In Memory

Sister M. Andrae Fahey, IHM

June 30, 1886 – December 14, 1954

Sister M. Andrae Fahey, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, December 14, 1954.

She was born on June 30, 1886 in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary Ann Gertrude. She was the daughter of the late Martin and Catherine Bilbow Fahey. She entered the IHM Congregation on August 15, 1906, received the religious habit on July 16, 1907, and made profession of her vows on April 13, 1909.

Sister Andrae enjoyed her years of teaching children at our IHM mission schools, including at St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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.

“One more school was opened in the Pittsburg Diocese before the close of Mother Cyril’s term of office. Saint Rosalia’s School, Pittsburg. (sic)

The school was blessed on the Feast of the Purification, February 2nd, by the Right Reverend Bishop, J. F. Regis Canevin. School was opened on Monday, February 3rd, with a solemn High Mass at nine o’clock. Three hundred and seventy-one children were enrolled that day. Six class rooms were opened. Sister M. Germaine remained for about two weeks, examining and grading the pupils. Our mother superior could not spare any more Sisters at the time, three secular teachers were employed. Sister M. Germaine went back to Pittsburg (sic) at Easter with Sister M. Andrae and Sister M. Clotilda. This partially relieved the situation. In September, 1914, Sister M. Alphonsine was placed in charge. A commercial high school was opened that year with an enrollment of twenty-six. The registration in that department has risen to seventy-eight. An academic high school was opened in September, 1920, with an enrollment of fifty-two.”

Excerpted from The Sisters of the I.H.M.: The Story of The Founding of The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Their Work In The Scranton Diocese by Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie, IHM, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, NY, 1921, p. 329-331

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