OBITUARY. REV. MOTHER JOSEPHINE. Catholics and non-Catholics through- out Ararat and district will learn with deep regret of the demise of the Rev. Mother Josephine, who for a consider- able number of years past was Mother Superior of the Brigidine Convent, Ararat. Mother Josephine, who was a favorite with all who came in contact with her, in May of last year took her departure from Ararat in order to visit the mother house in Ireland, the con- vent in Ararat in the meantime being under the superintendence of the Rev. Mother Gertrude. The deceased ex- perienced an enjoyable trip home, and having transacted important business in connection with the order, prepara- tions were made for her return to Ararat. Her passage was booked by the Malwa, and in fact she was on the journey back to Australia by that boat when her death occurred. Full particulars concerning her death have not been received, a cablegram re- ceived from Aden briefly announcing the fact. The Rev. Mother Josephine arrived in Ararat as far back as 1888, coming here with other members of the order from Ireland at the request of the late Rev. Father Meade, to es- tablish the convent in our midst, which now has attained to a position of being an educationral establishment of high order. Under her management the convent made great progress, and in November, 1913, its silver jubilee was celebrated by most important functions. On that occasion, as a recognition of the good work done by the nuns, they were presented with a cheque for some thing like £370. On Tuesday morning, at nine o'clock, a Solemn Office and Requiem Mass for the departed mother was offered at St. Mary's R.C. Church, there being a large gathering of worshippers present. The sanctuary was draped with black, and was relieved with white crosses. There were a number of visiting priests present, and with the local clergy, in- toned the Solemn Office for the Dead. The celebrant at High Mass was the Rev. J. F. Coughlan, of Maryborough; Rev. Father Waldron (Ararat), dea- con; Rev. Father M'Gowan, sub-dea- con ; and Rev. Father Barrett (Ararat), master of ceremonies ; whilst the Very Rev. Father O'Hare pronounced the final absolutions.