September 12, 2017
Anita entered the community on February 11, 1952 and was sent to Phenix City Alabama for the first 5 months of her postulancy. She arrived in Philadelphia in July to continue her postulancy and began her novitiate on August 15 of that same year and received the name, Sr. Mary Ignatius of the Holy Cross.
July 16, 2017
Elizabeth Josephine Bloodworth was born December 9, 1936 in Fort Benning, Georgia and baptized in the Chapel there. She was the 12th of 14 children born to Daniel and Elizabeth Kendrick Bloodworth, from Gordon and Selma, GA respectively.
June 20, 2017
March 14, 2017
Sr. Joan Marie O’Neil of the Sacred Heart was born on November 24, 1929 in Cambridge, MA. The daughter of Henry O’Neil and Mary Hynes, Joan Marie was baptized at St. Patrick church in Cambridge and there received her First Communion and was confirmed. She had an older sister, Audrey, whom she loved dearly.
February 21, 2017
November 14, 2016
November 3, 2016
After reading the pamphlet “What Richer Life”, she wrote to Mother Mary Frances for more information about the community in 1949. She entered on August 5, 1950, made first profession of vows on March 25, 1952 and final profession on March 25, 1955.
August 2, 2016
June 6, 2016
On February 11, 1942 Eleanor Kiely entered the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. Her first profession was made on August 15, 1943 and her final profession was made on March 25, 1947. She received a degree in Social Studies from Seton Hall Univ. in 1963 and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965.
March 1, 2016
Donata Mary Aquilino was born to Donato Aquilino and Lucia Ruffo on September 3rd 1928, in South Philadelphia. . Her parents had migrated from Italy and settled in South Philly. Sister was baptized and confirmed at Epiphany Parish. A member of a large family she was especially close to her sister Carmela.
March 22, 2016
Frances Therese Zindel was born to Isabel Fraustet and Louis Joseph Zindel, in Bayonne, New Jersey on Christmas day 1929 and baptized on January 5, 1930 at St. Henry Parish in Bayonne. She was one of four children her older sister, Eileen was a member of the Benedictine Community at the time Fran was applying to our Community. Her sister Marie married as did her brother Eugene. She was close to her nieces and nephews, it was clear she loved them dearly.
February 14, 2015
Sr. Francis Louise Sheridan of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was born Agnes Theresa Sheridan in Brooklyn, NY to Mary and William Sheridan. She was baptized at St. Agnes Church in Brooklyn on July 15, 1930. She was the youngest of 4 children. Francis Louise was familiar with the Cenacle from early on because her sister Mary, entered our community when Francis Louise was only 10 years old. Francis Louise was also part of the MCA before she entered. In a letter to her sister Mary when she was still in high school, she wrote of her apostolic work with the MCA, “I really love the work, though, and never, I can honestly say, do I feel happier than when I’m doing work with the Outer Cenacle. Not even on my birthday or when I get a new dress.” Francis Louise entered on September 24, 1949, made her first profession of vows on March 25, 1951 and her final profession of vows on March 25, 1954.