In Memory

Sister M. Clotilde McDermott, IHM

July 18, 1856 – August 16, 1929

Sister M. Clotilde McDermott, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, August 16, 1929.

She was born on July 18, 1856 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ann Mannix McDermott. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1883, received the religious habit on September 5, 1883, and made profession of her vows on August 25, 1885.

Sister Clotilde enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools, including at St. Paul School in Scranton, PA.

The funeral will be on Monday, August 18, with interment to follow at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery in Carbondale, 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.

“Three new missions were opened during these years. Saint Paul’s in Green Ridge was opened in 1892; Saint Patrick’s Olyphant, in 1893, and Saint Alphonsus’, the first western mission, at Tillamook, Oregon, in 1897.”

“Saint Paul’s was opened in August by Sister M. Antoinette as Superior, with Sister M. Carmel, Sister M. Agnes, Sister M. Clotilde, Sister M. Norbert, Sister M. Oswald, Sister M. Louise, and Sister M. William as her assistants. Father McManus, the pastor at Saint Paul’s, felt that the future of his parish was secure when he had rested it on the firm basis of Christian education for his children.”

“The corner-stone of the new building, a three-story brick structure, was laid on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1898. The parish was well provided for school purposes when the new convent was finished. The school itself is located in the same building as the church and has had adequate room and equipment for its needs up to the present. The work done in the school has been a success from the beginning. Father McManus visited the school daily and everything that touched the interests of the children was a matter of concern to him. On the occasion of his silver jubilee in 1897 the good pastor received an ovation that expressed some of the appreciation of his parishioners for his self-sacrificing efforts in their behalf.”

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, pgs. 250, 251

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