In Memory

Sister Charles Marie Meehan, IHM

August 15, 1904 – December 10, 1996

Sister Charles Marie Meehan, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, December 10, 1996, at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 15, 1904 in Ireland, and given the name Brigid. She was the daughter of the late James Patrick and Rose Marie McGown Meehan. She entered the IHM Congregation on March 4, 1928, made temporary profession of her vows on August 2, 1930, and final profession of her vows in August 2, 1933.

Sister Charles Marie served as a domestic at the following: St. Joseph’s Hospital Convent in Carbondale, PA; Marian Convent in Scranton, PA; Cathedral Convent in Scranton, PA; Holy Rosary Convent in Scranton, PA; as well at convents located in Syracuse, NY, Coeur d’Alene, ID, and Manhasset, NY.

From 1975 until the time of her death, Sister Charles Marie served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by sister Mrs. Bernard Gilmartin of Ireland, and a nephew.

The funeral will be Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the Marian Convent, followed by interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the Marian Convent on Friday after 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary benefited from the efforts to bring young women from Ireland to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Over the years a total of sixty-five young women became professed IHM religious. Their services were received as far west at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the IHM Academy and at St. Edward School, Twin Falls, Idaho. The southern missions witnessed their dedication in Washington, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It was remarked that black children in some southern schools were speaking with an Irish brogue! The Sisters from Ireland also served in many locations in Pennsylvania, such as Dushore, Lock Haven, Exeter, Altoona, Pittsburgh, St. Michael’s School in Hoban Heights, Cresson, Pittston, Scranton, and Williamsport. New York and Rhode Island missions also received their services.

Excerpted from The Story of the Native Irish Sisters Who Entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Scranton Pennsylvania by Sister M. Michel Keenan, IHM, 2006, p.18

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