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Sister Oline Nielsen

Profiled in May 2013Oline_Nielsen

Hawera in Taranaki was my birthplace and where my sisters, brothers, and I grew up.   I attended St Joseph’s School until I was 15 years old.  I then spent some time at home helping with family.

When I was 17, I began working at Hawera Hospital in administration, and after about 18 months there began working for a local Doctor in his surgery.

I had a good singing voice and took lessons, and was often called upon to sing at weddings etc.

After another two years I entered the Sisters of St Joseph in Whanganui, and I did my formation both at Sacred Heart Convent and at the new novitiate, Mt St Joseph.  When I was professed I took the religious name, as was the custom, of Sister Laboure.  Catherine Laboure was a religious Sister of the Daughters of Charity who lived in the 1800’s.  However in the 1970’s, following the renewal times of the Vatican Council  I chose to return to my own name, thus reclaiming my Scandinavian heritage.

I completed my teacher training and began teaching in primary schools.  In the following 27 years I taught in Whanganui, Hawkes Bay, Taihape and Ohakune, Feilding, Taranaki, Otaki and in Auckland.  I also took the singing classes in most of the schools.

In 1977 I attended a Spirituality and Ministry Course in Sydney, and on my return joined a community in Taupo where I was a parish worker, and CCD teacher with the children in country areas. I had a year in Hastings in the community there before a time on exchange in Perthville, Australia as a nurse aide.  When I returned to Whanganui I continued nursing in the Nazareth Convent where the elderly and infirm Sisters were living.

My next ministries were in Feilding and in Warkworth in the communities there before being missioned to Marcellin Hall in Auckland as the Domestic Manager for the large Conference Centre.  I spent 6 years there.

Finally I retired to a community in Hawera where I enjoyed living in the parish until I chose to enter Quinlan Court when it opened in 1998.  I continued to be involved in the wider Whanganui community, volunteering at the local St Vincent de Paul shop, and at the Blind Centre for about 10 years.

I am very happy to remain a resident at Quinlan Court.

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