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This Memorial Day: Take time to Remember

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | May 27, 2019 | 7 Comments

This Memorial Day, I hope you will remember some hero or heroine of your own, an obscure apostle, perhaps.

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The life of Eleanor Bailly (Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly)

By Sisters of Providence | April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This feature was written by Paul Beel, a former staff member in the Mission Advancement office and an admirer of Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly. Childhood of Eleanor Bailly Eleanor Cecilia Baily was born on June 2, 1815, to Joseph and Marie Bailly. Joseph was a very successful French-Canadian fur-trader. He established a trading…

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‘Nuns of the Battlefield’

By Sisters of Providence | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

First published in 1927, “Nuns of the Battlefield” was written by Ellen Ryan Jolly. In this book, the author gives a description of the women religious congregations that provided medical aid during the Civil War. Many of these religious congregations actually provided nursing skills on the battlefield while others, like the Sisters of Providence, provided…

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Tribute to sisters in Vincennes

By Sisters of Providence | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

From time to time, The Vincennes Weekly Sun ran articles on the emergency hospital in that city. Much of the praise for this medical facility was directed toward Sisters St. Felix Buchanan and Sophie Glenn and Dr. Baty, who was head of the hospital. From the July 4, 1862, issue: Article headline: Vincennes Military Hospital…

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Vincennes emergency hospital

By Sisters of Providence | May 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

In addition to their work at the Military Hospital in Indianapolis, the Sisters of Providence also had charge of the emergency hospital in Vincennes, Ind., that was opened in July and August of 1861 and then again on May 29, 1862, for a short period. Sisters St. Felix Buchanan and Sophie Glenn were given the…

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Sisters who served during the Civil War

By Connie McCammon | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sister St. Felix Buchanan Sister Helena Burns Sister Frances Ann Carney Sister Athanasius Fogarty Sister Sophie Glenn Sister Eugenia Gorman Sister Mary Francis Guthneck Sister Henrietta MacKenzie Sister Mary Louise Malone Sister Mary Rose O’Donaghue Sister Matilda Swinley Sisters Mary Rose, St. Felix, Sophie, Athanasius, Eugenia, Mary Frances and Matilda were honored with special tombstones…

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Civil War diary entries

By Connie McCammon | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the Sisters of Providence Archives there is a bound transcription of the diary of General Superior Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly. She served as general superior after the death of Mother Theodore Guerin in 1856 until 1868, covering the turbulent years of the Civil War, 1861-1865. The diary consists of entries about the day-to-day activities…

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Tribute to Sister Athanasius

By Connie McCammon | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sister Athanasius Fogarty, directress of the Military Hospital in Indianapolis during the Civil War, was greatly respected as a sister-nurse. She served at the hospital from May 17, 1861, to August 1865. The necrology (obituary) in the Sisters of Providence Archives for Sister Athanasius reads in part: “Sister Athanasius (Margaret Fogarty) born in County Roscommon,…

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Civil War service

By Connie McCammon | March 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

Just over 20 years after the founding of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., the country was torn apart by the Civil War (1861-1865). Sisters of Providence answered a call to duty by Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton. Barely a month after the April 12, 1861, attack on Fort Sumter, Gov. Morton requested…

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Sister-nurses during the Civil War (video)

By Connie McCammon | February 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Sisters of Providence served as sister-nurses during the Civil War. This video sheds some light on this unique service to the nation. (with audio) Article praises Civil War video for sharing Congregation’s history.

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Surgeons’ report at Indy Military Hospital

By Connie McCammon | February 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

A report by Dr. John M. Kitchen and Dr. Patrick H. Jameson, hospital surgeons at the Military Hospital in Indianapolis, provided the following information in a report to Inspector-General Miles Murphy. The report was published by the Indianapolis Daily Journal. The report was dated Friday, August 16, 1861. The hospital began accepting soldiers April 29,…

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Civil War hospital routines

By Connie McCammon | February 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Excerpts from the Indianapolis Daily Journal, dated July 22, 1864: Hospital routine “The business of the day begins at five o’clock. At that hour the nurses busy themselves in cleaning the spittoons, washing the faces and arms of the patients, sweeping the wards and making everything tidy. Meanwhile the dressers are at work, cleaning and…

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When the country was torn apart by the Civil War (1861-1865), Sisters of Providence answered a call to duty by Indiana governor Oliver P. Morton to run the City Hospital in Indianapolis. Led by hospital directress Sister Athanasius Fogarty, the sisters cared for ill and injured soldiers.

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