In Memory

Sister M. Alice McCann, IHM

March 5, 1875 – December 12, 1961

Sister M. Alice McCann, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, December 12, 1961 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on March 5, 1875 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary Alice. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Bridget Loftus McCann. She entered the IHM Congregation on November 1, 1893, received the religious habit on May 24, 1894, and made profession of her vows on July 2, 1896.

Sister Alice enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools.

She was preceded in death by brothers, John, Thomas, Joseph and Charles, three and sisters, Katherine Reilly, Elizabeth, and Anna Carey.

She is survived by two brothers, James and Michael, both of Carbondale, PA, a sister, Rose Robinson, and several nieces and nephews.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

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.

Archival Remembrance:

In her earliest years as a teacher, our gentle Sister M. Alice was a heart patient and frequently had to leave her classroom to get relief. Ill health was her almost constant companion, but she bravely faced her tasks and toiled valiantly for the students entrusted in her care. God gave Sister Alice a very happy disposition and her natural gaiety enlivened many recreation periods. Her recital of humorous anecdotes diffused her joyous spirit through all her environment.

But Sister Alice is best remembered for her spirit of prayer. Countless rosaries she laid at our Lady’s feet. To make a private Holy Hour was a habit with her. Truly, she was a prayerful Sister to whom living for God and serving Him was a joyful privilege. The twilight of life found her patient and long-suffering. She had given her all to God and she humbly awaited His call to eternal life. May God rest her soul.

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