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This Memorial Day: Take time to Remember

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | May 27, 2019 |

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 |

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…

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‘Nuns of the Battlefield’

By Sisters of Providence | May 9, 2012 |

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…

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Tribute to sisters in Vincennes

By Sisters of Providence | May 9, 2012 |

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.…

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Vincennes emergency hospital

By Sisters of Providence | May 9, 2012 |

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…

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Sisters who served during the Civil War

By Connie McCammon | May 9, 2012 |

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…

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Civil War diary entries

By Connie McCammon | May 9, 2012 |

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…

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Tribute to Sister Athanasius

By Connie McCammon | May 9, 2012 |

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…

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Civil War service

By Connie McCammon | March 19, 2009 |

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…

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Sister-nurses during the Civil War (video)

By Sisters of Providence | February 27, 2009 |

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…

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Surgeons’ report at Indy Military Hospital

By Connie McCammon | February 27, 2009 |

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…

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Civil War hospital routines

By Connie McCammon | February 27, 2009 |

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…

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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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