In Memory

Sister M. Anicetus Cawley, IHM

September 7, 1874 – July 28, 1958

Sister M. Anicetus Cawley, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, July 28, 1958 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on September 5, 1874 in Pittston, Pennsylvania, and given the name Cecilia. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Anne Gordon Cawley. She entered the IHM Congregation on January 5, 1900, received the religious habit on July 16, 1900, and made profession of her vows in July of 1902.

Sister Anicetus served as a teacher at the following schools: Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna, PA, from 1902 to 1905; St. Cecilia Academy in Scranton, PA, from 1905 to 1912; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1912 to 1921; St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY, from 1921 to 1925; St. John Elementary School in Susquehanna, PA, from 1925 to 1929; Cathedral Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1929 to 1935; Sacred Heart of Mary Elementary School in Jermyn, PA, from 1935 to 1941; St. Ann Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1941 to 1944; and St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1944 to 1956.

From 1956 until the time of her death, Sister Anicetus served in prayer ministry at the Marian Convent.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Reverend Patrick and John, and two sisters, Sister M. Dositheus, IHM and Bridget English.

She is survived by two sisters, Anna and Elizabeth, both of Pittston, PA, 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.

Below is a statement that was read at Sister Ancietus’ funeral:

All who were privileged to know our beloved Sister M. Anicetus will concur with this excerpt from a letter from His Excellency, Bishop Martin J. O’Connor:

“The announcement of the death of Sister M. Ancietus brings back so many happy memories that fill me with much gratitude towards your Community and to her. Her years of service as Superior of St. Peter Cathedral School when I was the pastor of Cathedral, represented a period of her life of continuous devotion and fidelity. Her patience and kindness under all circumstances and her cheerful sense of humor were a source encouragement and edification to me. I remember her always with the greatest affection and gratitude, and I offer to you and to the Community my sympathy and the assurance of my prayers.”

May the soul of Sister M. Ancietus rest in peace.

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