In Memory

Sister M. Consilium Lynn, IHM

July 25, 1867 – February 18, 1958

Sister M. Consilium Lynn, IHM of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, February 18, 1958.

She was born on July 25, 1867 in Ireland, and given the name Bridget. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget Walsh Lynn, who immigrated to the United States and settled in Pittston, Pennsylvania. She entered the IHM Congregation on June 21, 1897, received the religious habit on February 2, 1898 and made profession of her vows on April 16, 1900.

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 reflection from Sister’s funeral:

Over twenty years of invalidism were God’s dispensation to our Sister M. Consilium as part of her preparation for eternity. They were long, perhaps, hard years of suffering and inactivity. But virtue is made perfect in infirmity; hence, we pray that these years have reaped for her a harvest of merit. God grant her eternal rest.


Eight Young Ladies Took the White Veil in St. Rose Convent this Morning–Bishop O’Hara Present

At St. Rose convent chapel this morning eight young ladies were received into the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and invested with the religious habi and white veil of novices. The venerable bishop of the diocese Rt. Rev. William O’Hara officiated at the impressive ceremony which was witnessed by the relatives of the candidates.

Rev. T. F. Coffey celebrated the mass at 6:30 and Rev. D. J. McGouldrick, president of St. Thomas College, Scranton, preached the sermon, explaining the obligations and high privileges of the order. Following this occurred the reception at which the bishop officiated in person not withstanding his extreme years.

Mamie Moran and Genevieve Gillis, two dainty maidens dressed in pure white, acted as bridesmaids for the candidates. The chapel was a bower of beauty having been decorated with potted plants, smilax, flowers and lighted candles in honor of the feast of the purification of the blessed virgin, which is celebrated today.

Among the clergy present in additon to Bishop O’Hara and Fathers Coffey and McGouldrick, were Revs. M. E. Loftus and Anthony T. Broderick, of Scranton; J. W. Malone, of Susquehanna; W. A. Nealon and J. J. Grifiin, of this city.

The following young ladies received the habit of religion:

Miss Margaret Herron, Freeland, Pa., to be known in religion as Sister Mary Antoinette.

Miss Bridget Lynn, Pittston, Pa., whose religious name is Sister Mary Consilium.

Miss Mary Flynn, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., hereafter to be called Sister Mary Rita.

Miss Mary Connell, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., whose nam in religion is Sister Mary Leonard.

Miss Susan Egan, Minooka, Pa., to be known as Sister Mary Arcadius.

Miss Cecilia O’Connell, Susquehanna, Pa., henceforth to be Sister Mary Martina.

Miss Mary Kinsley, Susquehanna, Pa., who will be called Sister Mary Servula.”

above is a news article from the Carbondale Daily News (Pennsylvania), February 2, 1898

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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