In Memory

Sister M. Angelus Brown, IHM

August 15, 1874 – June 28, 1913

Sister M. Angelus Brown, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, June 28, 1913 at St. John the Evangelist Convent in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

She was born in Ireland on August 15, 1874, and given the name Mary. She entered the IHM Congregation on June 21, 1893, and made profession of vows on April 9, 1896.

Sister Angelus enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools, including at St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, PA.

The funeral mass will be on Monday, June 30 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Bellefonte, PA. Interment will be at the Marywood College Cemetery, on the grounds of Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Friends may call on Sunday afternoon at St. John the Evangelist Convent.

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.

“SISTER ANGELUS. – Following a nine days illness with pneumonia Sister Angelus died of heart failure at the convent on Bishop street at twelve o’clock noon on June 28th. She was born in Ireland and was about thirty-three years old, her girl-hood name being Mary Brown. She came to Bellefonte from the mother convent at Scranton about a year ago and during her brief residence in Bellefonte endeared herself not only with the members of her own church and school but to all with whom she came in contact. She was highly educated and a most proficient musician, both vocal and insturmental. Requeim high mass was said over remains, on Monday morning, June 30th, by Bishop Eugene A. Garvey, Altoona, after which they were taken to the mother convent in Scranton for burial.”

above from the Democratic Watchman 7/11/1913

“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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