In Memory

Sister M. Annunciata Madden, IHM

July 17, 1872 – June 14, 1962

Sister M. Annunciata Madden, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Thursday, June 14, 1962.

She was born on July 17, 1872 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and given the name Margaret. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Elizabeth Hennessy Madden. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1891, received the religious habit on December 28, 1891, and made profession of her vows on December 28, 1893.

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

Sister Annunciata also served as novice mistress for nine years at the IHM Motherhouse in Scranton, PA.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary.

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:

For nine years, Sister Annunciata served our Congregation in the very important and equally difficult office of Mistress of Novices. Her pleasant personality and her valuable experience as an education provided her with an excellent background for her exacting task. Marywood College was at that time contained within the motherhouse building; most of the novices daily left the novitiate to serve in the schools; the general housekeeping had to be performed by them when they returned from their missions in the late afternoon. Notwithstanding these and other difficulties, Sister M. Annunciata endeared herself to her novices both by her understanding spirit and by her leadership in showing them the way by actually sharing in their labor. Her novices loved her and vied with one another in evidencing their affection and their grateful remembrance. Her keen sense of humor and her ready smile endeared her to all. Her cheerful spirit never wanted, even in the long days when the weakness of old age was taking its toll. Always, she was a source of edification and inspiration. Truly, a great host of students and novices have called her blessed.

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