Sisters of the Past

Sister Lawrence Josephine Links

29 September 1879 2 September 1948Lawrence_Links_1

Profiled January 2013

The Links family of Carcoar, New South Wales, welcomed their 10th child when Josephine was born on 29 September 1878.  Parents John Joseph Links and Ottilia, nee Schmitt, were to have 6 more children but only 13 would survive to adulthood.  Her parents were both Australian immigrants John, born in Bavaria in 1840 and arriving in 1858, and Ottilia was born in Wittenberg.  They were married at Kelso NSW in 1864.  John was at that time a shopkeeper.

As did three of her sisters, Josephine travelled to Whanganui New Zealand for schooling at Sacred Heart Convent.  Her mother’s sister, Sister Teresa Schmitt, had been a member of the founding group of Sisters who arrived there from Perthville in 1880.

On 14 January 1898, Josephine entered the Sisters of St Joseph in Whanganui, joining her older sister Mary, who was Sister Evangelist.  Her younger sister Ottilia would also enter the Congregation in 1904 and become Sister Rita.  Josephine was professed on 17 January 1900 as Sister Lawrence.

Primary school teaching, particularly the junior classes, was the ministry that Sister Lawrence would be involved in for most of her religious life.  From 1929 to 1941 she was teaching in Hastings, Gonville in Whanganui, Hawera and Manaia in Taranaki, and she was also in Central Hawkes Bay at some stage.  Lawrence’s expertise in teaching led to her being involved for many years instructing novices in teaching methods, and often having novices sit in on her classes.  She is remembered as having very poor eyesight.

Sr Lawrence died on 2 September 1948 and was buried at Aramoho Cemetery Whanganui.

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