The oldest member of the French community passed away at 90 [fr]
The French Carmelite, Sister Éliane, passed away on 5 February.
Sister Éliane Thérèse of the Heart of Mary has passed away in port Moresby on 5th February at the age of 90. She entered the Carmel of Lisieux in October 1945 and was the last novice to make profession to Sister Pauline, sister of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. She arrived in PNG in March 1955 and spent more than sixty years in this country. She became a PNG national at the time of the independence in 1975.
The Requiem Mass for Sister Éliane was celebrated at the Carmel in Bomana, where she was several time elected superior, by the Apostolic Nuncio to PNG. H.E. Most Rev. Michael Banach, in a homely partly delivered in French, paid tribute to Éliane Chariot’s exceptional destiny, emphasizing the spiritual influence of France in the region.
Apart from two bishops and numerous priests and friars, including a number of sisters from different congregations of French origin, many faithful gathered from all over the country. The loss of the oldest member of the French community is the loss of a person of character, highly appreciated for conceptions often ahead of her time. Following her wishes, Sister Éliane was buried in 9 miles general cemetery.