremely sharp, and always a great person for me to talk to as she understood so well the demands of my role. She continued to live out her commitment to mercy to the end of her days. Please pray for her.

Deborah Brosnahan, Principal