Sisters of the Past

Sister Isidore - Mary McLaughlin

Profiled in August 2005

10 November 1897 – 23 January 1988

 Mary McLaughlan was the daughter of Patrick and Jane McLaughlan, nee Richardson, of Taihape, and was one of the older members of a family of 14 children. Her father was from Ireland and worked as a shopkeeper.

She entered the Sisters of St Joseph in 1917, and was professed on 23 January 1919, taking the name of Isidore. She taught in Catholic primary schools in South Taranaki, Wanganui and Hawkes Bay. During her retirement she lived again in those areas, as well as Horowhenua and King Country.

Isidore was interested in people and their lives and had a great sense of family. She kept herself informed about world news. She had a keen wit, which on occasions flowed over into her dramatic entertainments at congregational gatherings. As well as her interest in drama she had a great interest in reading.

As society changes so religious life had to change, and Isidore lived through many of those changes. Many she questioned and sometimes worried about, but came to accept because she was able to retain an open mind. Her spirituality was definitely a response to Christ in faith before the challenges of everyday life.

Isidore died at Nazareth Rest Home on 23 January 1988, having spent 70 years as a sister of St Joseph. She is buried at Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui.

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