Sister Mary Paula Cadusch’s long and varied life as a Good Samaritan sister was characterised by an ever cheerful and patient disposition. She will be remembered as a compassionate, gracious and faithful woman.
Born in Kerang, Victoria, on May 7, 1916, Pauline Mary Cadusch was the youngest of six children born to Paul and Mary Ellen (née McCarthy) Cadusch. Her early education began at St Joseph’s School, Kerang and was completed in 1933 when she gained Leaving Honours from St Brendan’s School, Coragulac.
On July 2, 1935 Pauline was admitted to the novitiate of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan at Pennant Hills and would then be known in religious life as Sister Mary Paula – retaining that link with her family name. Her first profession of vows was made on January 10, 1938. Soon after, her first ministry – that of music teacher – began at St Scholastica’s College, Glebe Point, and continued for five years in Warren, New South Wales.
In 1945, Paula was requested to undertake studies in social science, gaining that Diploma in 1946, prior to her being appointed to the Good Samaritan Training Centre at Arncliffe. She would remain there for the next 16 years. Her work at St Magdalen’s was marked by sensitive understanding and compassion.
Several more years in teaching music followed – and, to her surprise even science! In 1968 she was appointed Principal of Marymount College Seacombe Gardens and fulfilled this role effectively. She was admired and respected by the teachers and students alike. However, in 1970 she returned to St Magdalen’s Arncliffe to continue her ministry in the field of social welfare, now also as superior of the local community.
The final stage in Paula’s life of service was in parish ministry in several parishes in New South Wales and Victoria. In March 1994 she retired to the quieter pace of life at Marian House, Northcote, before transferring with the community to South Morang Mews on November 29, 2004.
For the last five years Paula happily resided at Villa Maria, Bundoora in Melbourne. She died there on Saturday January 18, 2014. Paula is remembered with great love and affection by her family, friends and Good Samaritan Sisters.