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"The Scotia"

Painting of "The Scotia" paddle steamer which brought the first SHCJ's to America in 1862.


"The Scotia" - Details

Details regarding "The Scotia" paddle steamer which brought the first SHCJ's to America in 1862.


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Chalice, paten, ciborium brought to Towanda by the first group of sisters. Consecrated by Bishop Wood. Inscription inside lid of box: "Chalice and box brought from St. Leonard's on Sea, 1863."

1863

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Chalice, paten, ciborium brought to Towanda by the first group of sisters. Consecrated by Bishop Wood. Inscription inside lid of box: "Chalice and box brought from St. Leonard's on Sea, 1863."

1863

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Chalice, paten, ciborium brought to Towanda by the first group of sisters. Consecrated by Bishop Wood. Inscription inside lid of box: "Chalice and box brought from St. Leonard's on Sea, 1863."

1863

The Pioneering SHCJ Who Went to America in 1862

Sr. Helen Forshaw, SHCJ


Towanda Welcome Sign
Welcome sign for town of Towanda.

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417 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Painting of first sisters arriving in US at Towanda, PA; done for golden jubilee at Sharon; not historically accurate as all six sisters did not arrive at once.
1912

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418 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Sketch of house.

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419 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864.Photo of Towanda house.
1878

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420 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864.Photo of Towanda house.
1879

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421 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Original chapel door and window from house at Towanda. Door details - "The door of the first chapel in which Archbishop Wood said the first mass on the Feast of Saint Michael, Sept. 29, 1862. Marion McKay, a postulant, was clothed as Sr. Mary Cornelia at this time. This first chapel was on the second floor in the SE corner of the building. The door opened from the passageway into the chapel and was located to the right at the top of the stairs." Window details - "On the second floor, further to the right of the chapel, was a small room with one window, at the SW corner of the house. This room was shared by MM Xavier Noble and Sr. Lucy Ignatia Newsham. This is the upper section of that one window. The glass is probably original to the building, and shows characteristic waviness of early windows."

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422 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the town of Towanda, between Pine and Ridge, looking north.
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423 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the town of Towanda.
1862

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424 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the town of Towanda.
1862

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425 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the house at Towanda; originally given to SHCJ by Duchess of Leeds.
c. 1862

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426 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the house at Towanda; originally given to SHCJ by Duchess of Leeds.
c. 1863

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427 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the house at Towanda.
2003

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428 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of the house at Towanda.
2003

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429 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Copies of letters from sisters asking to be sent to America (Towanda).

1862

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430 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Sketch of the proposed convent and school.
August/September 1862

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431 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Sketch of the proposed community room/chapel.
1862

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432 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Sketch of the proposed grounds.
1862

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433 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of house shortly before being demolished.

Dec. 29, 2004

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434 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of St. Agnes Convent on 3rd Street; originally CL Ward Mansion which was purchased by SS. Peter and Paul Parish in 1877 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy; the first sisters stayed here while they prepared their convent.


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435 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of CL Ward, benefactor and supporter.


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436 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Mary Xavier Noble (1827-1876), one of the original six sisters to come to America.


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437 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Mary Xavier Noble (1827-1876), one of the original six sisters to come to America.

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437 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Lucy Ignatia Newsham, one of the original six sisters to come to America.


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438 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Lucy Ignatia Newsham, one of the original six sisters to come to America.

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438 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Agatha Deacy (1835-1904), one of the original six sisters to come to America.


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439 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Agatha Deacy (1835-1904), one of the original six sisters to come to America.

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439 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Sister Aloysia Walker, one of the original six sisters to come to America.


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440 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Mary Helen Green, Superior at Towanda, a member of the second party of sisters to come to America.


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441 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Walburga White, Assistant Superior at Towanda, a member of the second party of sisters to come to America.


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442 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Sister Stanislaus Gray, a member of the second party of sisters to come to America; also sister to Sister Antonia Gray.


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443 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Sister Antonia Gray, a member of the second party of sisters to come to America; also sister to Sister Stanislaus Gray.


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444 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Mary Louise Ruthven, a member of the second party of sisters to come to America.


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445 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Sebastian Keating, a member of the second party of sisters to come to America.


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446 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Postulant Margaret Christan Weston, a member of the second party to come to America; after a few months she decided not to enter the novitiate. She later married Dr. Henry Weston of Towanda and moved to Philadelphia.


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447 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Sister Joseph (Caroline) Thall, the first American recieved as a postulant.


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448 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Sister Hilda (Johanna) Lynch, grew up around Towanda and received into the society in 1872.


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449 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Saint Michael (Helen) Dunn, grew up in Towanda and received into the society in 1874.


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450 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Saint Michael (Helen) Dunn, grew up in Towanda and received into the society in 1874.

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450 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of Mother Mary Magdalene Weston.

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453 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Photo of SHCJ standing on the front porch of house at Towanda. Back row: Joan McIntyre, Immaculata DiBlasi, Jeanne Adams, Helena Mayer. Front Row: Theodosia Linus, Florence Rice, Ann Schwarz, Mildred Whall.

Sept. 29, 2004

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454 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864.Photo of Sr. Helena Mayer, Archivist for the SHCJ American Province, taking a photo of the grave of Mary Ann Egan at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township.

Sept. 29, 2005

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455 State Street, Towanda, PA, 1862-1864. Manifest from The Scotia.

1862


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