Sisters of the Past

Sister Michael Sarah Lafferty

June 1868 9 December 1942Michael_Lafferty_4

Profiled March 2013

Sarah Lafferty was born in Raphoe, County Donegal Ireland, in June 1868.  Her mother was Grace, nee McCafferty, and her father was John, a farmer.  She had an older sister Hannah, a younger one Grace, and a brother Charles.  In 1876 the family emigrated to New Zealand.

Sarah entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 24 January 1884 and was professed as Sister Michael on 2 February 1886.  Her older sister Hannah had entered in 1882 and became Sister Catherine, and later Grace entered in 1891, and was professed as Sister Francis.  These three sisters were all musically gifted and many Sisters of St Joseph benefitted from their talents.

Sister Michael studied music and singing in Australia and became a very well-known music teacher. Sister Leonard Mischewski recalled being taken for music lessons at Sacred Heart at ‘Watts’, where Sister Michael had her music room. 

She taught in Hastings as a member of the foundation community there in 1889, and in Waipawa also as a member of the foundation community in 1896.  She is also known to have taught in Taihape, Levin and Manaia. 

Sister Michael died on 9 December 1942 and was buried at the Heads Road Cemetery in Whanganui.

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