Josephite Connections September 2011

Late this month Anne Derwin rsj, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, spent two days in Whanganui with the Sisters.  She was accompanied by Colleen Keeble rsj, New Zealand Province Leader.   Anne had long wished to come to Whanganui as she has strong family connections to some of the early Sisters. 

Sister Teresa Schmitt, one of the first four Sisters of St Joseph to arrive in 1880, was a great-great aunt of Anne’s.  When Sr Teresa was teaching in Whanganui, her nieces from Carcoar, NSW, were sent over to the Sacred Heart Convent School as boarders.  Three of them, Mary, Josephine and Tilly Links entered the Sisters’ community after finishing their schooling.  Mary became Sister Evangelist, Josephine became Sister Lawrence, and Tilly became Sister Rita – a very well known and loved teacher at Holy Infancy School, Aramoho.
The fourth daughter, Catherine, returned home to Australia and later married.  She was Anne Derwin’s grandmother. 


Anne stands before the photo of the first Sisters to arrive in Whanganui.  Sister Teresa Schmitt is standing behind the other three founding Sisters – Hyacinth Quinlan, Clare Rubie and Joseph Kinsella.

Though Anne’s visit was very short, she was able to visit meet up with many of the Sisters in Whanganui, and all look forward to further visits.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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