March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?
My father's side of the family were all raised as Roman Catholics. His German family came from Westfalia in Germany and Posen in Poland. His Irish family came from County Tipperary and County Cork. There are a couple of men who became priests and one woman who became a nun.
|Grey Nun, Sister St. Melanie (aka Mary Martha Tierney)|
When the order formed an American branch, she joined. She taught for many years. She was also hard of hearing for years and finally became totally deaf. She read Catholic periodicals and was interested in community affairs. She followed the Way of the Cross daily.
She retired to D'Youville College where she lived until she was transferred to St. John's Hospital in Ogdensburg, NY after a heart attack in 1946. She died 21 Feb 1950.
2. Letter from Sister Mary Charlotte Barton, archivist, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Yardley, PA, dated 1 Jun 2005.
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