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The Friendship Garden

Correspondence between Mother Cyril Conway, IHM & Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC

The bond between Mother Cyril and Mother Maria grew into a deep and lasting friendship over thirty-five years that birthed a closeness of the heart and soul of the two congregations, The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and The Sisters of St. Casimir. That connection, along with our shared Alphonsian heritage and deep spiritual relationships that have continued over these past one hundred and eleven years, has led to this graced moment in our histories—the formal approval of the Covenant Agreement between the congregations. To mark this occasion, Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM has compiled an exchange of letters between Mother Maria and Mother Cyril from 1907 to 1912 and from 1933 to 1939, about five months before Mother Maria’s death from cancer. The letters serve to illustrate the depth and scope of the friendship between the two women that is the foundation of the love and trust among the sisters of both congregations today.

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