Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by smcarberry » Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:25 am

Back on June 21st, I mentioned my not finding a saved item about Clare nuns going to a Connecticut convent, which I then thought involved Middletown, once a fairly bustling city in the state. I have run across another mention of that event and the locality was Meriden, a smaller city but the settling place of several Clare-born (likely for employment in its silverworking companies). I don't have additional info on hand about Fr. Walsh.

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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:58 am

Hi Sharon

I decided there must be a newspaper report on the departure of those Mercy nuns from Ennis, and I found one in the Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette, Wed 14 Jun 1876:
The Sisters of Mercy Ennis. This morning numbers collected in the vicinity of the Convent of Mercy to witness the departure for Canada of several of the good sisters of the order. The band of the Ennis Temperance Society headed a procession which was formed at half-past eight o’clock, and played before the enclosed carriages occupied by the nuns, to the railway station. The Rev. Robt. Fitzgerald accompanied the ladies to Queenstown, and Rev. Fathers Fogarty, C.C., and Cahill, O.S.F., accompanied them to the train, and they left amidst the prayers of a vast concourse for their spiritual career. The following are the names: Sister Mary De Pazzie Lingard, Sister Mary Columba Hogan, Sister Mary Ita O’Loughlin, Sister Mary Rose Ryan; Sister Mary Benedicta McSherry; and two lay sisters, Sister Agnes Lawson, and Sister Martha Nagle. The sisters are going to Meriden, State of Connecticut, the parish of Rev Thomas Walsh.
Sister Lingard must be from the Lingard family in Ruan. I don't know anything about the others.

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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:57 am

It seems that three of the daughters of Captain Lingard of Cooga, Ruan, entered the Convent of Mercy Ennis: https://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/cocla ... d_ruan.htm. The Sister Lingard who went with five others to Meridan Connecticut may have been Kate Lingard:
Clare Journal, Thur 23 May 1861:
Local News. On Monday, at the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, Miss Kate Lingard, daughter of the late Capt. Lingard, Cooga House, County Clare, received the white veil. The Very Rev. Dean Butler, P.P., V.G., acted as celebrant, and received the postulant.
The Clare Journal reported the receptions, or professions of a few women as Sisters of Mercy during 1861, or at least those relating to prominent families, but there’s a fall-off of reporting of receptions and professions in the subsequent years. Maybe those events ceased to be a novelty:

Thur 24 Jan 1861:
Convent of Mercy Ennis. Miss Louisa Gavin, in religion sister Mary Bernard, and third daughter of the late Captain Gavin, of Cappa, in this county, received the white veil, on yesterday, at the hands of the Most Rev. Dr. Flanery, Bishop of Killaloe. The reception sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Kenny, C.C. After the cermonies were concluded, a large number of friends were entertained at a splendid dejeuner, in of the reception rooms of the Convent.
Thurs 23 May 1861:
Profession of Nuns at Gort. The very solemn and interesting ceremony of the reception of the nuns took place at St. Patrick’s Convent, Gort, on Monday, the 20th instant, the Very Rev. Mr. Shannon, P.P., and V.G., officiating. The young ladies who forsook the vanities of the world, and devoted themselves to religion, were Miss Harriet Keane, sister to our esteemed townsman, Ralph Keane, Esq., and Miss Ryan, daughter of Mr. James Ryan, of Cranna, near Gort. After the ceremony, a number of the friends and relatives of the young ladies adjourned with the clergymen to the spacious saloon of the Convent, where they were regaled by the hospitable Sisters at a splendid dejeuner served upon a style of elegance, and, need I add, was done ample justice to. – Correspondent.
Thur 13 Jun 1861:
Local News. Reception of Nuns. On Monday, Miss Hogan, second daughter of Timothy Hogan, Esq., Corofin, was received into the order of the Sisters of Mercy at the Row House Convent of Mercy, Ennis, by the Right Rev. Dr. Flannery, Bishop of Killaloe. His Lordship after the celebration of Mass proceeded with the ceremony of the reception, after which the Rev. Mr. Hanrahan, CC., Ballyvaughan, delivered a most eloquent discourse, which affected all by its fervour and piety. Many of the friends and relatives of the postulant, together with many of the ladies and gentlemen of the town were present on the occasion.
Mon 2 Dec 1861:
Catholic Intelligence. The Most Rev. Dr Flannery, Lord Bishop of Killaloe, on Thursday, received the vows of Miss Mary Perry, late of Limerick in the Convent of Mercy, Ennis. On the same occasion his lordship gave the white veil to Miss Kerin, daughter of John Kerin, Esq., Abbey, Burren, in this county, and to a lay sister of the same community. The beautiful church of the convent was crowded by the friends of the religiuses, and by many of the clergy, including the Very Rev. Dean Kenny, V.G., Ennis, and several from the neighbourhood. The sermon was admirably preached by the Rev. Joseph Vandereiss, of the Redemptorist church, Mount Saint Alphonsus.
Thur 5 Dec 1861:
On Tuesday last, Miss Lucy Keane, daughter of the late Michael Keane, and sister of our esteemed townsman, Ralph Keane, Esq., entered the Convent of Mercy, Gort. She is the second of that family who has entered the same Convent within the last two years. There are many additions lately to the Sisterhood here, and many more likely to be. The untiring zeal of the Rev. Mother, is manifest in the many improvements that are being made daily in the establishment, which adds much to the comfort of the inmates, and reflects much credit on her superior abilities, as the head of such an institution. Correspondent.
Thur 6 Dec 1866:
Reception of Nuns. On the 13th inst., an interesting ceremony took place with the usual solemnity, at the Convent General of the Good Shepperd, Angers, France. Among a number of young ladies received into religion on that occasion, was Miss Bridget Hogan (in religion Sister Mary St Bernard), sixth daughter of Mr Michael Hogan of Cahertigue, County Clare. From a Correspondent.
Sheila

