A tribute to sisters who have served
On Monday, May 31, our nation celebrates Memorial Day. During Mass on Monday, the Sisters of Providence will remember those sisters who served their country during war. An American flag will be placed on the gravesite of those sisters who served our country in a time of need.
As our blog has shared in recent weeks, the Sisters of Providence answered a call to duty during the Civil War by serving in military hospitals in Indianapolis and Vincennes, Ind. For a list of all these women, click here.
Other Sisters of Providence who served during war are:
- Sister Francis de Lourdes Reilly (RIP): nurse in World War I (before entering the Congregation);
- Sister Ruth Sondhaus (RIP): served in World War II in Naval Intelligence (before entering the Congregation)
- Sister Catherine Hartman (RIP): served as a lieutenant in the Women’s Reserve in the U.S. Marine Corps (before entering the Congregation);
- Sister Josephine Bryan: served as a registered nurse in the Vietnam War as a volunteer with Catholic Relief Services;
- Sister Patricia “Pat” Linehan: served in the Navy Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War on the U.S. Naval hospital ship, Repose (before entering the Congregation); and
- Sister Merry Marcotte (RIP): served as a volunteer Red Cross medical social worker during the Vietnam War.
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