Jane Gorry

Jane Gorry (1844 – 1891)

Jane Gorry, born in Ipswich on 16 February, 1844, was educated by the Benedictine Sisters at Subiaco, Sydney.

Jane joined the Sisters of Mercy on 24 May, 1862, the first of a long line of young women from Queensland who became Sisters of Mercy.

Following an initial period of training (Postulancy) Jane was received as a novice, taking the name Sr Mary de Sales. She was professed at St Stephen’s Cathedral during the first High Mass in Queensland.

Sr Mary de Sales was a much loved teacher and teacher-educator at St Stephen School and at All Hallows School. She accompanied Mother Vincent Whitty to Sydney, Melbourne and Geelong and Goulburn to meet other Sisters of Mercy and to see firsthand their welfare institutions.

Not surprisingly, she was appointed the first Superior of the Rockhampton Foundation in 1873. When Rockhampton became a separate diocese in 1882, she returned to Brisbane where she was appointed Superior at Maryborough and Dalby.

She spent her last few years at All Hallows Convent. She died suddenly from a stroke in 1891, aged 47, a gracious woman of competence and wisdom.