Sister Suzanne Aubert

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Sister Suzanne Aubert

Suzanne Aubert devoted her life to empowering people. Arriving in Aotearoa in 1860 as a 25-year-old Catholic Missionary, her policy was one of care for those of "all creeds and none". 

Suzanne Aubert worked to improve living conditions for the suffering and the destitute. Her accomplishments were numerous and included establishing childcare centres and hospitals. She was also the first person to successfully combine Māori and Western medicines and was renowned for her medical and surgical services. 

In 2016, Pope Francis declared Suzanne Aubert “Venerable” – an important milestone on the path to canonisation.

Watch this profile of Suzanne Aubert from New Zealand’s Top 100 History Makers.

Find out more about Sister Suzanne Aubert:

You can visit the Sister Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre online and in Wellington.

Follow the Sisters of Compassion - Ngā Whaea O Pūaroha on Facebook. 

Read the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography entry for Suzanne Aubert. 

Learn more about the path to Sainthood for Sister Aubert. 

Image: Screengrab from New Zealand's Top 100 History Makers.

Catalogue Reference F88720

Year 2005

Credits

Directors: John Bates, Mitchell Hawkes
Narrator: Rāwiri Paratene

Excerpt: 0:01:27

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