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Province Archivist Sister Jane Behlmann offers a glimpse of the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph in her "Jewels" for the day.
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Early photo of Nazareth Cemetery
Profile of Early Sisters Who Died
in the Month of September
by Sister Jane Behlmann
Sister Mary Borgia Kelly died at our Half Orphan Asylum, St. Louis at 5:00 a.m. on September 3, 1854 in the twentieth year of her age, having passed one year and one month in our Congregation.
"This truly humble soul entered on her annual retreat a few weeks before her death, and we hope she was prepared for the hasty summons. Having fallen victim of cholera, she had not had time to be received as a professed sister, but we hope that her intention to give herself entirely to The Lord will meet the reward of a place amidst those who "follow the Lamb wherever he goes." [From the Necrology Book]
Sister Mary Borgia (Mary) was born in Ireland in 1828 and was missioned at St. Bridget Half Orphan Asylum from March to September, 1854 where she was stricken with cholera, an epidemic that peaked in St. Louis in 1849. She was buried in St. Vincent de Paul Parish Cemetery. There is no record of where her remains were reinterred.
Sister Mary Agnes Gill died at the Novitiate, Nazareth, on the 18th day of September, 1874 in the 25th year of her age and the sixth of her religious profession.
Having been very much tormented during life by the fear of death, this dear sister seemed now at its approach to look forward to it with confidence and joy. Strengthened by the Bread of Life and fortified by the blessings of the Church, she happily departed this life to enter upon the possession of that bliss which is promised to those who persevere to the end. [From the Necrology Book]
Sister Mary Agnes Gill (Maria) was born in Cohoes, New York in 1849 to Catherine (Higgins) and John Gill. She entered at Carondelet on September 8, 1864 and received the habit on December 8, 1864. She made profession of vows on December 8, 1866. There are no records of her first missions. She was among the first group of sisters to serve at St. Joseph’s Academy in Marquette, Michigan in 1872. She came to Nazareth in 1873 and died there in 1874. She was the first sister to be buried in Nazareth Cemetery which opened in 1874. Her remains are now in Row 2, Grave 29 of Resurrection Cemetery.