Born Edward E. Larkin on March 29, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he entered the Passionist Preparatory Seminary, Dunkirk, New York in September 1926 and then professed his vows on August 15, 1932 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. His religious name was Austin. About a year and a half prior to his ordination on June 19, 1938 he was hospitalized as a student and spent from August 1937 until June 1938 as a patient at St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Kidney problems made the doctors believe he could not live more than a few months. In light of this condition, he was given a special dispensation and was allowed to be ordained at the Jesuit House of Studies, Woodstock, Maryland. After several months he was able to leave the hospital but he did return at a later date. This became his cross until his death.
March 29, 1912
August 15, 1932
June 19, 1938
June 15, 1946
Austin Joseph of the Sorrowful Mother Larkin