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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:39 pm

Clare Journal, Thur 25 Mar 1869:
Religious Profession at the Loretto Convent, Calcutta. Saturday the 23rd January last, the impressive ceremony of the profession of five nuns took place at the Loretto Convent, in Calcutta. The novices were, Miss Maria [this first name is partly illegible, but I think it is Maria] Lysaght (the daughter of Mr Walter Lysaght, Mill-street (in this town), Miss Hardiman, Miss Coster, Miss [illegible] and Miss Farrell, the four last-mentioned from Limerick. The Indian Catholic Chronicle, describing the ceremony, says: [a long description of the ceremony here]
Clare Journal, Thur 27 May 1869:
Death of a Nun. We copy the following notice from the Melbourne Advocate. It will be seen that the religieuse referred to was a native of this county, her father being Mr M Hogan, of Cahertigue, near Newmarket-on-Fergus. Her friends will receive the announcement of her death with regret:-
“The Late Sister Mary of The Cross (Hogan), Abbotsford.
We deeply regret to have to announce the death of Sister Mary of the Cross, which took place at Abbotsford Convent, at 3 a.m. on Thursday the 4th inst. Her death following so soon after the lamented death of Sister Mary Ignatious, created the strongest feelings of regret and sympathy amongst the many friends of the beloved and revered community of Abbotsford. Sister Mary of the Cross – Miss Hogan by family name – was a native of County Clare, where her parents held, and still hold a highly respectable position. She was just thirty-one years of age, three years professed. She formed one of the party which accompanied the Most Rev Dr Polding on his return two two years ago. She suffered very much from sea sickness, and her health, even from the date of her first arrival in the colony, gave cause for uneasiness. [the report goes on to describe funeral and mentions the priests who attended her funeral].
Sheila

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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:32 pm

These Mercy nuns from Ennis are nameless:

Clare Journal, Mon 15 Apr 1872:
Twelve of the Ladies of the Convent of Mercy in this town are about to emigrate to the United States. Their destination is said to be Middle Town, about one hundred miles from New York, where they will found a convent of the order.
Clare Journal, Thur 25 Apr 1872:
On this morning eleven of the Sisters of Mercy from the Ennis Convent proceeded by rail to Cork, from thence to embark for the United States, in order to found in that country a convent of their order. Previous to the hour fixed for the departure of the train (7.30 a.m.) a large concourse of people had assembled to bid farewell to the Sisters. The Ennis band, headed by their president (Mr M Considine) was in attendance, and preceded the carriages consisting of the emigrants, playing appropriate airs. The platform at the station was densely crowded, and many a prayer was offered for their safety and welfare. It was an evidence of the love and respect entertained for the Sisters of this order by the Ennis people. Several ladies and gentlemen form the country (friends of the emigrants) were on the platform to bid them adieu. The parting on all sides was one which exhibited the best feelings of our nature. The Rev Dr McRedmond and the Rev R Fitzgerald accompanied the Sisters to Queenstown.
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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:44 pm

Clare Freeman, Wed 30 Jun 1875:
On yesterday morning several ladies left the convent of this town for the foreign mission in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. Their names in religion were – Mother Mary Stanislaus Kenny, superioress; Mother Mary Bernard Gavin, assistant; Sister Mary Xavier Ryan, Sister Mary Ignatius O’Brien, Sister Mary Berchmans Goggin, Sister Mary Francis Fleming, Sister Gertrude Forde. Names of postulants – Miss Margaret O’Connell, Miss Elizabeth O’Connor, Miss Bedela [the rest of the item is missing from the online digitalization by British Newspaper Archive].
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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:16 am

Clare Freeman, Wed 24 Nov 1875:
Arrival of Nuns in Australia. From the New South Wales “Freeman’s Journal.” Tuesday last, the 31st August, will henceforward be regarded as a red-letter day by the Catholics of Singleton. The occasion was of the arrival of ten nuns from Ireland to found a convent of the order of Mercy. The sisters were accompanied by the Right Rev Dr Murray, and they were met at the railway by John Brown, Esq. J P with his two [the rest of the report is missing].
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Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Post by Sduddy » Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:01 am

Clare Freeman, Wed 14 Jun 1876:
The Sisters of Mercy Ennis. This morning numbers collected in the vicinity of the Convent of Mercy to witness the departure for Canada of several of the good sisters of the order. The band of the Ennis Temperance Society headed a procession which was formed at half-past eight o’clock, and played before the enclosed carriages occupied by the nuns, to the railway station. The Rev. Robt. Fitzgerald accompanied the ladies to Queenstown, and Rev. Fathers Fogarty, C.C., and Cahill, O.S.F., accompanied them to the train, and they left amidst the prayers of a vast concourse for their spiritual career. The following are the names: - Sister Mary De Pazzie Lingard, Sister Mary Columba Hogan, Sister Mary Ita O’Loughlin, Sister Mary Rose Ryan; Sister Mary Benedicta McSherry; and two lay sisters, Sister Agnes Lawson, and Sister Martha Nagle. The sisters are going to Meriden, State of Connecticut, the parish of Rev. Thomas Walsh.
Sheila

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