Posted by: cris | March 6, 2008

Sister Caterina Heffernan

Sister Caterina Heffernan (Born Cecily) tirelessly trained teachers, parents and caregivers in Auditory/oral method of teaching kids with hearing loss.

Through internet search, I just found out that Sister Caterina passed away on December 2, 2006.  Here’s what I found:


Sister M. Caterina OP OAM.
December 2, 2006,
at Westmead Hospital.

Aged 85 years.

A loved member of Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia

and the Solomon Islands
for 67 years.
Born Cecily – daughter of
Wilfred and Mary Heffernan (both deceased), Grenfell NSW,
and beloved elder sister of Austin, Leo, Nola (all deceased),
Clare OP, Noreen Hearne and Yvonne OP.

A passionate teacher and friend
of hearing-impaired children and their families. Sister
tirelessly with them especially in Sydney, Newcastle,
and the Asia-Pacific.

The Dominican Sisters and the Heffernan family invite her
former students, colleagues and friends to attend a Vigil
and sharing of memories, Santa Sabina Chapel, 90 The
Boulevarde Strathfield, on Tuesday (December 5, 2006), at
5 p.m.

Mass of Christan Burial will be offered at Santa Sabina
on Wednesday (December 6, 2006), commencing at 2 p.m.

The Rite of Committal will

follow at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery, Lidcombe.
The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, 5 December 2006

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  1. Chris, I dont know how you knew Cecily, but if you knew our family, you may want to know tha Sr Yvonne died on Thurs AM. Her funeral will be Thursday 11th at 1030 at Santa. Janet Cahill

    • hi Janet,

      My daughter was a student at Gualandi Center for the Hearing Impaired (in Cebu City, Philippines) and Sister Caterina is the one training the teachers.
      My daughter benefited from the trainings the teachers got from Sis Caterina. Kids were taught listening skills first, speech, then later on they were able to produce words, phrases and then talk in sentences. I will be forever be grateful for her assistance and the friendship we had. My daughter is now in her early twenties.

      Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss this time. I know that Sis Caterina has a sister who is a nun also and just now I remembered that her real name is Cecily.


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