Mary Emily Gonsalves

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Mary Emily Gonsalves
Sr Mary Emily.jpg
Sister Mary Emily FC with her Sitara-e-Imtiaz medal
Born 1919 (1919)
Mangalore, British Raj
Died 9 January 2017(2017-01-09) (aged 97–98)
Karachi, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistani
Education masters degree in English and Economics
Occupation religious sister
Years active 1944 - 2017
Known for Principal, St. Joseph's College, Karachi
Awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz

Mary Emily Gonsalves was a Roman Catholic nun from Karachi, Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Mangalore, India in 1919. She started her teaching career in a school in Byculla, Bombay in 1940. In 1944 she joined the Daughters of the Cross religious congregation. She went on to do a master's degree in English and Economics. She taught in a college in Calcutta before she moved to Pakistan in 1957.[1]


From 1972 to 1982 Sister Mary Emily was the Principal of the St. Joseph's College (Karachi), Pakistan.[2] St. Joseph's is one of Pakistan's leading Colleges. In 2007, 1,548 students were studying in the college with a total of 78 teachers.[3]

In 2005, when St. Joseph's College was returned to the Catholic Board of Education, Sr Emily was again appointed principal.[4]

On 23 March 2009 the Government of Pakistan awarded Sr. Emily the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, which she received from the Governor of Sindh. This was in recognition of her services to education.[5]

Sr. Emily died in Karachi on 9 January 2017.[6]


  1. ^ Mustafa, Zubeida (11 January 2017). "Sister Mary Emily". Dawn. 
  2. ^ "Letters - 'So much to do'". Dawn. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  3. ^ From private to public and back again The News, Karachi, 15 August 2007
  4. ^ "Dawn 2005/05/08". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Daily Times 24 March 2009". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Tribune 11 January 2017