Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar

Sr M Cecilia Taggart

Sr M Cecilia Taggart IMAGE

Died 08 April 1890

Josephine Frances Taggart, the daughter of Joseph Taggart and Mary Roworth, was born at Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter on the 19th April, 1865 and entered St. Joseph's Convent Lochinvar on the 27th November, 1886, just three years after the founding community arrived in Lochinvar.  She took the name of Sr Mary Cecilia of Our Lady Help of Christians. She received the habit on the 29th June, 1887 and a few days later was appointed to Cessnock.

Sr Mary Cecilia remained at Cessnock till shortly before her Profession on the 28th September, 1888. After her Profession as a Sister of St Joseph she moved to Burwood for about three months before returning to Cessnock on the 31st October.

Early in 1890 she evidently became gravely ill from tuberculosis  for from the 10th March, Sr. Ambrose Joseph, the Sister Guardian stayed in Cessnock except for one short visit to Lochinvar to admit a postulant to the institute. Sr. Mary Baptist, who was the Sister Assistant, also made several visits to Cessnock during that time.

Sister Mary Cecilia Taggart died at the Convent in Cessnock on the 8th of April, 1890 aged twenty-four after just four years in the Institute.

The Diary states: "Both schools closed after dinner owing to the death of Sr. Mary Cecelia."

Sr. Mary Cecilia was brought to Lochinvar from Cessnock on 9th April and taken at once to the Church where Mass was celebrated after the Office of the Dead had been sung by the priests. The interment took place after Mass when the funeral left the Church for the Catholic Cemetery, Lochinvar.

Sr. Mary Cecilia was the older sister of Sr. Mary Bernard Taggart who entered in May, 1886 and died in September, 1889.