Sr. COUPE, Mary Eucharista MM
耀 德修女 (古如秀)
年 7 月 24 日在英國 (England) 朗里奇 (Longridge)
Sister Mary Eucharista Coupe M.M.
Sister Mary Eucharista Coupe, M.M., died peacefully in the Residential Care Unit at Maryknoll, New York, USA, on Sunday 2 February 1997 at 9:05pm of heart failure. She was ninety-one years of age and had been a Maryknoll Sister for over 73 years.
Born 24 July 1905 in Longridge England and baptized Mary Monica Coupe, she was one of ten children - four sons and six daughters - of the late Alice Ann Eastman and Herbert James Coupe. The family moved to Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA when Mary Monica was a small child. She attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1923.
She entered Maryknoll on 24 September 1923 and received the religious name, Sister Mary Eucharista. She made her first profession on 30 April 1926 at Maryknoll, New York, and her final profession on 30 April 1929 at Baguio, Philippines. In 1928 Sister Eucharista received her teacher’s certificate from Sister’s College, Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Later she received a bachelor of Education degree from Maryknoll Teachers’ college, New York, in 1948. She also studied music at St. Scholastic’s College in Manila and obtained an M.A. degree with a major in English from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York in 1959. in 1962 she spent the summer at Oxford, England studying 17 Century Literature and Art.
For thirty-six years Sister Eucharista served in Asia. In 1928 she was assigned to Malabon Normal School in the Philippines. In 1935 she was transferred to Hong Kong where she spent the next seven years. During World War II she was interned for eighteen months in Stanley Prison Camp, then went to Loting, China and eventually was evacuated to Calcutta, India by being flown over the Himalaya Mountains by the famous Flying Tigers in 1944.
She returned to Hong Kong in 1946, teaching at Maryknoll Convent School for eleven years. After obtaining her master’s degree from St. John’s University, she returned to Maryknoll Convent School in 1958. The following year she became principal of the Secondary School section of the Maryknoll Sisters School in Hong Kong until 1964.
She became Dean of the Mary Rogers College, Maryknoll, New York for the nine years from 1964 to 1973. She spent the next twelve years as assistant coordinator of the senior community at the Maryknoll Sisters’ Centre. Retiring in 1985, she did part-time work until failing health required her admission to the Residential Care unit in March 1994.
Sister Eucharista is survived by three sisters, Sister Magdalene Mary Coupe, RSN and Sister Mary Olive Coupe, RSN, both of Attleboro, Massachusetts and Sister Ann Miriam Coupe, M.M., of Monrovia, California.
A memorial Mass will be held at
the Maryknoll Sisters Primary School, 130 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, on
Wednesday, 26 February at 7:30pm. All former students of Sister Eucharista and
friends of the Maryknoll Sisters are invited to participate.
21 February 1997
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