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A look at the life and ministry of Sister Agnes Celine Hammond

Sister Agnes Celine Hammond

Recently, Kathleen Boshold contacted us hoping to learn more about one of her former teachers, Sister Agnes Celine Hammond.

Kathleen wrote, “She was my piano teacher at Our Lady of Mercy in Chicago back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She prepared me and two of my older brothers for the love of music.”

She continued, “We were allowed to leave class once a week for lessons at the convent. I remember it being the way of my classroom teacher teaching me to tell time. I had to be able to know on my own the correct time to go for my piano lesson. I couldn’t be late.”

Kathleen, this week’s Throwback Thursday blog will take a look at the life and ministry of Sister Agnes Celine.

Sister Agnes Celine was born Ruth Margaret Hammond on November 16, 1907, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, which is an officially recognized neighborhood of Boston.

Her parents were named William A. and Mary Louise Shanley Hammond.

Sister Agnes Celine entered the Sisters of Providence Congregation on February 9, 1926. She professed first and final vows on August 15, 1928 and 1933, respectively.

Sister Agnes Celine graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in music education and taught for 49 years in schools located in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and North Carolina.

Sister Agnes Celine Hammond (center) with former General Superior Sister Mary Pius Regnier (left) and Sister Eileen Mary Cunningham in an undated photo.

Among her stops were St. John School in Vincennes in 1931, Sacred Heart School in Malden, Massachusetts, from 1946 to 1949, and Immaculata Preparatory in Washington, D.C., where she also ministered as a secretary, librarian and cafeteria cashier.

Sister Agnes Celine came home to the Woods in 1986 and began a ministry in health care, helping other sisters, until she began her ministry of prayer in 1996.

Known as “Aggie” in the Congregation, Sister Agnes Celine was said to be a quiet person who also spoke in a quiet tone.

In her commentary for Sister Agnes Celine, Sister Mary Eleanor Galvin (RIP) said that Sister Agnes Celine was always “faithful to her daily obligations … She never demanded nor expected anything special … Sister was gentle – and in her gentleness, she possessed strength.”

Sister Agnes Celine died on December 30, 1998. She was 91 years old and had been a Sister of Providence for 72 years.

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Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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