Hickey, Mary St. Domitille (1882–1958)

Also known as Sister Mary Domitille was an Aotearoa New Zealand nun, school principal, historian and writer. There are some variations in her name: Mary Margaret Hickey. Sister Mary Domitille was born Mary Margaret Hickey, April 13, 1882, at Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand; died on June 20, 1958, in Christchurch. She was the daughter of John Cornelius Hickey (constable) and Hannah (Stack) Hickey; Canterbury College, BA, 1914, MA, 1916, PhD, 1925.

Sr Domitile joined Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in Christchurch (1905); served as principal of Sacred Heart Girls' College (1916–39), prioress (1939–43), and provincial (1943–45); helped establish Catholic Women's Conferences in Christchurch (1923); visited England as delegate to congregation's chapter, met Maria Montessori and established Montessori school in Christchurch (c. 1925); wrote textbook, A Graphic Outline of the Great War (1921); contributed articles to New Zealand Catholic Schools Journal, from 1932; was the 1st woman in New Zealand to be awarded doctorate in literature.

Sr Domitile showed characteristics of: courage, persistence, good judgment, leadership, deep human interest and lively faith.

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