Sisters of Today

Sister Miriam Prior

Profiled in January 2006 (updated Mrach 2013)Miriam_Prior

A small hill farm south of Auckland was where I grew up the eldest of four girls.  I attended small local schools of one or two teachers, then spent a year at Sacre Coeur Boarding College.  Subsequently I spent four years running to catch the school bus to the local District High School .

When I was eighteen I began work at the Health Department in Auckland City and lived there.  I attended University in the evenings.  About seven years later I boarded a train to Wanganui, where the early rising sisters like Sr Kevin and Sr Raphael found me waiting at 5am to enter the convent.

In those days we teachers trained ‘on the job' so I was soon at work teaching at Sacred Heart College.  I taught there in 1952-53 and 58-60. I also taught in Hastings, Waipukurau, Patea, Levin, Ohakune and Taihape.

From 1978 I left school teaching and became a parish worker in Gonville, Wanganui, and then later in Taihape.

The highlight of my ministry began when in 1982,  Sr Margaret Hurley and I joined the warm and responsive Maori community of Murupara, north east of Taupo.  Among our activities were overnight visits to the Reporoa parishioners, visits to the Logging Company workers during their smoko breaks, gathering young teenagers on the floor of our flat for Christian Life education, and running children's holiday camps not live in!

In 1988 I became part of a Woman and Family team on the North Shore, Auckland , and after nearly three years there I shifted to Waipukurau, where I stayed for five years.  In 1998, I moved to Springvale, Wanganui where I lived in a Council flat, and was very much part of Holy Family Parish.  In January 2011 I moved into Quinlan Court.  

Nature - flowers, clouds, butterflies, trees and rivers, are where I mostly find God.  I have a strong interest in justice, which has led me to work with Women's Refuge, Caritas and Amnesty.  I also enjoy the creativity of letter-writing, composing poems and songs, gardening, cooking and knitting garments and colourful rugs.

I am ever grateful to God for calling me to Religious life.

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