Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar

Sr M Stanislaus Tobin

Sr Brigid Tobin IMAGE

Died 21 August 1900

Brigid was the first of the three daughters of William and Ellen Tobin (nee Grace) to enter St. Joseph's Convent Lochinvar. She was born at Dunmore (Largs) on 7 August 1863 and became a postulant on the 18 March, 1885 at the age of twenty-one and was given the name of Sister Mary Stanislaus of the Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph.

The Lochinvar records state on 15th of August, 1885: "Srs. M. Stanislaus, Xavier and Catherine were received by His Lordship Dr. Murray in the Church assisted by Rev. Fr.Sheehy." The first Profession in the Congregation took place the same day.

Two days after Reception as a Sister of St Joseph she went with Sisters Mary Imelda, Gertrude and Evangelist to Quirindi where she remained till June 1886 when she came to Lochinvar to prepare for her religious Profession. Sister Mary Stanislaus was professed with Sisters Mary Xavier Mclnerney and Catherine Barry on the 17 August, 1886. In November, 1886 she was sent as one of the Sisters to form the community of the new foundation at Cessnock.

In July, 1887 Sister Mary Stanislaus returned as superior to the Quirindi convent which closed at the end of that year and Sister returned to Cessnock in 1888. When the new foundation was made at Dungog in November 1888 the Cessnock community of which she was superior transferred there.

During the next ten years Sister Mary Stanislaus worked, for longer or shorter periods, at Carrington, Burwood, Cessnock, Dungog, Aberdeen (new foundation) and Brookfield with shorter stays at Wingen and Knockfin. For the last three years of her life she was located at Lochinvar, accompanying Sister Mary Hyacinth on visitation frequently and sometimes going to Knockfin. These part-time occupations and the fact that she made visits to Dr Power seem to indicate that she was no longer able to carry on a full time apostolate.

After some time in the Infirmary at Lochinvar she went to Newcastle for a short period. By mid 1900 she returned to Lochinvar as her strength had failed though she still went about as much as possible. On the 10 August, 1900 Sister Stanislaus was given the Last Sacraments in the Infirmary by Father McCormack. Holy Viaticum was taken to her each day. On the 19th she was visited by some of her relatives and on the night of the 20th she became very ill and the Sisters remained with her. On 21st August 1900 Sister died quietly and peacefully surrounded by the Sisters.

Solemn Office and Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Stanislaus Tobin took place on 23 August 1900. Rev Father McAuliffe and Bishop Dwyer presided. The funeral was immediately after Mass and Sister was buried in the Sisters’ section of the Lochinvar cemetery.